Saturday, January 18, 2020

2020 Stash Party #1 - Unforgettable Birthday Wishes

Hello, Crafty Makers!
I am sticking to my guns and not making craft purchases this year.  I was successful last year and I hope to be equally committed to saving money in 2020.  Since I am doing more planning this year, I did subscribe to a monthly box program for my planner.  I will, however, continue to use stash items for most of my projects.
Today's card to be included in a boxed set of all occasion greeting cards that I am designing.    I plan to use a lot of critters and a lot of flowers.  Most of the cards will be one or two layers because I don't want to make cards that create extra mailing expenses for my clients.  All the fancy designs will be reserved for "one of a kind" special occasion cards!

Finding The Concept
I wasn't quite sure where I was going with this project. All I knew was that I wanted a Tri-fold card with critters so my project birth certificate looked like this: (I know that the word client is misspelled. I hate to waste paper so I decided to use the two or three I printed before I caught the error.)  There is a page 2 on the back of the birth certificate where I list the step by step but the one for this project was far too messy to photograph.
Project Description
Occasion: Birthday
Card Size 4.5" x 5.5"
Paper: 110lb Neenah Solar White - Card Base
Paper: Bazzill Classic
Paper: Stamped Layer: 65lb White Card
Card Style: Tri-fold
Techniques: Blending, Masking, Die Cutting and Stamping 

My first step was to play around with the positioning of my images.  I arranged the stamps in place the stamping platform. I always do a practice stamp on a piece of scrap before actually stamping onto my card panel. I stamped the images first with Momento Tuxedo Black Ink and then with  VersaMark embossing ink.  I used WOW clear embossing powder to heat emboss the stamped images.
To do the masking, I stamped another set of images onto "full adhesive Post-It Note sheets (I find these to be more economical for masking small images.)  With all the images colored and masked, I blended my background.  
Real Party Animals!
If the flap is properly cut, the card will stand on its own.
I blended the flap to match the panel and stenciled in some clocks.
The construction of a Tri-fold card is very simple since it is really just two 4.5"x5.5" note cards joined together after removing about 1/16" from the backside of one of the note cards.
When the card is closed, I wanted the gift box to protrude so I die cut two layers of craft foam and attached them to the back of the colored image.
I thought it would be fun to give this card to a child and allow the child to color in the image on the inside.

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  1. This card is super cute and very original. I love that little final suprise with the image on the inside to be coloured by the child, it makes it perfect. Hugs, María.

  2. Love this design. Thank you for the step by step.
    Such a pretty card with a perfect inside.

  3. Fantastic card, the elephants are darling and any child would love to color the inside, great idea. Congrats on using your stash in hand rather than buying more.
    Hugs, Lori m

  4. I really admire your resolution to use what you have! Your cards are simply adorable!
    Thank you for sharing your wonderful work in our papercraft challenge & we hope you will join us again in the next Papercraft Business Challenge!.
    Anna – Design Team member at Papercraft Business
    Visit my blog - Crafty Anna Studio.
    You can also find me on Instagram - CraftyAnna Studio
    Thank you!

  5. Fabulous fold and design-love all the really cute images and great idea leaving an image to be coloured-I am with you on the non buying except for basics-glue etc-I have more than enough syuff for about three lifetimes and the ammount that is neglected and unused is ridiculous!
    Carol x

  6. Thank you for sharing with us over here at "A Perfect Time To Craft" and best of
    luck with your entry.

    Robin DT for http://aperfecttimetocraft.blogs

  7. Adorable, Nice coloring. Thanks for playing along with Papercraft Business Challenges!
    Jill – Design Team member at Papercraft Business
    Visit my blog - Killeen House Studio

  8. Beautiful card. I love the cute critters. Great to see you in our gallery and hope you will join us again soon at the Papercraft Business Challenges!! Please do visit my blog Paint Paper Scissors for more inspiration.
    Nandini – Design Team member, Papercraft Business


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