I am a paper hoarder and have been looking at this lovely set of forest animals Craft Consortium paper for months, taking it out thinking about what I could make from it. Putting it aside to see if the muse strikes.
A fall birthday for an animal lover became my muse. I used my favorite Lawn Fawn Scalloped Box Card Pop-up die set to cut the base and decorative squares for the card. The papers are double-sided so I was able to mix and match the squared to be just flowers or flowers with the fox. I fussy cut the owl and oak leaves from another sheet in the collection. The birthday girl’s special day falls at that time of the year when some flowers are still blooming, but the occasional autumn leaf my drift down.
The main elements are cut from the inside covers of the 6×6 paper pad.
Because I have made this box a lot, I have taken to use the largest stitched die in the set and extend cut a large square to make a stiffer back to the box and as a place to write a personal message. To extend cut using a die cutting machine, simply place one edge of the die just off the edge of the cutting plat so it won’t cut when going through the machine. Move the die to cut the other side of the square again placing the die edge just off the cutting plates. It may take you a few tries to master this technique, but once mastered you can expand the uses of your die collection.
To assemble the box I decorate the front and back sides of the flaps before I connect the tabs using red double-sided tape. (See assembly video) If you follow the steps in the video, you should have a perfect box.
I am just learning to do hot foiling using a Spellbinders Glimmer Hot Foiling System. Having watched a number of videos on how to hot foil, I tried out a number of sentiments in rose gold foil. I used two of my first attempts on this card.
I used glue to adhere my elements on to the cross bars and a foam square to give some dimension to the owl.
When decorating always remember you can add elements to be seen only when folded closed.
If you want to have the full experience of opening up this card, click here to see video of the box card being opened.
- Spellbinders’ Glimmer Hot Foil Roll – Rose Gold
- Spellbinders Everyday Sentiments II Glimmer Hot Foil Plate
- Spellbinders Glimmer Hot Foil System
- Brown cardstock from my stash
- Craft Consortium – Melissa Cowry’s Over the Hedge – 6 x 6 Double sided papers