Welcome, Summer!

Today is the Summer Soltice, which means it’s officially the first day of summer. Gee, could have fooled me! I thought summer was already here! In California, it feels like we had a short winter and immediately went into summer. Strange weather we are having!

To celebrate the longest day of the year, I made a sun card.

SunCardPlain

Stamp set: Alphabet rotary stamp

Ink: Bermuda Bay

Paper: Smoky Slate, Daffodil Delight, Tangelo Twist, Whisper White, Moonlight DSP Stack

Accessories: 1-3/4″ Circle punch, Bitty Banner punch, Hexagon punch

You may have seen this punch art around for a while. I backed a 1-3/4″ circle with 8 banners made with the Bitty Banner punch. So quick and easy! (Even easier than making it with the Petite Pennants builder punch).

I picked this particular pattern from the Moonlight DSP stack because it reminds me of the haze you see at the end of a long, hot afternoon. Stamping the sentiment with Bermuda Bay gives it a little bit of contrast, both in color and in feeling. Doesn’t the blue seem cooling to you?

I used the new Alphabet rotary stamp to make the sentiment. This stamp is great to create custom greetings. All you have to do is dial it in and stamp. Although, I have to say it takes some practice to get it “right”. You need to make sure the letter is more or less centered, and this is one time that it helps to rock the stamp ever-so-slightly. But, not to worry. If the stamping skips a part of the letter, as you see in my sample, then it’s not really that bad. Just reminds me of a typewriter that needs adjusting. You do remember typewriters, right? πŸ™‚

I notched the ends of the sentiment with the Hexagon punch. Wouldn’t you know it, though? It has the same angles as the Bitty Banner punch. In case that’s important to you. πŸ™‚

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