Monday, 19 September 2016

Ballet Shadow Box Birthday Card

Hello, I've had a little break from blogging for a couple of weeks, but I'm back and raring to go, so here's a new project to share with you.

I like to find ways to create interesting cards that display nicely but also fold down to fit into an envelope for posting.  This shadow box style seemed perfect to display the Ballet Dancer character ‘on stage’ from the Whiz Kids collection.  Such a cute collection of co-ordinating papers and embellishments in modern bright colours and patterns, perfect for children’s makes.

Step by Step: 
  1. Create a simple shadow box base as follows: cut 2 pieces of pink card approx. 14.5cm x 24.5cm long.  Place card on a scoring board long ways across and score at 3” and 5”, turn card and score the other end the same.  Do this to both strips of card, scoring and folding a mountain and valley fold at each side.
    Cut Star Pattern Whiz Kids paper to cover the centre panel of 1 strip, cut striped Whiz Kids paper approx. 5 cm high and cover bottom of star paper using d/s tape to adhere.
  2. Take undecorated strip of pink card and carefully cut a circle into the centre panel (use a circle cutter or die approx. 10.5 cm dia. Take pink heart pattern paper and cut a scallop circle into the centre, (FE nesting dies FEDIE071) slightly larger than circle aperture. Adhere paper to card front so the circle aperture is central, trim paper flush with card.

  3. Cut 2 strips of pink ballet & princess pattern paper to cover end panels each side of card front piece.  Use Dovecraft silver glitter glue to edge around paper panels on sides, card front and top of striped paper stage.  Apply dots of Pink 3D enamel effects around the scalloped circle and leave to dry.

  4. Assemble die cut ballet dancer using 3D foam pads and stick to a strip of acetate using clear drying glue.  Glue acetate strip to back of aperture circle ensuring dancer is positioned centrally, trim off excess acetate.
  5. Decorate inside shadow box by using Whiz Kids stickers direct onto the star pattern paper.  Add a decoupage cat onto the ‘stage’ too.

    Assemble Shadow box by simply adding adhesive to the 2 long strips at each side of card (with pattern paper on them) and adhering to their matching back strip at each side.
  6. Finish decorating front of Shadow box by die cutting a ticket (FE Fun Fair dies FEDIE058 ) and layering using Whiz Kids papers, adhere to bottom Left of card front. 

    Apply Happy Birthday sticker across bottom of aperture.  Cut bunting out from pattern paper and glue across top of card front, leaving edges to curl up.
    Thread a length of twine with heart shaped buttons and glue across top right of card, leaving space for bunting to be added.  Use bright yellow bunting and add a heart sticker to each, using 3D foam pads to hold bunting in place.
  7. To finish glue 3 Simply Creative large heart buttons to bottom right and top each with a clear adhesive gem.

    If you press down on card front, it will bring in the sides to enable the card to fit into an envelope.

    Materials List: 

    Whiz Kids Gems


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