hello! welcome to day one of the papertrey ink countdown to the june release, and a new pieces of confetti stamp set, available on june 15. as if printing camp stationery all day every day isn't enough, now i'm stamping it too!! i began designing camp stationery when my girls started going to camp, and after their first letters of not so much information, i added fill-in-the-blank designs to my offerings, which continue to be among my most ordered items ten years later. because of their popularity, i thought it would be fun to create a stamp set along the same lines for my fellow stampers and other diy-ers who have camp kids and friends.
the set includes a fill-in-the-blank letter that hits the basic highlights of the camper's day, plus a few line drawn camp images. for today's designs, i wanted to use the stamps in their most straightforward form and create a set of simple camp stationery. i stamped the letter on several quarter cuts of white cardstock (thanks, mini misti for making that go quickly!) and drew a frame around the edges, before adding small camp scenes and coloring them in with colored pencils.
i chose a color scheme to coordinate with a few brightly colored envelopes i found in my stash for a fun overall look. what camper wouldn't love to send such cheerful, happy mail to family and friends?! frame border tip: cut a piece of cardstock to 4" x 5-1/4" and center it on the card base to trace around - one easy step with no extra measuring! i did this after stamping the text, but before stamping the scenes. the line not only finishes the edges but also helps ground the images.
speaking of the images, i really wanted them to have a true children's coloring book quality to them, so i left them very open and simply drawn, so that the resulting projects have a look that appeals to the kids who will use them. this also makes for quick and easy coloring that even they can do with ease. a camper who helps to create his or her own stationery may be more likely to use it!
or if you're making a set as a gift, you can leave them black and white and include a small set of colored pencils to take to camp with them. colorful envelopes can still add the bright and cheerful element to the card set and inspire the colors the camper chooses to finish them. a rest time spent on quick writing and fun coloring will surely make the day of the recipient who is missing their camper at home. i know i always love happy camper mail days!! that's it for my intro today - head on over tomorrow to see what else i come up with. until then, nichole's blog is the place to be...
(hello mother, hello father will be available on june 15!)