This week, my sister and brother-in-law moved from 120 miles away to ‘cup-of-tea distance’ (7 miles) away! I haven’t lived this close to my sister for just over 30 years so I’m very happy indeed to have her nearby again. This week’s post is the new home card that I made for them.
To begin, I cut a house from the Home Together die set a couple of times together with a panel to fit behind the heart hole. I glued these layers together and added a red glitter heart into the hole.
Next was my background and I used the Detailed Hearts die. I cut one in white and another in Smoky Slate as I wanted to inlay some of the hearts with white and grey. This die cuts out loads of hearts – handy for a shaker card!
My greeting was next. I have no ‘new home’ sentiment stamps and the home related ones I do have say Congrats. Eugh! – I hate Congrats!! So, I’d have to make my own. I wanted to say ‘Happy New Home’ so I used the happy from a happy birthday die. A quick tip for die cutting. I’ve had this die for many years. The more modern dies seem to release easier but this one holds on to the card so well that the cut-out often rips when trying to get it out of the die. If you have dies like this, add a layer of wax paper between the die and the card and it will release much easier.
For my sentiment panel, I cut out a small rectangle, rounded the corners, adhered the glitter ‘happy’ and then wrote in ‘new home’. I then glued the house onto the rectangle.
The heart panel was mounted onto a grey card base and the sentiment popped up on foam dimensionals with some silver thread underneath.
This week’s star of the show is the Stampin’ Up! Evergreen Forest 3D embossing folder. It’s super detailed and has so much dimension that it deserves to be the focal point of the card. I paired it with the new Brushed Metallic cardstock for added glitz!
To begin, I embossed a top layer of white card and a skinnier panel of metallic card. I deliberately made my metallic panel longer so that I’d have some wiggle room when assembling the two together.
As the embossing is so deep, it’s easy to ‘feel’ when the panels are aligned and the branches match. Once aligned, I glued first the top half, holding the bottom in place, then lifted the bottom to adhere that. I used lots of liquid glue to get into all the nooks and crannies of the trees. Once dry, I trimmed off the excess metallic card.
I wanted a pop of colour on the card so I applied a strip of adhesive tape across the panel to attach some coordinating ribbon.
Lastly, I mounted the panel onto a Cherry Cobbler mat layer and then onto the Smoky Slate card base, adding the greeting.
Since I had three colours of brushed metallic card, I had to make three cards. This one is in more traditional colours comprising Cherry Cobbler and Garden Green.
The last one is copper with Pretty Peacock and Night of Navy.
One of the dies in the So Many Snowflakes cuts out a stitched window, which is crying out to be made into a shaker card! To make the scene through the window, I used the Snow Front stamp set.
The first job was to cut out the window. I eyeballed the position of the die to get it more or less in the centre.
As my cutting plates are somewhat manky, the card was marked a little so I ran it through the Winter Snow embossing folder to disguise the marks. Remember to stamp the sentiment before embossing!
Next, I stamped my scene onto a smaller piece of card. I drew around the die lightly to help with positioning my scene and erased the pencil marks afterwards. Although the scene is navy in this picture, I changed my mind and did another in Basic Grey – to avoid any confusion in the later photos!
To make the shaker element, I glued a piece of acetate onto the back of the window and then applied foam strips around the window. It’s important that the strips meet up snuggly to prevent the sequins or glitter escaping! I added another layer of foam around the edge of the card ready for mounting onto the card. Lastly, I removed the backing paper, added the sequins into the window area and positioned the scene, pressing down well.
The shaker was mounted on a Basic Grey layer and then onto a Smoky Slate card base.
In case you can’t be bothered with making a shaker card, the idea works equally well without as just a simple 3D window card.