Sunday, May 13, 2018

Invisible Easel Card featuring EllenHutson.com's Mondo Sakura Stamps and Dies

I am in love with Cherry Blossoms!  They are so fun to color that whenever I see a Cherry Blossom stamp, I simply have to have it.  The new Mondo Sakura (Cherry Blossom in Japanese) and coordinating die from Ellen Hutson are no exception.  This set has another quality I love in my flower stamps:  they are HUGE!!!!!  Having all that space to color is just dreamy.  At first glance this card may seem complicated to create but I am here to dispel that myth. 
To create this card, you will need 2 sheet of 5" x 6" Hero Arts Acetate (one cut to 4 1/4" x 5 1/2" and one folded on one side at 1 1/4” inch on the 6” side);  2 sheets of 4 1/4" x 5 1/2" 110 lb white card stock (one cut with the cover die of your choice, and one folded in half and cut with the 3rd largest die from the Infinity Tag Frames Die set by Hero Arts [so you have 2 tags]); and 2 sheets of 4 1/4" x 5 1/2" Bristol Smooth card stock (to stamp and emboss the Mondo Sakura on).  I will color both and use one as a whole and cut up the other one to have a few flowers on the base.  A list of additional supplies is available below.

After heat embossing the stamps, I went about coloring them using my Zig Clean Color Real Brush Markers.  My coloring for these flowers is very simple.  I took the Light Carmine, and applied it to the inside part of each of the petals on the flower, making sure to have more ink where it will be dark.  I then wet my brush and dabbed it off on a paper towel so it isn’t too wet and spread the color around the flower.  I then took the Yellow Lemon marker and applied some color in the center of the flower and used my wet brush to pull the color out onto the petal.  I repeated this process until I was happy with how my flower looks and then went on to the next one.  When I finished coloring all of my flowers, I usde my Olive Green Marker and applied ink to about half of the stem or leaf.  I then used my wet brush to spread the color out.  I repeated this process for the second flower arrangement and then set them aside to dry for a few minutes.  When they were dry, I took my White Gel Pen and filled in all of the stamen with it.  This creates a nice little pop on the flower.  I then set them aside for another few minutes to dry -- you know how gel pen can be.

I then cut my flower arrangements out with my dies.

Time to create my easel.  Hero Arts has great packs of acetate that are perfect for shaker cards.  This is a lighter weight acetate which works well with die cuts so it is perfect for this project.  To create the easel, I first folded and creased the 5” x 6” panel at 1 1/4” inch on the 6” side.  This will be the section I use to attach the easel to the card base.  I then took the larger section and folded that in half towards the other fold line and then flattened it again  This will help me create the easel card when the piece is die cut.  To die cut the easel, I placed the mondo sakura die hanging over the fold slightly, attached it with some Post-it tape, and ran it through my die cutter.

Now I have my little easel to pop up the flowers on the card.  I will attach this to a card base.  In this case it consists of a 4 1/4” x 5 1/2” piece of acetate for stability and a 4 1/4” x 5 1/2” piece of white card stock run through the die cutter with this cover die from Altenew.  It is part of a 2-die set that creates a wonderful plaid effect for your projects.  I attached these 2 pieces together using dotted tape runner to keep the acetate as clear as possible.

I start my assembly by attaching the flower to the easel and then trimming up the back side of the easel to make it even more invisible to the recipient.  I do not trim any of the plastic that is adhered to the flowers or the base that will be attached to the card base.  Just the pieces on the middle section that are hanging off to the sides.  I then apply glue to the bottom of the easel and use the straight line of the die cut and flower to position the flower on the front of the card before I push it onto the base. 

https://www.ellenhutson.com/#_a_159I cut a tag out with the Hero Arts Infinity Tag set and tried it out in different spots, with and without a gold frame.  I chose  a plain white tag in a size that would mostly hide behind the flower.  To decorate the base of the card even further, I fussy cut the large flower out and applied it to the card base with a foam square.  This will give the bouquet a place to anchor when it is popped up.  I glued the tag “inside” my card and then applied the sentiment -- this fun little “beautiful” die that came with the Mondo Sakura die set -- with a layer of foam underneath for dimension and a cute little “hello” die also from Ellen Hutson

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Joanne and Penny 

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