Friday 1 December 2017

Pirate Party | ft. Lawn Fawn "Ahoy, Matey" Stamps and Pop-Up Dies

Hi everyone, thank you for stopping by. I hope you're having a great day.

Today I wanted to share one of my very first attempts with the Lawn Fawn "Pop-Up" dies. And because it's me, and I can't do anything the easy way, I'll be showing the Stitched Hillside Pop-Up and the Hillside Ocean Waves Add-On.

I very quickly discovered that creating a pop-up card is a lot more "work" than I regular card. It's also like creating two cards in one. There's the outside, which still has to look attractive and make people want to pick it up and then there's the inside (the real star of the show) which has to completely blow their mind.

I assume that I will get faster over time, but this card took a bit of time. And by "bit", I mean "a whole friggin' lot".

For the front of the card, I wanted it to be appealing, but very subdued. I have never tried doing a whole card front in a vintage look and I thought a treasure map would be a great place to try it out.

To begin, I cut down a piece of Strathmore Bristol Smooth paper and stamped the palm trees, the X, the North Arrow (compass-looking thing) and the water waves using Antique Linen Distress ink. I then used my Zig Clean Color Real Brush Markers to add very dull colours to the map, but still give it depth.

For the torn edges, I used my fingers to rip all the way around the panel - I find this to be more organic than if I were to use a die. I sponged Antique Linen over the entire panel, then Scattered Straw towards where I wanted to start building my shadows. I then used Gathered Twigs, and finally Ground Espresso to create the finished dirty/burnt look around the edges.

Behind the map, I sponged Gathered Twigs on a piece of patterned paper and adhered that to the front of my standard A2 sized card base. I covered the back of the map with two-way tape and set that aside until I was ready to assemble the whole card.

I wanted the inside of the card to be very opposite of the front. I wanted this to be bright and cheery and really, really POP!

I stamped out all my images using Memento Tuxedo Black ink on 110lb Copic-friendly cardstock and coloured them with Copic markers, and used the Brother 2 Scan N Cut to cut them all out. This was especially helpful for the large palm trees (from Critters from the Past) as well as the treasure chest with coins and bird, as I used the masking technique to create my own flat images.

I used the Stitched Hillside Pop-Up die to create the base for my layers. I sponged Antique Linen, Scattered Straw and Tea Dye on the foremost hillside and down the base of my card to create the sandy beach.

I cut both sets of waves from the Stitched Hillside Ocean Waves Add-on die and used Distress Oxide ink (Broken China and Salty Ocean) then spritzed with clean water for the oxidized look. The smaller wave fits perfectly over the smaller hill and I adhered it there. The largest wave took a bit longer to dry, so while that was happening I used my cloud stencil and Tumbled Glass Distress ink to create a soft cloudy sky. I then adhered the back wave directly to the card base.

Once all my setting pieces were in place I was finally able to add all my little images and put together my scene. At the bottom of this post is a zoomed in picture of the inside of the card. Don't forget to check that out.

It was after everything was together that I decided I wanted the coins to sparkle - so I added clear Wink of Stella glitter over the coins, then covered them with Glossy Accents by Ranger.

I stamped the greeting using CTMH Chocolate Ink. Once the Glossy Accents were dry, I was able to put the map on the front of my card.

I hope you like today's card and are inspired to create something of your own. If you haven't already, please follow me on the right side bar or over on Facebook, so you don't miss any future posts. Drop me a line in the comments section below and let me know what you think.

I will definitely be making more pop-up cards, but maybe "for the art of it" or special occasions, definitely not as a replacement for my beloved single layer cards.

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