I decided that I would need a larger card base than usual in order to use the Marianne dies I wanted on the front behind the image, so I made an easel card that's 8 inches high by 6 inches wide. I used a trick I learned on Becca Feeken's blog "Amazing Paper Grace" (and it IS amazing what she does with her cards on her blog!) and cut a piece of 6 inch wide pearlescent blue cardstock 8 1/2 inches long. Then I scored the top 1/2 inch and folded it over. I cut another piece of 6 inch wide pearlescent blue cardstock 8 inches long and then used glue tape to adhere the second piece to the folded over "flap" on the first piece.
My next step was to arrange the die cuts I had chosen as a mat behind my digi stamp. I cut out 2 squares from the Marianne Dies set "Anja's Square Dies" and cut one of them in half lengthwise. I used the 2 halves for the outside edges of the mat.
Then I used the square I had left uncut for the center.
This arrangement allowed me to cover the whole center of the base card.
Then I cut out 2 Marianne Dies "Rectangle Frame and Elements" rectangles and placed one on top and one on the bottom of the squares
I had already used my Silhouette Design Studio software to size up my image before printing it out. I colored it with colored pencils and then cut a couple pieces of vellum to cover the glass part of the image to make it look a little more like a real glass. This was the first time I used vellum tape, and I think it did a good job of disappearing behind the vellum. I decided to add a few extra touches to make it more visually appealing, so I played around with a few different ideas and decided on a 3 buttons tied with twine and one of the flourishes from the "Rectangle Frame and Flourishes" set. I also used some green Pebbles cream chalk to paint the embossed part of the frame so it showed up better. Now I just needed to adhere my digi (which I had cut out using Marianne Dies "Rectangle Frame and Flourishes"), so I used foam squares to pop it up.
Here's a close up showing the cream chalk effects and the vellum on the glass.
Now for the inside! I had already planned to use the lemon sentiment from the "Pun Fun" acrylic stamp set by CTMH. I also wanted to use some of the other squares in the Marrianne Dies "Anja's Squares" set, so I cut out a few different possibilities and decided on this arrangement:
I wanted a little something more on this, so I added a flourish from the Marianne "Frame and Elements" die set and some print and cut lemons I made with my Silhouette Portrait. It looked like it needed a button to tie it in with the card front, so I used some twine to tie a knot on the button and adhered it with a glue dot.
Here's a close up of the beautiful embossing on the 2nd square:This card took awhile to create, but it was fun playing with my dies and breaking out the cream chalk. I hadn't used that in an age! Plus, it always makes me happy when I have just the right sentiment for a card, and I like the unexpected advice on this sentiment! It goes so well with the digi stamp, don't you think?
I'm entering this card in the following challenges:
613 Avenue Create: ATG or follow the chart they have this week (image, die cut, embossing, buttons, twine)
Come and Get It: Buttons and bows
Glitter N Sparkle Challenge: ATG
Lil Patch of Crafty Friends: ATG
One Stitch at a Time: What are you thankful for? I'm thankful for friends and laughs!
Quirky Crafts: Home Sweet Home (this digi makes me think of having a glass of lemonade out on the front porch!)
Scrapbook Blessings Club: ATG with twist--favorite technique (mine is die cutting)
That Craft Place Challenge: ATG
Sunday Stamps: Color Challenge
Allsorts Challenge: Lots of Layers
Scrapper's Delights: ATG
Art By Miran: ATG
Chocolate, Coffee and Cards: Fancy and Feminine
Crafting with Friends: ATG
Crafty Catz: ATG
Jo's Scrap Shack: ATG
My Besties 3D and More: ATG
Stemplesonnen Challenge: ATG
Crafting with an Attitude: ATG
Time Out Challenges: Make your mark
City Crafter: fruit or jam
Cuttlebug Mania: ATG
Fan-Tastic Tuesday: ATG with a twist--make it cute
PaperTake Weekly: ATG
Tuesday Throwdown: Cool Treats
(PIN)spirational Challenge: being silly
Crafting for all Seasons: Tic Tac Toe--flowers (in the digi), die cuts, patterned papers
Crafty Gals Corner: embossing
Crop Stop Blog: ATG with something Crop Stop sells: I used Pebbles chalk
The Paper Shelter: Embossing
Simon Says Stamp: Make it colorful
Word Art Wednesday: ATG
Marianne Design Divas: ATG with 3 Marianne Dies
My Besties Meet At Scrapper Corner: ATG with a Bestie
2 Creative Chicks: ATG
Crafty Hazelnut's Patterned Paper: ATG with patterned paper
Heart 2 Heart: coloring
Besties Challenge: ATG
DL.ART Thankful Thursday Challenge - 2W (2nd and 4th Thursday of the month 3E – (W1 of 2) #164 Coffee Tea Or Any Beverage --- Monthly Challenge Anything Goes
Whoopsi Daisy - M, SIO - (September) Add Embellishments
Silhouette Challenges (M,P1,E3,SIR) # 29 Anything Goes