July is National Ice Cream Month

In 1984, President Ronald Reagan designated July as National Ice Cream Month, recognizing ice cream as a fun and nutritious food enjoyed by much of the nation’s population. He suggested that the people of the United States observe the month with “appropriate ceremonies and activities”. The best way that I can think of to observe this occasion is to send unexpected cards, perhaps with ice cream gift cards tucked inside, to a few close friends to thank them for always being so “sweet”!

National Ice Cream Month by Jayne Nelson for Hero Arts

So, it’s probably not unexpected that I reached for the fun Color Layering Ice Cream set to create three ice cream themed cards. I started by stamping three cones with Pumpkin Pie and Cup O' Joe inks and then stamping three scoops of ice cream with three color combinations, Pale Tomato + Strawberry, Soft Cantaloupe + Tangerine, and Soft Vanilla + Butter Bar. Many of these colors are also available in the Fall Colors 4-cube ink pack. I used the Color Layering Ice Cream Frame Cuts to easily cut around each image.

National Ice Cream Month by Jayne Nelson for Hero Arts

I adhered each cone onto a 2-inch, white cardstock circle that I loosely painted with a watercolor wash. Next, I used my favorite Small Tag Frame Cuts die to cut three black tags that I heat embossed with small sentiments from the Oh Happy Day by Lia set. I tied each tag with a colored twine bow and then mounted the tags over each cone with foam tape.

National Ice Cream Month by Jayne Nelson for Hero Arts

To embellish the card base, I used the Fruit Salad Fancy Dies set to cut fruit shapes – a strawberry, an orange slice, and a banana – from craft foam. Then, I temporarily adhered the foam shapes to acrylic blocks to create my own stamps. I repeatedly and randomly stamped the fruit shapes across pieces of layering paper, using the darker ink colors that I used to stamp the ice cream. The stamped fruit patterns are bold and summery! I secured each panel to the lower portion of a standard size, white card base and added a 1/4-inch strip of glittered tape above each design. Just for fun, I decided to cut the lower edge of each card front with part of a large circle die. I absolutely love how this curved edge looks! Like the card, it is unexpected and perfect for a short note!

National Ice Cream Month by Jayne Nelson for Hero Arts

To finish the cards, I added the ice cream cones with foam tape and scattered a trio of clear gems onto the card. I hope that you’ll make an ice cream inspired card for someone you know and when you finish, treat yourself to a scoop of this delicious treat!

Have a wonderful, crafty week,

jayne-sig

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