One of my best friends is turning 50! We’ve been friends since we both worked together over 20 years ago at a firm in Manhattan, and although we live far apart, whenever we get on the phone, all the miles evaporate and we’re as close as ever.
I wanted to create a special, interactive and full card for her, so I got out my Hampton Art-Mama Elephant Lovey Puppy Stamp and Die Set and decided to use the pair of puppies huddled together to represent the two of us — the way we used to daydream about the future together.
The left puppy is colored with Copic E21, E13 and E15
The right puppy is colored with E50, E53, E55 and E57
I fussy cut them out with my Fiskars Spring Loaded Scissors, inked their edges with a Momento Tuxedo Black Marker, and set them aside to prep the card base.
I created the pop up box card structure with an 8.5″ x 11″ piece of blue card stock using the Lawn Fawn Scalloped Box Card Pop Up Die Set. I also used scraps of plaid, pale blue polka dot, and small green and white polka dot patterned papers to decorate each panel and add a grassy ground. I inked the edges of the green polka dot paper cut with the MFT Grassy Hills Die-Namics Dies with Tim Holtz Distress Ink in Mowed Lawn to give a finished look.
Then on to the fun decorating! I found a scrap of doggy bone paper that I fussy cut out to make a kind-of sun, centering it with a fussy cut actual sun image from another scrap left no room for doubt that this was supposed to represent a sun. To create a scenic background, I used an old Simon Says Stamp Cloud Banks Die (retired) and inset some textured white paper only into the main center cloud to create interest and see-through dimension. Then I used an old Martha Stewart Hydrangea Trio Punch (also retired; but THIS ONE from EK Success is very similar), various pink patterned paper scraps, and a Copic RV09 to create the feeling of a bountiful summer flower garden. The clouds and many of the flowers were attached with Ranger Multi Medium Matte to clear plastic strips I reclaimed/upcycled from craft packaging to suspend them into the air/space above the box card.
For the underside of the main flap (which will be seen first when the recipient takes the card out of the envelope), I prepped a die cut stitched rectangle from more of the pale blue polka dot patterned paper with my EK Success Powder Tool and heat embossed the sentiment, “Forever FRIENDS” with VersaMark Ink and Ranger Black Embossing Powder. For the back side of the card (where the message will be written), I used a Pretty Pink Posh Scalloped Frame Die and some scrap yellow card stock. I also used up another rub on from my stash that reads, “Happy Birthday to You!”
CLICK on the following picture to watch the process video of crafting this pop up box card:
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This card is being entered into the following challenges:
Crafting By Design Happy Birthday Challenge
Creatalicious Anything Goes with Optional Spots and/or Stripes Challenge
Word Art Wednesday Anything Goes Challenge
Simon Says Stamp Work It Wednesday Summer Vibes Challenge
Stamping Sensations Show Your True Colors Challenge
Crafty Gals Corner Polka Dots and/or Stripes Challenge
MFT Stamps Birthday Project Challenge
Lil Patch of Crafty Friends Anything Goes Challenge
Penny Black and More Blossoms, Butterflies and Bugs Challenge
Through the Craft Room Door Anything Goes Challenge