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!
I saw this card style on a YouTube video by Scrimpingmommy and thought it’d be fun to try. As it transpired, I got completely carried away with it and made 4 bases ready for decorating! I used Stampin’ Up! Perfectly Plaid, Stitched Stars and Brightly Gleaming for my decorative elements. Although I’ve made Christmas cards, this style of card can be used for any occasion.
My card bases are 5¾” x 8¼”, a little less than half a sheet of cardstock, and scored at 4⅛”. For this card, the front needs to be cut into three so I cut mine equally at 1⅜”. For the window section, I cut a piece of acetate 1¾” wide by a smidge under 5¾”. I discarded the centre portion and applied thin adhesive tape to the top and bottom edges of the acetate.
Next, I cut some layers from card and DSP to decorate the top and bottom panels of the card.
The easiest way to line up the acetate panel is to clip the bottom section to the card base, line up the acetate with the edges of the card and overlapping the bottom section.
Holding the acetate in position, I removed the backing paper from the adhesive and folded the top section of the card down into place. I then removed the clips and stuck the bottom section into position. That completed the floating window card base. Once you’ve got your card ‘recipe’ sorted, you can knock these out in record time!
I decorated the liner with the same card and DSP.
Now for the decorative elements. I only applied glue to the sections that would be on the card so that a gluey mess wouldn’t be visible through the acetate. Firstly, Brightly Gleaming ornaments with copper embossing powder.
Next was the Stitched Stars using Copper Foil paper.
Snowflake Splendour DSP with silver heat embossed trees from Perfectly Plaid.
Lastly, my favourite, Brightly Gleaming DSP with copper heat embossed trees.
I hope you give these a try. They’re really fun to make and look stunning!