Hey everyone! Welcome to your next stop on the “Use It Up or Dig It Out Challenge” hop!
I’ve had these Arteza real brush pens in my possession since last November, that’s awhile for me, I tend to want to use everything I get right away. Water color markers are a medium that I haven’t tried yet so I kept hesitating to pull them out. Finally, just saying to myself, “if it stinks I don’t have to send it to anyone” helped me to dig them out and give them a try. Does anyone else do that?
I used them with a stamp set from Penny Black, which I think is so sweet, called “Songbird Celebrations”, and decided to turn my project into a double easel.
For the card itself, I stamped and heat embossed with copper embossing powder onto some Canson cold press 140 lb watercolor paper. I struggled just a bit with the coloring, I think I colored that bird house like 2-3 times before I decided to use the first one I did. I loved how bright the colors turned out even on that ivory tinted paper and will definitely use them again. I cut the completed images out with my nested oval die set. Then came the mechanics of constructing the double easel:
- (I made another double easel card using white and blue paper purely for demonstration purposes.) Nesting dies are recommended. I used an oval die set on a sheet of 8 1/2 X 11 card stock that had been folded in half. Making sure the very top of the die peeked over the fold so that it didn’t cut the entirety of the oval.
- Score one side of the easel base about halfway down.
- Crease them back over themselves to form the stand/base of the easel.
- Adhere the base of your card (the white paper) to the easel.
- Should look like this
- Then stand them up and adhere the smaller easel onto and in front of the larger easel pretty much where you want it to stop the bigger card so it doesn’t keep sliding flat. You’ll need to adhere something in front of the smaller easel card, a button, flower or a sentiment like I did, this will keep it from closing.
It folds flat to be mailed. The dimensions of my finished project were approximately 4″ X 7″ so I’ll have to make an envelope, I don’t really enjoy making envelopes but now and again is okay. At the very end, with the encouragement of a crafty cohort (Amanda S.!) I decided to add some small glittery feathers around the frame of the card for an extra touch of whimsy.
Now this is the first time that I’ve made an easel card so I’m no expert, I found a lot of helpful tutorials on Pinterest, but if you have any questions just let me know. I hope that this inspires you to make something new today! Thanks so much for stopping by!
Your next stop on the #UseItUpOrDigItOutChallenge” hop is the super talented: Tanna LoHouse!