***WARNING...LOTS OF PICTURES (oh, and words) ***
Hello, my Sassy friends. Today is my turn as a guest designer on She's a Sassy Lady and I'm so excited to share this card with you. My name is Cheryl from http://www.cherylswindow.blogspot.com/, but my friends call me Cher - so you should too!
Have you ever had those projects that you were able to visualize in your head and even sat down and designed, but didn't realize your design was illogical and flawed until you actually cut it and saw it in 3D? This little project was one of those! I had this vision of a little birdhouse-shaped card and sketched the card front out on my Gypsy. Then went into all the detail of copying, mirroring, flipping, welding, etc...only to find out that, duh, that isn't going to work. I wasn't even going to share this fact with you, because, of course, I want you all to just think I'm a genius like all these other talented crafters, but ....Hey, it might be good to realize some of us have those moments. Sometimes, I can design a project and it all comes together first try. Most of the time, however, I have at least 2 prototypes or drafts if it's something new, especially if I'm going to share my .gypsy file with you. I'm a very hands-on visual person and I need to see and touch my design projects most of the time to ensure they come out the way I want. I keep scraps for this and /or use paper I ended up not liking or extra from previous projects.
My final card came out even better than I originally had envisioned. I adore this little chickadee and wanted to create a whimsical type of birdhouse. Thank you to my friend, Katie, for the flower top idea. After my initial ideas of a birdhouse-shaped card did not come out as planned, I decided to make it an easel card. Follow along for directions.
When designing this card on my Gypsy, I was able to use only one cartridge, Straight From the Nest. I used a square for the house background with a corner frame rotated an an angle for the roof line. I then added a small rectangle to the bottom of the house base and a circle as the hole in the birdhouse and welded all but the circle. The card base for the back was made by doubling the height of the birdhouse base rectangle. I used the branch and layers as a stop/rest for the easel part of the card.
Here are the images cut out with chosen papers set to align with images on mat.
Take large rectangle base and score at 2 1/8", 2 1/2" and 5". The extra score mark at the beginning allows us to have a small ledge in the back to help balance the top-heavy card. The 2 1/8" and 2 1/2" scores will fold back and forth each way as the card folds down to close and folds up to sit open.
I used my heat gun to quickly dry the flowers. It doesn't take much at all, especially if you don't over saturate your flowers. I then started layering them from the bottom by folding them in half and applying with GlueDots. (I did use a variety of adhesives here, huh?) I started with the larger flowers toward the bottom and got relatively smaller towards the top. I chose one small flower for the top and added a little extra bling. Don't add something too heavy here. After adding all the layers, if you need to 'fill-in' a few spots, this can easily be done with a small flower folded and slipped between the layers.