This is a project I made way back in the beginning of September.
My friend saw me coloring this Lili of the Valley fairy image, On Tiptoe, and exclaimed how the colors matched the quilt she was making for her little granddaughter, so I decided to make it up extra pretty for gift giving.
It’s colored with Copic markers on Classic White cardstock and embellished with flowers and flourishes. The larger purple flower with the pearl center is a Prima, but the roses are a Wal-Mart find from a long time ago. I’ll list all the ingredients in the recipe at the end, but for a quick reference, these are the Spellbinders dies I used (cut in my Grand Calibur):
- Classic Squares Large S4-126
- Lacey Squares S4-295
- Twisted Metal Tags and Accents S5-071
- Nested Lacey Pennants S5-029
The finished product is sprinkled overall with fairy dust (Stickles Stardust Glitter Glue) and the Lacey Square is dotted with a rather inexpert application of Ranger Liquid Pearls. The fairy’s red hair -- you guessed it -- matches the hair of the adorable little girl who will receive the card and quilt.
Ordinarily I like to keep my cards envelope-able (I know, not a real word). Even if they require extra postage for hand cancelling, I like them to be ready to mail in an envelope, rather than a bubble pack or box. In this case, however, I knew the card would be hand-delivered, so I was free to indulge myself. I made a little window box for the card:
The construction of the box is not a new concept, but I’ve included a brief tutorial with measurements, photos, etc. for the sake of keeping it all in one place (and in case I make more lumpy cards in the future, I’ll have these instructions to refer to).
- Cut cardstock 6 1/2” square (to fit a 5 1/4” square card).
- Score all four sides at 1/2”.
- Cut each end to score line as shown below.
- Fold into box shape and tape closed with flaps to the inside (I used Scor-Tape).
- Cut top 1/16” larger – 6 9/16” square.
- Proceed same as box bottom – score all four sides at 1/2” and clip ends. Do not fold and tape yet.
- To create window, center die on box top (I used the smallest die of the Spellbinders Grand Squares LF-126).
- Cut and emboss.
- Apply Scor-Tape to inside around window.
- Cut acetate or clear cardstock (I used Flourishes Clear Cover Cardstock) 5 1/4” square.
- Adhere to inside of box top.
- Now it’s ready to tape into a box shape and decorate.
I used more roses and glitter and shapes from Spellbinders Twisted Metal Tags and Accents, as well as pearls, metallic ribbon, and the Martha Stewart branch punch. I also embossed two of the box top surface ends with a Cuttlebug Organic Flourish border folder. With the Grand Calibur, embossing can be accomplished by sandwiching the folder between the Grand Calibur cutting plate and a Cuttlebug B plate. Very easy!
Thanks for hanging in there with me and my erratic posting! Bless all your little hearts, and I’ll see you again soon.
Stamps: On Tiptoes (Lili of the Valley fairy image), Warm Words (SU! sentiment) Paper: Pink Pirouette, Barely Banana (Stampin’ Up!), Wisteria (Memory Box), Flourishes Classic White cardstock and Clear Cover Cardstock, Prima Sweet Fairy designer paper Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black, Copic markers for coloring Accessories: Flowers, pearls, ribbon, decorative pearl brad, Martha Stewart branch punch, Stickles Glitter Glue, Cuttlebug Organic Flourish embossing folder, Spellbinders dies as listed above, Scotch brand foam mounting tape