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The Finest Things Pop it Ups Bathtub Eiffel Tower card

Last night:

ME: Hey Emma, can I put this pink Eiffel Tower on the front of this bathtub? I really like it there, for some reason.

EMMA: Well it looks cool, but how do they go together? What's the reason for an Eiffel tower in the bathroom?

JOHN: Eiffel up the bathtub?

ME: Ha! Yeah! It could be "Eiffel into a warm tub!"

EMMA: (losing interest) OK, sure.

In the end I added a string of pearls, a computer-generated greeting plus some glitter lines and it came together quite nicely. See? Dies are awesome - you can combine them in unexpected ridiculous ways and it only takes a creative greeting to finish off a cool, unique and (very) pink card for a friend.

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This card is for my friend Janice, whose previous handmade card got lost in the mail. Also, I'm calling my messy office "the mail" now. Heh.

Seriously, though, I did make Janice a card. I'm just not sure where I put it. *sigh*

I started, as I always do, with the card's interior. I recently purchased a large background stamp from Stampin' Up! called Hardwood and it worked perfectly for my pink floor.

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The tub is cut from white cardstock that was covered in a piece of fuzzy vellum from my stash. I used the leftover pieces of vellum cardstock to cut the bubbles, which I inked with the same pink ink (Stampin' Up! Strawberry Slush) as the floor. Rocky the Crab is cut from pink patterned paper from the scrap drawer and a dark pink cardstock for the shadow layer. The "hello" and speech bubble are decorator dies from the Rectangle Accordion set and I inlaid the "hello" into the white portion of the bubble. The faucet and claw feet are embossed with a metallic powder. I made the string of pearls with some stash beads on a strand of embroidery floss. For the tower itself I first cut the tower from white cardstock and left it in the die while I sponged Strawberry Slush ink through the holes to add the gridwork detail to the tower. I then ejected the die, which was white with dark pink X's. The die itself needed to be cleaned so I spritzed it with water and before wiping it off, I simply turned my white tower face down and pressed it against the inky/watery die, which put a lighter pink color over most of the tower. The gridwork holes in the die left shadows of uninked white around the darker pink X's. I dried the cardstock with a heat gun, added some glitter lines, consulted Emma and then glued it to the front of the tub.

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One thing about the Pop Stand dies is that the card itself needs to open up to a fully flat 180 degree card. For this reason I generally do not recommend gluing a full fold interior card into a full fold backing card. It makes it hard to open the card flat when you've tried to line up a fold-in-a-fold. The way I was able to accomplish a fully flat card with a fold in a fold is by only gluing down the back half of the pink edged card. The front half is attached with three brads through holes in the Paris Edges die. The paper is able to slide on the brad just enough to provide the "give" needed for the card to open easily to a fully flat position and still close up without bunching in the fold. I used a decorator Tags Pivot Card die to cut out the interior greeting and tied glitter lines through the hole.

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The greeting is computer-generated. The uppercase font (Nomad) was printed in pink and the script font (Pendulum) in black. To give it more of a handmade look I traced around the uppercase font with a fine black pen. The card's front mirrors the design elements of the card's interior and provides a simple lead-in to the magic inside. 

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This card is 5.5" wide by 5" tall when folded (14 cm x 13 cm) and will mail in an A7 envelope. However, I used thick cardstock so the card is pretty rigid, which may require a second postage stamp.

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Here are links for the Elizabeth Craft Designs products I used. Consult your local Stampin' Up! demonstrator if you're interested in the ink and stamp. Everything else is generic/stash items. 

 

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