Snowflake Spinner Card

This week’s project is a fun card, giving a little surprise to the recipient.  When the card is opened, the snowflake spins around. Of course, it doesn’t have to be a spinning snowflake, you can use any shape.  I include a star shaped card at the end which looks really cool!

To begin, I cut the aperture from the card base and layers.  To get them to line up perfectly, I layered the pieces without gluing, placed my circle die and held them all in place with a post-it note for running through the Big Shot. The card base didn’t cut through as there were too many layers but it did leave an impression so I knew where to put the die the second time around.

Next, I stamped my snowflake images and cut them out.  They seemed a little flimsy for my purpose so I cut another 2 snowflakes from thick Whisper White card and stuck one to the back of each stamped image.  I sandwiched a length of beading elastic down the centre of the two snowflakes to make the spinning element.  I have also seen people use dental floss or fishing line for the supporting line; I tried embroidery floss to begin with and that didn’t work very well.

I glued the DSP onto the mat layer and then the two ends of elastic were adhered top and bottom of the aperture on the back of the mat layer.

This whole panel was then glued onto the card base, using plenty of strong adhesive at the elastic anchor points.

Using the Snowflake Wishes stamp set, I stamped the liner and my sentiment.

To make it spin for the recipient, just twist the spinner round 4 or 5 times before placing it in the envelope.  Here is the finished card in action!

After completing this card, I wanted to see if it would work with a more complex shape so made this one using the Stitched Stars dies and Brightly Gleaming DSP.  It did!

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Misty Moonlit Trees

Welcome to September – it’s time to get started on Christmas projects!  This is my first Christmas card this year.  For best results, a stamp positioning tool is needed – this allows the trees on the two layers to be perfectly aligned.

First, I cut a ‘moon’ layer of Whisper White and a Misty Moonlight layer ¼” shorter in height.  I positioned both pieces of card in my Stamparatus, added the trees from Stampin’ Up! Winter Woods and stamped on the blue layer, removed it and stamped the white layer.  The white layer was removed and I repeat stamped the trees on the blue layer to cover the front.

Next, I masked the trees and sponged a little black ink to ‘ground’ my trees. I sponged a little white and silver ink too.

The moon was made by punching a circle from the blue layer and to add some more wintry feel, I ran the blue section through the Winter Snow embossing folder to cover with snowflakes.  As I’d used the stamp positioner, my trees matched through the hole beautifully!  I was mounting the card on a white card base so I needed an extra border which I made by cutting thing strips of Balmy Blue Glimmer paper.

The final step was to stamp the sentiment in the tiny gap I had left myself!  Fortunately, the simple Season’s Greetings from Itty Bitty Christmas fit perfectly 😊

 

 

 

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Coffee or Cocktails?

Mr L gave me the idea for this week’s card where sometimes, a coffee just won’t cut it! In the Nothing’s Better Than stamp set, there are lots of fun little phrases to pair with the main words but none that quite say this.  I first tried doing small lettering like the stamps but the big, bold lettering worked better for the feel of the card.

I used the Love You More Than dies and wanted my focal words to stand out on a background.  For the words, I blended Misty Moonlight/Smoky Slate and So Saffron/Rococo Rose onto two pieces of white card. For the black backgrounds, I drew around the outside of the die and fussy cut.

The black halo really helps the words have drama!

Next, using my grid paper, I experimented with wording layouts and styles, eventually choosing a plain, bold style.  I transferred this onto vellum before transferring onto the card using my light box.

To finish, I stamped the coffee cup and cocktail glass, colouring with the same inks and die cutting, then adhering to the card.  The words were raised on foam adhesive.

 

 

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