This week our Hostess, Francis Byrne, who is also our team leader, has challenged us to make a card that is inspired by a book. My card was inspired by Hansel and Gretel. Why a child’s book you ask. Well because I always have a book I’m reading, but I don’t read books that easily translate to a cute card. I read military, or murder and detective mysteries. Romance novels bore me out of my mind. They’re too predictable. For example I think Daniell Steel really only wrote one book. All the others are the same story only the characters names and occupations are different. I chose instead a book my mother read to me when I was young and sick. It was both memorable and terrifying because at the end of our street was where the forest began in Los Alamos, New Mexico. A lot of my elementary school pals played in that forest but not me! So this is another easy, peasy card.
Step 1: The card measures 6 x 4.75″. Score an 8.5 x 11″ piece of white cardstock at 5.5″. Fold over for a top fold card. Cut a mat using the larges die from Elizabeth Craft Designs: 1120 – Stitched Rectangles
I used a piece of wood look cardstock from Michael’s Craft Store.
Step 2: I used a discontinued die set from Karen Burniston when she was with Elizabeth Craft Designs called 914 – Outdoor Edges – 3 die set to cut a trees in the background look. I cut a 3″ x 5″ rectangle from dark Green Cardstock. Then used Removable Scotch Tape from Staples to attach the tree edge in this set to the very top of this rectangle and cut the “tree edge”. Adhere this to the wood look layer. I attached it with the lower edge of the wood layer just above the “stitch” line.
Step 3: Cut out all the pieces for all 3 of Karen Burniston’s: https://karenburniston.com/woodland-animals-die-set/
Step 4: The 5 trees are from a discontinued Karen Burniston set called Evergreen Pivot Card. However, she re-released this set when she went on her own. Below is a photo of the new one and the link: https://karenburniston.com/evergreen-pivot-panels/
Step 5: The sentiment “thanks” is an Elizabeth Craft Designs die: https://www.elizabethcraftdesigns.com/products/thanks-1
I cut it once from yellow cardstock and once with green cardstock. I glued the yellow over the green offset just a little.
Here’s a photo of all the elements of my card. I like to get everything ready so I can try different layouts:
Once I like it then I start gluing things in place. Here’s another quick look. The sentiment “thanks” on this little forest scene is because I’m going to add it to the top of boxes of homemade brownies and cookies for my town’s Firehouses. I live in California, 2 hrs. by car east of Yosemite. Every year there is a fire in one of California’s beautiful forests. And every year our boys and girls are sent in to relieve the ones up there that are completely exhausted. Besides our hot dry summer days (it’s supposed to be 102 on Sunday) they carry 80lbs. of equipment on their backs. One yr. that I delivered a similar package, I arrived just as one of the relief shifts were off their turn and returning back to the fire house. You can’t imagine what they looked like. Covered in black and grey ash, and could barely walk. The shift going out to replace them, picked up their pace to each grab one of their returning house mates, and help them get into the fire house to shower, eat and sleep. They will all do the same thing the next day…..for days! :
Thanks so much for taking a look! I sooo appreciate my followers and remember you can ask any question and I will get right back to you!
Other Products Used:
Amazon: Sookwang Clear double sided adhesive
Beacons Kids Choice Glue
Sizzix Big Shot Pro