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Ring Accordion - Back to School Time

Elizabeth Craft Designs is running a great giveaway on their Facebook page but you have to act quickly because winners are announced on Thursday, July 30, 2015 (tomorrow!)

Two lucky winners will win the four dies used by Shelly Hickox on her now famous Steampunk Poppy Birthday Card


In honor of this promotion I decided to pull out the same four dies (Ring Accordion, Clock & Gears, Poppy the Owl and Props 1) and make an "inspired-by-Shelly" project. 

Back to school is fast approaching and while my two about-to-be-Seniors would just roll their eyes if I gave them a back-to-school card, I thought some of your younger kids/grandkids might find it fun to receive a card like this.


My first step was to cut two pages of the Ring Accordion from yellow cardstock and stamp them in black ink with two of my favorite Lost Coast Designs background stamps. I cut off the tabs on the second page and die cut the clock out of the middle, making sure that 12 was at the top so the red clock would inlay perfectly. The red clock is simply a piece of red cardstock die cut with the clock, pounced with watermark ink and embossed with Ultra Thick Embossing Enamel for a raised glossy sheen. I also die cut the clock's solid circle shadow layer die from black cardstock that had ECD double-sided tape applied to one side.


To inlay the clock I first peeled up the liner on the black circle and pressed it behind the page's opening so the top was sticky. The red clock inlaid perfectly onto the sticky cardstock and then I dumped black Silk Microfine Glitter over the piece, which stuck down into the sticky number holes but also into any crevices in the UTEE.



I pierced a hole through the center to add two Royal Blue glittered clock hands using a similarly colored brad. The clock hands can point to the child's grade. I also stamped the "Love You" stamp from the Homegrown Greetings Clear Stamps and hand cut a banner shape around it.



For the first page I wanted a little piece of notebook paper so I used a ruler and a blue pen to make horizontal lines on a scrap of white cardstock. I added a dark pink line vertically and then cut it out with the little rectangle die that comes with the Rectangle Pull Card (cut a rectangle with a trimmer as an alternate method) and punched three 1/8" holes. I wrote "back to school" on the paper.


Poppy sports a pair of Royal Blue glittered glasses from the Props 1 die set and a little ruler button from my stash. Poppy's eyes are glittered in Cool Diamond.


For the front of the card I intended to use the scalloped ring frame edge that comes included in the Ring Accordion but mistakenly pulled out the solid scalloped edge from Ring Frame Edges 1 instead. In either case, the way to best line up the Ring Frame Edges is by starting at the bottom and centering a frame edge so that two scallops touch the bottom edge. Notice that a thin line of yellow is visible between the edge of the Frame Edge and the edge of the circle. 


Once the first Frame Edge is on it's easy to just line up the next one touching the first one and around the circle you go. It will take 4 frame edges to go around.


I die cut red and black "ABC" letters from the Alphabet Caps die to decorate the inner frame. The finished card can be mailed in an A7 envelope (5x7) for a single stamp.


This could also make a nice gift for your child's new teacher, by substituting the "Love You" for the teacher's name, perhaps even in your child's handwriting! Instant teacher's pet status!

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