Creative Knockouts Sponsored Challenge – Design Team Inspiration for Challenge #184 – Lots of Green
I am so excited to announce that I have been invited to be a Design Team member for Creative Knockouts Sponsored Challenges! This is my debut inspiration project, a handcrafted St. Patrick’s Day card – Little Flower Fairy. The Little Flower Fairy digital stamp was provided by our awesome sponsor, Sami Stamps. Thank you so much for the beautiful image to use on this week’s challenge! Make sure you head over to the Sami Stamps shop and take a look at all of the great products available. Also, we would love to have you play along with our challenge at Creative Knockouts! The theme this week is Lots of Green. Furthermore, this week’s prize is a $12 Gift Certificate to Sami Stamps. What a perfect topic for the upcoming St. Patrick’s Day holiday! Get crafting and submit your project today! The challenge closes on Wednesday, March 15th at 8 PM MST.
Now, on to my project! I created a double dutch fold St. Patrick’s Day card with the Little Flower Fairy as the main focal point. First, I printed out the stamp on Ultra Smooth Card Stock so that I could use my new Spectrum Noir markers. I used a plethora of green tints to color the wings, dress, mushroom and hair. The hair turned out awesome! Then, I used yellows to color the flowers and dress accents. Finally, I colored the skin using light hues. Once I was finished coloring, I knew I had to add a little bit of sparkle to my fairy; so I used clear Wink of Stella on the dress and wings. I hope you can see the sparkles in the picture below.
Double Dutch Fold Card Base Measurements
To create the double dutch fold, I used my Cricut Explore to cut out an 8 1/2″ x 9″ textured green card stock. The card base was cut into an upside down “T” shape. The cuts and scores of the card base are as follows:
- Cut on the 9″ side at 2″ inwards to 2 1/8″
- Cut from the top (the 8 1/2″ side) at 2 1/8″ down to the 2″ cut made in step 1
- Score from the bottom at 2 1/8″ to the 2″ cut
- Repeat steps 1-3 on the other side
- Score on the 9″ side at 5 1/2″ from the bottom all the way across
Inner and Outer Panel Measurements
In addition to the card base, I used my Cricut to cut the mats for the inner and outer panels. These panels are measured as follows:
- 2 – 4″ x 3 1/4″ dark green card stock
- 2 – 3 3/4″ x 3″ St. Patrick’s Day designer paper
- 4 – 1 7/8″ x 1 3/4″ dark green card stock
- 4 – 1 5/8″ x 1 1/2″ St. Patrick’s Day designer paper
- 1 – 4″ x 5 1/4″ white card stock
- 1 – 3 3/4″ x 1 1/2″ St. Patrick’s Day designer paper
Also, I cut a scalloped rectangle with dark yellow card stock and inked the edges with Mustard Seed Distress Ink from Ranger and an orange Spectrum Noir marker. Next, I wrapped some multi colored hemp twine around a coordinating piece of green and yellow striped designer paper. Then I glued that down on top of the yellow scalloped rectangle with some strong glue. I had to clamp the two pieces together for a good hold with the twine. I used my handy-dandy tool bag that my husband bought me a few birthdays ago. This tool bag rocks! It has everything I ever need in it.
The Inside of the Card
Finally, I got to work on the inside of the card. After I placed all of the panels and mats, I stamped a St. Patrick’s Day sentiment and a few clovers on the white card stock. I love how this card unfolds to show the inside. See below for the fully opened card and the inside sentiment.
Overall, I am thrilled with the final result! Let me know what you think in the comments below. I love to hear from fellow crafters! Also, take a moment, if you haven’t already, to take a look at our sponsor Sami Stamps and join our challenge this week at the Creative Knockouts.
I was inspired by the following challenges. Please take a moment to visit these great blogs!
Challenge #110 – Use Lots of Green from the Creatalicious Challenges blog. This card is about the green and St. Patrick’s Day!
Challenge #296 – St. Patrick’s Day from the Fantabulous Cricut Challenge Blog. I used my Cricut to cut all of the panels for this card and the shapes for the scalloped rectangle.
Think Spring from the Double D Challenges blog. When I think of spring I think of green things growing and this Little Flower Fairy is perfect!
Challenge #405 – Spring Inspiration from the Allsorts Challenge blog. Once again, this Little Flower Fairy is the perfect reflection of Spring.
Challenge #113 – Polka Dots and/or Stripes from the Crafty Gals Corner blog. I used the striped background for the fairy for this challenge.