Wednesday, August 13, 2014

School Bus Box Card

I'm not sure if it was the 3D or the back school theme, but I figured you guys might want options for the days to come, so here I give you my School Bus Box Card.

 It is very simple to make. You just need 5 colors of cardstock, 12 inches wide for the yellow, black and grey and some scraps of white, red and light blue. Since it has a lot of detail, I chose not use patterned paper. The size of the finished card is about 6x6 inches.
Here we go!
 Import in CDS and resize image to 14 inches wide.


Change function to write for the sketches of the children.

Select the insert contour and the doodle and click attach.

Make sure before cutting that both, the insert and the doodle show on the mat preview.

I used the American Crafts slick writer black pen that fits perfectly on the pen holder of the explore. I tried with both, a fine 0,3 and a 0.5 tip marker. I guess I like the 0,5 better cause it looks more like a stamp.

After making a card with yellow inserts I decided to make another one with white inserts, to try a watercolor technique on them. I think it gives the card a totally different look but it also takes longer.

 The kids on the first card were coloured with the American Crafts Amy Tangerine Yes Please Slick Writer Markers on a yellow cardstock. The second one is white cardstock coloured it with distress inks and a Tim Holtz's water pen. I saw this technique an a couple of weeks ago and decided to give it a try. Tap the ink pad on an acrylic block or your craft mat and grab the color with the water brush.

To paint with a lighter color, water mist once or twice. Ink the images carefully. Apply a second coat if you want more vibrant colors or want to give a shadow effect.

I assembled everything in about 30 minutes with Aleene's tacky glue pen. This is a very precise glue pen, great for small parts.
I used 5 pieces of black circles for each tire, to make them thicker.

The card folds flat. so you can send it over the mail. ;-)

Enjoy! and remember, don't share the file, share the link to my blog and give credits to the hard work if you make and post.


  1. WOW!! Thank you for sharing this COOL School bus!! You are great at this!! Cant wait to make it!! :)

  2. I made it! it turned out great. Thanks!

  3. This one has to be my favorite back to school card! It's too cute for words! Thank you for your creativity and generosity! :)

  4. You are one talented lady, thank you for sharing. Love this one, can't wait for my grandchildren to be old enough for school!

  5. Thank you so much for sharing. I am a school bus driver so this is definitely my favorite back to school card I have seen :)

  6. This is so very very cute and thanks for the tip about using Ranger inks to watercolor with!


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