Hello everyone and welcome to summer heat! Sticky hot and buggy here anyway. I love the fun, colorful July kit from The Hedgehog Hollow this month. The bold rainbow colors, amazing set of edge dies, and those adorable Coastal Cuties all from Sunny Studio. I will play with the other contents (oh yes, there are more) in future posts. Lately, I have been trying to find ways to make the images more functional OFF of the card. Coloring takes time, and man, I hate thinking that all of that time and work just sits somewhere in a pile after it has over-stayed its display time. So, you will be seeing me find creative ways to give your images new life off of the card.
I started by stamping our floatie girl with VersaFine Onyx Black ink and then clear embossing to seal the ink so I can Copic color her.
Skin: E0000 E000 E00 E21 E95 (cheeks) Hair: E35 E79 E49
Bathing Suit: Y06 Y11 YR68 Floatie: BG49 BG23 BG10
Before fussy cutting her out, I folded my paper in half just above her head and then cut around her, leaving it attached at the top of her head as seen above. I laminated our fun girl in my Xyron Creative Station and then attached magnets to the inside flaps. NOTE: You will need to "rough" up the laminate to get adhesive to stick. You can use your Tim Holtz Distress tool or cutting blade, both from the HH Tool Hamper, or the edge of some snips. So easy!
I knew I wanted to use some of the rainbow prints on the card front and selected a pattern that was not as bold, cutting with a Scalloped Rectangle Stackable die from Lawn Fawn. To help soften the colors a bit more, I just a piece of vellum from a previous month's kit in the next size down from the Scalloped Rectangle Stackable die set and mounted in the center of the rainbow paper.
To create the paper pieced wave background, I begin by cutting two circles the same size from the two blue papers in the July kit. Then, using the fun edge dies, I stacked the circles and cut at random points through the circles together. I cut two circles just smaller than the blue ones, and then swapped the cut pieces to create two-tone waves as seen. Before gluing them down, I decided where I wanted to clip our fun magnet bookmark and cut the backing circle at that point. Then I glued the alternating layers of waves to the backing circle. Since the back portion of our bookmark will be behind the bottom section of the wave circle, I attached foam tape to the back edges.
I mounted the bottom wave portion and then lined up the top, adhering flat to the card panel. I stamped the sentiment using Catherine Pooler Ink in Something Borrowed and punched two holes on either end of the sentiment strip. I looped some Lawn Fawn twine from the first Hedgehog Hollow kit around the ends of the sentiment strip and attached to the card front. The top panel was then mounted with foam tape onto the A2 top-folding card base found in the kit.
Your recipient may need a note inside letting them know of the bonus bookmark "prize" on the card front.
She adds no extra bulk to the card and is such a fun surprise! I think I may make a couple more for my planner! ;)
Doesn't she make you smile? She's so happy splashing in that cool pool! I believe there are just a few of this July kit left from The Hedgehog Hollow. Don't wait until they are gone! This kit is so perfect for summer! Until next time.. xo
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