Paris in Springtime

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What a romantic image of Paris !  When I received the two dies that I used on this card, I looked at the packaging images for ideas for colors and layout and then did some modification to the easel mechanism.

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Changing the frame from a hanging charm to a larger flat panel on an easel was as simple as using ½ inch wide, red-sticky-permanent double-sided tape to hold in place the rectangle piece that was cut out for the frame.  And adhering the flat panel to the easel.

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Because the flat panel is larger than the original frame pull tab, I had to add an extension tab. I used clear removable tape to smooth over the catching point where the extension level changes. In order to be able to fit the card in an A2 envelope, I punched a hole and tied a ribbon to the tab as a pull grip.

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But how does the card recipient know to pull the ribbon?  Read my last post on CRX.

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Paris Easel Card

Paris in the Springtime Die set from Die Cutting essentials  issue 49

Karen Burniston’s Pop It Ups for Elizabeth Craft Designs 1104-Hanging Charm Pull Tab die set

“Pull Here” stamp from Concord and Ninth’s Mail Drop Stamp Collection

 

CRX – Card Recipient Experience

Free download of easel card CRX sheet

You create the most delightful card that moves went you pull a slider or you create a box card that folds flat, and the recipient of the card gets it in the mail and has no idea how to make it work.  This is not the ideal card recipient experience (CRX) you want.

 

In the web designers world, they talk about User Experience (UX). For us in the not so digital field of card designers, we need to think about CRX or how we let our users know how to operate the card if the recipient is not use to receiving interactive cards.

 

Arrows indicating direction to pull a slider tab are common.  Including a diagram of how a box card should look when completed is simple enough. Or you can get creative and string a “pull here” tag on a thread that can be removed once used.

A great card is both beautiful to the eye of the beholder and easily explained if it involves moving parts.

 

Dies/Stamps Used:

 

You’re In My Thoughts Box of Flowers

Lawn Fawn Scalloped Box Card Pop-Up

Build -A-Bouquet Stamp Collection for Papercrafter magazine issue 118 

Stamped in black ink and colored with Crayola Signature Brush & Detail Dual-ended Markers

 

Tea and Tulips Box of Flowers

Lawn Fawn Scalloped Box Card Pop-Up

Stampin’ Up’s Tearoom Copper Vinyl Stickers

Stampin’ Up’s Tea Room Specialty Designer Series Paper

Tea Room Memories & More Card Pack.

Shaded Tulip Stamp & Layer set by Susan Bates for Papercraft Inspirations magazine, issue 182

CraftSmart and Hampton Art mini ink pads.

 

Paris Easel Card

Paris in the Springtime Die set from Die Cutting essentials  issue 49

Karen Burniston’s Pop It Ups for Elizabeth Craft Designs 1104-Hanging Charm Pull Tab die set

“Pull Here” stamp from Concord and Ninth’s Mail Drop Stamp Collection

 

Two Fish, One Fish

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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.

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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.

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

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

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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.

 

 

 

Card Ministry

I wanted to share some of the cards I’ve made for a card ministry that sends cards to those who may need a word of encouragement or thanks. Letting people know that someone cares about them is what greeting cards are about, especially handmade ones.  I encourage anyone reading this to think about making at least one card for someone you don’t know, but might appreciate being told they count as a human being.IMG_3882

 

Both cards were created from many scrap pieces left from other projects as well as flowers and leaves cut from food boxes.   I have tried my best to remember all the dies used to produce these pieces.
Window Box Card:
  • Window & Flower Box – Crafter’s Companion “Window” CC-MD-E-WINDOW
  • Layered flowers – “Card Making Magic” by Christina Griffiths from Die-cutting Essentials Issue 37
  • Hello, Hugs, Smile – Recollections 10 piece word set
  • Cardstock – “The Pier” boxed cards from American Crafts
  • Blue Window Blind – Build-A-Scene Dies Xcut-Docrafts, “Shadow Box Dies – Seaside” XCU 503272
  • White Gel Pen – Gelly Roll 08
  • Scotch Foam Tape
  • Tombow Mono Aqua Liquid Glue
Thank You Card:
  • Thank You Banner – Computer generated sentiment die cut using Uchi’s Design Animation Die Cut Set DC101
  • Blue Paisley Swirls – Tonic Studios “Paisley Edge” designed exclusively for Scrapbook.com 2486e Paisley Edge Dot & Drop Die
  • Yellow & Orange Swirls – Crafter’s Companion “Swirl with Leaves” CC_MD-E-SWIRL
  • Green Leaves & Flower – “Card Making Magic” by Christina Griffiths from Die-cutting Essentials Issue 37
  • White Hearts & Bottom White Bar – Crafter’s Companion “Garden Bench” CC-MD-E-BENCH
  • Yellow House – Build-A-Scene Dies Xcut-Docrafts, “Shadow Box Dies – Seaside” XCU 503272
  • Home Hobby by 3L Premium Double-Sided tape
  • Ms. Sparkle & Co. Red Permanent Double-Sided Tape
  • Tombow Mono Aqua Liquid Glue