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this week was teacher appreciation week so there were lots of projects to be made. we potted favorite flowers into pretty planters for several teachers- tulips for my daughter's teacher, as well as one of Kathy's amazing magic cards- her amazing tutorial can be found at this thread on Splitcoast Stampers it's project two in the thread. This card was quite difficult for my skill level and took a long time! DD's teacher absolutely LOVED it, so it was totally worth staying up half the night for a couple nights creating it, LOL!
ok so you start with an image. i chose the adorable Apple for You, a favorite PI image from MFT. i stamped it on a perfect paper panel (MFT) & again on acetate. i used black brilliance ink- i stamped and set the images aside to dry overnight (note-i've had terrible luck trying to use brilliance ink and coloring images too soon- you really have to heat set this ink or be VERY patient & wait for it to dry thoroughly before coloring.) while the ink set, i went about building the base. my finished card size is 5.5" square. i cut 2 different patterned papers from Cosmo Cricket (Boyfriend and Fly a Kite paper pads) one is cut at 5.25 square and the other is 5 inches. in the 5.25 piece, i cut out a center window using a scalloped nestie. the inner piece is adhered to the 'frame' paper using mounting tape around 3 outer sides, leaving the top open (without tape). the entire window/backer mat is then adhered to the yellow card base using foam mounting tape and again, you leave the top open without tape. the next day, i colored my image on the paper using copic markers. leave lots of white space around your images. i then over-layed my acetate stamped image on top of the colored paper image so they line up. you staple them together, trim them, then decorate the top of the tag to hide the staples (trimming as needed to fit in the base- be sure to carefully read the tutorial steps- Kathy does an amazing job of explaining every detail!) Basically, the acetate part of the tag slips in front of the patterned paper, and the colored paper image goes behind the sheet so when you pull the tag from the top, it magically changes from black & white to color- so super cool- check it out:
OK- here's the base card again:
here's the magic tag starting to pull up:
EEK- here it is! the tag pulled all the way:
then you push it back down & it's back to black & white- so cool!!
of course- the recipient can always choose to display the whole tag in the front window too:
the front is finished off with one of my very favorite sentiments ever (also from the Apple for You set) a couple of red baby braddies and mounted on some red cardstock (also MFT).
here's a view of the whole tag with the acetate separated:
close up of coloring:
here's a look at the inside:
more of the patterned paper, the other sentiment from the same stamp set, and a lovely die cut shape using the brand new MFT Die-Namics scalloped scallop die- i LOVE this new die and can't wait until my other ones arrive! you NEED these!!
whew! that was a lot to post!!
i have so many other things to share with lots of pics, but they'll take several posts over the next few days. this year, my sweet hubs birthday falls on Mother's Day so it's a double celebration weekend for us- so i hope you'll forgive me if it takes me a bit to get everything up! it takes me forever to upload & write it all- sometimes longer than the projects LOL! is it just me?!
anyway- here's a quickie 'sneak peak' at some projects.
collage made using Shape Collage a free mosaic making software!
i'll be back with more soon!