Friday, February 10, 2012


This week's challenge at Just Add Ink is to make a papercraft project with a "back to school" theme.  Here in Australia (and in New Zealand), the summer holidays are over, and a new school year has just begun.  Speaking of new beginnings, this is my very first submission as part of the Design Team at Just Add Ink!

My eldest son is commencing his VCE this year.  It's the last two years of his secondary schooling, and both Years 11 and 12 count towards the final assessment that determines entry to university/tertiary studies.  I wanted to encourage Jack to do the best he can do (I always tell him that, but I reckon he thinks I'm nagging!), so came up with this card for him, as he enters this important stage of his schooling.

I created the large star, on which the sentiment is mounted, by punching out five 'pennants' with my Petite Pennants Builder punch.  I sponged the edges of each pennant, and adhered them to the reverse side of the Riding Hood Red circle.

Stamps: Extreme Elements; For My Family; Up, Up & Away
Card: Not Quite Navy, Riding Hood Red, Crumb Cake, Whisper White
DSP: Well Worn
Ink: Crumb Cake, Riding Hood Red, Not Quite Navy stampin' pads
Other: Stamp-a-ma-jig, Cherry Cobbler Baker's Twine, Blue Denim ribbon, Linen Thread, Subtles Glimmer brad, 1 3/4" circle punch, Circles #2 die, Petite Pennants Builder punch, sponge daubers, MFT Die-Namics star die

Be sure to check out the other Design Team members' samples .... there are some fabulous ideas, to inspire you with your own papercraft projects.  Have fun!


  1. Great card Christine, I hope Jack takes your encouragement (nagging) on board.

  2. Awesome card. Hope Jack does really well and achieves what he wants to do :) Marls

  3. What a good idea, I hear what your saying about the nagging thing!!(teenagers aarrgghh)lol
    Great sentiment to leave sit out on his desk!!
    Tam x

  4. Christine I just love the colours you've chosen for this card. I also love the blue distressing you've done too :)

  5. What a fabulous encouragement card Christine ...great colours, great detailing and ... great message (without the nagging ... lol) ...

  6. Fantastic design Christine!! Your large star looks amazing - a very clever use of the pennant punch. Your colours & elements are fabulous & I love your mix of sentiment stamps to create the perfect message for Jack. Bravo! Hugs :)

  7. Fab male card Christine. Great colours & patterns & fonts.Cool all round!

  8. Love how you make guy cards look easy...:0) Love the colours & grungy style of this one...Great first DT project.

  9. Fantastic card Christine! I love the colours you've chosen and the "starry" background. You do grunge so very well!

  10. What a wonderful guy card. I love that big star - how clever to use the pennent punch!! Perfectly grungy, inspirational and not naggy ;) at all :)