Bee Sweet

BEE SWEET Front extended

Summer holidays are wonderful for their lazy days to be creative.

I had picked up several BoBunny paper pads at my Tuesday Morning store which included the BEE_UTIFUL YOU 6 x 8 paper pad. The collection features bees. I also picked up at the same time Stampers Anonymous Tim Holtz Collection Little Things Cling Stamps set which has a bee about to land.  Needless to say, I felt the need to get BEE-zy and created something from all this inspiration.

BEE SWEET inside detail

This simple Oval Landscape Accordion fold card was created using the Elizabeth Craft Designs Karen Burniston Pop It Ups die set 1108. I cut six frames with the inner oval taped to cut a narrow frame around the pivot oval.

BEE SWEETBack extended

Once all six frames were cut, I mixed the inner ovals patterned paper and taped them into the oval frames on the back side using white paper backed double-sided tape.  I left the backing paper on the tape until I was ready to adhere two frames together.  Once I had decided on the fronts and back of the frames and the order of the patterned paper on the frames, I placed double-sided tape on the backside frames (only the three patterned paper for the backside of the card.) Starting with my last frame on the right, I peeled off the backing paper on the two oval sections and carefully matched them up. I did not press the ovals together as I wanted wiggle room to remove the backing paper from a side of the outer frame, one-at-a-time, matching the sides together as best I could.  I did not put tape on the two tabs that would attach to the next frame.  I snipped off the two tabs of the back frame. Next I folded back the backing paper off just on the tape on the back frame of the middle section where the two tabs would adhere. I lined up the tabs and pressed them onto the tape of the middle section and started the process again to adhere the ovals first and then the outer frames of the middle frame section. Finally, I cut off the tabs on the first section before adhering the middle section tabs to the first frame as described before.

BEE SWEET inside wide

The ovals tabs were inserted between the sticky sections, aligned and firmly pressed together to adhere.  (See Karen Burniston accordion assembly video which shows a different shape, but the principles for accordion assembly are similar.)

BEE SWEET Front extended above

I decorated the ovals after I had assembled the frames so that I would not over embellish them.  To mail this card, I needed it to lie flat, but I wanted some dimension to the panels. Using small flower shapes cut from colored food boxes, I assembled six small flowers and two large flowers (see Supplies Used list for specific dies). On the Thinking of You frame, the flower and bee come from a Burts Bee’s box I had saved in my stash.

The last oval has a lacy oval of cream colored card stock to write a personal note on.

SUPPLIES USED:

Dies

Stamps:

Paper:

Miscellaneous:

Two Fish, One Fish

Fish bowl 4

Two fish, one fish, is that a cat I see?

This is meant as a fun card. Ever since I saw the Die-cutting essentials magazine issue 36 Underwater Friends die set, I have been planning to make some sort of interactive card with it.

Fish bowl 2 - Copy

Finding the Karen Burniston Pop It Ups’ Oval landscape Accordion -1108 die set by Elizabeth Craft Designs gave me the idea on how to proceed to tell a story through a card.

Fish bowl 1 - Copy

First there are two fish. Then there is one fish. then there is a cat’s face watching intently.

Fish bowl 5 - Copy

Did the cat do anything beyond watching? What do you think happened?

Fishbowl-envelope

The cat’s face has a slit at the top and bottom so that it can slip off the pivot points and be signed or a greeting added.  I used Grafix Dura-Lar .005 Clear Film, an archival polyester film to die cut 3 of the accordion sections. I then die cut 6 of the blue cardstock accordion sections and then all the fish and greenery pieces. I used a combination of Tombow Aqua Mono Liquid Glue for around the blue oval frames because I could easily clean-up any messes with a damp paper towel. I used Tombow Multi Mono Liquid Glue for adhering the blue frames to the clear film because it needed to be a strong adherence for a sturdy frame.

 

 

 

Frustrating Glue

IMG_5645I was working on this card with intricate borders to glue down and used Tombow Multi Mono Liquid Glue. I had a little glue ooze out from the delicate edges. Usually glue dries and you can flake it off, but this glue is still tacky after two weeks.

It ended up that I remade the card using 6-inch sheets of double-sided adhesive instead of glue.  First, I cut cardstock to the width of the border dies and then adhered one side of the adhesive sheet to the cardstock.  Then I ran the adhered cardstock through my Sizzix Big Shot machine to cut the border frames.  I cut scrap paper with dies between cuts of adhered cardstock to help remove adhesive from die. This method worked much better as well as being faster as there was no drying time needed between steps.

I used the double-sided adhesive sheet to adhere the light blue label with fish. See how smooth it is and no shiny adhesive showing.

In the future I plan to use this method of adhering my accordion cards using double-sided sheets/tape for all aspects rather than glue.

Supplies Used:

Karen Burniston  in cahoots with Riley and Company dies:        karenburniston.com

  • 1043 – Fancy Label Accordion
  • 1044 Fancy Flourish Frames

Scrapbook.com:       https://www.scrapbook.com/store/uc-adh-1036.html

  • Clear Double-Sided Adhesive Sheets 6×6 inch sheets

Fish die was in my swap bundle. Don’t know manufacturer.