It's time for a just choose two challenge at Just Add Ink & this one's full of fun possibilities.
I decided to go with circles & balloons (hot air ones), to make my card, and yes the brilliant Lift Me Up stamps & Up & Away dies are inky again. Oh my goodness I'm loving these.
When the card is opened, you find this fun shadow box surprise inside.
Unsurprisingly it's called a shadow box card. They're so fun and easy to make, and folds flat for posting in a standard C6 envelope. My stamping bestie, Kellie found this fab shadow box card & video tutorial on Dawn Griffiths's blog.
I like to adjust cards to suit metric measurements and the standard A4 sized card we use in Australia, so we converted Dawn's version to suit. As A4 card is longer than US 8.5 x 11 inch card we were able to make the whole card base from a single sheet of A4 card. More about that later.
Just 4 scorelines make this card work. The shadow box section attaches to the inside left panel near the centre fold, so when the card is opened, it pops up. Close it & the card folds flat.
The rounded shadow box frame inside is cut with the retiring Balloon Pop Up die *sob*. I can't believe these (& the fab coordinating Balloon Adventures stamp set) are not carrying over to the new catalogue. I've loved using them & used them lots, so please don't wait to get them as they're only available while stock last.
I cut all the 'balloon bits' from the cut out & adhered the intricate hot air balloon (with ombre sponged background) in the window, supported by a few clouds. I used some retired Sale-a-bration Carried Away designer paper to back the scene.You could sponge a background or cut & adhere some more cloud dies instead.
The card front might be feeling a little unloved with all this focus on the inside, so let's get back to it.
I stamped the balloons in night of navy ink, coloured them with markers, then added a good helping of Wink of Stella for sparkle. They're mounted on yet another sponge brayered background. Some Stitched Shapes circle die cuts to help the sentiment t(from Lift Me Up) to pop.
So want to make your own? Good news, I've put together a template & instructions for this one sheet version & will hopefully share this over the weekend with some other shadow box card projects.
In the meantime, pin this collage as a reminder & later inspiration, then head over to the Just Add Ink blog to see how the team have used the challenge too.
Until then, inky wishes, Di
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It's retirement time
Click on the pic to see what's not carrying over. Retiring items are up to 50% off, available only while stocks last.