I was inspired by some altered clipboards and paper clips that I saw and decided to try my hand at a customized set for each of my children's new teachers.
Here's the set I made for Mitchell's preschool teacher with the new owl punch (item #118074). Love that punch!
First I used white craft ink (item #101731) and white embossing powder (item #109132) with my heat tool (item #100005) to create a crisp shiny white border on the front and back of the clipboard. I was glad that I had recently invested in a set of Powder Pals trays (item #102197) to catch all of the stray embossing powder because that was pretty messy!
I used some retired Designer Series Paper from Stampin' Up on the top half and customized the bottom half using My Digital Studio (item #118108) (our digital paper crafting software). Some Whisper White 1/4" grosgrain ribbon (item #109025) covers the border between the two pieces. I used Modge Podge (available in local craft stores) to adhere the paper to the clipboard, then I coated the entire front and back in three additional coats.
I used a hole punch to make spaces for the rivets on the back of the clipboard. Finally I sprayed the entire front and back with some Krylon acrylic sealer so it wouldn't be sticky. (I had actually stamped "Hand Stamped by Cheryl" on the back, but I accidentally glued the wrong side of the paper to the clipboard! Bah.)
An RSVP brand pen was easy to alter with matching designer series paper. I punched out the body of the owl four times from some Old Olive card stock (item #100702) using the new Owl Punch (item #118074), then glued the layers together using Tombo Multi Purpose Adhesive (item #110755). Some Rose Red card stock (item #102544) makes the eyes pop. The punch cuts out all the shapes you need for the owl in one punch!
Some Crystal Effects (item #101055) gives the owls a nice shiny gloss and holds them firmly atop the pen, paper clip, and pencil.
I made the pencil pouch out of chipboard (item #114320), Rose Red card stock (item #102544) and retired Designer Series Paper. Let me know if you'd like the directions for it - it's pretty simple.
Gwenny is one of Mr. Cartlidge's Caterpillars so I created this set for him.