As well as being a scorcher of a week in the UK this week, it has also been my Dad’s birthday. It was sweltering in my craft room so I ended up making a quick fish-themed card, since fishing is one of my Dad’s hobbies.
To begin, I die cut DAD using some large letter dies and cut the wavy, stitched edge to make the front shorter so that more of the patterned paper would show.
For my card liner, I cut the same wavy edge and attached the offcut of patterned paper from the front of the card. I found another offcut of the same paper so cut out the letters again to stick onto the envelope.
The final steps were some simple sentiment-stamping and gluing the card onto the patterned paper and the counters (the cut-out bits) into the letter holes.
I also made Dad a construction scene cake, inspired by one made by my friend Amanda, from Inspiring Inkin’. (She also has an amazing chocolate buttercream recipe on the same blog post!) Whilst I made the cake, Mr L bought a variety of chocolate goodies to create rocks and boulders, together with many, many Kit Kats for the surround. The mini diggers are from Amazon. Working on this was somewhat of a challenge in the 27˚C heat, I can tell you – it did taste lovely though!
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.
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!