It is never to late to begin seasonal cards and if you are waiting for an idea, maybe this is it. It began with me cutting all the cardstock and vellum elements on the front of the card with my 15″ KNK Maxx (red-capped blade, 2 passes, F=110, V=150) and the vinyl “Bee-witching” cut on a KNK Zing (red-capped blade, 1 pass, F=10, V=10, Blade offset 0.35).
Card Front Details:
Core’dinations, Black Magic Collection Cardstock
Paper Pizazz, Dark Blue Sponged, HTP20423, paper
Yellow, black, and dull green Cardstock for card front design
Tissue paper for moon
Vellum for bee wings
3D broom by Darice
Fun Foam to shim bee
Complementing fine glitter
Accugraphic’s Gold Metallic Vinyl for greeting
The foundation for this card is Core’dinations, Black Magic Collection Cardstock, cut 7.25″ by 10.5″; folded to be 5.25″ tall by 7.25″ wide. The dark blue background on the front is Paper Pizazz, Dark Blue Sponged, HTP20423, cut 5″ x 7″ and glued to the folded cardstock. All outside edges were gently sanded to bring some the orange in the Core’dinations cardstock to the front of the card.
To subdue the moon a bit and have it look like it could be ‘out there somewhere’, I pulled some tissue paper from my stash and crumpled it up. This crumpled tissue was then carefully laid on top of the moon, which had been sprayed with glue, maintaining the rough crumpled look. Next, I cut away the tissue that was extending beyond the edges of the moon and glued it in place on the card front. The edges were further softened with chalk that extended beyond the edges of the moon, creating a halo effect around the moon. The final step was to lightly rub a glue stick across it and dust it with ultra fine glitter.
The branch was cut from a textured, dull green cardstock, chalked for some dimension and embellished with ultra fine glitter.
There is a cut design included for a broom, if you are making a card that fits in a flat envelope. But for this card I wanted a broom with a little more humph. The broom used is made by Darice (#282095). Initially the size was overwhelming for my little bee. So I trimmed it down to size and colored the string with a black Sharpie, and then dusted it with a bit of glitter.
The ‘Bee-Witching Bee’ is cut from layered black and yellow cardstock. The wings are vellum. Lines, creating definition to the wings, were drawn in free-hand with a ball-ended stylus and the final touch was to add a bit of glitter to the wings and the band on her hat .
To balance the left end of the broom with the bulk on the straw end, a shim consisting of 3 layers of Fun Foam glued together did the trick. This worked great and the color blended with the background.
The last touch in completing the front of the card was to add “Bee-Witching”, cut from Accugraphic’s Gold Metallic Vinyl on the KNK Zing and applied with Clear Transfer Tape. I love this vinyl! When applied, it looks just like glitter applied with a heat gun. Font used was Poultrygeist.
The card as created, doesn’t fit into any envelopes that I have and it surely wouldn’t go through the mail without being destroyed. When I first made this card for a card exchange, my solution was to purchase boxes designed to mail DVD cases. They are the perfect size and their durability has been tested by actually sending it through the mail.
For this posting, Judy Keating has created a box/envie free file, sized for this card. I recommend cutting it from poster board, which is very similar in weight to the DVD mailers that I purchased originally. To keep the embellishments from being crushed in either of these mailers, spacers need to be added. After much research, I have concluded that dense Styrofoam is the best choice. The depth of this box/envelope is 3/4″ deep. I recommend using 1/2″ Styrofoam, cut 3/4″ wide, and glued on each side as shown in the picture below. Placement of additional spacers, cut from the same Styrofoam, depends on where the embellishments are on the card.
Envelope/Box ready to mail:
The inside of the card is decorated with Scrappy Dew’s “Just Hanging Out” set, cut from vinyl, and applied, using Accrugraphic’s Clear Transfer Tape. The small pocket design is included with the Bee-Witching files. My grandchildren love See’s candies, so some purchase power is included in their pocket. Other uses for the pocket might be a personal note to a friend…or, if you prefer, leave the pocket off and write your own message. The operative word is Enjoy!