Karen Aicken here and I’m happy to be the Guest Designer for today’s blog post. I’m sharing a birthday card made with one of Krista Schneider’s new line of stamps/dies and a coordinating Bonbon box. Since I’m a visual learner, there are lots of photos in this post.
Let’s get started making the Birthday card.
1. From white card stock, die cut the largest Katie Label Pivot Decorator Die twice. Stamp and die cut two shrubs, the sweet table & chairs twice (only one shown), a single and a double tree, and the coffee shop. Note: Use an ink that is suitable for alcohol-based markers.
2. Using PanPastels and sponge daubers, quickly swipe a ground line with green, then some cloud-like swipes with blue. The images were coloured with Copic markers, then highlights added with a clear Glaze Pen. With the card as reference, adhere the coloured images to the labels using foam tape for dimension. On the left label, stamp CHEERS with black ink as shown.
3. From Els’s Stitched Hearts set, die cut the smallest stitched heart three times from 100# White Soft Finish Cardstock. Also die cut the second smallest Stitched Fishtail Banner from the same White Soft Finish Cardstock, and the third smallest Stitched Fishtail Banner out of patterned cardstock. Add one of the die cut ‘table and chairs’ to one of the stitched hearts with foam tape and set aside to use with the Bonbon Box.
4. Centre the white Stitched Fishtail Banner over the patterned one and adhere together. Then score a vertical line one inch from the left edge. Stamp ‘Wishing You A Colorful Day’ centred between the score line and the fishtail edge, and colour with Copic markers or other alcohol-based markers of choice.
Below is the front of the card. Because the patterned paper I wanted to use was not double sided and fairly lightweight, I adhered two sheets together before cutting my card.
5. Cut the card base 8-1/2 x 6″ and score in the centre at 4-1/4″. Lay the Katie Label Pivot on the inside, being sure that the alignment nubs are directly over the score line. Use removable tape to hold in place while it is run through the die cutting machine. Gently fold the card so the inner label shapes pivot to the front and back when the card is opened and closed. Adhere a stitched heart to the lower right corner on the front of the card, and the decorated labels to the card base.
6. Adhere the Stitched Fishtail Banner at the top right of the card as shown below, lining up the score line with the fold. Note, I used a wet adhesive on the left, and foam tape on the right of the Fishtail banner to give it some lift. Also, I felt the left side needed something else, so I cut a small yellow cardstock scrap with the smallest Fish Tail Banner, trimmed it to size and adhered it as shown.
7. Cut a strip of patterned paper 8″ x 1-1/2″ and score in the centre at 4″ Adhere the outside edges of this strip to the outside edges of the card along the side edges only. You want the centre to be free as this creates another pop-up area and even more dimension. Adhere one of the stitched hearts to the patterned paper strip, being careful to adhere it only to the strip and not the card base.
Here is what the card looks like from above. You can see the foam tape on the Stitched Fishtail Banners, the way the Katie Label pivots, and the Pop-Up strip at the bottom edge. (Note: This Pop-Up strip would be a fun technique for adding more images when making other cards!)
And finally, this is the back of the card.
The Bonbon Box die has quickly become a favourite of mine. It is easy to create and holds a little somethin’ somethin’. You could quickly make multiples for a wedding or other special occasion and I think they will look wonderful on a table setting with your guests’ names attached. For this one, I cut it from patterned paper to coordinate with the card and wrapped the assembled box with seam binding. Then I adhered the final stitched heart with the (adorable) table and chairs to the front.
1. Die cut the Bonbon Box from patterned paper.
2. Bring up and hold the two tabbed sides together and gently place one slotted side over top of the tabs. The tab will fit into that slot perfectly. This is a good time to add your goodies.
3. Bring the next slotted side up and over the tabs. Done!
4. Decorate as desired.
Here is another look at the opened card with Bonbon box. I love that you can use matching papers to create a coordinating set!
Have fun crafting!
Elizabeth Craft Designs Supplies:
Patterned paper – American Crafts
Glaze pen – Sakura