At my March Stamp-In Workshop -- before all this social distancing began -- my girls created an Easter card I'd designed for them as one of their projects.
The previous photo did not show the color of the rhinestones very well. Actually, looking closer, this photo doesn't depict them very well either. But, the rhinestones are from the Noble Peacock Rhinestones (page 178 of the Annual Catalog).
I really struggled while designing this card. After I had the card prototype completed, I was not happy with the way it popped open to expose the inside before I wanted it exposed. I tried all sorts of clips as closures. But nothing seemed right. So I set it aside after several failures.
While discussing my dilemma with my very noncreative husband, he said, "Why don't you do something like you do for other cards, that band, or whatever you call it?" Why, yes, Pat! Excellent idea.
So I modified the outside of the card a bit from my prototype and came up with this -- belly band included! -- instead.
Are you ready to experience the grand opening? Here goes:
Ah! The chick is hatching! Oh, and a cute sentiment!
The chick is completely hatched! Welcome to the world, Little One!
I left the bottom flap blank
so the sender could write something and/or sign the card.
This adorable chick and the flower are from the Full of Happiness set, found on page 44 of the Mini Catalog. Isn't he just the cutest?
Keep on reading to discover how you can make a card like this yourself!
Soft Seafoam cardstock
Whisper White cardstock
A pink striped retired strip of Designer Series Paper
Full of Happiness set (page 44, Mini Catalog)
Mango Melody ink
Balmy Blue ink
Grapefruit Grove ink
Highland Heather ink
Noble Peacock Rhinestones (page 178, Annual Catalog)
Highland Heather ribbon
Take a 4" x 8" piece of Soft Seafoam cardstock, and, with the Simply Scored, score it at 2", flip it, and score at 2" again. Fold on the score lines to make a sort of gatefold card.
Ink up the striped half of the egg in Highland Heather ink. Close to the open edge, stamp the egg. Repeat this on the other flap so the two halves of the eggs meet nicely in the middle.
Now go to the inside of this piece.
Add a 3 3/4" square piece of pink cardstock to the center portion.
You will be doing the chick stamping on a 3 1/2" square of Whisper White cardstock. I started with the feet in Grapefruit Grove ink. Matching the body carefully over the feet, stamp the chick in Mango Melody. Add in a Grapefruit Grove beak, and eyes of Balmy Blue. I have stamped this chick several times since I created this card, and find it easier to start with the chick's body, then adding the feet, beak and eyes.
In Highland Heather ink, add a few flowers around his feet. Adhere this finished piece to the pink square already inside the card.
On a 1/2" x 3 1/2" strip of Whisper White cardstock, stamp the sentiment in Highland Heather ink. Add this to a 3/4" x 3 3/4" strip of the matching pink. Adhere this to the upper flap.
Leave the bottom flap clear for signing and/or a little note.
Now, on to the belly band:
Wrap a 1" x 9" piece of pink striped DSP around the closed card, tight enough so it looks neat, but not too tight that it cannot be removed or replaced. When you have this strip properly fitted, adhere it together. This joining will be on the top to be covered with the circle and sentiment.
Wrap a piece of Highland Heather ribbon around with the ends meeting at the center. Tape the ends together. I did add a bit of snail adhesive to the back of the ribbon to hold it in place.
On a scrap of Whisper White cardstock, stamp Happy Easter in Highland Heather ink. Cut it out with the Stitched Shapes circle die that measure about 2" across. Use a Stampin' Dimensional on the circle to cover the seams you made with the DSP and the ribbon. Add a few jewels.