Diamond Pop-Up Card

This week’s card is a fancy fold that I happened across on Sam Calcott’s YouTube channel and was intrigued to try it out so used it for a 60th birthday card I needed to make.

To begin, I made a template so I’ve got a guide if I want to make any of these in the future.  I make templates for all of my fancy fold cards.  The dimensions on this are so that it can be made from a UK sized A4 sheet of card.  It can also be made using any size square card blanks, just mark the mid points on the long sides and one end.

The whole mechanism is simply made by folding in the appropriate directions (mountain or valley) and gluing the top triangle down onto the base piece.

To decorate the triangle base pieces, I stamped and heat embossed in silver the dandelions stamp from Lavinia Stamps on Stampin’ Up! Blackberry Bliss card and layered with a white mat.

Next job was to make the topper panel.  I used a hill mask and blended ink to form the landscape, darker in the foreground and getting lighter in the distance to give perspective.  I then stamped more dandelions in Versafine Clair Nocturn ink and heat embossed clear powder on them before stamping the fox (Lavinia Stamps Foxes 1).  I used a circle mask for the sun/moon but unfortunately the temporary adhesive wasn’t as temporary as I’d hoped and it ripped my paper.  I didn’t want to start afresh so started thinking of ideas to overcome this little hurdle.

Another panel was cut for the back of the pop-up for the message.  I stamped more dandelions along the edge of this and also on the envelope.

A little texture was added by first lightly stencilling and then adding Nuvo drops in white and purple.  To cover up the sun/moon, I cut a couple of layered ovals, dry embossing the top one, before adding the numbers.

This card folds flat so it easily fits in the envelope and then naturally springs up once it’s taken out.

Festive Fleeces

Well, here we are at Christmas already!  It really seems to have come around quickly this year.  Firstly, this week, I’d like to share some exciting news with you:  I won a competition on Craftworld.com last month!  The competition was a colour themed challenge for a Valentine’s card and the prize was a full page in Simply Cards and Papercraft magazine, issue 225.  The card I entered was one I made for Mr L a couple of years ago (Feb 2020 blog post) and I was chuffed to bits to be chosen.  Here’s a snap of the page in the magazine.

Now onto my card for this week, although it’s actually three cards.  Our friends have a flock of Icelandic sheep so I try to do sheep themed cards for them for Christmas.  For the 2019 card, I used Clearly Besotted Feeling Sheepish and added some Santa hats, using Lawn Fawn Tiny Gift Box Holiday Hats dies.

The 2020 offering used the bagpipe wielding sheep from Penny Black 12 Days of Christmas on craft card.

This year, I had the idea to make a wreath of sheep.  And why not?!  I stamped the Clearly Besotted sheep onto flocked paper, die cut them and coloured the feet and ears with coloured pencils.

To make the wreath more festive, I stamped the small holly from Lawn Fawn Joy To The Woods and coloured with pencils.  The greeting was cobbled together from various stamp sets!

Lastly, I arranged the sheep in a rough circle, adhering some straight onto the card and raising others on foam.  To add some more festive bling, I added a couple of Santa hats onto the sheep and some red rhinestones for holly berries.  The final touch was a red bow.

Merry Christmas!

Cricutting Christmas

Have you made all your Christmas cards yet? Every year, I think I’ll make a few each month so that by December, I can just write and send.  It never works out like that. I did make two in January but then didn’t make any more until October or November and ended up ‘panic crafting’ in December.  The trouble with that is, it’s not always much fun.  Maybe I’ll do better next year…?

In the Black Friday sale, I purchased a few cutting files to use with my Cricut Maker machine to create some Christmas cards so I have not one, but six, cards to share with you this week.  To begin, here’s a card I made last year when I didn’t know much about cutting files!  I used the Cricut to write the skinny letters and draw the holly and cut out the big words in metallic vinyl.

This next one was a free download called minimalist trees.  I switched the stars from the original as I prefer 5-pointed stars.  The infills made a bonus tag!

My sister loves the gnomes, or gonks as they’re called where we grew up.  As soon as I saw this file, I thought it’d be perfect for her card.  This design was cut from self-adhesive vinyl.

I loved how the gnomes turned out so used one of them for Mr L’s card.  The lettering was cut from vinyl but the gnome is cut from card and popped up on some foam tape.

His beard is flocked card so it’s a little bit furry!  I added some glitter Nuvo drops onto the hearts to give them some dimension.

This next card was for our neighbours so I wanted to have houses on it.  The original houses in the cutting file were too intricate to cut for a small project like this so I created a roof line silhouette instead. The background was ink blended with Distress Oxides and spritzed with water which gives a lovely starry night sky look.

I also added a spray of Perfect Pearls mixed with isopropyl alcohol to give the background some shine.  It’s tricky to photograph but here’s a close up.

Lastly, a nativity scene, again with an inked background.  For this one, I wanted the light from the star shining on the stable to be the focal point.

I hope you’re not having to do too much panic crafting for Christmas and, instead, can enjoy the creative process.