Thursday, September 27, 2018

Oh So Eclectic - Lunchbox Notes

Oh So Eclectic Lunchbox Notes

Hello, everyone! My name is Lauren Alarid. I’m a Stampin’ Up! demonstrator in California and 2018 Artisan Design Team member, and I am so happy to be sharing my creativity on the company blog. Today I wanted to share with you how I designed and created these sweet little lunchbox notes to give to put in my daughter’s lunch. It’s the perfect way to add a smile to her day!

Whether it’s your child’s lunchbox or your spouse’s lunch sack, a little note to say that you love them or that you hope they have a great day can have such a positive effect. I love that it also shows my daughter a positive example of sharing kindness with others. That’s why I love to add a little handmade kindness to her day. They are so fun to make and fit easily into a lunchbox or bag.

When coming up with designs for my tiny notecards I often take inspiration from previous designs that I have made or even the catalog. I just take the original design and tweak it a bit to fit on a smaller scale. For today’s lunchbox notes, I CASEd (copy and selectively edit) one of my own designs (pictured above). I love the bright happy colors of this card and the Oh So Eclectic Stamp Set paired with the Eclectic Layers Thinlits Dies offered the perfect combination of sentiments and images for the look I was going for.

For my first two cards, I began with a piece of Watercolor Paper to create my floral images. I inked up the two different floral images in the set in Pineapple Punch Ink and then used my Sponge Dauber to add Melon Mambo Ink to parts of the floral images before stamping them onto my Watercolor Paper. I used my Aqua Painter to blend where the two colors met to create an ombre effect.

Next, I used the coordinating dies to cut both floral images out. I did the same ink blending with my Aqua Painter for the floral layer on top of each flower and set them aside to dry and die cut them later.

After that, I created the textured background for my trio of cards. I love the variety of dies in this set. There are regular dies, embossing dies, and dies that make only negative cuts. This adds so many possibilities and versatility to my cards. I actually used the negative-cutting die to emboss one of my backgrounds! Here are the simple steps:
  1. Choose your dies to emboss with
  2. Take your Thick Whisper White Cardstock and arrange your dies
  3. Arrange you embossing sandwich (from bottom to top): Big Shot Platform, Standard Cutting Pad, Die (cutting edge up), cardstock/paper, Big Shot Embossing Mat, Impressions Pad
  4. Run through your Big Shot Machine

After I did this for all three cards, I added my stamped/watercolored flowers to the first two cards. For the last card, I added an embossed floral image. I wanted the floral image to have some color, so I added the same two colors with my Sponge Dauber, applying color lightly and gradually.

To finish off my cards I added some Basic Black Baker’s Twine and both Metallic Sequins and Iridescent Sequins.
I hope that you have enjoyed these fun little lunchbox notes! I encourage you to try to make a few tiny notes to stick in someone special’s lunch or bag. Just a tiny bit of kindness goes a long way and can bring so much sunshine to someone’s day. Thanks for stopping by and I'll see you next post!

Happy Crafting!
Lauren Alarid
2018 Artisan Design Team

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