The Journey Collection is shipping to stores in the next couple of weeks and I could not be more excited!
This card shows off one of the two new "Window" Pop 'n Cuts inserts. There are two styles of insert with this fold - the Butterfly and the Label (used in this card). Window inserts allow the bigger image to come through to the front of the card when closed. Then, when you open the card, the item lifts and becomes part of the interior decoration as well.
Pop 'n Cuts inserts always have one or more decorator dies, and the Window Inserts share a couple of decorator dies - the Bigz Butterflies & Labels, which decorates both inserts leaving a small shadow, and the Bigz Edge & Scroll, which creates a decorative edged backing card to fit both Window inserts perfectly. I used both on this card. I also used the new Pop 'n Cuts 5x5 Square Base with Decorative Edge and the Heart & Flower Movers & Shapers Set.
Anna-Karin Evaldsson is on the Darkroom Door Design Team. I was unfamiliar with their stamps until Anna-Karin posted amazing projects using their stamps and I knew I would have to order some. (Well played, Anna-Karin!) For this card I used the Love Birds set. The stamps are unmounted red rubber and you have to trim them, but there is cling mount on the back and they come beautifully packaged and indexed in a storage DVD-style case.
I used Stampin' Up! Stampin' Write Markers to color directly on the bird stamps and then highlighted the colors with Copics. I adhered the stamped image to a piece of chipboard and then fussy cut it with a craft knife.
The bird cage is also on the stamp set. I stamped it in black Staz-on ink onto a piece of thick Bazzill Plastic Paper, cut it out and used black pop-dots under the bottom edge. I used a white paint pen to add some detail dots to make the front half of the cage stand out more. I added a chain at the top, attached to the card with white brads.
I have a huge addiction to patterned paper, but Kelly Booth often stamps her own backgrounds and they always look stunning, so I waded through my large stamp collection for a suitabley "viney" background stamp. It was unmounted and I have no idea who made it, but it did the trick to give me that jungle feel. Maybe I'll make more of an effort to use my extensive stamp collection on backgrounds!
I'm including the link for the Journey Collection Preview video showing all the new inserts and decorator dies. You'll see how the Edge & Scroll is used to create the backing cards for the Window cards as well as how easy it is to fold them.
The Journey dies will be available at Sizzix retailers on or around the first week of June. I notice that Inspiration Emporium is doing pre-orders (with discounted pricing!) - scroll down until you see them.
As always, I love to see what you're making with my dies. Send me those links so I can promote you on Facebook and Pinterest!