October 12, 2021

SUNFLOWER TENT TOPPER

If you have been following my blog for any amount of time, you probably realize that I have a special affection for tent topper cards. What is a tent topper card exactly, you ask?

A tent topper card has a bit of the main focal point extending beyond the fold at the top of the card. I just feel that these cards show a bit more importance -- or flair? -- than a traditionally folded card.


The only dimenstion in this card is that provided by adding a few Stampin' Dimensionals -- beneath the flower and the label with the sentiment. Oh yes. A little bit of dimension comes in the two Stampin' Blend colored rhinestones on either side of the sentiment. Isn't this sentiment extra cute?


When the card is opened flat, the sunflower extends onto the back of the card:


Following is a brief tutorial on how to make your own tent topper card.

SUPPLIES:
Designer Series Paper that coordinates with the colors you choose for the sunflower diecuts
Shaded Spruce cardstock
Mango Melody cardstock
Early Espresso cardstock
Basic White cardstock

Early Espresso ink
Stampin' Blend in Dark Mango Melody

Through It Together stamp set (page 72, Annual Catalog)

Die Cutting Machine
Ornate Frames die set (page 164, Annual Catalog)
Sunflower dies (page 166, Annual Catalog)
Stampin' Dimensionals
Basic Rhinestones

INSTRUCTIONS:
Take a 4" x 8" piece of Shaded Spruce cardstock and fold it in half, creasing it well with a bone folder.

Add to the front of this card base a piece of Early Espresso cardstock that measures 3 3/4" square.

To this, adhere a 3" square of Designer Series Paper that will work well with the sunflower.

To make the sunflower, use the appropriate dies from the Sunflowers dies, cutting the outline and center circle from Early Espresso cardstock, and the solid flower from Mango Melody cardstock.

Turn the pieces of the sunflower until you match up the petals and glue the two main pieces together. I only used glue in the center solid part of the brown outline. This lets the edges of the outline to lift slightly from the solid part, giving it a more realistic and interesting look. If you prefer, use tiny dots of glue and adhere the brown outline down completely.

Add the brown center to the flower. I glued mine flat. If you prefer a bit of dimension, use a Stampin' Gimdnsional to adhere it.

Add the sunflower to the top of the card, letting about an inch or so extend beyond the fold of the card. Remember to only add adhesive to the BOTTOM of the sunflower, so it doesn't show on th back that goes beyond the card!

From a scrap of white cardstock, stamp an appropriate sentiment in Early Espresso ink.

Die cut the sentiment with one of the dies from the Ornate Frames set.

Using the Dark Mango Melody Stampin' Blend, color two Basic Rhinestones. Add these to either side of the sentiment.

Add the sentiment to the lower portion of the DSP with a couple of Stampin' Dimensionals.


Autumn
Smiles.







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