First of all,
HAPPY BIRTHDAY GREG!
I especially enjoyed making this card for my younger brother’s birthday. He is a researcher in nanotechnology and at first I wanted to make a card with nanotech jokes…there aren’t any, lol! Not any that were suitable for a card anyway. So I printed some vectors and made a pop up card making them look like flowers!
Since I discovered these type of 3D cards, I simply love making them and imagine the surprise the receiver gets when they open them. I am hoping they will stay longer on mantel pieces as a decoration then my normal flat cards! 😉 I followed these tutorials to learn how to make them, using metric, using inches but they’re really easy so once you make one, you can make the others without following the videos. One tip though, before you glue the slots in the box, add the slots and flatten the box to see which way closes better with them in it.
I entered this card in
Just Us Girls challenge
The Sisterhood of Crafters Birthdays challenge
I went on to make an exploding card! I found the method here. I like to make the front part of the card quite sober,
then when you open it,
Wow! (If I do say so myself..☺) I made the front part of the card with my favourite bloom stamps (not that I have many), Stampers Anonymous Cling Flower garden set and The Ton Simply Floral set. I stamped them in Versamark and heat embossed them using SU’s white embossing powder. I stamped in the sentiment from Stamplorations Big Grin’s “Strong Women” sentiment set the same way. I used my clear Sakura glitter gel pen to add some sparkle but they turned out looking gold instead of silver…good to know….
On the inside I masked a circle in the middle where I will put my text, stamped the flowers from Penny Black’s Slapstick Cling stamps using Momento’s rhubarb stalk, rose bud and bamboo leaves ink and finally stamped the sentiment from Hero Arts die and stamp set. I coloured in the tulips (? sorry I don’t know my flowers at all) with my Tombow markers and a water brush pen, I know I still have a lot to improve on my shading! One tip; fold the paper first before stamping. That way you can try to avoid as much as possible to have a crease in your flower when its unfolded.
I entered this in:
Simon says Stamp Wednesday “Anything Goes”
Addicted to Stamps and More – “Anything Goes”
Happy Little Stampers CASE the designer challenge
Stamping Sensations Anything Goes challenge
MFP Stamp Anything Goes challenge #18