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I'm really enjoying creating interactive cards with the fabulous Amazing Paper Grace Garden Shutters Collection. This sweet birthday card features the Daisy Delight Garden Shutters A2 Card Base (S5-479) die set. We're in the dead of winter with over a foot of snow on the ground and more on the way with temperatures below zero at night, so I just couldn't resist pulling out summery blues and yellows for this card to go with the beautiful daisies. A girl can dream, right??
Here's a view of the card with the shutters open:
It's such a fun and beautiful card. The sentiment and sweet daisies are included in the die set. The pull tabs are created using the Butterfly Bliss Garden Shutters 5x7 Card Base Set (S6-183).
Thank you Amazing Paper Grace for providing the dies used in this project.
Tips and Techniques
Don't you just adore the intricate lattice that fits the shutters? I cut a solid background piece and the lattice pieces from the same grungy blue paper (which is the back of the yellow patterned paper), then inked the lattice with a darker blue so it would pop against the lighter background. This entire card was cut from just one piece of 12x12" paper including the three base and shutter pieces, the lattice, and the pull tabs. I used scraps from my stash to cut the daisies.
This interactive card is three layers deep. You can cut all three pieces from the same 12x12" piece of paper like I did here or use papers that coordinate. Keep in mind that the middle piece is die cut for the shutters that flip, so the back of the paper will be part of the design as well.
The pull tabs are cut from the back of my patterned paper and the edges are inked. A second solid tab piece is cut. I inked this piece with the same darker blue I used on the lattice, so the word pull would be more visible.
There are three different daisies in this set. Each one has three pieces - two sets of petals and a center. Each flower is a separate die with all three pieces, so it's easy to know which pieces go together. After die cutting, I inked the petals before shaping. The centers are inked and would look great with just the inking, but for added texture and a bit of glittery sparkle I adhered Gold Flower Soft to the centers.
This sweet birthday sentiment is included in the set. I used Tombow Mono MULTI liquid glue on the back and let it dry before adhering. This glue stays tacky when dry works well for intricate die cuts like this. I used a ruler to help line up and center the sentiment pieces.
Amazing Paper Grace Dies
Blue Fern Studios ~ Happy Accident
Patterned Paper Scrap ~ Yellow (for daisies)
Ranger ~ Distress Ink: Scattered Straw; Faded Jeans; Broken China
Flower Soft ~ Gold
Scrapbook Adhesives by 3L ~ 3D Foam Squares
1/4" Foam Tape
Beacon ~ 3-IN-1 Advanced Craft Glue
Red Line Tape ~ 1/8"
Tombo ~ Mono MULTI Liquid Glue
Scotch ~ Quick Dry Adhesive