Let It Snow Shadow Box

Shadowbox -frontShadow box cards can be as simple or as complicated as you want to make them. Let It Snow is of medium difficultly. This die set, along with strong double-sided tape, makes it quick to cut and assemble a four-panel shadow box with depth and character.  You can choose to color or not.

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Step 1: Using the shadow box frame set, cut out one large box frame – your choice of oval or rectangle opening. See video on assembly of shadow boxes. (I used a shimmer pen on the blue panel as well as snow highlights on other panels.)

Step 2: Using both the smaller panel frame from shadow box die set and the four panels of winter scene diet set, cut one of each panel. (Because of the delicate detail of some of the dies and the score marks, you may have to use a precision metal cutting pad or make two passes through your die cutting machine.)

Step 3: Cut a piece of blue cardstock and a piece of white cardstock3 inches x 4 inches (76mm x 101mm). Using the snowy background die from the winter scene die set, die cut the snowy background onto the blue cardstock.

Step 4: Fold the tabs and sides of box and panels first one way and then the other way. Flatten to decorate.

Step 5: Flatten to decorate. Colored pencils, watercolors, or just some glitter pen gloss are some ways of decorating.

Step 6: Place double-sided strong tape on all panel flaps on the face-up side. Place double-sided tape on both front and back tab flaps of shadow box.

Shadowbox -snowy panel backStep 7: Assembly – start with blue background and peel off backing of one shadow box tab tape on inside of box. Line up long side of blue paper to folded edge of tab.

Shadowbox -back panelStep 8: Peel off tape on back panel same side as blue panel and line up with fold of shadowbox tab.  Shadowbox -all panelsRepeat with other three panels butting the edge of new panel up to folded edge of previous panel until all panels are adhered to inside of shadow box.

Shadowbox -front panelStep 9: Peel off tape on Front panel and line it up on opposite side of shadow box to be equal distance from front opening as other side of panel. Shadowbox -most panelsRepeat with remaining three panels.

Shadowbox -snowy backStep 10: Peel off tape on inside of shadow box tab and adhere blue panel.

Shadowbox -white backStep 11: Peel off tape on outside of shadow box tabs and adhere white card panel.

Shadowbox -frontStep 12: Decorate outside of shadow box as desired using sentiment die cuts from Winter Scene set.

 

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Ranger -Tim Holtz -Waterbrush-Detailer Tip

Postman’s Retirement Birthday

Happy Mail! What better way to celebrate one’s birthday, than by retiring.

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That’s what a family friend did recently when he retired after 30 years delivering mail.

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This card was created using Concord & 9th’s Mail Drop die and stamp set. My husband wrote the messages on the letters since I did not have any stamps that would provide the sentiments we wanted in the small space we had to work with on the letters.

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Inside I used an older Stampin’ Up “Happy Birthday” stamp.

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I used the mailbox lid stamp from Concord & 9th’s Mail Drop stamp set on the envelope flap.

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Autumn Blessings

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Autumn in much of North America is characterized by the browning, yellowing and sometimes reddening of leaves. The muted, earthy tones are part of the season.  Inspired by the “over the river and through the woods to Grandmother’s house we go” tune and by a Karen Burniston video on double pivot panel card, I made this Thanksgiving card.

To see video of this card, click here.

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The card is designed to be displayed open. The personalized message can be written on the back cover.

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To see video of this card, click here.

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Butterfly Halloween

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Angela Poole’s Flutterings -Butterfly die set is the basis of this card. This was the first time I had made this die set.  I used a heavy black cardstock from my stash to cut the main pieces of the butterfly mechanism and lightweight orange cardstock scrap for the backing pieces. I watched Angela’s two videos on the assembly of the butterfly card, before attempting my assembly. I used red double-sided tape to adhere the main mechanism piece to the card base. (I cut out a rectangle in the glitter card so that the tape could stick to a smooth card base for a stronger hold.) The lacy wings kept getting caught-up in the movement, so I used tiny dots of glue to adhere them to the orange backing of the wings.

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The orange ribbon was added to make the pull tab easier to pull.  It opens the wings to reveal a Happy Halloween with tiny pumpkin, both stamped from an older planner stamp set in my stash.

All-in-all a relatively easy interactive mechanism to assemble, but possibly the placement of the body hinders the closing of the wings, a long with their catching on each other’s lacy edges. I’ll have to experiment some with the die set and assembly.

You can view a video of the wings in motion by clicking here.

Spooky Halloween

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Bats and potions and spiders, Eeeck! It must be the Halloween season.

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This card was created using Karen Burniston’s Circle Tag Book Pop-Up die set and Halloween stamp sets by American Crafts, and papers by DCWV.

My inspiration for this card came when I found the three stamp sets at my local Tuesday Morning Store. I had been looking for a set of “potion bottle” stamps that wouldn’t cost an arm and a leg to own. At $2.99 a set, I got three sets which all had a copyright date of 2019, but I haven’t been able to find on Google yet.  Their packaging calls the three sets:  After Dark, Midnight Haunting, and Bootiful Night.

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On the back of the tag book card is a computer generated message. The spider ribbon is from Target, but it has been in my craft stash for some years.

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12 Days of Christmas Trees -in 1:18

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Thank you for being part of The 12 Days of Christmas Trees +1.

You can review all 13 trees in this short video.

Click Here for video

Click Here to learn about my earliest Christmas Cards.

Day 1 – Give Joy -Plaid

Day 2 – Home for the Holidays-Village

Day 3 – Holly Joy

Day 4 – Snowy Day

Day 5 – Give Joy – Holly

Day 6 – Gingerbread Joy

Day 7 – Home for the Holidays-Joy to the World

Day 8 – Nutcracker Greetings

Day 9 – Plaid Joy

Day 10 – Home for the Holidays-Let It Snow

Day 11 – White Christmas

Day 12 – Home for the Holidays-Peace and Joy

Bonus Day – Topical Christmas

12 Days of Christmas Trees – Bonus Day

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I could not forget those who celebrate Christmas in the warmer climates. (Yes, Karen Burniston has a die for this one too!)

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Using the Palm Tree Pop-up die set, heavy kraft paper, baker’s twine and vintage Mrs. Grossman’s Christmas light stickers, this card comes together. The sand is a brown fine tip marker. The vintage postcards are free from copyright.

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See all the of the 12 Days of Christmas Trees by clicking on one below.

Day 1 – Give Joy -Plaid

Day 2 – Home for the Holidays-Village

Day 3 – Holly Joy

Day 4 – Snowy Day

Day 5 – Give Joy – Holly

Day 6 – Gingerbread Joy

Day 7 – Home for the Holidays-Joy to the World

Day 8 – Nutcracker Greetings

Day 9 – Plaid Joy

Day 10 – Home for the Holidays-Let It Snow

Day 11 – White Christmas

Day 12 – Home for the Holidays-Peace and Joy

Bonus Day – Topical Christmas

 

SUPPLIES USED:

Dies

Stamps & Ink (on envelope)

Paper/Stickers

Miscellaneous

  • Tombow Multi Mono Liquid Glue
  • ½ inch white double-sided tear tape
  • Baker’s Twine orange/yellow

12 Days of Christmas Trees – Day 12

Each day for 12 days, I have been showing card variations made with Karen Burniston’s Christmas Tree Pop-up die.  I recommend watching her assembly video before attempting to cut and assemble the pop-up tree.

For all of these cards I started with an A7 size card base (10 x 6 ½ inches), but because my die cutting machine can only accommodate 6-inch-wide pieces of paper, I had to trim the cards down to 10 x 6 inches.

Day 12 – Home for the Holidays-Peace and Joy

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Using a paper collection kit makes inspiration and color matching easy and gives you the finished, color-coordinated cards that you might find in a high-end boutique shop.

I used the Echo Park Home for the Holidays Collection Kit by Alisha Gordon for this card. You can cut a 12 x 12 inch sheet into two 10 x 6 inch card bases (Ornaments #HFH73006). From a second sheet of 12 x 12 paper (Holiday Swirl #HFH73003) you will cut four sets of the tall center tree pieces and four of the smaller side trees. (I cut the paper into three strips – two strips wide enough for the center trees – folding these strips over to be able to double cut the large center trees.) by double cutting you have perfectly matched front and back for the center two sections. Glue them together.  This adds strength and ensures the tree is green from all angles of viewing. The star atop the tree is the only paper not contained in the kit. It is a holographic paper, cut twice for each piece, so the star can be seen as gold sparkles from all angles.

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I used one of the smaller topper with the ornament and decorated it with scraps from the inside tree cuttings and a white gel pen to write “PEACE” on the banner. The tree stand mechanism hole is piece patched. (See if you can find it?)

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Inside, stickers are used for decoration along with the tree itself.

See all the of the 12 Days of Christmas Trees by clicking on one below. Don’t miss tomorrow’s Bonus Day post!

Day 1 – Give Joy -Plaid

Day 2 – Home for the Holidays-Village

Day 3 – Holly Joy

Day 4 – Snowy Day

Day 5 – Give Joy – Holly

Day 6 – Gingerbread Joy

Day 7 – Home for the Holidays-Joy to the World

Day 8 – Nutcracker Greetings

Day 9 – Plaid Joy

Day 10 – Home for the Holidays-Let It Snow

Day 11 – White Christmas

Day 12 – Home for the Holidays-Peace and Joy

Bonus Day – Tropical Christmas

Click Here for video of all 12 trees

 

SUPPLIES USED:

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Stamps & Ink (on envelope)

Paper

Miscellaneous

12 Days of Christmas Trees – Day 11

Each day for 12 days, I have been showing card variations made with Karen Burniston’s Christmas Tree Pop-up die.  I recommend watching her assembly video before attempting to cut and assemble the pop-up tree.

For all of these cards I started with an A7 size card base (10 x 6 ½ inches), but because my die cutting machine can only accommodate 6-inch-wide pieces of paper, I had to trim the cards down to 10 x 6 inches.

Day 11 – White Christmas

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This card was inspired by my memories of the movie “White Christmas” with Bing Crosby and Rosemary Clooney and Danny Kaye (Yes, I had to look that one up and sure it wasn’t Bob Hope.) Every time I watch it, I keep wishing it would snow during certain scenes, but (SPOILER ALERT) it doesn’t really snow until the end of the last scene.

So this card is bit like the old inn with it’s wooden rustic floors, cold New England nights, and a bit sentimental. The tree may have the allusion of blurred tiny lights, but it is really a Bo Bunny paper of succulent plants.

White Christmas inside

For the embossed tree skirt, used an older Karen Burniston die set from her Elizabeth Craft Designs time called Cup Pop Stand. I embossed the card base and then cut the circle in the wood grained paper (from the same Bo Bunny Garden Party Collection as the succulent paper). The die cut “Merry Christmas” and tree squiggles on the front of the card are also cut from the succulent paper. The mittens sticker and the front sentiment topper came from the Echo Park Home for the Holidays Collection.

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Read the past posts of the 12 Days of Christmas Trees by clicking below on the list. Don’t miss the 12th post tomorrow.

Day 1 – Give Joy -Plaid

Day 2 – Home for the Holidays-Village

Day 3 – Holly Joy

Day 4 – Snowy Day

Day 5 – Give Joy – Holly

Day 6 – Gingerbread Joy

Day 7 – Home for the Holidays-Joy to the World

Day 8 – Nutcracker Greetings

Day 9 – Plaid Joy

Day 10 – Home for the Holidays-Let It Snow

Day 11 – White Christmas

 

SUPPLIES USED:

Dies

Stamps & Ink (on envelope)

Paper

Miscellaneous