Have a Dandy Day!
Today I have a cutesie card for you.
I've been on a mission for the past few months to learn lots of new techniques. I love to make interactive cards, and cards that are a little bit different. Check out the interactive card tag on my blog header for some other designs I've done.
Jennifer McGuire is one of my go-to gals for inspiration. I watched one of her tutorials on how to make a bridge card and thought it would be fun to create. You can find the video here.
I wanted to create something cute for the LawnFawnatics Happy Spring Challenge, using this inspiration board:
The daffodils gave me the start of my colour theme. I used the little Easter eggs as inspiration for the other colours on my card and added a bit of grass using Lawn Fawn's Grassy Border at the bottom, inspired by the grass on the inspiration board. I don't often work with pastels, as I prefer bright and bold colour schemes, so it was good to get out of my comfort zone. I ended up using a lot of different dies to pull off this card because I didn't have quite what I needed, so I had to get a bit creative. Here's how I made it:
I first coloured the little mice and dandelion images from the Lawn Fawn Dandy Day stamp set using Zig Clean Colour Real Brush Markers. I used the following colours:
Mice: 096 Mid Gray, 075 Brick Beige, 901 Gray Tint & 900 Warm Gray 2
Leaves & Stems: 047 May Green, 041 Light Green, 053 Yellow Green
Sunflowers: 052 Bright Yellow, 050 Yellow
Ears & Noses: 222 Pink Flamingo, 220 Tea Rose
Cheeks: 069 Blush
Once stamped, I then die cut the images out. I stamped out more than I needed so that I have some ready for cards at a later date. I'm trying to do this now as it saves so much time while you have all of your supplies out.
I then made up the bridge card by following Jennifer's video. I started by making a paper version of the card to test it out before using decent cardstock. Once I'd got the dimensions right, I then cut and scored the same thing out of Neenah Solar Crest 110lb cardstock as this is nice and solid for a card base.
I die cut a lemon panel using the Lawn Fawn Quilted Backdrop die. I then trimmed one 3/4" strip off each side. I adhered each of these strips to the left and right panel on the front of the bridge card. I then slightly trimmed the remaining piece so that it fit into my central panel, which I then stuck down.
I loved Jennifer's wreath idea, but I didn't want to use a wreath, so I used the the circular image from Lawn Fawn Mini Picture Frames to cut the lemon circle. Next, I used my Shutter Card Add-on stitched circle to create the pink circle. I adhered the lemon frame onto the pink circle and added the little sunflower to finish that section off.
I wanted a banner to go across the circle. I first tried my Bannerific and Bannertastic stamps and dies, but they looked a bit heavy for the delicate mice and I don't have any other Lawn Fawn Banner sets (yet, haha!) so I set about creating my own using the Lawn Fawn Stitched Borders dies.
I first cut a strip of Lawn Fawn cardstock about 4.5" wide and approx 0.5" deep. (Initially I tried a thinner cardstock but it was too bendy, so I wasn't sure it would get to the recipient in one piece, so I then used a Lawn Fawn cardstock instead which is much higher quality. I think the colour is peacock - it came from a multipack).
Next, I used the pin dot border die from the Stitched Borders dies to create the faux stitching at the top and bottom of the banner. (This set has four border dies with different stitching detail. They're a really useful set to have to add interest to your cards).
I then created the little banner 'tails' (the little ends on either side of the banner - what do you call those things?!) I just used my scissors to cut the V-shape. To make the banner dimensional I simply scored twice at either end on my Scor-Buddy at 3/4" and 1 & 1/8" to create the bend on either side. Tip: You could make this way easier for yourself by using either the Lawn Fawn Fancy Folded Banners or Fancy Wavy Banners if you have them. It was quite satisfying making my own though!
I die cut the 'thanks' sentiment in black cardstock from the Lawn Fawn Gift Box die set. I made sure not to stick the curly ends either side of the word onto the banner or it would stop it from closing. They also look really nice the way they stand out on the banner.
With all of that done, all that I needed to do was figure out the best placement for the little mice and dandelions, and I attached them all with some liquid adhesive. I added Wink of Stellar Clear pen to the stamped images for some shimmer. I just LOVE adding shimmer, it makes your cards look SO pretty.
What's great about these little bridge cards is they look lovely and dimensional, but they still fold flat for postage. I will definitely be playing around with more of these. It took me a bit of time to decide on the right supplies, but now that I've made one it should be a lot easier to create next time. It's like everything, you understand the process so much better when you have made it yourself rather than just watched a video.
I hope you like my little card, and it brightens up your day.
Until next time. Thanks for popping by!
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