Back to School Card Made with Catherine Pooler Products

Hi Everyone! Hope you are doing well and staying cool! Here in Virginia it’s been HOT and humid, which is typical for this time of year. 🙂

I’m back today with another card project. Although I called this a “back to school”, card, this card could be used for any school related event, such as congrats on being promoted to the next grade or just a note of scholastic encouragement.

I used products from Catherine Pooler Designs, and have provided a linked list of the products and tools used near the bottom of this post. This list will take you to the products and supplies I used, or something comparable.

While you’re visiting Catherine Pooler Designs, check out her other products and blog. I always enjoy working with her products. Her stamps, dies and inks are funky and fun, lending themselves to the beautiful and bright projects; and her blog has tons of amazing inspiration!

To see how I made this card, keep reading.

I started with a piece of 4.25″ x 5.5″ of black cardstock, used a bit of anti-static powder then inked up the Catherine Pooler Designs Composition Notebook Background stamp with embossing ink. Then using the Misti Stamping Tool I stamped the background onto the card stock.

Position cardstock and background stamp in Misti.
Apply anti-static powder to cardstock.
Apply embossing ink to stamp then stamp cardstock

Next I used white embossing powder to cover the embossing ink, then heat set the background.

Add embossing powder to inked background.
Heat the embossing powder to revel the magic! 🙂

I used the Spiral Notebook Border die from Catherine Pooler Designs to cut a spiral boarder in the background panel, then glued a thin piece of black cardstock behind the spiral border on the background. Lastly, I trimmed this background piece to 3.75″ x 5″.

Use the Spiral Notebook Border die to cut a border in the background panel.
Cut the background panel to 3.75″ x 5″.

I don’t know about you, but I have a huge stash of washi tape that I’m always looking for new and creative ways to use. Recently I found a blog by Eyeletoutlet.com that had many ideas on how to use washi tape on your cards, including the one I used on this card…a washi cardstock panel. You can see the post that inspired me by clicking here.

To create the washi panel, I cut a piece of white cardstock to 4.25″ x 5.5″ and started tearing strips of some school-bus yellow chevron washi tape and began laying it on top of the cardstock. I let the ends hang off the cardstock since I was going to trim it down. After I had completely covered the panel, I trimmed it to 4″ x 5.25″.

Add strips of washi tape to card stock panel.
After completely covering panel with the washi tape, trim to 4″ x 5.25

It was time for me to make a sentiment for my card. I used the Composition Sentiments Stamp set and the Composition Label dies from Catherine Pooler.

I started by using the Label die to cut a sentiment panel from school-bus yellow cardstock. I used the negative space as a type of template, placing it in the Misti allowing me to perfectly center the stamp on the positive die cut. Note: I learned this tip from Jennifer McGuire Ink. Jennifer is one of my absolute favorite crafters! She always shares the most amazing techniques and ideas; and although I’ve never met or talked to her I know she is as nice as she is on her videos. Please consider visiting her blog or You Tube channel, you won’t be disappointed 🙂

I placed the sentiment label die cut in the template, and inked the label in black dye ink. Next, I lined up my sentiment on the label and inked it with embossing ink, applied a black detailed embossing powder, then heat set.

Ink the label die cut with black ink
Align sentiment(s) on label and stamp with embossing ink.
Add embossing powder and heat set.

Before I started assembling the card, I wanted to add a panel on the inside of the card. I cut a piece of the school-bus yellow cardstock to 4″ x 5.25″ and used the Spiral Notebook Border die and cut along the left edge of the cardstock. I didn’t add a sentiment to this inside panel so a personalized message could be added to suit the occasion.

Use the Spiral Notebook Border die and cut along left side
Glue this panel to the inside of the card base.

It was finally time to start assembling the card. 🙂 I cut a piece of craft foam, slightly smaller than the background, and glued it to the back of the background panel with liquid adhesive. Next I glued the sentiment panel, in place, on top of the background panel. I then glued the washi panel on the front of a black, 4.25″ x 5.5″ card base; and lastly glued the background panel on top of the washi panel, completing the card.

Glue craft foam to back of background panel.
Glue sentiment panel on top of background panel.
Glue washi tape panel to the front of card base.
Complete the card by gluing the background panel on top of the washi tape panel.

Bonus Project
Custom Envelope using WRMK
1-2-3 Punch Board

I like to use envelopes that color coordinate with the card. I didn’t have any, that worked with this card, in my stash so I decided to make my own using the We R Memory Keepers 1-2-3 Punch Board. The 1-2-3 Punch Board allows you to make custom envelopes, bows and small boxes.

The 1-2-3 punch board has the measurements, located on the inside flap, to make many different sized envelopes, including standard sizes. I started by locating the measurements for the envelope size I needed on the inside panel of the punch board. Next I cut a square of cardstock (you can also use heavy-weight paper) to the measurement given to make an A2 size envelope.

Locate the envelope size and note the measurement to cut the cardstock to.
Cut a square from cardstock to the measurement given on punch board.

Next, after noting where on the punch board ruler to place edge of cardstock, place left edge of cardstock on the noted measurement. Punch cardstock then score along guideline “A”. Rotate the cardstock 90 degrees left and line up the previous score line along the “Envelope” guideline and punch. Repeat for the remaining sides.

BTW, I’m sorry about the poor lighting of photo, I’m trying to get better 🙂

Place left edge of cardstock at measurement listed on punch board and punch.
Place left edge of cardstock at measurement listed on punch board and punch, then and score along guideline “A”.
Rotate the cardstock 90 degrees left and align the previous score mark made at guideline A to the “Envelope” guideline and punch again. Repeat on remaining sides.

After punching and scoring all four sides of cardstock, I folded and reinforced, with a bone folder, all score lines. Then using 1/8″ wide double sided tape I glued the bottom flap to the two side flaps. To complete the envelope I placed 1/4″ double sided tape on the top flap, but left the protective paper on the tape. This will give the sender a way to secure the envelope.

Fold along all score lines with a bone folder.
Add double sided tape to the two side flaps and glue bottom flap to sides.
The envelope is a perfect fit for the card! 🙂

The finished card and matching envelope

Products and Tools Used

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