A Whaley Good Birthday

I really like the Whale of a Time DSP from Stampin’ Up! It makes it very simple to create a stunning background for cards. However, to avoid it looking like I’d just stuck a bit of paper on my card, I cut my DSP into panels and matted them.

Using the coordinating punch, I cut out a whale and glued it onto a whale cut from navy card to give more stability.

I heat embossed my sentiments in silver and also added the bubbles on the centre panel above where the whale would be.

The inside sentiment is from the Whale Done stamp set together with the shoal of fish, which I also stamped on the envelope.

The final job was to assemble the various elements.  The panels were glued onto the card base and I added foam behind the whale and the sentiments for some dimension.

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Jigsaw Love

It was my parent’s wedding anniversary last week.  They are avid jigsaw doers so we bought them a couple of new ones, one of which is Van Gogh’s The Starry Night.  That will keep them busy a while!

To coordinate with their gifts, I decided on a jigsaw-based card.  I’ve made similar cards with hearts as the bride and groom.  I used my Cricut to cut out the pieces.

For the ‘bride’, I dry embossed the piece and added a pearl necklace before gluing the 4 pieces together.

For the ‘groom’ I chopped off the bobble, then cut down the centre and folded back the two triangles to form the lapels of the jacket.  I drew on the buttons with a white gel pen and the bow-tie is a small piece of ribbon with a knot tied in it. The pieces were glued together, adding in a white layer for the shirt.

I like clean and simple background for these style cards so I simply scored a frame from the reverse and then added my greeting using black ink and clear embossing powder.  I prefer this to black embossing powder as I think it gives a sharper image.  This was mounted on a black mat layer.

Finally, I adhered the jigsaw pieces onto the card using some thin foam squares.

Fancy Fold: The Bridge Fold

I do love a fancy fold card.  They always look impressive and aren’t always as tricky to make as you’d think.  This week’s design is called the bridge fold and was made for friends who have just moved into a new home.  It folds flat to fit inside a square envelope and can be simple or a little more complicated with an extra layer to add more dimension.

To begin, I cut a 5¾” x 6” square and with the 6” length at the top of the score board, scored at 1”, 2”, 4” and 5”.  I added some very old DSP depicting country scenes in navy and white as this really popped with the lime green card base.

Next, I die cut some hills, trees, grass, a house and a card and stamped my house with the greeting.

My middle layer was cut to just under 5” and score at ½” at each end. I arranged the house, car and trees and the glued it into place, folding the lugs backwards.

The ‘bridge’ section was built by adding some trees and then finally the grass, which I raised on foam squares for some extra dimension.  This was glued onto the side panels on the front of the card.

The shot from above shows the 3D nature of this card…

…but looks even better from the front!

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