A Sunflower Tag Card

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2018-06-26 DRU Sunflower tag inside

I love to find either new or different ways to use my die sets.  Let’s face it, they’re an investment. So our intention is that we’ll use it often.  However, we live in the real world that often distracts us of our original intention.  This die set was one of those purchases for me.  I got them on sale or I probably wouldn’t have bought them.  That would have been my loss!  I just didn’t see how much I would actually use it.  I stopped making a big deal out of wrapping presents when the grands were little because they only care what’s inside at that age.  Now, they prefer gift cards or cash.  Who doesn’t?

Here’s a photo of the “Tag” die used last Christmas as tags.  I decorated an envelope and adhered it to the back for the $ or card.

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For this project I wanted to show you how to use this versatile die set to also create a book fold card.

I used Elizabeth Craft Designs: 960 – Tags & More 7 – Vine

The Steps:

Step 1:  Make the base card by scoring a pc. of 8.5″ x 11″ at 4.25″ on the 8.5″.  Fold over for a book fold that is 4.25″ x 11″.  Using the die pc. that cuts the top and an inch down the sides and tape it to the closed base as below. Notice that I’ve positioned the die to hang over the fold so that it doesn’t cut on that side.:

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In the photo below, I flipped this step over so you can see the fold is taped right next to the blade but not over it.

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The next photo is the result of this run through the cutting machine:

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Step 2.  Using the die in the photo below from this set,  position the die on the front of the base card.  Line up the hole in the die with the one in the front of the base.  Run through a die cutting machine.  Using these same two die pieces, cut one of the top edge pc. and two of the leafy pc. with Olive green cardstock  but trim them where the die ends.  Now adhere the leafy one to the inside matching all the leaves (start w/the tag hole) and the plain edger one to the other side.  The second green leafy one I used on the back of the card.

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This set comes with sooo many little dies to decorate and make edge cuts, that can be used with a lot of other projects.  I love those corner dies:

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Step 3:  I used the “loopy or scallop” edger for both the front and inside of the card.  I also used all 3 of the corner dies.  I wanted to use as many of the dies in this set as I could so you could see how many projects you could use these little décor pcs:

Step 4:  I love Sunflowers and Susan Tierney Cockburn for Elizabeth Craft Designs created a die set that is my favorite 3D Sunflower to use on projects.  I’ve used it so many times and it’s called:  999 – Garden Notes – Sunflower

Cut enough pieces to make 2 sunflowers.  I recommend cut at least two of the petal die for a full flower,  Here’s the link to Susan’s assembly video: Sunflower Video

After watching the video, start to assemble the sunflower directly to the card as shown.

Step 5:  I used one of Susan Cannon’s dies for the sentiment: 1161 – Happy Birthday 2

 

Cut it out twice, once in yellow and once in green.  Glue the yellow on top of the green, offsetting it then adhere to the card as shown.  Tie some coordinating ribbon through both tag holes.

Step 6 is optional.  I sometimes like to decorate the backs of the cards I make.  This one needed it because I used a cardstock for the base that is only 65lb.  Didn’t realize I had until I was too far into it.  That weight would not have been a problem on a smaller card.  But this card is 8.5″ long!  So here’s a look at the back:

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That’s it!  I hope this project inspired you to re-think your tag dies.  This die set is a fantastic value!  I have another project tomorrow using a different tag die set.  I hope you come back tomarrow for Chapter 2: Dies R Us Inspiration Blog

Kathleen (1)

Other Products Used:

Inside sentiment: Fiskars “Make a Wish” Stamp set

Beacon’s Kids Choice Glue

Sizzix Big Shot Plus

 

A Pretty Spring Bouquet of Tulips

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Good Morning Crafters!  For this project for the DiesRUsBlog I wanted to make a “almost any occasion” card.  I love the realistic look of Susan Tierney Cockburn’s GardenNotes dies.  Over at DiesRUs they carry a huge collection.

For this project I chose  Elizabeth Craft Designs 1269 Garden Notes Tulip 2 for the star of this card.

There is a YouTube video showing how to create these cute tulips: Tulip assembly video

I cut enough of the petal pcs. white cardstock to make six tulips.  Then with Copic Marker I “flick” colored from the bottom up to look like the real tulips that are sort of striped.  Cut the pcs. for the stem and leaves from green cardstock and inked the edges with a darker green.  I didn’t adhere them to the project as in the video but instead made each tulip and stuck them in a bud vase filled with toothpicks until I had all the other elements cut and colored’:

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 I also used: 1297 – Garden Notes Ivy Vine    I cut both of the pcs. in this die set with white cardstock and then with a Copic  Marker I colored green but left white areas to mimic variegated ivy.

To tuck into the bouquet, I used: ECD 1425 – Garden Notes – Maidenhair Fern

The Mats are as follows:  The white was cut out of white cardstock using the largest die from this set: ECD 1173 – Dotted Scallop Circles

The pink mat was cut with pink cardstock with the second largest die from this set:

ECD 1113 – Stitched Ovals

The next element you’ll need is to cut the Tea Cup out of white cardstock from ECD 1375 – Garden Notes – Victorian Tea Cup & Saucer

This die also embosses the cup to show the rim and the curved stripe on the bottom that I colored pink with a Copic Marker.  I stamped the pink flowers on the cup with a stick stamp.

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These stick stamps are fun and are from a company called: Stamps by Judith  Visit the site for all kinds of ideas and tutorials using these fun stamp sticks.

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The “Hugs” sentiment was cut with white cardstock from this set: 1269 – Love Sentiments

To assemble the card:  Create a base card by scoring a 8.5 x 11″ pc. of white cardstock. Fold to make a book fold and trim to 5.5 x 7″.  Cut a rectangle from a designer paper that measures 5.25 x 6.75″ and adhere to the base card centered.

Adhere the pink oval to the white oval, then center this oval sandwich to the card.

Next, make a slightly barrel shape to the cup with your thumbs and put two foam dots down the center of the “tea cup” (top to bottom):

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Apply glue to the very bottom underside edge of the cup and place it 1/2″ above the lower edge of the pink oval as shown. Don’t remove the backing paper from the dots yet.  Next, play with the tulips and fern until you like it.  Then glue the stems in place.  Next, remove the backs off the foam dots and apply glue to the underside of the cup handle and all around the cup edges and the back lip of the cup.  As you lift the cup back into place, gently push the sides in so that it accommodates the lift in the middle.

Next, add the “ivy” pcs. where you like them and the word “Hugs” as shown.  Here’s one more look at the card in a shadow box frame:

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That’s it!

Thanks so much for taking a look and I hope you will check in with the DiesRUs Inspiration Blog  to see what the rest of the team has made for daily inspiration!

Other Products Used:

Elizabeth Craft Designs:  White Soft finish Cardstock, Clear Double sided Adhesive

Beacon’s Kids Choice Glue

Sizzix Big Shot Plus

 

C4C – 435 Sketch Week!

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My DT card for this challenge is an homage to Romeo and Juliet!

The Steps:

Step 1:  Make two of  Elizabeth Craft Designs:  Rose  There is an Assembly Video from the designer Susan Tierney Cockburn.

Step 2:  Make a base by scoring a pc. of 8.5 x 11″  black cardstock at 5.5″. Fold over and trim to 5.5x 7″.  Cut a pc. of designer paper 3.5 x 7″ and adhere to the black base card using double sided adhesive as shown.

Step 3:  On your computer create the two sentiments.  Print on cream card stock and cut to 1″ x 3″. Distress the edges with Black Pan Pastel. Then I hand cut the fishtail.  You could also use fishtail dies.

Step 4:  Add the assembled roses and sentiments as shown.

That’s It!

I really appreciate the time you took to take a look.

Products Used:

Elizabeth Craft Designs Rose 1

Elizabeth Craft Designs: Black 12 x 12 Soft Finish Cardstock, 10mm Double Sided Adhesive,  Susan Tierney Cockburn’s  Tool Kit (flower shaping tools)

Beacon’s Kids Choice Glue

JoAnn Fabrics and Craft:  “I love you” designer paper

Sizzix Big Shot Plus

A Mother’s Day Card

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I just love the floral dies by Susan Tierney Cockburn For Elizabeth Craft Designs.

I’m not going to mislead you.  They all take some time to make but worth the effort!  Here’s the link to Susan’s assembly video.  I recommend you watch the videos before you attempt to make most of her floral die sets.  It’s not always obvious how to put them together and it will save so much frustration!

The Steps:

Step 1:  Die cut all the pieces out from the 1487 – Garden Notes – Lilac 2 die set and assemble the lilac.

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I cut both petal pc. dies from a dark lavender cardstock about 6 or 7 times because I like a full lilac.  If I don’t use them all I put the leftovers into the die set envelope so I don’t have to cut as many times the next time I make it.  I cut the leaves from green cardstock and distressed the edges and the center vein with a little purple ink.

Step 2:  I used Susan’s 1375 Victorian Tea Cup and Saucer to put the lilac in:

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Cut the teacup and saucer pcs.  I had tried a technique I learned from one of Els Van de Burg’s Technique Friday videos to put several different colors of ink on a craft mat and then spray water on it.  You then take cardstock and start picking up color as you turn the cardstock.  I used pretty intense colors because I wanted to stamp over it with a large background stamp in white.  It didn’t work out for what I wanted to do but it made an interesting paper for this tea cup set.  I wish I had taken a pic of the paper before I cut it out but didn’t.  Here’s a pic of the rest of the paper after I cut it out.  I cut the saucer from another lavender cardstock.

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Step 3:  Using the 1064 – Fitted Frames 4 Curvy Squares, cut once with white cardstock and again with purple cardstock.  You will use the largest white frame and the second to the largest in purple.

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Step 4:  Cut a 4.75″ square from light lavender cardstock.  Cut a 5.75 square from color coordinated cardstock.  I chose a lavender polka dot cardstock from ModaScrap – “Thinking about Polinesia” also available at Elizabeth Craft Designs.

Step 5:  Make a card base by cutting an 12 x 12″ piece of white cardstock in half.  Score one half at 6″ and fold over.

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Step 6:  Assemble the card.  Adhere the lavender ModaScrap square to the base card.  Adhere the 4.75″ lavender sq. centered next.  Then adhere the white curvy square over the lavender one. (it also measures 4.75″)  Next adhere the purple curvy sq. inside the white one matching up the curves.

Step 7:  Adhere the saucer, teacup, lilac and leaves as shown.

Step: 8:  Using this die from Die-Versions cut mom from purple cardstock.

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Cut a little tag from this set from white cardstock and ink the edges with lavender ink:

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Adhere the “Mom” to the little tag.  Cut a little pc. of Bakers Twine and attach the tag to the handle of the tea cup.

That’s It!

Thanks so much for stopping by for a look.

Other Products Used:

Elizabeth Craft Designs:  White Soft Finish cardstock, Clear Double Sided Adhesive

Sizzix Big Shot Plus

Beacons Kid Choice Glue

 

A ‘Summer” theme card

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I can’t wait to be able to count on warm weather!  So my card today is a nod to Summer!  What screams summer more that blue gingham and red Geraniums.  This card could be used for any occasion by just using a different sentiment.

Here’s the steps:

Step 1: Cut all the petal pcs. 3 times for each flower. (run these pcs. 3 times through your machine with two layers of red cardstock.  Cut the leaf pcs. 3 times with two layers of green cardstock.  Add a little of 340.5 Permanent Red PanPastel to the edges of the leaves.  Assemble the 3 Geraniums by shaping and gluing.

The die set:  1019 – Susan’s Garden Geranium

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Geranium Assembly Video

This video shows the geranium being assembled directly on your project which is great but not for this project.  Assemble each flower and you will slide them into and onto the Gathering basket.

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Step 2:   Cut one Gathering Basket from light brown cardstock and lightly add some 780.5 Raw Umber PanPastel to bring out the basket weave embossing that happens when you cut this die:  1483 – Garden Notes – Gathering Basket

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Step 3:  Cut two Oval mats.  One using the 2nd largest die from this die set and white cardstock:  1113 – Stitched Ovals :

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Cut one using the largest die in red cardstock from this die set:  1173 – Dotted Scallop Ovals

Step 4:  Create a base card by scoring a 12 x 12″ pc. of white cardstock at 6″.  Fold at score line and trim to 6 x 6.5″.  Cut a rectangle that measures 5.75″ x 6.25″ from blue gingham cardstock.  Adhere, centered, to white base card.  Now adhere the red scallop oval, centered onto the blue gingham layer.

Step 5:  Sort of shape the gathering basket by holding it with both thumbs on the underside of the pc. and your two pointer fingers together on the right side of the pc. and centered.  Now keeping your thumbs together on the wrong side, slide your pointer to curve the pc. over your thumbs.  Glue only the lower edge of the basket to white oval as shown in the photo below.  You will glue the sides down by adding glue to the undersides and  push the sides towards the center very slightly to keep it’s 3D shape:

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Next start auditioning your flowers, petals and little blooms into and onto the basket until you like what you see and glue in place.

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Create a sentiment on your computer and cut out with the smallest die from this set:

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Ink the edges with light blue ink and adhere to basket.  You could also use a small tag and bakers twine and attach to the handle.

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Thanks so much for taking a look!  I hope you’ve been inspired and will check in with the Inspiration Design Team daily: Dies R Us Inspiration Blog

Other products used:

Elizabeth Craft Designs: Stamp (sentiment inside) RS010 – All Things of Nature

Michael’s: Blue Gingham paper

Beacon’s Kids Choice Glue

Sizzix Big Shot Plus

C4C – 429 Use your dies as stencils!

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Well, this was a fun challenge theme because I got to use what is clearly becoming my favorite 2 die sets:  Happy Frame and Happy Frame XL by Elizabeth Craft Designs .

For this project I used the Happy Frame XL

Let’s make this card:

Step 1:  Using the Happy Frame XL die cut 4 times with heavy weight white cardstock.

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Step 2:  Attach a pc. of scrap heavy weight cardstock that’s at least 2 x 4″ to Double sided adhesive.  Secure the longest die from the below die set, sharp edge down on the adhesive side and run through your cutting machine:

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The photo above shows the 730 – Curvy Leaves die set, the stencil I made and another piece of a double sided adhesive I tried this die first as a stencil (that’s why it has ink on it) and the practice piece of cardstock that’s 1″ wide like the Happy Frame is.

Step 3: Cut the frame pcs. to 6″ long on the longest side. With your handmade stencil and stamp pad inks, stencil the Happy Frame pcs. (I applied 2 greens and a brown ink pads:

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Next, using PanPastel’s 780.5 Raw Umber, lightly with a small sponge dauber, distress the entire frame pcs. except the two outside folds as shown below in case it would affect the adhesive when you assemble the frame:

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Now assemble the frame

This is the assembly video link:   Happy Frame assembly video.

Step 4:  Size, print and color with Copic Markers this digital stamp from called “Sunflowers” Di’s Digi Stamps. 

Trim the colored print centered in a 6″ square.

I then went over the print with the same very light touch of Raw Umber PanPastel.

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Step 5:  Cut enough pcs. to make two Sunflowers from this die set (I cut the petal pcs. out 2 or 3 times for each flower just for extras, the seeds pc. twice per flower, and the leaves twice per flower) Cut the leaves from green cardstock and the petals from yellow cardstock and the seeds from dark brown cardstock:

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Sunflower Assembly video

Add color as in the assembly video and shape the parts too:

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Now as in the video build your two sunflowers right onto your assembled frame:

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Step 6:  Add 10mm (1/2″) Clear Double Sided adhesive to the edges of your 6″ colored image square on the colored side.  Now attach it to the back of the frame.

Step 7:  Create a base card by cutting a pc. of 12 x 12″ cardstock in half and scoring one of the halves at 6″.  Fold over.  My choice for base cards if I have the color on hand is Elizabeth Craft Design’s Soft finish cardstock.  I love it’s weight 100lb. and it’s colored on only one side.  When I want to stamp on the inside this is a great benefit:

If you are going to stamp a sentiment on the inside, do it now.

Step 8:  Add Clear Double Sided adhesive 10m to all four front edges of your card base.  Adhere the frame to the card.

That’s It!

Thanks so much again for having a look.  These frames are so fun.  And come back next week for another fun challenge!  Please let me know you were here by leaving a comment.  I love to read them!

Other Products Used:

Elizabeth Craft Designs: Soft Finish Cardstock 12 x 12 Dove Gray and 8.5 x 11 white,  10mm Clear Double Sided Adhesive.

Beacon’s Kid’s Choice Glue

Sizzix Big Shot Plus

 

 

 

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 403 Sketch Challenge

It’s the 3rd week of September which means it’s time for a sketch over at Crazy4Challenges!

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As soon as I saw this month’s sketch I thought of something with a window.  But, it had to be a small window to fit within the sketch.  I chose this one from Spellbinders:

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The Steps

Step 1:  I cut one first out of a pc. of scrap yellow paper see how it would look and where I could cut it to make it a square.  Then I used it to determine where I needed to cut the window hole in the card.

Step 2:  I cut a rectangle the measures 4.25 x 5.75.  After determining where the square hole should be using the yellow scrap window pc. as a guide I taped the 2nd smallest die in ECD 1118 – Stitched Squares to cut a square hole.

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Step 3:  Run the step 2 piece through your cutting machine sandwiched into this Brick Embossing folder by Darice:

2017-08-29 12.00.15Step 4:  Cut the window from the same blue cardstock as the base card.  Trim the top off.  Now glue the “window pc.”  over the square hole as shown.

Step 5:  I just love this little happy Kitten from Frantic Stamper Inc.  Cut and color one of these Kittens.

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Step 6:  Choose a scrap pc. of floral paper similar to the one pictured below that I used and cut a 2 x2″ square from this paper.  Cut a piece of Transparency Film (2 x 2″ sq.).  Glue the transparency film square behind the window and then glue the finished “Kitten” behind the transparency, then the 2×2″ square floral paper behind the kitten.

Step 7:  With the 5th largest or 4th smallest die depending on how you count, cut a yellow circle with 1116 – Stitched Circles.  Glue this circle as the last pc. behind the Floral pc.  Glue the window stack so that the upper two corners meet the upper edge of the circle!  This leaves a little more room at the bottom for the branch of birds. (The stack from top to bottom:  window, film, kitten, floral, yellow circle.)

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Step 8:  Glue the window sandwich onto the left side of the Brick embossed pc. as shown. You want the left window edge to be even with the left side of the Brick embossed pc.  Trim off the excess yellow circle.

Step 9:  With white cardstock, cut just the branch pc. from the below die set by Susan Tierney Cockburn for Elizabeth Craft Designs.  Color with Copic markers then trim off the two top branches and glue under the window.  Trim off where needed.

2017-03-15 14.27.24Step 10:  Using white cardstock, cut 3 of both of the birds from this die set By Susan and color with Copic markers:

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Step 11:  Cut the tiny ivy from another set by Susan below out of green cardstock.  I veined the ivy with Susan’s Flower shaping tool kit.  Now glue the 6 finished birds and some ivy leaves onto the branch as shown.

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The Ivy Leaves were cut from this ECD die set by Susan:

2017-08-29 13.43.23Step 12:  Make a base card by scoring a piece of blue cardstock at 5.5″ on the long side.  Fold at the score and trim to a finished size of 5.5 x 7″.  Adhere the Brick and window piece to the base card.

Step 13:  Cut 4 of the straight ropes from this die set out of white cardstock:

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The ropes are almost the same size as the long sides of the “Brick” wall pc. so start with the top and bottom and glue a rope to the edges.  Trim as needed.  Now glue “ropes” to the two sides.  Because I chose to use the branch for the banner and the “birds” for the 6 x’s, I didn’t really have a place for a sentiment, but this card needed one badly.  So I used this die from Lawn Fawn:

hello-by-lawn-fawnI cut it once from white cardstock and once from blue cardstock.  This gave it dimension as well as a shadow so you could see it better but it wasn’t in your face so to spea k.  Glue the two together with the white on top but slightly offset as shown.  Then glue the pc. to the front of the card.

The inside was made by creating a sentiment on my computer, printing it out and cutting it out of ECD’s 1174 – Dotted Scallop Rectangles.  Then I added a sun and the little bird that were honestly left overs from another project.

That’s It!

I know this seems like a lot of steps but they’re all easy, quick steps.  Thanks so much for taking a look.

Other products used:

Elizabeth Craft Designs: Clear Double Sided adhesive 10m

Beacon Kids Choice Glue

Sizzix Big Shot Plus