Hello, crafty friends! Hope you are doing well. I am starting a new class on Online Card Classes today called Wild Card. The class will focus on taking the hard work out of interactive cards. I’m really looking forward to the class and will hopefully be able to post my daily homework.
First off, is a Christmas card I made for the pre-class gallery. Its my first ever attempt at a slider card and I really had a fun time making it! I love all the new Christmas stamps and dies that are coming out but honestly its not in my budget to purchase more Christmas supplies when there are so many I didn’t even use last year. So, today I’m using an older stamp and die set from Lawn Fawn but I (was a bit cheeky and used a newly purchased sentiment from a set released this year.)
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I first created my hills and used my stamps and dies to lay out the scene to make sure everything fit exactly where I wanted it. Then, I took a piece of Lawn Fawn Peacock cardstock and I stamped a lovely snowfall background stamp from Stamps by Chloe (again, last season) in Versamark ink and heat embossed with white embossing powder.
Next up, I coloured my critters and trees. I felt like it was missing something so I looked through my stamp collection and decided to stamp, colour and cut out lights from a Christmas stamp set by Gina K. Designs that I (LOVE and) DID use last year. After I coloured the string of light bulbs, I went over them with a bit of Wink of Stella and Glossy Accents. After they dried, I fussy cut them out – which took FOREVER! But it was worth it. I did have the entire string of lights done and ready to put on the penguin when my latest crafty purchase came in and thankfully that set included a different light strand stamp that had a matching die. This will make it SO much easier if I make this card design again!
I also cut into some die cuts of the snowcaps from Lawn Fawn’s Stitched Mountain Border die to give the trees a snow-covered look. For the tree decorating penguin I used a bit of a sparkly Stickles on the his Santa hat and some Glossy Accents for his, and the deer’s eyes.
Luckily I got my order that included Lawn Fawn’s Slide on Over dies – which made the creating the slider track that much quick and easier. There were a few things I learned when creating the slider as this is the first slider card I’ve ever attempted. Next time I make a card and incorporate the slider into the tops of the hills, I will put the slider a bit farther down into the hill. The placement I used for this card leaves a very thin amount of card at the top of the slider so I worry it will break fairly easy. Also, because I have so much “cargo” sitting on top of the sled, the die cut/slider became a bit top-heavy. I don’t think I’d want to move the sled down any more, but maybe next time I can tape another 1 cent coin to the bottom-backside to give the bottom a bit more weight to it.
To make the front panel/hill I used FOUR layers of funky foam so that I ensured there was plenty of room for the penguin to slide. My biggest problem with that is the side of the card looks quite sloppy AND I’m going to have to make my envelope a bit bigger if I hope to fit such a wide card in it! I totally think I could have gotten away with three layers – or maybe even two. Problem was I ran out of my trusty foam tape (and only had super tiny foam squares) right as I was constructing the card so I had to make-do with the supplies I had.
I also forgot a majorly important thing until it was all adhered together…the sentiment! SMH. So, I had to stamp the sentiment onto the card where there were four layers of foam and let’s just say it didn’t get the best stamp impression. And the base slipped and I was stamping so there is a bit of a blur from a double stamp. I also decided I wanted a bit more sparkle for the wintry scene so I masked the trees and critters and misted the entire card front with Spray & Sparkle from Crafter’s Companion to give it a frosted look. Despite all the hang-ups, I still think the card turned out really well and I hope that after this class…and a lot more practice, the next attempt will come together a lot quicker!
Bye for now!
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FULL SUPPLY LIST
Lawn Fawn: Toboggan Together stamps & dies, Cheery Christmas stamps & dies, Stitched Hillside Border dies, Slide on Over die, Stitched Mountain Border dies, Peacock cardstock, stamp shammy
Stamps by Chloe: Filigree Snowflake Background
Gina K. Designs: Fleece Navibaa stamp set
Ranger: Glossy Accents, Multi Medium Matte, Stardust Stickles
Memento: Tuxedo Black dye ink
Hero Arts: Green Hill Mid-Tone Shadow Ink, White Embossing Powder
Altenew: Frayed Leaf, Forest Glades Crisp Ink
Stampin’ UP! Bermuda Bay dye ink
Copic Sketch Markers: E53, E55, E57, R32, W6, 100, W00, W2, 0, Y19, R35, RV29, W4, G94, G99, G40
Neenah Solar White 80lb cardstock
Wink of Stella: clear
EK Tools Powder Tool
Wagner Heat Gun
Fiskars 12″ Paper Trimmer
Cricket: Cuttlebug Machine, C Adaptor Plate