At the end of last month, my in-laws celebrated their 40th wedding anniversary. I had seen these box frame projects on Pinterest and wanted to make one in reds and purples since traditionally 40 years is a ruby anniversary.
To begin, I downloaded a flower file and cut it out on my Cricut. It was a bit large to fit under the glass but a good practice. After scaling it down to fit, I then cut out 25 flower templates in a mix of red, pink and purple card.
Using my bone folder, I gently curved the first 3 petals and then, using my tweezers, started rolling up the petals. Once rolled, I released the tension slightly until the flower was the right size and then glued the base on with my hot glue gun.
The next stage was to cover the back of the shadow box with white card and then glue the flowers in place.
I used Cricut’s Design Space to make my vinyl decal, which was stuck onto the front of the glass, and then assembled the box frame.
Sometimes I get a bit focused on producing fancy and complicated cards and I lose sight of how I started in card making – just simply stamping. I bought the Perennial Birthday stamp set purely for the birthday sentiments and hadn’t really considered using the other images to produce a card. How very remiss of me! After being inspired by Sally Bowman, one of the Inspiring Inkin’ team, I firstly copied her card to get me in the groove and then let my creative juices flow. I cut a bunch of card fronts and just stamped away!
Some are a variation on a theme using different colours – it’s remarkable how just changing the colours can give a card a completely different feel.
For this card, I masked a section using a Post-it note to leave me a blank space to stamp the sentiment.
Others I did a bit more with and fussy cut the flowers and leaves, layering them onto an embossed stamped background.
I even managed a ‘male’ card by repeat stamping the large sentiment using a rainbow palette of inks.
The Stamparatus came in very handy for this technique. Once I’d worked out the height of the stamp, I made myself a template so I can easily replicate the repeat stamping style in future.
This set has a whole new lease of life now and I’ve enjoyed getting back to basics again. Win-win all round!