Fishing Birthday Card – Teepee Style

This card was created to compliment an autumn birthday teepee card I had made earlier which was done in oranges and browns.  This one plays off the orange by using the contrasting color of blue with accents of browns and green. The recipient likes to fish so I used a fishing stamp set by Stampin’ Up and papers from my storage box of “masculine papers” (brands listed under supplies.)

Teepee cards-so named because of the shape, are easy cards to construct from three squares of cardstock that are all the same. You score each diagonally from one point to the opposite point and fold in half to form a triangle. Then you glue one of the squares to the left side triangle and another square to the right side of the triangle/center square. I recommend watch Sam Calcott’s Mixed up Crafts video for a step by step. (My card base is made up of three 5 ¾ inches squares of double-sided paper by Craft Consortium.) I cut three 5 ½ inch squares of green paper by Graphic 45 and then diagonally cut the square to get the 5 triangles I needed for the middle mat layer.

Once again, I want to have peek-a-boo-doors on the teepee card, so I added two flaps using the smallest and the medium circle dies in the Lawn Fawn circle flaps dies set cut into the top layer of triangular cut paper. Because I wanted to use the doors as platforms to set a hook and a large fish on, I used pop-out cubes to make them stand away from the card base.(My card used patterned blue paper by Authentique cut from 5 ¼ inch squares.) I also cut two additional circle flaps from the same blue paper to cover the back sides of the flap doors and squares to inlay behind the flap door matching the pattern. The pop-up cube to support an object is common, but I really learned the power of it from Karen Burniston’s Frame Pull Pop-up.

I fussy cut all of the card’s stamped images and sentiments after I had use watercolor pencils to color them. The happy Birthday rosette is made from a foiled topper from a card kit and ribbon gathered by needle and thread and then glued to the back of the topper.

The back side of the card has a cream-colored triangle for a personal message. The card is secured with a hook and loop square glued to one corner of the back flap and the connecting triangle.

I intended to have this card fold flat to fit inside a catalog envelope (9 inches x 6 inches) but I put the fisherman with his long pole and fishing line on the wrong panel. (Yes, it is real fishing line glued between two layers of the stamped fisherman and pole). The fisherman and the fish should have been where the other is, so that when folded flat the overlap lays on the cream panel so it will fit into a 9 x 6 inch envelope. But this card will be mailed in a larger padded envelope with a small diagram so the recipient will know how to stand it up for display and for good CRX. The back of the envelope is stamped with a fish.

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Dies

Stamps/Ink

Paper

Miscellaneous

  • PVA Glue – Cosmic Shimmer Acrylic Glue
  • Hook and loop tape
  • Foam squares
  • Metallic organza ribbon from my stash
  • Zebco – OmniFlex – 20 lb. 9.1 kg Line – monofilament fishing line
  • Needle and thread

Autumn Birthday Card Teepee Style

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This card was inspired by my curiosity about making a teepee card and for a Craftworld.com challenge to make an autumn birthday card. Video influences include Karen Burniston, Sam Calcott and Jennifer Mcguire’s takes on pop-up cards, teepee cards and peek-a-boo doors.

Teepee cards-so named because of the shape, are easy cards to construct from three squares of cardstock that are all the same. You score each diagonally from one point to the opposite point and fold in half to form a triangle. Then you glue one of the squares to the left side triangle and another square to the right side of the triangle/center square. I recommend watch Sam Calcott’s Mixed up Crafts video for a step by step. (My card is based on three squares of 5 ¾ inches squares.)

I wanted to add something new to the teepee card concept and having just watch Jennifer McGuire’s video on Peek-A-Boo Doors, I decided to add some flaps using the smallest circle die in the Lawn Fawn circle flaps dies. Because I wanted to use the flaps as a platform to set a small animal on using a pop-out cube, I needed another layer of paper on the card over my card base. (My card used textured orange paper cut from 5 ½ inch squares.) I also cut two additional circle flaps from the same orange paper to inlay behind the flap door. The pop-up cube to support an object is common, but I really learned the power of it from Karen Burniston’s Frame Pull Pop-up.

Autumn Teepee-side

I fussy cut all of the card’s flat decorative critters and foliage form one page out of the Craftsmart Spiced Pumpkin paper pad. The happy Birthday rosette is made from a foiled topper from a card kit and ribbon gathered by needle and thread and then glued to the back of the topper.

Autumn Teepee-back

The back side of the card has a white triangle for a personal message. The card is secured with a hook and loop square glued to one corner of the back flap and the connecting triangle.

Autumn Teepee-envelope

Designed for a catalog envelope (9 inches x 6 inches), the card will fold flat to fit into the envelope. A small diagram is enclosed with the card so the recipient will know how to stand it up for display. The back flap of the envelope was stamped with a fox.

 

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Miscellaneous

Autumn Forest Birthday

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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.

Autumn Forest-assembly -outside

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.

Hot Foiling

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.

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I used glue to adhere my elements on to the cross bars and a foam square to give some dimension to the owl.

Autumn Forest -front-Flat

When decorating always remember you can add elements to be seen only when folded closed.

Autumn Forest -back-Flat

If you want to have the full experience of opening up this card, click here to see video of the box card being opened.

https://spark.adobe.com/video/HnJo2aUX5ZHal

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Dies

Foiling

Paper

Miscellaneous

Go Dogs Go

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Go Dogs Go, the classic P.D. Eastman book that so many American children in the 1960s and 70s learned to read with, was the inspiration for this card using Lia Griffith’s 2017 Party Time stamp set for Fiskars.

I had stamped, water colored and fussy cut the cars and dogs and set them aside until I figured out how to use them.  I had thought about making an interactive card with them, but in playing with layouts for a slider type card, I decided I liked the flat glued down look on the brilliant blue cardstock better.

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Cut two pieces of blue cardstock 9 inches x 4 inches (230 mm x100 mm) and a third piece 9 ½ inches x 4 inches (240 mmx 100 mm). Using a scoring board, I scored the longest piece down both short sides at ¼ inch (5 mm) from edge to form the flaps to glue to the other two pieces.

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Once the card was glued together, I laid out the position of the cars and pendants. I used the banner and sentiment from the stamp set for the “Go dogs Go” banner and then using a stamping platform, stamped my favorite Happy Birthday stamp on the last panel.

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Inks/Watercolors

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Miscellaneous

 

Balloons and Flowers Pop-Up

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My challenge to make a sweet and up-lifting birthday card for someone who was not happy about celebrating her birthday alone. I had the “Flying High” Craftwork Cards paper collection which has muted neon colors along with pinks and turquoise blue. It is cheery with it has hot air balloons and loads of cute die-cuts and foiled sentiments.

I decided on a box pop-up and used the low and wide shape of the Lawn Fawn Scalloped Box die set which fits into an A2 envelope. Th box was cut from the second darkest pink shade of lightweight cardstock in the Recollection’s Pink Buttons paper pack.

Hot Air Balloon-flat

I punched out the flower die-cuts and shaped them with my fingers and adhered pearls and dots embellishments to their centers. Next, I adhered the flowers to long strips of clear acetate from leftover packaging.

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I assembled the box following the video instructions by Kelly Marie, using strips of clear acetate for the crossbars adhering them in place with clear tape which bends well. All the decorative papers are from one sheet of paper from the “Flying High” collection as well as all the decorations.

The finished card folds flat. A small hot air balloon from the Tim Holtz Collection Little Things stamp set was stamped on the back flap of the envelope.

Hot Air Balloon-open

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Miscellaneous

Stick-on pearls and dots from Dollar Tree and

Sunday Drive Celebration

Whitecar-frontI was so excited when I received the Sunday Drive die set from Spellbinders. This classic convertible as seen from the rear has the possibilities for other cards besides being for birthdays. There is an add-on set that says “Hitched” with flowers and tin cans tied to bumper.

I found the set easy to use but recommend having a pair of tweezers handy to glue and place the tiny taillights, box-ribbon-bow, and tying-off balloon threads. I also recommend having a small container or bag to put your die cut pieces into as you cut them out. They are quite easy to lose on your workspace or get dropped onto the floor.

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All the pieces were cut from scraps in my stash. The silver matte card was one I had to use my embossing mat to get good definition on the bummer piece. I used metallic hologram papers from an old envelope for the balloons and glued them to white cardstock for the letters to show correctly.

These images are my first attempt at using the set.

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The inside sentiment is by Karen Burniston.

Supplies:

Stamps/Dies

Papers

  • Scraps of card stock from stash
  • Matte silver cardstock
  • DCWV – Strips Box of Cards – 40 A2 Printed Textured Cards & Envelops

Inks/Watercolors

Miscellaneous

 

When the Zoo Comes to You

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When the zoo comes to you it’s party time!  I was inspired by this adorable stamp and die set drawn by Bonnie Krebs for Art Impressions of a bus full of animals.

Zoo Bus -Front-CU-rightUsing Memento Tuxedo Black ink to stamp the images on white cardstock, I colored them with using watercolor pencils and a waterbrush. Once the colors were dry, I used a silver gel pen to color all the chrome trim on the bus and hubcaps. Using the matching dies, I cut the animals and bus out. I cut a second bus out to act as a backing for the bus. I had colored and cut a set of spare tires, so I cut away the tires on the colored bus so I could add dimension of the tires being beneath the bus.

Zoo Bus -Front-CU-leftNext I played with the placement of the animals in the bus and once satisfied with their placement, I glued them to the backside of the blue bus. For the cake rack and the monkey, I had to add small slips of cardstock for supports for the foam tape that adhered them to the bus frame. The koala bear was also foam taped to the back bus using the die cut door opening as my placement guides. The tires were glued flat to the backing bus’s wheels. (And while I toyed with the idea of making the wheels on the bus spin – mimicking the children’s song – I deciding against it.) Doubled sided foam bits from my stash were sandwiched between the two bus layers for dimension. Baker’s twine was taped to the back of the colored balloons and poked between the bus layers and glued.

Zoo Bus -Inside -WUsing Stampin’Up Dapper Denim blue ink I stamped both outside “For You on your birthday” sentiment on white cardstock and then the large “Happy Birthday” inside the card. The “For You” I heat embossed with sparkly snow embossing powder which added sparkle, but embossed clear.

Zoo Bus -Inside -CUOn the top inside panel I added another Art impression’s stamp of a tricycle riding elephant that I had colored and fussy cut out with its hat flying off.

Zoo Bus -Front-WThe completed card has the bus doors being able to be opened to shoe the koala bear.

Supplies:

Stamps/Dies

Papers

  • White light weight card stock from stash
  • DCWV – Strips Box of Cards – 40 A2 Printed Textured Cards & Envelops

Inks/Watercolors

Miscellaneous

Vintage Alice

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When is an easel not an easel? When it is a flattened easel slider card. This card slides open to reveal two hidden messages.

  1. Stamp images onto white cardstock using a dark brown ink and heat emboss with clear embossing powder to set ink.IMG_7706
  2. Using watercolor pencils color images and then use water and brush to blend colors. Let dry.IMG_7715 (2)
  3. Rough cut images and glue to heavy cardstock. Let dry and then fussy cut out images.IMG_7717 (2)
  4. Take one printed card front and on back side make lines 1 inch (25 mm) from all edges.IMG_7718 (2)
  5. Using a blade knife and metal ruler, cut three lines in card front to form a door flap.IMG_7720 (2)
  6. Using a score board, score door flap at ½ inch (12 mm), 2 ¼ inches (55 mm) and 5 inches (127 cm) from door flap bottom edge. Fold door flap with valley folds at ends and mountain fold in middle.IMG_7723
  7. Cut second printed card front down to 6 1/2 inches (170 mm) x 4 3/8 inches (110 mm). make a cutting template for top by folding scrap paper the is 4 3/8 inches wide in half and cutting out design. Trace template on to top of card and cut out. Punch hole in center top for pull ribbon. Thread ribbon through punched hole and tie off ribbon. This is slider card.IMG_7725 (2)
  8. Using a 1 inch (25 mm) wide circle punch, cut a half circle at top center edge. Place double-sided tear tape at edges on three sides of back of printed card with door flap leaving top edge with half circle untaped. Peel off backing tape and place a second layer of tape on top of first layer of tape. Place one layer of red backed double-sided tape on back of bottom tap of door flap.IMG_7724 (2)
  9. Stamp sentiment on top half of slider card using stamp platform.IMG_7726 (2)
  10. Peel off red backing on taped door flap tab. Place slider card face down on back side of door flap card so that it is inside the three taped edges and the ribbon pull is at the half circle end. Adhere taped edge of door flap to slider card. Turn over card front and test slider so easel comes up. Reposition or trim slider card to eliminate catchpoints.IMG_7727
  11. Position 5 x 7 inches colored cardstock over back of printed card front. Peel off backing tape and line up one edge at a time until slider pocket is formed.IMG_7728 (2)
  12. Using a stamp platform, place card with ease up revealing hidden space to be stamped. Stamp sentiment.IMG_7729 (2)
  13. Decorate the slider easel by laying out stamped images on flatten card and playing with slider to see how and where to place double-sided sticky foam squares to one side of easel or other. Decorate card front frame edges with sticky backed gems, but do not block easel slider.
  14. A simple sketch showing how the card functions may need to be included in the mailing envelope for good CRX (Card Receiver Experience).IMG_7730 (2)

Materials:

Printed Card Front – Anna Griffin 5 x 7 inches -Delicate Engravings

Colored Lightweight Cardstock – 5 x 7 inches pale green (127 mm x 177 mm)

Heavy White Cardstock – 8.5 x 11 inches

Rubber Stamps – Stamperia – Alice

Brown Ink-Stampin’ Up Classic Stampin’ Pad – Chocolate Chip

Clear Embossing Powder – Recollections Detail Embossing Powder

Watercolor Pencils – Prima Marketing Inc. Watercolor Pencils – The Basics

Printed Sentiment – Anna Griffin-Delicate Engravings Card Toppers

Ribbon – 8 inches

Sentiment Stamp – Apple Blossom-Parisian Sentiments-Happy Birthday

Foam Squares – Scotch Create Permanent White Foam Squares

Sticky-backed Gems – Recollections Bling on a Roll

Glue – Cosmic Shimmer Specialist Acrylic Glue

Double-Sided Tear Tape – Scrapbook.com Clear Double Sided Adhesive Roll ¼ inch

Super Sticky Red Backed Double-Sided Tape – Home Hobby by 3L Extreme Double-Sided Tape 1/8 inch

Clear Tape – Scotch Magic Tape

 

Tools:

Blade Knife

Sharp Pointed Scissors

Metal Ruler

Heat Tool

Anti-Static Bag

Stamping Platform

Scoreboard

1 inch (25 mm) circle punch

Vintage Fan Birthday Wish

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Vintage greeting cards are charming. Using royalty-free images from Dover Publication’s Electronic Clip Art is a great way to use vintage images and resize them to fit your needs on a computer. I printed both flowery birthday images from a book with a CD-ROM called Treasury of Greeting Card Designs. The front fan image I printed on printable glitter cardstock. I put two of the same size of the smaller calling card image on regular white cardstock.

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Fussy cutting all the images was necessary. Of the two smaller images, I cut one fully out and the second one I only cut-out the calling card portion. The calling card is placed on foam squares to form the rest for the “easel” fan front.

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I traced the fussy cut fan onto a piece of white cardstock and cut it out for the card base. I covered the side of the base that would show when open with double-sided tape and then laid the plaid paper from the Victoria & Albert collection of fabric and wallpapers on top and fussy cut it. Next, I adhered the smaller image to the plaid side of card base positioning it so it would act as the easel rest. From the same plaid paper, I cut a 3.5-inch-wide strip folded in long-wise in half and using double-sided tape inside made a 1.25-inch-wide strip that was plaid on both sides.

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This strip I adhered using strong red double-sided tape to the backside of the fan image and then aliening it up with the bottom image, I attached the strip to the backside of the card base. Using the same technique of taping the backside of the fan image and the card base, I covered up the adhered plaid strip. Inside using plaid paper and the card base back with flowered paper again from the V&A collection.

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