Finally – Part Four and the handmade double sided open frame card that you CAN make!
Can we just stop for one moment and say that whoever you send this handmade double sided open frame card to is going to probably call you when they get it to ask “HOW DID YOU DO THIS”? And you are going to be SO proud! So far we’ve learned how to color old truck die cuts for a realistic vintage vibe, learned how to assemble double sided die cuts to make these fabulous front-and-back pieces and today it ALL comes together!
In case you are jumping in here on Part four you can go back and check out the first three posts here:
- How To Assemble Rubbernecker Old Truck Die Cuts
- How to Color Old Truck Die Cuts
- How To Assemble Double Sided Die Cuts
Here are a few PRO TIPS for finishing this card.
- Using a wet baby wipe is a fast and easy way to apply color to large die cuts.
- Sofft Mini Applicators are perfect to use for adding touches of color to small die cut pieces like the tiny leaves.
- Using a molding pad and leaf tool to form the leaves will add dimension and make them more interesting. Use your fingers to bend the leaves a little if you don’t have these tools.
- Applying a few pieces of mounting tape to the top back of the pickets will hold the fence away from the base for dimension.
- Applying double stick tape to the bottom back of the fence will allow it to be perfectly flat to eliminate bulk when adding the grass sections.
- Tiny pop dots placed on the back of a few of the leaves will help secure the branches to the card base.
- Adding sprigs of grass and branches of foliage will soften the scene for a more natural appearance.
- Using animals or birds to a scene will add more interest and bring it to life.
Most floating frame cards rely on a sheet of acetate to secure the floating elements. Thanks to my truck being sized the way it is along with all the grounding elements, you don’t need the acetate to keep your truck in place!
Once again, here are the items I used to make this miniature work of paper sculpture:
What do you think? Did you ever think you’d be able to create a handmade double sided open frame card loaded with details like this? And now that you’ve followed along, you can adapt this idea of a little mailable work of art to any elements for which you can create a front and a back. Check out your stash – what do you have that you can adapt to make these cards that will positively charm anyone lucky enough to receive one?