good morning! welcome to day one of the papertrey ink august countdown to new stamps and a new pieces of confetti offering. introducing alphabet soup, an alphabet background block. i love a good background stamp and this one will be so fun for a variety of occasions. first up, with school (so sadly) looming, i have a couple of teacher cards...
the size of the background block is such that it can also be used as a focal point on a standard A2 card, with the full image showing - or in the case of this card, i guess you might call it a focal background. there's room for the image to have a little white space on all sides, plus a little extra at the bottom to fit a sentiment without covering it up much if you stamp it towards the top like i did. and wouldn't you know it? i created a sentiment strip (white embossed on true black) to ground the coffee and apple for teacher. ha! (aka: have you played make it monday yet?!)
one idea often leads to another. and after stamping alphabet soup directly on the card above, i wanted to create a layer with it. not surprisingly, chalkboard art came to mind! i stamped it in versamark ink on smokey shadow cardstock, embossed in white and then stamped it again in white slightly offset from the first image. then i smudged a little extra white ink to chalk it up a bit and trimmed it out. like the first card, i placed it toward the top of my card, using it as a focal background more than a simple background. no sentiment strip this time - instead i stamped it in pure poppy off to the left to balance the apple, which is popped up on foam tape with the coffee cup. i wanted a little extra pop of green as well, so i created a straw for my cup this time using new leaf ink to coordinate with the leaf on the apple. i simply masked off a skinny rectangle on a scrap of white cardstock with post-its and used an ink blender to color it in, so i could cut it out with a white border to coordinate with the rest of the image. add a pocket to the inside of these for a coffee shop gift card and you've got a great back to school treat or thank you for teacher!
that's all for today, but i'll be back tomorrow. until then, be sure to head over to nichole's blog for more scoop and design team links - laurie's showcasing alphabet soup as well! and remember, all new product will be available from papertreyink.com on august 15th...
supplies used ~ alphabet soup (available august 15th)