Monday, February 15, 2016

WILD Birthday Tri-Shutter Card

I was supposed to use this long (Family Day) weekend to develop the three Tri-Shutter cards for my workshop later this month. Well, I got 1 of 3 done! This one I made for my father-in-law's birthday. It's not always easy to come up with cards for men. So, as this design came together in my mind, I decided to make it a Tri-Shutter so I can use it in my class!

I knew I wanted to use an oval on one of the Tri-Shutter cards, so that was the first idea. I really liked the little raccoon from the last card I made, so I wanted to do another little animal. That was the second idea. I was trolling around for inspiration and I saw this card on the SplitCoast Stampers. That gave me the idea of how to suggest a simple ground and sky design. (Mine is pretty faint in the pictures but visible in real life!)

With those three bits of inspiration, I made this (click for larger view):

I water-coloured the fox by colouring directly on a solid stamp. I coloured the whole fox red, the scarf in teal and the present in a pale purple. Then I went over the areas I wanted to with a black sharpie pen.

The inside, I wrote on a tag I designed and cut with my ScanNCut:
Tri-Shutter cards don't leave a lot of room for sentiments, so this one was short and sweet. However, if you really wanted do, you can use the back panel for additional sentiment space. It is completely covered when the card is shut.
Although I coloured directly on the stamp, I did take an ever-so-slightly damp paintbrush and smoothed out the red a touch. Red is pesky if you make a mistake so I had to exercise extreme restraint and just touch it up a little - not to perfection.

The fox stamp was from the Michaels' sales bins. The sentiment is from a Close to My Heart set and the "WILD" die cut letters is from a very old Quickutz alphabet called Eliza. The ovals are Stampin' Up! dies. The Tri-Shutter base is my Accucut Craft die. I do know how to make one from scratch, but I'm hit and miss with an exacto knife, so having the die is a real plus!

I have an idea for the second Tri-Shutter design for the class. Now to make it happen and to find a third idea!

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