It's really hard to believe that my friend Gretchen has a daughter old enough to be graduating from high school, but it's true! We received Kenna's announcement in the mail the other day.
I just returned from a wonderful teaching trip to Minnesota. I got to hang out for several days with my dear friend Eileen Hull, plus teach a couple of classes, plus see my sister, Julie, and her family, plus win some money in the casino, plus visit several cool scrapbook stores . . . all good stuff!
I spotted the new Dylusions stamps from Dyan Reaveley while shopping at Scrapbooks, Too, and just had to get the Birds on a Wire set. I knew Dyan's stamps would mix just perfectly with my new Birds on a Wire Sizzlit strip (shipping to stores in just a couple of weeks, ya'll!)
So here's what I came up with for Kenna's graduation card:
Here is the inside of the card:
Here is a side view:
And a close-up of one of the 3D flowers, made with the Hello Sizzlit Set:
Here is a basic tutorial for making this card:
Start by die cutting two Birds on a Wire Sizzlit strips - the first from clear plastic (I like Bazzill's thin plastic sheets for this) and the second from thin white chipboard. Before removing the Birds from the white chipboard, stamp them with a font stamp and black ink. Use alcohol inks on the clear Birds, mixing a couple of colors to get the desired effect.
Run the finished colored bird strip through the Xyron "X" machine to add adhesive all over the backs of the birds. Stick them to the white stamped birds, offsetting them slightly for a shadow effect. Use white and black Sharpie markers to make the eyes.
Now it's time to make the fun pop-up card using the new Pop 'n Cuts A2 Card Base (shipping the first week of June, 2012) and the Circle Magnetic shape.
Put the Circle Label Pop 'n Cuts insert inside the Pop 'n Cuts base and slide it until it touches the edge of the opening as shown above. Add the Circle Magnetic Shape above the insert. Lay the patterned paper over the die and run it through a Sizzix Big Shot or Vagabond die cutting machine.
Work the four folds to create the pop-up shape. Notice that the Circle hole is actually two pieces - a scalloped circle is nested inside the solid circle. We won't need either piece for this card, but I just thought I would mention it.
The Pop 'n Cuts A2 Card Base die can also be used to cut the backing card. Carefully remove the insert and do not shift the circle magnetic shape at all! (Important!) Cover the die with a contrasting paper and run it back through the Sizzix Big Shot or Vagabond die cutting machine.
This will cut the backing card with the hole in the exact same spot as the pop-up card.
Line up the backing card over the pop-up card and use a tape runner to stick them together, avoiding all the pop-up areas with the adhesive.
To make the 3D flowers, use the flowers Sizzlit from the Hello Sizzlit set. It cuts four flowers at a time. Spritz the four flowers with water, stack them (use double-sided paper and alternate which color is up) and pierce a hole in the center. Add a mini-brad through the center of the stack. Crumple and shape the flowers into a 3D design and then allow to dry (or blast with a heat gun if you're impatient)
I added a section of the Birds on a Wire to the pop-up so that one bird would be perfectly framed in the circle when the card is closed. I mixed in some stamped birds and stamped hats and used letter stickers for the greeting. I hung a key charm from my stash off the pop-up.
You can see the entire Pop 'n Cuts collection and watch videos on them here: Pop 'n Cuts. Look for them in stores the first part of June, 2012!
Congratulations on your graduation, Kenna!