Ready for Some Slimline Cards – Beach Ready?

It’s about time for some more slimline cards – beach themed for the season!

I love being able to fit all kinds of fun things on the extra space offered by slimline cards – beach cards are especially fun since Rubbernecker has lots of cute summer and beach themed dies. I’ve been creating lots of cards using pretty, soft colors and decided I wanted to punch things up with some of the bright colors of summer.  To make this card I used the Slimline OPC Squares, Beach Umbrella, Palm Trees, Deckle Hills, Sand Castle, Beach Bag, Sand Toys, Small Birds and Grass #2

slimline cards beach ready in a whole scene made using dies from Rubbernecker

Scene Background and Card Base

  • Cut an 8.50″ x 3.50″ card base and the slimline frame using white cardstock and a 8.25″ x 3.25″ teal layer.
  • Score the card base lengthwise at 3.50″, fold and attach the teal layer using ATG adhesive.
  • Cut a white layer just a tad bit smaller than the slimline frame to use to create the water and sky background.
  • Mask off the top sky area in the middle of the white layer.
  • Use a large blender brush to apply light blue ink to the bottom portion of the layer to create the ocean.
  • Remove the middle masking tape and apply the light blue ink to he sky area using a blender brush.
  • Use a small pointed palette knife or your finger to apply touches of white embossing paste to the ocean to create seafoam.  Pro Tip:  You can use your finger to dab on the embossing paste.  You just need to dab gently so you don’t smash down and flatten the paste.   
  • Note:  I could not find a store that still carries the Wendy Vecchi embossing paste so you will not see it listed below.

The Sand and Frame

  • Cut an 8.50″ layer of Kraft cardstock, place the layer on the cutting platform and cut with the deckle hill die.
  • Reposition the deckle hill die at the end of the first cut and run through the machine a second time to create a sand layer long enough to fit across the whole scene.
  • Apply light brown ink to the sand layer using a blender brush and attach it to the scene using ATG adhesive.  Pro Tip:  I use both  ATG adhesive and double stick tape on my projects.  I prefer to use the ATG adhesive on sections of cardstock that are large enough to use with the applicator.  I use double stick tape when  I need precise control like attaching two frames together.  Example:  Framed Flower Pot.  
  • Apply strips of mounting tape to the back of the slimline frame and attach it to the scene layer.
  • Attach the framed scene to the teal layer using ATG adhesive.

Palm Trees and Grass Sprigs

  • Cut the palm frond and grass sections using green cardstock and the tree trunks using Kraft cardstock.
  • Apply brown ink to the palm tree trunks using a mini applicator.
  • Form the palm fronds using your fingers and attach to the trunks using glossy accents.
  • Apply strips of mounting tape to the back of the trees, tuck them in behind the sand layer and attach to the scene base.
  • Tuck the grass sections in behind the sand layer and attach using glossy accents.

The Beach Accessories 

  • Cut the beach bag and accessories, toys and umbrella using brightly colored cardstock and the tiny flower using aqua cardstock.
  • Assemble all the pieces and attach them together using glossy accents and rolled up double stick tape.  Note:  I cut two beach bags and cut one apart to use to embellish the bag and attached the pieces using glossy accents.
  • Attach the beach bag, hat and flip flops to the sand layer using mounting tape and glossy accents.
  • Cut the small birds using white cardstock and apply light touches of gray ink using a mini applicator.
  • Assemble the umbrella sections and attach it to the scene using mounting tape.
  • Use white cardstock to cut the birds and use a mini applicator and gray ink to apply wing color.
  • Apply small pieces of mounting tape to the back of the birds and attach them to the sky area of the scene base.

Check out my Slimline Card Category if you would like to see more slimline card ideas.

get ready for summer with some slimline cards - beach themed and ready to wow

I am looking forward to creating more summer slimline cards – beach, ocean, backyard fun – and would love to hear from you what you’d like to see me use on another slimline card project. Drop a comment as I would love to make a card based on your suggestions!

 
5325-03D Slimline OPC squares Die
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5212-02D Beach Umbrellas Die Cut
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5212-06D Palm Trees Die Cut
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5173-02D Deckle Hills Die Cut
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5314-02D Sand Castle Die
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5314-03D Beach Bag Die
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5314-01D Sand Toys Die
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Small Birds Die 5147-06D
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5210-02D Grass #2 Die Cut
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Color Fuse Set #9
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How to Add Shape To Die Cut Flowers – VIDEO

Learn how to add shape to die cut flowers for more realistic designs.

I love making realistic looking elements for my cards and know that once you know how to add shape to die cut flowers, you can really add so much visual impact to your projects. I thought I would make a little video showing you how I actually do this and then put this card together with all the fun details for you to see.  To make this card I used the Rubbernecker Nested Rectangle Scallop w/ Holes, Nested Oval Scallop Set, Nested Oval Set, Large Garden Pots, Large Ivy, Small Flowers #3 and Kittie Says Spring Time.  

Today's video shows you how to add shape to die cut flowers like these from Rubbernecker on all your handmade greeting card projects

Highlights of the Video

-I love creating pretty frames for my cards.  I used two different nested oval dies to cut the frame opening in the rectangle scallop layer and to create the purple mat.  The purple mat was attached to the back of the scallop layer using mounting tape.  The frame layers were attached to the card base using ATG adhesive. I cut a thin strip of white cardstock, cut the sides using the large scallop with holes die.   The sentiment was stamped and the sentiment layer was attached using mounting tape.

-I cut two garden pots, one for the base and the other to cut strips to use to embellish the main pot.  I applied gold embossing powder to the embellishment pieces and attached them to the pot using glossy accents.

-Several sets of large ivy and small flowers were cut and formed using my stylus, leaf tool and molding pad. The two different sized flowers were attached together using glossy accents.  I attached three flowers to each ivy branch using glossy accents. 

-The ivy and flower branches were arranged and attached to the back of the pot using glossy accents. I applied a generous amount of glossy accents to the back of the flowers and ivy and a large piece of mounting tape to the back of the pot and attached it to the card base.

Come see today's video tutorial and learn how to add shape to die cut flowers like the ones used here from Rubbernecker

Check out my How to Make Paper Flowers Step by Step Video post to see other examples of how I create flower projects.

Bookmark this post so any time you need a refresher on how to add shape to die cut flowers you can pop back here and check it out. This small step really makes a lot of difference and you will start to have fun adding your own take on this simple technique.

 
Nested Rectangle Scallop w/ Holes 5141D
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Nested Oval Scallop Die Cut 5030D
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Nested Oval Die Cut Set 5004D
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5401-04D Large Garden Pots Die
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5162-02D Large Ivy
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5309-09D Small Flowers #3
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3411 Kittie Says Spring time
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Versafine Clair Nocturne Pad
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VersaMark Watermark Stamp Pad
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Mirror Gold Embossing Powder
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Paper Blossom Tool Kit 4/Pkg
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Paper Blossoms Molding Mat
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Glossy Accents .5oz
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Scotch Advanced Tape Glider & Tape
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How To Make a Mother’s Day Card Last Minute!

It’s not too late to get some tips on how to make a Mother’s Day card!

Today I am going to share a card I made earlier this week and offer a quick PRO TIP on how to make a Mother’s Day card out of ANY card you have on hand.  

It’s pretty simple, actually, turning any card into a Mother’s Day card – you just add or swap out the greeting! I can’t tell you how many times I have needed a card for a specific occasion and have been able to just choose a greeting that says exactly what I want to express and added it to a card I’ve already made.  -Of course, if you have the time, you can make this card from scratch. It’s not that difficult and a lot of what makes it so pretty are the simple layers and my trick for making sure your greeting looks perfectly finished. Check it out:

For this card I used the new , Nested Scallop with Half Holes, Watering Cans, Leaves and Greenery and Flower Buds. Today I added the sentiment from the Mother’s Day Set.  

see how to make a mother's day card using this design or by adding the perfect greeting from Rubbernecker

The Card Base and Decorative Layers

  • Cut the card base and small scalloped layer using white cardstock.
  • Use purple cardstock to cut the larger scallop layer and attach it to the card base using ATG adhesive.
  • Apply mounting tape to the back of the white layer and attach it the card base.  

The Watering Can and Flowers

  • Cut the watering can using white cardstock, apply Versa and gold embossing powder and heat.
  • Cut several sections of greenery using green cardstock.
  • Arrange and attach the branches to the back of the watering can using glossy accents.
  • Cut the small flowers using pink, purple and yellow.
  • Place the flowers on the molding pad and push down in the center of each using a small tipped stylus. 
  • Attach the flowers to the branches using glossy accents.

The Sentiment

  • Use white cardstock to cut a thin strip for the sentiment.
  • Cut the edges using the scalloped die so the sentiment layer will match the white layer.
  • Stamp the sentiment using Versa and emboss with gold embossing powder.
  • Apply a thin strip of mounting tape to the back of the sentiment layer, line it up to match the decorative border and attach.  Pro Tip:  I love creating sentiment layers for my card fronts.  Cutting the edges to match the decorative border of the layer you are using adds interest to the card front.

Now you know how to make a Mother’s Day card, a birthday card, a sympathy card – any specific card – out of ones you have on hand with the right greeting and my fun trick for making it look perfectly polished on every project!  Check out this card and this card to see Mother’s Day cards I’ve made in the past.

 
3417 Happy Mother’s Day Set
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5320D Nested Scallop w/ Half Holes
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5401-01D Watering Cans Dies
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5309-04D Leaves and Greenery Die
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Flower Buds Die Cut 5147-09D
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VersaMark Watermark Stamp Pad
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Mirror Gold Embossing Powder
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Paper Blossom Tool Kit 4/Pkg
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Paper Blossoms Molding Mat
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Glossy Accents .5oz
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Scotch Advanced Tape Glider & Tape
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A Slimline Flower Pot Card LOADED With Blooms!

I packed this slimline flower pot card with tons of pretty paper flowers!

I really had fun making this slimline flower pot card and love that it can be used for so many different occasions. You can change up all the colors and get totally new looks every time with the same basic layout. And I love that I was able to create something really sweet combining foliage, three different flowers and pots.  For this card I used the Rubbernecker Slimline OPC Squares, Large Garden Pots, Buchnera and Stems, Canterbury Bells and Stems, Classic Flower and Stems, Large Ivy and Leaf Group.  All the new flower sets are back in stock at Rubbernecker.

a slimline flower pot card handmade using beautiful detailed card making dies from Rubbernecker

The Card Base and Slimline Frame

  • Use white cardstock to cut the slimline card base and slimline frame.
  • Apply thin strips of mounting tape all the way around the back of the frame and to the inner frame sections.
  • Line up the frame on the card base and attach.

Assemble the Flower and Stems

  • Use purple pink, aqua and yellow cardstock to cut the flowers.
  • Cut the foliage and flower stems using green cardstock.
  • Form the flowers using a stylus and molding pad.
  • Attach the Buchnera sections together and attach the flower center in the Classic flowers using glossy accents.
  • Use glossy accents to attach the flowers to the stems.  Check out my How to Make Paper Flowers Step by Step Video to see how to assemble the flowers.

Flower Pot Arrangements

  • Create the foliage frame by attaching the Leaf Group branches and Large Ivy branches to the back of the flower pots using glossy accents.
  • Tuck the flower stems down in between the foliage branches and attach using glossy accents.
  • Apply large pieces of mounting tape to the back of the garden pots, Tuck them inside the frame openings and attach them to the card base.  

a handmade slimline flower pot card created from detailed flower dies from Rubbernecker

I am planning to make more variations on this basic slimline flower pot card using even more of the flowers from the new collection and perhaps mixing in some older, smaller ones, like on this card. What do you think? Are you going to try this out?

 
5325-03D Slimline OPC squares Die
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5401-04D Large Garden Pots Die
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5402-03D Buchnera and Stems Die
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5402-04D Classic Flower and Stems
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5402-05D Canterbury Bells and Stems
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5162-02D Large Ivy
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Leaf Group die 5118D
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Paper Blossom Tool Kit 4/Pkg
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Paper Blossoms Molding Mat
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Glossy Accents .5oz
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Scotch Advanced Tape Glider & Tape
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Scor-Tape .125″X27yd
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Another Way To Use Die Cut Leftovers

Still have die cut leftovers? Check out this project!

No matter how we try to plan, we always have die cut leftovers, am I right? And I don’t know about you but it’s really hard for me to throw any away! Even if they are tiny – somehow they aren’t “scraps” anymore but actual little things. I shared with you in this post how I used up some die cuts I’d assembled into an actual flower bouquet and today I want to show you how I used up some itty-bitties. I have to say, I think it’s quite pretty! 

For this card I used the Rubbernecker Nested Oval Set, Nested Oval Scallop Set, Branches and Leaves and Tiny Flower Buds.  The white layer was made using the retired Loving Thoughts Embossing Folder.

die cut leftovers were used to make this beautiful flower frame on this handmade greeting card

The Embossed Frame Layer

  • Cut an A2 Sized card base and a 5.50″ x 4.25″ layer using white cardstock.
  • Secure the white layer in the embossing folder and run through the die cutting machine.
  • Place the white layer back on the cutting platform, secure the scalloped oval die in place with a piece of masking tape and cut the opening.
  • Cut a pink oval frame mat using pink cardstock and an oval die one size smaller than the scallop die.
  • Apply pieces of mounting tape around the front of the pink frame opening and attach it to the back of the white layer.  Note:  Take a look at my  Frame Tutorial if you would like to see step by step photos of how I make my matted frames.  For the tutorial I attached the mat frame section directly to the back of the frame layer using ATG adhesive.
  • Apply strips of mounting tape to the back of the frame layer and attach to the card base.

The Oval Wreath

I had lots of tiny multicolored flower buds and small green branches from other projects so I tried my hand at making an oval wreath.  I’ve made lots and lots of round wreaths over the years but never an oval one.  It was a happy experiment and I love how pretty it is with all the different flower colors.

  • Use the smallest oval die to cut a small green oval layer.
  • Cut the outer border of the oval layer using your snips to create the oval wreath base.
  • die cut leftovers
  • Place the tiny flowers on the molding pad and form them using a small tipped stylus.
  • Attach the tiny flowers to the branches using glossy accents.  Pro Tip:  Reverse tweezers takes the work out of picking up the flowers and attaching them to the branches.

die cut leftovers being turned into tiny sprigs of flowers for use on a handmade greeting card

  • Cut the ends off of each flower branch to shorten them for attaching them to the wreath base.
  • Begin by attaching the first branch to the oval wreath base using glossy accents. 
  • Pick up the next branch, tuck it under the top leaves of the first branch and attach using glossy accents.
  • Continue all the way around the wreath base. Pro Tip:  I left a small space of the wreath base open for to attach my bow.

die cut leftovers being added to a small paper oval frame for use on a beautiful handmade greeting card using products from Rubbernecker

  • Apply thin strips of mounting tape all the way around the back of the wreath base. Note: I normally attach wreaths directly to the card base using glossy accents. Since I separated the pink mat from the white frame layer using mounting tape I wanted the wreath to stand away from the base and even with the frame layer opening.

die cut leftovers

  • Attach the wreath inside the oval frame opening.
  • Finish by attaching a pretty multi loop bow to the wreath using several glue dots.  Pro Tip:  I prefer using sheer organza ribbon on a delicate wreath like this.  The bow adds so much to the project but the sheerness of the ribbon looks airy and soft.
  • Check out my Multi Loop Bow Video to see how I make my bows.


a stunning handmade greeting card made using die cut leftovers from other projects all using card making supplies from Rubbernecker

Now – are you looking around for more die cut leftovers because you want to try this out? I suggest keeping a little dish or box on or near your work area to drop these little leftovers into and when you see you have a good batch, try out making a card like this. You won’t ever feel guilty about throwing away your little creations and you’ll end up with a bonus card to send!

 
Nested Oval Scallop Die Cut 5030D
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Nested Oval Die Cut Set 5004D
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5404D Branches and Leaves Die
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Tiny Flower Buds Die Cut 5147-10D
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Paper Blossom Tool Kit 4/Pkg
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Paper Blossoms Molding Mat
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Glossy Accents .5oz
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Scotch Advanced Tape Glider & Tape
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Scor-Tape .125″X27yd
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A Spring-Into-Summer Floral Gazebo Card

This floral gazebo card is perfect for this spring into summer season!

Today I’ve got a pretty floral gazebo card that I tucked into a shadow box frame so it could have all that added dimension. I love being able to make little 3D objects with die cuts and this one makes me want to just grab a seat inside and enjoy all those flowers.  To make this card I used the Square Shadow Box Frame, Gazebo, Leaves and Greenery, Flower Stems, Flower Buds, Grass and Small Butterflies.

a floral gazebo card tucked into a shadow box frame all made using clever dies from Rubbernecker

The Square Shadow Box Frame and Card Base

  • Cut a 5.50″ x 11.00″ white card base and score at 5.50″.
  • Use blue cardstock to cut a 4.75″ square layer for the scene base.
  • Cut the square shadow box frame using blue cardstock.  Note:  Die cutting machine Base-Width must be 7 inches or wider for this large die.
  • Use the Scor-Pal to add deeper score lines on the frame. Note:  The frame has the score lines built in to the die.
  • Fold the frame sides in and use the bone folder to crisp up the crease on each fold.
  • Apply 1/4″ double stick tape on two of the inside of the frame fold layers.
  • Turn the frame face down, and insert the blue scene base face down in the frame.
  • Remove the tape on both frame flaps, fold and secure the frame flaps closed.
  • Turn the frame face up and push down on the scene layer and secure it in place to the taped frame flaps.
  • Apply 1/4″ double stick to the back of the frame and attach it to the white card base.
  • Check out my video showing how to fold and secure the shadow box frame.  

Grass Layers

  • Use green cardstock to cut one 4.75″ x 1.50″ grass layer to use on the back base of the shadow box. 
  • Cut a second 4.75″ x 1.00″ grass layer to use on the front and set aside.
  • Apply ATG adhesive to the back of the taller grass section and attach it to the back base of the shadow box.

a 3D paper gazebo from Rubbernecker to be used on today's floral gazebo card

Assemble the 3D Gazebo

Before I start the description of this 3D gazebo I want to let you know that it was an experiment and I didn’t know if it would work or not.  I was happily surprised to see that my feeble attempt actually worked.  With that said I learned several things that I could have done to make it better the next time I put one together. I’ve included those steps in my description below.

  • Use white cardstock to cut enough of the gazebo frame sections to create two assembled gazebos. 
  • Cut 14 lattice sections and two additional base strips using white cardstock.
  • Use Kraft cardstock to cut two of the scalloped roof sections and four of the base structure sections.
  • Cut a a 4.50″ x 1.00″ strip of Kraft cardstock to us as the roof.
  • Assemble the two gazebo frames, top and bottom base sections and roof sections using glossy accents.  
  • Attach the lattice sections to both sides of the front gazebo frame using glossy accents.
  • Cut an additional Kraft base section and additional white base sections into 1.50″ strips and score them at .25″ on each end to create the four connection sections.
  • Attach the lattice sections to the connection sections using glossy accents.
  • Fold the scored ends of the connection and lattice sections and attach them to the sides of the two gazebo frames to connect them together. Note:  My gazebo picture may be a little confusing because you will not see the white and Kraft strips added to the sides and back of the gazebo.  I’ve included those steps in my description because they will create the fully connected gazebo.
  • Score the roof strip at 2.25″ and attach it to the two gazebos using glossy accents to finish.

The Gazebo, Flowers and Foliage

  • Apply pieces of mounting tape to the back top and bottom sections of the back gazebo.
  • Tuck the gazebo inside the shadow box frame and attach to the back of the frame.
  • Cut several sections of the Leaves and Greenery and Flower Stems using green cardstock.
  • Use blue, pink and yellow cardstock to cut the flowers.
  • Place the flowers face up on the molding pad and push down in the center of the flowers using a small tipped stylus.
  • Attach three flowers to each of the Flower Stems using glossy accents.
  • Tuck the flowers and stems in behind the grass section inside the and attach them using glossy accents. Note: This was a little tricky because I had already set the gazebo in place but I wanted to fill in behind it with the colorful flowers.
  • Use glossy accents to attach flowers to several of the trailing greenery sections from the Leaves and Greenery set.
  • Trim the ends off the foliage and attach to the roof line and frame of the gazebo.  
  • Apply a strip of mounting tape to the second grass section and attach it to the front of the frame.
  • Finish the card by attaching three yellow small butterflies to the card using glossy accents..

a floral gazebo card with a cute 3D paper gazebo tucked into a shadow box frame loaded with flowers all made using dies from Rubbernecker

I turned my little 3D paper gazebo into a floral gazebo card but you could create yours as little pool house, a barbecue spot, a play space…..anything outdoorsy would look right at home in here. What will you do with this idea? Check out my Shadow Box Category for more fun projects ideas.

 
5316D Square Shadow Box Frame Die
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5405D Gazebo Die
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5309-04D Leaves and Greenery Die
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Flower Stems Die 5147-05D
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Flower Buds Die Cut 5147-09D
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Tabed Grass Set Die Cut 5152-03D
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Small Butterflies Die 5147-08D
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Paper Blossom Tool Kit 4/Pkg
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Paper Blossoms Molding Mat
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Glossy Accents .5oz
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Scotch Advanced Tape Glider & Tape
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Scor-Tape .125″X27yd
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Crossover II Fabric & Paper Cutting…
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