Hi there and welcome to my first blog post for February!! I can't believe we are already into our second month, I have a feeling that this year will fly by even faster than the last. Although this past week has been pretty long as we've had a heatwave. Its been extremely hard to work each day, the temperatures have been crazy to the point I jumped into someone's pool the other day when I finished their garden, with my clothes on.....it was heavenly!!
I'm up on the CAS-ual Fridays Stamps Blog today with a fiddly and different card for you. I haven't seen a card made like this before but I'm sure someone will have already come up with it somewhere in blogland. I thought about it in the shower the other night (I have some of my best ideas there.....) and have another idea to try out too. Let me know what you think:
Yes, lots and lots of die-cutting and this photo doesn't quite show how one-layer the card is (apart from the sentiment strip). Here's another photo:
Please excuse my dirty fingers and nails, the joys of being a gardener!! Now to show you how the card opens:
Tricked you!! And this is what it looks like when its completely open:
Here's how I put it together! I started off with a simple top-folding card base. I worked out that I could die-cut and fit 4x 'Lovely Links Fri-dies' across the front of the card base and it would leave room in between to cut the smaller card front. I used my paper trimmer to cut the front of the card and used double-sided tape to hold down the two side strips. I die-cut the link dies from white CS and glued them to the card. I then die-cut them a few times more from two types of pink and blue paint chips to get all the different heart and circle colours. These were all glued into place.
I wanted a simple sentiment that would stretch across the opening panel to help you open it. So I stamped a sentiment from 'Heartfelt Sayings' with Hero Arts 'Bubblegum' die ink and then clear heat embossed over it twice to add some shine. I popped it up across the panel with foam tape and then realised I had added too much over each side, so quickly cut some small pieces of white CS to put behind so it wouldn't stick shut.
To finish off I glued on some sequins from Neat and Tangled and also stamped the sentiment on the inside (also from 'Heartfelt Sayings') with Versafine black ink.
I'm going to link this to the Simon Says Stamp - Wednesday Challenge where their theme is 'Anything Goes'.
I really hope this card has given you some new design ideas to try out and if your itching to get your hands on the CAS-ual Fridays Stamps products I used today, use my special code to save yourself 15%.
Thanks so much for stopping by and I'll see you back here next week with some more card designs.