Dies R Us – Kids Cards!

I decided to enter the current challenge at Dies R Us which is “Kids Cards”.

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The image I chose for this challenge is one called “Peaceful Easter” from The Paper Shelter.  I fell in love with this sweet image of innocence:

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The Steps:

Step 1:  Download, size and print the image.  If you’re new to digital stamps,  the greatest reference on many things about using digital images is from a website called Kit and Clowder.   This is a company that teaches coloring with Markers and Pencils.  They also have areas on their website that have an amazing amount of information on all things coloring!  The below photo shows how I always print out an image that I buy in both the black and white, and color version on one page that I keep in a binder.  It also has the image that I colored with PrismaColor Premium Pencils. 

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After I colored the stamped image I created the background with stencils and PanPastel’s then trimmed the finished image to 5 x 7″ with the stamped image centered:

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Step 2:  Cut 2 rectangle mats that measure 5 x 7″.  One from Designer cardstock and one from white cardstock.  From the Die set below on the right 1113 – Stitched Ovals, center the second to the largest on the Designer cardstock and run through your machine.  From the same die set, center the third to the largest on the white rectangle.  Save the Oval mats for another project because you will use the rectangle mats with the oval cut outs.

2016-11-26-17-11-25Step 3:  Adhere the white mat to this layer. Then, on top. the Designer layer.  The photo below is these 3 layers and the beginning of step 4:

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Step 4:  Cut from white cardstock and color with Copic Markers, all the decorator items as follows:

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Cut the grass, eggs, bunnies and fence once.  Cut all the Holly Hock pcs. to assemble the holly hock on your card directly and build the plant from the stem up as the picture in step 3.

Step 5:  Assemble the Holly Hock on the left as shown then add the fence, bunnies and eggs on the bottom.

Step 6:  Create a base card by scoring a 8.5 x 11″ at 5.5″ on the long side.  Fold and trim down to 5.5 x 7.5″.  Adhere the assembled front to the base.

That’s It!

Thanks so much for taking a look.  Please follow and leave a comment.  I love to read them and answer any questions.

Other Products Used:

Elizabeth Craft Designs:  White Soft Finish Cardstock White,  Clear Double sided adhesive 10mm

Beacons Kids Choice Glue

Sissix Big Shot Plus

 

C4C 414 Color something!

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Below is the inside of this card:

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This week’s challenge over at Crazy4Challenges is to color!  I just recently bought some digital stamps from The Paper Shelter.  This little stamp is called “Snow Angel”and I fell in love with her!

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This is also a 3D scene card but only 2 layers:

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The Steps:

Step 1:  Digital stamps can be printed out in any size.  I knew I wanted to make a multi layered card so that it would look like this little Snow Angel was out in the woods under a blanket of fresh falling snow.  Print out the image in the size that will be in ratio to the other elements (trees).

Cut 8 trees from this die set:

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You can cut two layers of cardstock at a time with these dies.  Glue two trees together to end up with four trees.  I need them early in the project so I can audition other things in relationship to this die set!

Step 2:  Color the Snow Angel with Copic Markers:

Step 3:  Create a background for the scene.  First, cut the printed and colored cardstock down to 5.5″ x 7″.  I used a stencil by Susan Tierney Cockburn for Elizabeth Craft Designs called “Cloud and Grass” to create the sky using PanPastels 520.5 Ultramarine Blue:

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Then using a white gel pen, I made little circles to look like snow:

Next using Copic N0, color the snow mounds in, accenting the artist’s lines and making the illusion of snow mounds in the forest:

Next using a product called Snow Writer add this dimension to the colored snow mounds and on the circles and some lines that the artist drew.  Immediately shake Elizabeth Craft Designs Silk Microfine Glitter Cool over all of this product:

 

Step 4:  The “trees” in the above die set have a built in embossing effect that suggests the dark lines on a birch tree.  With Copic liner pen .3,  I went over these embossed lines.

Step 5: Adhere two of the trees to both sides as shown below but leave some of the small branches not glued.  This gives you some options of tucking other items under them:

Step 6:  Stick a piece of white cardstock to Elizabeth Craft Designs Clear Double Sided Adhesive that measures 4″ x 2″.  Take the backing off of the adhesive and shake Silk Microfine Glitter Cool over this entire adhesive pc.  Shake off the excess and polish with your fingers.  Using the “Snow Flake”  from this die set, cut twice placing the die cutting side down on the glitter side of this pc. Tip: Cut off the excess glittered cardstock for each run through of the “snow flake” and the other dies you’ll run through your die cutting machine using this glittered cardstock.   I added ECD Glitter Dots Transparent/silver to the center of each snowflake.

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Cut two of the smallest snowflakes from this set: 757 -Snowflakes by Elizabeth Craft Designs using the same technique as above (I cut off the circles)

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Cut (out of white cardstock) and color the two birds from this set with Copic Markers:

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Step 7:  Make the second layer, the frame.  Cut a rectangle from heavy white cardstock that measures 5.5″ x 7″.  I had to improvise this step so I placed the third largest of this die set with the shortest side placed on one side of the rectangle eyeballing an even margin from the edge on those three sides.  Run it through your cutting machine.  Keep the mat that it cuts for the inside sentiment as I did.  Next, slide the die to the opposite side and run through the machine again.

Step 8:  Make the base card by scoring a 12″ x 12″ pc. of Elizabeth Craft Designs Soft Finish Cardstock Dusky Sky at 6″.   Fold over and trim to 6″ x 7.5″.   Cut a rectangle from white cardstock that measures 5.75″ x 7.25″.  Adhere this rectangle to the “Dusky Sky” base card centering as shown with ECD double sided adhesive 10mm.  Next adhere the stamped first layer to this white rectangle also centering it.

Step 9:  Lay the “frame” layer from step 7 and lay it on top of this stack. Cut the last to trees in half dividing the two trunks. Adhere the  two tree halves that were the left trunks to both sides as shown with Beacon’s Kids Choice Glue.  Now that you have both layers almost finished you know where you want the “snow flakes and birds”:

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Step 10:   On the underside of the frame layer add foam dimensionals like this:

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Pull the backs off the foam and carefully place exactly over the stamped Snow Angel layer.  They should be exactly the same size.

Step 11:  You can either stamp a sentiment or do what I did for the inside sentiment.  I used the white mat that was cut from step 7 and  these two die sets:

Brush the outer edge only of the white mat with Wink of Stella Clear.  Cut “Merry Christmas” from silver mirror cardstock.  Cut two flourishes from the same ECD Dusky Sky cardstock as the base card.

That’s it!

I hope you’ll give making a 3D card yourself.  They are so fun to create.  But it’s not necessary for the challenge.  We hope you will show us what you do for this weeks challenge.  You inspire us!  Add 3 Blue/Silver Glitter Dots to both of the Flourishes.

Other products used:

Beacon’s Kids choice glue

Michaels:  Dimensional foam adhesives

Joanne Crafts: Silver Mirror cardstock

Sizzix Big Shot Plus

 

 

C4C 404 A Baby Interactive Card

 

C4C 404 – An interactive card challenge

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This weeks challenge was to make an interactive card.  There are so many options for cards in this category.  Just search Pinterest and other social sharing sites and you’ll see how many there are!

The Steps:

Step 1:  I was asked by one of my salon customers to make a card for the new baby in her family.  I made a card similar to this one for my niece when we all found out she was pregnant and so decided to use this same Silhouette file for the inside of my card.  It’s called “Baby Crib Pop Up Card”.  I cut the blue Gingham wallpaper, the crib, shelf, and blocks from this file.

Step 2:  From Silhouette file “a2 Step Card Baby Dresser”  I cut the dresser, and hanging onezy.   I cut the teddy bear from Silhouette file “Just hanging (teddy bear)”.

Step 3:  Make the window with this die from Spellbinders:  Cut the top part off:

Then color with Copic markers.  Cut a 2×2″ square from white cardstock and sponge with PanPastel AquaMarine Blue and Susan Tierney Cockburn’s stencil “Clouds and Grass”.  I used a branch I trimmed off of  this die from Susan Tierney Cockburn’s 1006 – Susan’s Garden – Cherry Blossom.  The bird is from her 1012 – CountryScapes – Critters 2 and the tiny ivy is from her 1036 – CountryScapes Mini Botanicals – Clematis, Ivy.  Attach to the sponged clouds 2×2″ square as pictured.

Cut a 2×2″ square of “Film Transparency”.  Glue to the back of the cut and colored window and adhere this pc. to the pc. above.

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Stamp the curtain valance onto the same blue gingham cardstock used to cut the wallpaper.  Then cut with the valance die.  This set includes the stamps and dies.

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Adhere this valance to the top of the completed window piece.

Step 4:  Make a base card by cutting a 12 x 12″ piece of Elizabeth Craft Designs White Soft Finish Cardstock in half and score at 6″ on one half along the 12″ side.  Fold the card at the score line and begin to assemble the inside.

With Elizabeth Craft Designs Blossom Layering Stencil and baby blue ink stencil the top half of the inside of the card.

With 10mm clear double sided adhesive attach the wallpaper to the bottom of the insides of the card.  Adhere the crib piece to the card.  Then add all the other decorator items as pictured above.

Step 5:  To create the front of the card, first using the largest die in Elizabeth Craft Designs 1118 – Stitched Squares, cut out of white ECD Soft Finish Cardstock 85lbStencil clouds using the same PanPastel AquaMarine Blue and the “Clouds and Grass” stencil.  Cover the entire card as shown.

Step 6:  In word, I spelled out the baby’s name with enough space between the letters to cut them out with the 2 banner dies in Elizabeth Craft Designs  – 778 -Lots of Pops.  Print this word file onto 65lb. cardstock and cut the banners by placing these little banner dies over each letter.  Fold each cut banner over a piece of white bakers twine and glue the two lower pointy ends together.  (Don’t glue the top of the banner where it folds over the twine yet so that you can still slide them on the twine).  Leave an extra 2″ of the twine on each end, of each name.

 

Step 7:  Cut the Hot Air Balloon Pieces from white cardstock using this die set:

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Color with Copic Markers as shown using B21, 23,24 and Y08.

Using the die set below cut all the pieces from white cardstock and color with Copic Markers:

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Glue the “little bunny” (with the hang tag cut off) in the Hot Air Balloon as shown after you cut off the two inside (what looks like the ropes that attach the basket to the balloon) pieces.

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Stamp the sentiment on a piece of white scrap cardstock from this stamp set:

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Cut out the stamped sentiment with the smallest of labels in this set:

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Sponge the edges with the same AquaMarine Blue PanPastel.

Cut out 1 large and 2 small clouds out of white scrap cardstock from this die set:

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Sponge the edges like the label above.

Step 8:  Drape the Baby’s first name banner over the top left corner of the stenciled cloud square.  Put a dimensional dot behind the top of each banner making an arc.  Glue the points of the banner down with a dot of glue.  Tape the ends of the twine behind this cloud layer.  Do the same for the baby’s middle name but tape the twine at the start of these banners under where the sentiment label will be.  Adhere the sentiment over the end as pictured with dimensional squares.

Step 9:  Adhere the assembled “balloon/bunny and clouds” piece as shown and tape the other end of the twine under the above pc.

Step 10:  Adhere the above completed scene to the front of the pop up card being careful to have the card open like a book.

Step 11:  I was initially going to add a scalloped edge around the above step but in the end used the negative around the edge because it looked more boyish and also went with the pointy ends of the banners:

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Optional:  I wanted the new mother to know how much I enjoyed making this card so created a message and adhered it to the back of a piece of Elizabeth Craft Designs “Through the Lens” 6×6″ cardstock “Stone”.  This pc. becomes the floor when the card is displayed open.:

That’s it!  For you that is!  Since I made this card the same customer of mine ordered another one just like this one!!  Yikes!  Here it is:

Thanks so much for taking a look. I  love reading your comments!

C4C 401 By the Sea

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This weeks challenge over at Crazy4Challenges was to use the ocean or the beach as our inspiration.  A while back I found a card that I loved and wanted to make one like it.  Here is Beverly Polen’s card:

Inspired by Beverly Polen from Pinterest

So this was the perfect time to give this a try.  I already had very similar dies and products so I had no more excuses.

The Steps:

Step 1:  I began with the background.  I used my favorite stencil for skies and clouds by Susan Tierney Cockburn named “Cloud and Grass”.  Susan has a YouTube video demonstrating how to effectively use this stencil.  I used this stencil and PanPastel UltraMarine Pastel to fill a little less than 1/3 of the top half of the cardstock rectangle that measures 5.5 x 7″

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Using the same color PanPastel I started coloring an ocean.  Before I got to far down I colored the beach with PanPastel’s Raw Umber and Diarylide Yellow.  Next I brought down the sky to meet up with the beach.  At the point that the sky and beach meet I used a product called Snow Writer by DecoArt to create what I thought looked like sea foam and also made some incoming waves.

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Step 2:  Make all the elements that will make up the ocean scene:

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I didn’t use everything but I wanted to have some options.  I used elements from these die sets from Elizabeth Craft Designs:

I cut everything out of white cardstock.  I do this so I can cut a lot of dies in one run  through the die cutting machine and the assembled elements need to look realistic.

Step 3:  Start to create the scene by adhering the assembled elements to the background piece.  Here’s where I ran into trouble.  I wanted some of my elements to be on the frame like Beverly’s inspiration card but after I had glued things in place I realized I didn’t have nested dies large enough to make a rectangle frame.  I do own a Silhouette Cameo and could have made a frame but I went the old school way:

I cut half inch strips of 100lb white cardstock and cut the ends at a 45 degree angle.  I dug into my paper only trash and found the negative from the mat and used just the four corners to back the corners for my frame.  Also, I realized where I planned to put the “Light House” I didn’t have enough “beach” on the lower left side of my background piece.  I didn’t want the light house to look like it was in the middle of the ocean so I got out another die set:

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The die pc. in this set above, in the lowest left hand corner creates the stones for this wall.  I used these pieces to make a stone sea wall for the light house.  Some of the stones I glued to the background and some to the frame around the Light house as shown.  The Sea Gull and the banded drift wood is glued to the background piece as well as the flying gulls.  I then added the “pussy willow” in the lower left corner on the frame.  The “chain is glued across the bottom of the frame and behind the “light house.  The “Anchor” is from the light house die set.  The “Corner” dies on the two upper corners are from this set:

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Step 4:  Once the frame was completed I attached it to the background on foam dimension dots and that completes this card.

Thank you so much for Beverly’s card I had pinned on Pinterest for inspiring my card.

Thanks to all that took the time to take a look and maybe try one of your own.

 Other products used:

Elizabeth Craft Designs:  White Soft Finish Cardstock, Clear double sided Adhesive

Beacons Kids Choice glue

Sizzix Big Shot Plus

A card challenge over at Crazy 4 Challenges

 

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Challenge #C4C395

Crazy 4 Challenges launches a new challenge every Saturday.  Each designer on their team takes turns deciding what the “theme” of the week will be.  This last Sat. was “Hammock Day” according to The Days of the Year Calendar.  So this weeks challenge was to make a card that depicted “Relaxation”.

I’ve had this cute stamp set for a little while now but hadn’t used it.  It’s from Art Impressions:

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I decided that the 3 ladies on folding chairs certainly looked like they’re relaxing!  I decided to have them at the beach front retirement community.  I imagined in my head, they were watching younger men walk by.  LOL! 

The Steps:  Stamps and stencils layered!

Step 1:  I Stamped the 3 ladies on 6.75 x 4.75″ White Copic Marker Paper using a Misti and Black Archival Ink.  I colored them with Copic Markers.

Step 2:  Again, I got to use Susan Tierney Cockburn’s stencils:

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It was very easy to use the stencils over my colored image step because you can see through them.  I taped them in place and taped on top of the stencils where my ladies were with temporary tape:

 

 

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The above photo shows after I put in the clouds and the sand mounds.  I colored with PanPastels using these two stencils then filled in the sand dunes with the same color but with a lighter touch.  I stamped the sentiment from the same stamp set. (details of products at end of this post).

Step 3: Die Cut the palm tree and coconuts out of white cardstock using Elizabeth Craft Designs 987 – Palm Tree & Pail by Karen Burniston. 

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I colored all of the cut tree pieces with Copic Markers and shaped them with the medium ball tool out of Susan Tierney Cockburn’s Tool Kit.  I adhered the assembled Palm Tree gluing only the bottom of the trunk to the card and putting 3 foam dots to the underside of the tree (under the coconuts area)  to give it more dimension.

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I cut the little star fish using a little die that was a “gift with purchase” from Gina Marie Designs using cream scrap cardstock and colored with PanPastels:

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Step 4:  Cut a black piece of cardstock 5 x 7″ and adhere your finished scene to this black mat.  Make a base card that measures 5.25 x 7.25″ when folded and adhere the matted scene to the front of the card base.  That’s It!

Thank you so much for taking the time to look.  I hope you’ll join this fun card challenge.  Again, they always have a new one on Saturdays.

I answer all questions from the comments section below past the products list personally.

Other Products Used:

Elizabeth Craft Designs:  Susan Tierney Cockburn’s Stencils:  Behind the Scene Stencils: Cloud & Grass and Snowstorm and Mounds.

PanPastels:  Raw Umber and Ultramarine Blue

Copic Sketch Markers

Misti

Sizzix Big Shot Plus

 

A Background scene made entirely with stencils!

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I was so inspired by one of Susan Tierney Cockburn’s own creations that I went right over to Elizabeth Craft Designs and bought all the stencils, (ones I didn’t have) that were on sale.  Which was a fab surprise!  The picture below is Susan’s card.

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Yes, I know mine is pitiful next to hers!  But, the point of this blog is the journey!  I loved hers so much but didn’t want to copy it exactly (like I could).  First that would be plagiarism if by some miracle I could pull that off, and second I wanted to try flipping the stencil (like Susan did for the tree reflection) but with the river.  Plus, I had new toys and wanted to try them all, of course.

Here are the stencils that I used:

The two on the left are: The Great Outdoors and Mountain and Split Rail Fence. The three on right are: Cloud and Grass,  Evergreen Grove and Shade Trees.

Here’s how I made this card:

As, I said, I had this idea to continue the “river” behind the covered bridge.

Step 1:  I trimmed a piece of white cardstock to a 5.75 x 5.75″ square.  Then I die cut Susan’s 1217 – Country Scapes – Olde Covered Bridge out of white cardstock and colored with Copic Markers.

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The covered bridge is the focal point so I needed it to even begin to start stenciling the background.

Step 2:  The above picture is the first thing I did.  Using the bridge die pc. as a guide, I used the Great Outdoors stencil  and PanPastels to stencil the water in front of the bridge and the stones.  Then I flipped the stencil over to stencil the water behind the bridge. Then, while I still had the bridge taped down with temporary tape,  I colored with PanPastels, the road “through the bridge”.

Step 3:  Above pictured, I added the  “Mountains” “Shade Tree”, head of the reindeer and one “evergreen tree” and the “grass” in the lower right corner.  Then I put the bridge over it to see where else I wanted trees.

2017-07-13 19.02.30Step 4:  In the above picture I just started filling in more “Evergreens” and the “Mountains”

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Step 5:  This photo is the finished scene.  I went over some of the images with more PanPastel color to darken up some of the images and added the “rail fence” and grass on the lower right side..

Step 6:  My original intention was to use one of Elizabeth Crafts Designs dies in the  1047 – Pop it Ups – Western Edges – 4 die set as part of my scene.  It is the one with the two horses. Pictured below:

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But the horses were to big to be at the foothills of the mountains.  But I had already cut and colored it.  By coincidently, it was laying by the bottom of the finished scene and I liked how it looked as if the horses had stopped to get a drink.  I really liked it lifted by dimension foam dots.

Step 7:  I cut a grass piece out of green cardstock using the 914 – Outdoor Edges -3 die set below and adhered it behind the “horse” piece.  I stenciled the horse pc. with the negative from the grass die pc. as a stencil.

Then I added some little grass dies from Obsession Impression on top of the horse layer on both ends, pictured below:

Step 8:  Attach the above “grass, horse, grass” stack with “Foam Dimension Dots” to the lower edge of your stenciled scene.

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Step 9:  To create the Easel base card, cut a piece of 12 x 12″ white cardstock in half.  Score one half on the 12″ side at 3″ and 6″.

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Next cut a pc. of cardstock 3 x 6″.  In my case, I used a scrap pc. of double sided designer paper that looks like old painted wood.  Then stamped a sentiment “The Best Things In Life” by Susan Tierney Cockburn for Elizabeth Craft Designs.

Next using the die set by ECD cut the two grass pieces using the same green cardstock your other grass was cut with.  Adhere these two grass helpers as shown below to the underside of your 3×6″ panel:

I added a rope die I cut with brown cardstock with ECD die set: 1125 – Ropes 1

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 and attached to the front of this panel as shown.

Now adhere this panel to the lower 3″ of your scored base card.  (the side that is 6″ sq. not scored.

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I colored a brown stripe with a Copic E71 because I didn’t like the white showing under the scene that I think was caused because of the additional pumped out layer.  Easy fix!

Now fold the scored half over the paneled half and adhere the scene pc. to the lower 3″ ONLY of the front of this card:

 That’s it!

A card that the recipient can display easily without an additional stand:

Thank so much for taking a look.  As you can see, I’ve got a ways to go before I’m stenciling like the great Susan but it sure is fun to keep trying.  Stencils are relatively inexpensive and their uses are nearly endless.

Other Products Used:

Elizabeth Craft Designs:  12×12″ 100lb. White Soft Finish Cardstock, Clear Double sided adhesive 10mm

PH NEUTRAL PVA glue

Copic Markers

Sizzix Big Shot Plus

Hampton Art brown ink pad