Category: Paper Craft


Lawn Fawn slider card

I’m still working hard on my long experiment – I can’t believe I’ve been doing it for a month!! My friend Holly only started card making this year, but she’s really got into it and wanted to enter some competitons. I’ve realised that I’ve been so taken up in my work that I haven’t entered a competition for years and Holly’s excitement about entering her first competition inspired me to join her. Holly has entered the new Lawn Fawnatics challenge (which replaces the Lawnscaping Challenge). The second Lawn Fawnatics challenge is ‘Interactive Cards‘.

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Now that Spring is here there are lots of dogs out playing on grass playing fields enjoying the warmer weather and sunshine. I wanted to create a slider card of a dog chasing after its ball. I stamped the dog and tennis ball from ‘Critters at the Dog Park’ several times with Memento Tuxedo Black ink and coloured them with Spectrum Noir pens to make a few cards for people who have helped me with my experiment. The Spectrum Noir pens I used were FL3 for the tennis ball, EB8 for the dog’s nose and TN7, TN8 and TN9 for its body.

I used Stampin’UP! Soft Sky and Gumball Green card stock for my sky and grass. I used the Lawn Fawn Grass border die to make my grass playing field from a 3 1/2 inch panel, then cut the MFT ‘Surf and Turf’ die across the panel. To make sure the background is the same colour as my grass or sky I made two 7×5 Soft Sky panels, one that I stuck to the card base with Hi-Tack glue, the other I die cut the MFT ‘Hit the Slopes’ die from it and stuck a 3 inch Gumball Green panel to the bottom.

I stamped the sentiment on the top die cut panel and then started to add foam tape to the back of the slider panels. I die cut the dogs using the coordinating die and I die cut the balls with the MFT ‘Surf and Turf’ dies (its a perfect fit!!). I layered several of the little circular die cuts for the back of the sliders so they were more robust. I used Hi-Tack glue to stick the backs to MFT Replenishments Spin and Slide Disks. Once the glue was dry I put them underneath the slider channels and glued the disks to the dogs and balls.

Once the dogs and balls were dry and sliding in their channels I was happy to assemble the card.

To add a few ‘spring’ touches I added some tulips in the bottom left corner from ‘Penelope’s Blossoms’, the butterfly from ‘Critters in the Dog Park’ and some little die cut clouds from Memory Box and Joy! crafts. My Silhouette pick me up was invaluable for making this card with all the little bits to stick on the card.

So here are the finished cards with the balls and dogs moving along their slider tracks.

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I think they are so cute!! What do you think?

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Mothering Sunday 2017

Happy Mothering Sunday to all the Mothers in the world!

My Mum loves Boston Terriers, and if she wasn’t caring for my aged Birman cat I think she would have a little pack of rescue Bostons. As Mothering Sunday is all about Mums I wanted to create a card that would make her smile, and I know Bostons would do just that! Art Impressions created an exclusive stamp for #STAMPtember2016 that I bought in this haul, so it was just made for a card for my Mum.

I bought a paw print clear stamp from Hobbycraft YEARS ago and I have used it in scrapbooking etc. but I can’t remember if I’ve ever used it on a card. I wanted to use it on the background to create my own patterned paper, so I cut a piece of Neenah Classic Crest card to 5×7 inches and got out my VersaFine Onyx Black, Versa Mark ink, Lucky Limeade, Sahara Sand and Island Indigo inks and stamped randomly over the card until it was covered. The VersaMark ink was sprinkled with Stampendous! Vivid Orange embossing powder and heat set using my heat gun. once the paw print patterened paper was done I attached it to the card base with double sided tape.

I stamped the AI Bostons onto Neenah Classic Crest card and coloured them with my Spectrum Noir alcohol pens. There are several colour variations of Bostons, so I tried to create one red Boston and one lilac Boston, with the remainder being the traditonal black and white.

Once I had coloured the Bostons and i was happy I trimmed down the card to 6 cm x 7 inches so it would go over the patterned paper, but still show enough of it behind.

For the sentiment I used the lili of the Valley circular sentiments clear stamp with VersaMark ink and the same Vivid Orange embossing powder and because I don’t have a circular die that fits I fussy cut around the edge. I wanted to try to create a ‘dog tag’ out of my circular sentiment so I used my Crop-A-Dile to punch a hole in the Boston panel and in the circular sentiment and then set a white eyelet in both. I used a short length of Hemptique twine in teal to continue the colour theme to attach the sentiment to the Boston panel.

To attach the Boston panel to the patterned base I added thick foam tape to the back of the panel and adehered it in the middle of the card.

 

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When is Mother’s Day in your part of the world?

Niece’s Birthday card

I thought I would try to share where my inspiration came from in this post, because I haven’t shared a sketch or ‘inspiration’ picture in a while. I had this pin on Pinterest for its positive message and I thought it was gorgeous, then I got to thinking “Come on, you must be able to re-create it with the supplies that you have…?”

Having recently purchased my Nuvo Aqual Flow pens they were my first thought and there is the Spring Meadow set that has the ‘Soft Rose’ and ‘Lilac Blossom’ pens in, so I grabbed them. However, when I tried them out on some watercolour card they were the wrong colours for what I wanted to achieve (if you look at the ‘colour swatch’ I created in the photos they are the bottom two colours – the rose is too rosey [d’oh] and the lilac wasn’t vibrant enough). So I had to re-think my options. I love purples, so I have lots of purple Distress Inks, but did I have the right pink?

I smooshed several Distress Ink pads onto my craft mat and used my Aqua Flow water brush (not to be confused with the Nuvo Aqua Flow pens) filled with clear water to paint them on my colour swatch. Instantly I knew that Picked Rasperry was the right vibrant pink for my project and Shaded Lilac was a good purple to blend with it, so that was what i started with on my first layer of colour on my watercolour card. Once it had dried it was quite pale, so I went in with more Picked Rasperry and I contemplated adding the Nuvo ‘Lilac Blossom’ to darken the purple – this was a bit too dark and harsh (it’s the fairly straight line of purple on the right of the card) so I quickly smooshed several purple Distress Inks and used lots of water to spread it around and attempt to tone it down. I think I ended up using load of colours – Seedless Preserves, Dusty Concord and Wilted Violet – I was using so much water they all mixed together on the craft sheet in the end.

I was really happy with it after the multiple layers and loads of colours had been mixed together.

Next came the sentiment – I didn’t want to re-create the image exactly, I wanted this to be similar but not the same. I love the sentiment ‘she believed she could so she did’ – I am a feminist, and I would like my nieces to grow up believing that whatever they want to be when they grow up, they can achieve it, so I chose this sentiment to go on the card so I could give it to one of my nieces. I gave the watercolour cardstock a generous dusting of my embossing buddy because it’s so textured I knew the embossing powder would want to stick in all the texture. I love the My Favourite Things ‘Well Connected Alphabet’ that came out earlier this year – it’s just perfect to make this card, and I’m sure I will be reaching for it over and over again. I used VersaMark ink and Stampin’UP! Gold embossing powder. I LOVE how it turned out (OK so my alignment is a bit off, but I think it adds to the whimsy of it)!!

Having not given my nuvo Aqua Flow pens a proper outing I really wanted to use my new Nuvo Jewel Drops, so I tried them out on the colour swatch too. Again I thought the ‘Rose Water’ was too rosey so I stuck with the ‘Pale Periwinkle’ and added drops here and there, then left them to dry for 24 hours in a cupboard (so the cats can’t tread in them!!)

To attach the watercolour panel to the front of a 6 x 6 inch (rosey!! ha ha!) pink card base I used foam tape. I really love it – it’s one of the few cases where something on Pinterest actually lead to a project rather than just endless hours of pinning and no crafting time left!!

I had real problems photographing this card – the shiny bits were ‘too shiny’ or ‘not shiny enough’ and I tried all sorts of lighting and angles, so excuse my dreadful pictures!! I hope you get an idea of the card anyway!

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Let me know if you would like me to share more inspiration posts showing the thought process behind my crafting projects in the comments below.

Have a lovely weekend and come back on Sunday when I will share the card I made for my Mum.

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Niece’s 13th Birthday card

Where does the time go???!!! I cannot believe my eldest Niece is in here teens!! (she was born when I was at University so that makes me feel REALLY OLD!) As it’s her ‘coming of age’ card, I wanted to make it feminine but not girly and I wanted to make it a bit interactive so I wanted to make another rocker card.

When the Tonic Studios Fairy collection was released Jodie was on Create and Craft TV demonstrating how versatile the fairies could be if you cut off their wings and when she showed a card made with Breena without here wings I HAD to make it for my eldest niece (so the idea for this card has been about 2 years in the making!!)

I die cut Breena from some 300gsm black card stock and embossed it so all the details were clear, then I carefully cut off her wings. To give her a dress I stuck some Centura Pearl in Teal behind the die cut and trimmed off any bits that peaked out from behind it. I wanted to just highlight her necklace and belt so I used a silver gel pen to colour in the cut outs for a little extra detail.

Having gone to all the effort of stamping 13s all over the card base I was loath to cover them all back up again with die cuts, so for the sentiment banner I die cut a stitched banner from vellum and adhered the Tonic die cut on top with Quicky Glue pen. Once I was sure the glue pen had dried I put glue pen on the reverse of the vellum banner over the back of the die cut so the glue wouldn’t show when it was stuck to the card base.

I had made some flowers that were all different colours and made the centres from nuvo Crystal Drops, left them to dry overnight and the Crystal drops had all cracked!!! 😦 I was so sad – they would have been so cute! But I didn’t want them on the card in the state they were in, so plan B kicked in… I die cut several ‘Camellia complete petals’ flowers from black card stock and the co-ordinating ‘Camellia open petals’ from Teal Centura Pearl and the leaves are from the ‘Camellia open petals’ in black card and the ‘Camellia complete petals’ from vellum (to tie in with the banner). The black stars are waste from another Tonic Fairy die set.

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Just as a finishing touch I wanted to add some matching bits to the inside of the card too, so I added the same sentiment with the frame and a flower and leaf.

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I hope you like this card? Crafty hugs everyone and come back soon for more inspiration!

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Punny birthday card

I fully appreciate that this card may not be to everybody’s taste, so excuse me if you don’t like the pun. I have made this card for a lovely, funny woman who did her PhD where I’m studying and has gone on to pastures new, but is still in touch with lots of us at the Institute. I will be seeing her on Wednesday for her birthday meal at Wagamamas, so I thought she would appreciate the mushroom based pun…

I have a confession – I bought the dies used for this card for my niece’s fairy birthday card and was going to make toadstools, they got buried under some cardstock and I totally forgot I had them (how embarrassing!) So I didn’t put any toadstools for the faries on her card… So rather sheepishly, I’m glad I can use them for this card instead… The dies are by Leane Creatief called ‘Mushrooms‘.

I wanted the card to be really plain so that the punny sentiment could hold its own, so I cut a Neenah Desert Storm mat and some green cardstock as a larger mat. The mushroom dies I cut from cream card and inked through the dies with my finger dabbers with Iced Spruce and Old Paper Distress Inks. I cut the grass from the same green card as the mat so as not to introduce too many colours to the card.

The sentiment is die cut from some chocolate card using my Memory Box ‘Parker Alphabet Uppercase’ dies.

I used Hi-Tack glue to adhere all the die cuts, bending the mushrooms and grass a bit for dimention. To add even more dimention I added some Nuvo Crystal Drops in Dark Walnut to the corners.

When the Crystal Drops had been left to completely dry I stamped the sentiment inside the card with VersaFine Sepia ink.

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I think this could work as a masculine card too, the colour sceme is very unisex.

Do you like punny sentiments on birthday cards? I hope this card inspired you and you come back soon to see what else I create!

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Christmas Thank you cards

Normally I don’t get coughs and colds, but I was REALLY ill between Boxing Day and my first day back at work so I didn’t make any Thank you cards for my Christmas presents, but now I’m feeling better I have remedied the situation.

Pinterest is awash with rainbow cards at the moment – the perfect antedote to the winter blues! I wanted to recreate some of those beautiful cards for my thank you cards this year. I also love Paisley (as you can probably tell from previous posts) and have the Simon Says Stamp ‘Henna Patterns‘ and recently got the Stampin’UP! ‘Paisleys and Posies’ stamps with matching dies so I wanted to do a sort of compare and contrast between the sets.

I’ve had some holographic embossing powder since I was at Uni, but I don’t use it often, so I felt it deserved an outing. I applied my embossing buddy all over the card, then stamped the Simon Says Stamp ‘Henna Patterns’ stamps in VersaMark ink and heat embossed the holographic embossing powder every few stamps so I could see where I had stamped previously.

Once I was happy with the coverage of the white card with stamped images, I picked up my applicator sponges and Distress ink to create my rainbow. I used ‘Candied Apple’, ‘Squeezed Lemonade’, ‘Mermaid Lagoon’, ‘Blueprint Sketch’ and ‘Wilted Violet’. Unfortunately the glittery bits in the embossing powder that give it the lovely hollographic look really grabbed to the applicator sponges and I now have loads of glitter on my applicator sponges and on my ink pads and the surface of the card was a bit scuffed with all the glitter acting a bit like sand paper. (note to self – if I want to repeat this technique again with this particular embossing powder I should use stencil brushes rather than sponges!)

The sentiment is by Waltzingmouse stamps from the ‘Hello Happy Thanks’ set. I stamped it on Neenah cardstock in VersaFine ink and die cut the banner with a Creative Expressions die. To coordinate with the hollographic embossing powder I die cut the Memory Box ‘Brea Ornament’ die from some more card, covered it with Nuvo glue pen and sprinkled Nuvo pure sheen glitter in ‘Ice White’. It’s really sparkly!!

Then I used the Stampin’UP! ‘Paisleys and Posies’ stamps to do exactly the same, but this time I embossed with clear embossing powder so the glitter wouldn’t wreck my applicator sponges again!

I wanted to have the same effect of the Brea Ornament die on this card, so I used the coordinating dies to cut out three of the ‘leaf’ shapes, covered them in my Nuvo glue pen and sprinkled more nuvo glitter on them. I covered the glittered shapes with my non-stick mat and rubbed over the top with my bone folder to really push the glitter into the glue so they wouldn’t shed when they dry.

For the sentiment I stamped the sentiment that came with the  Paisleys and Posies set on Neenah classic crest with VersaFine black ink and die cut a banner with the Sue Wilson Creative Expressions banner dies. I adhered everyting down to the card base with Hi-Tack glue.

Do you prefer the SSS card or the Stampin’UP! card?

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Best friend’s birthday card

My best friend is having an afternoon tea for her birthday celebrations this year (so many friends are scattered about and some have small children so an afternoon thing means she can see as many friends as possible and they can all get wee people home in time for bed and no need for baby sitters), as she is having an afternoon tea party, I wanted to make her a tea themed card!

I bought the Sizzix ‘Tea Time‘ Bigz die and was going to use it for scrapbooking/art journalling, but it was so perfect for this project I just HAD to use it!! I was in need of a change from square and rectangular cards and wanted to create a rocker card for my base. I used the largest die from the Tonic studios ‘Celtic Dream‘ die set and cut some white Centura Pearl hint of silver card – because it is 300gsm it’s nice and sturdy to use as a base.

I cut the Tea Time from some patterened paper in my stash that had little coloured polka dots on it that made me think of Emma Bridgewater pottery, when I was working out the layout I wanted I realised that I would need two saucers, so I cut a second set of cups (I’m sure I’ll find another project to use them on!!) and used my bone folder to give the cups some gentle rounding and dimention. To add some extra shading to give even more feeling of dimention I added some shading with a Spectrum Noir pen where ther would be shadows. I decided to use the tags that had been cut out of the spotty paper and just use the reverse (unpatterned) side and inked the edges with Vintage Photo Distress Ink and pierced a hole with my pokey tool to get some white string through the top.

To continue with the afternoon tea theme I thought about cake, but I don’t have a die that makes a cake the right proportions for the card, and I’m too much of a perfectionist to fussy cut something (I would spend FOREVER snipping and not being happy, then realising I’d ruined it and starting again and after about 5 trys get moody and not want to finish the card, so that was best avoided!!) so instead I decided on a doily. As luck would have it I fell in love with the Marianne Creatables ‘Doily Star‘cut out of vellum on a card I saw on Pinterest (which I now can’t find on my pin boards!! D’oh!) but I thought doilies are also synonymous with tea and cake, so I grabbed my doily star die and cut out some vellum to get a really dainty, different feel to the card base.

I originally wanted a little banner with ‘happy birthday’ stamped on it to be peeking out from behind one of the cups, but it drew too much emphasis to the cups and I wanted something to draw the eye from the doily towards the cups and saucers. I die cut my banner from cream card using the Sue Wilson Creative Expressions ‘Stitched flags‘ and stamped the sentiment from Lawn Fawn ‘Hats Off to You’ using Archival Ink in coffee.

As I was looking at what I had for the card so far it was all very monotone and pale and really needed a pop of colour, I thought about some flowers over the doily but as this is a rocker card I couldn’t put too much weight on that side or it wouldn’t stand correctly. I um’d and ah’d about what to do and eventually decided that as my Christmas dies were still out on my desk that I could just cut some holly leaves for a little colour, but not much weight.

I don’t know why, but after looking at the layout again I still wasn’t happy with it and still wanted to have something more. I was wandering about personalisation and remembered my Whimsy Stamps ‘Spell it Out’ stamps and matching die. I had seen some adhesive stickers that were wood effect Scrabble tiles and I wanted to create my own version of these, so I first stamped my woodgrain in Sahara Sand ink on cream card, then stamped the letters with coffee Archival Ink and used the matching die to cut them out.

I assembled my card using Hi-Tack glue and foam tape for the cups to maintain their dimention. It was only AFTER I had assembled the card that I thought ‘it would be really good if the cups and saucers were glossy…’ so I painstakingly added glossy accents to the cups and saucers when they were attached to the card base and left it to dry overnight.

The last thing left to do was to attach the tea tags to the cups, which was fiddly!

So… here is the finished card, which rocks very nicely, I’m quite proud of the engineering feat!!

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I hope you aren’t working over the festive period (or too ill) and are finding the time to get crafty! Let me know what projects you are working on!

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Feliz Navidad

And as per usual I ran out of time to send out my cards, so I had planned to make a massive batch of these cards, stamped hundreds of images and coloured them in, but the die cutting and embossing were a bottleneck and I only managed to assemble 2 of these cards in the end! Oh well, at least I’ve made a headstart on cards for next year!!

I used the Lawn Fawn ‘Baa Humbug’ stamp and dies set to get these cute little knitting sheep. I coloured them with Spectrum Noir markers: BGR3, 4 and 5 for the sheep, BGR2 for the knitting needles, DR5 and 6 for the hats and knitting ad BGR1 for the shadows on the sheep’s fleece, knitting wool and the banner.

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The banner is from Lawn Fawn ‘Penelope’s blossoms’ and the sentiment and holly leaves and berries are again from ‘Baa Humbug’. I wanted to have a little snow bank that the sheep could be standing on, so it’s not just floating in midair, so i used the die from the Tattered Lace Scene Dies and stamped the ball of wool and little trail of wool directly onto the card.

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I used my embossing folder to emboss the knitted pattern on to a Raspberry Ripple card panel, I really think it helps to tie in the knitting that the sheep is doing!!

To assemble the card I glued the embossed panel to a 5×7 card base, then adhered the snowbank to the embossed panel. The sheep and sentiment banner were raised up on foam tape for dimention.

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I’m going into London this evening to see a special screening of Home Alone to get into the Christmas spirit – what are you doing this evening to get into ‘holiday mode’?

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Christmas tags 2017

This is just a very quick post to share with you the AMAZING new dies I got from Leane Creatief ‘Holly Leaves Pine Branches‘ and ‘Pine cones 3D‘ that I’ve used to make my Christmas tags this year.

I die cut the smaller of the two pine cones from brown card and inked through the die using Gathered Twigs Distress ink. You can build up the layers and tweak out all the bits of the pine cones to make them really 3D, they look amazing!

I used my Waltzingmouse tags dies to cut out craft tags and stamped the ‘be merry’ from a Waltzingmouse stamps sentiment set using Archival Ink in coffee (as you can probably tell I didn’t stamp the sentiment on the bottom tag well so I tried to line it up again and failed – I really need a MISTI or something similar!!). Then I adhered the pine branches and pine cone with HI-Tack glue to make sure they didn’t fall off under the tree.

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Will you be working next week or do you have the week off? I will be in Shropshire to see my Granny.

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Niece’s 10th Birthday card

OMG!! I just can’t believe my middle niece is 10!!! Where does the time go???

I wanted to make a fairy/magical/mythical card for her (because she won’t believe in the magic for much longer… [cue ‘Age of Not Believing’ from Bedknobs and Broomsticks running through my head]) so I got out my Tonic Studios fairy collection. I’ll be damned if this was the first die set the TODO really struggled with, I just could not get the dies to cut properly, I won’t lie I was in dispair!! Then I thought ‘I’ll just try a metal shim’ and thank the Gods, it worked!!

I saw the Tonic Studios YouTube ‘How to make a z-fold pop-up card tutorial‘ video and I though ‘I’ve just got to try that!!!!’ So I bought an A3 piece of Centura Pearl white hint of silver card and cut it as instructed to assemble the card base.

I then had to think about how I wanted to decorate the card… I knew I wanted a bit of a woodland scene with fairies in it, but wasn’t sure what the whole thing would be ‘about’ then I saw an inspirational quote online that said ‘write your own story’ and I thought ‘write your own fairytale’ could be the overall theme of my card. I wanted a brown/green colour scheme for the card to give the idea of the fairies in the forest, so where possible that’s what I tried to stick to.

If the theme of the card is writing then I needed a script stamp for the background. I stamped the script stamp repeatedly on Centura Pearl cardstock with Archival Ink in Coffee. Then I cut some dark brown card to mat and layer the scrip stamped sections to layer on to the Z-fold.

I die cut the second largest Presscut ‘Smaller Book‘ die from green card for my book cover, then cut 3 of the third largest die from cream card for the pages of the book. I stamped the sentiment on one of the pages using coffee Archival Ink and the Waltzingmouse Victorial Alphabet stamps. Lovely old story books have gold gilding on the pages and I wanted to re-create this so I used my Cosmic Shimmer metallic gilding polish on the edges of the ‘pages’. I used my bone folder to get a natural bend in the pages, then adhered them together with HI-Tack glue at the ‘spine’ of the book and foam tape under the pages to maintain the curve of the pages.

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I’ve had the Tonic Studios ‘Fairy Door’ for AGES and not used it once, but now I wanted to use it for the big reveal. I die cut a full door and surround from green card, then I cut just the door from kraft woodgrain card (from Simon Says Stamp, but they only do the white one now) and stuck this over the top of the green card. I wanted to have the second half of my sentiment behind the door, but at the moment I only had the card base behind the door and I wanted it to be dark behind the door. I die cut the whole fairy door again from black card, stuck it behind the green die cut and used tape to hold all the little bits in the black cut-out. Because I was going to be sticking the door over the Z-fold I die cut a few more doors (just the top half) to build it up to the same height as the Z-fold so the door would be flush with the Z-fold and not bent by being stuck to multiple layers.

Most importantly – you can’t have a fairytale or a fairy door without a fairy, so I die cut Fae Ella from both black card and Neenah Classic Crest card. I coloured her in using Spectrum Noir pens, then adhered the black die cut as a drop shadow.

I die cut several foliage and leaf dies from green card to adhere to the pop-up elements to give the feeling of the forest.

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Do you know anyone with a birthday around Christmas? What do you do to make their birthday cards extra special?

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