The return of the 3d foam…

No, this is not an Edgar Allan Poe rip off.

Today I had a fancy to make a Christmas card that takes a bit more time, hopefully one of the ‘special‘ ones my mum likes to give to immediate and extended family. I decided to park postage cost considerations too, but that was it, no other real plan, except to cut a whole load of shapes and see what happened.

Colour scheme: gold and ivory initially. So I die cut a load of leaves and berries using various Tonic dies. These particular ones are quite large as they were intended to make wreaths I think, so I wasn’t too sure how, or if, I could make them work on a card. But if you don’t try, how will you find out?

So, I had lots of gold shapes to play with, but whilst I was trying to make an arrangement I felt the open areas of the images didn’t work so well with the overlapping effect I was going for – it just looked a bit muddled to me. A background colour was in order, and I decided to use the ivory for this.

I have seen demonstrators doing what they call ‘undercutting’ to make a two-coloured embellishment: basically sticking the die cut to the backing and then cutting around the edge, but at an angle to make sure the edges are clean and neat and don’t have the background colour showing. I can’t do this very well myself. I think you either have scissorhand skills or you don’t. I don’t. But these shapes gave me the option of grabbing the ‘negative’ left from the die cutting and drawing inside it, then snipping just inside the pencil line. Perfect layers – hurrah!

Then I wanted a bit more drama than just gold and ivory, so found a satin red DL card which I cut in half (one side was a bit scuffed), wrapped with ivory ribbon then layered onto a plain ivory DL base card. I arranged and glued various leaves and cones, cutting into some of them if necessary to get smaller pieces, and using a small amount of 3D foam here and there. I also only glued some of the sprigs at the top, under the cones, so they are able to make a shadow.

Finally an extra knot of ivory satin ribbon at the top and time for the mug shots.

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Supplies: Tonic Rococo dies Pine Cone; Pine Leaf, Mistletoe Sprig, Holly Leaf, Berry Sprig. Ribbon from The Ribbon Room. All card from stash.

 

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98 thoughts on “The return of the 3d foam…

  1. Thanks for the tutorial, your card out turned out beautifully. I like the holiday season with all its elegance, this card fits right in. Gold and cream ( or to be correct Winter white) are one of my favorite combinations. Tonic studios is putting out great stuff, I have been eyeing their dies for while especially after being hooked on their crystal drops and glitters.

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      1. I hate it when that happens. I acquired a lot of craft bits from my hubby’s grandma and there’s some great things that I just don’t know where to get more from when they run out.

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    1. Sounds like you were tempted to add the word ‘earthling’ at the end there! Crystal drops are probably not what you might hope, given your interests. A squeezy bottle of coloured self-levelling compound which you squidge out and it dries to a shiny (or glittery) domed disc. Think shiny Jelly Tots.

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  2. Lovely card! I’ve always been scissorhand-challenged, myself. Can’t cut a straight line to save my life. Husband says it’s because I’m holding the scissors wrong: I use two or three fingers in the bottom “loop” of the scissors, he uses one. Any thoughts?

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    1. Me too, Samantha (about the crystal drops)! I recently purchased lovely teardrop-shaped glass beads that look like crystallized tears which I intend to use as embellishments for my chainmaille jewellery. Your comment has inspired me to get going on a set of stainless steel earrings using these drops; maybe I’ll do up a pair tonight!

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      1. It would be good, wouldn’t it? Mind you I cannot cope with FB. It makes me want to cover the walls with tin foil and rock back and forth to soothe my brain.

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      2. Ahem. Yesterday…I bought a pack of acrylic diamond shaped beads that I intended to thread up, perhaps with some pearls, for my tree this year. Now. Own up. WHO is following me?…( If my Walnut Whips go missing that’s it-I’m going back in the wardrobe and not coming out till Easter!!)

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      1. I used to have a paper cutter but can’t find it anywhere! Not sure I want to pay the exorbitant amount they’re charging in stores for a new one, though, since I probably wouldn’t use it that often. With scissors, I draw lines, too but still can’t stay on them no matter how hard I try! I’m scissor spastic!

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      2. Well I have to say it comes as something of a surprise to find myself as the Responsible Adult here. It is not a familiar role. Just remember, both of you, no running with scissors now.

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      3. Lol…just reminded me…we had an industrial sized one for cutting art paper at school. I was made to take a turn and sliced my fingernail off. I screamed loudly..the art teacher practically had a heart attack and I was never asked to man the guillotine again. Wonder why..?

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    2. Oh, well I use three fingers too – although I did have to pick up a pair of scissors to check! I use a paper trimmer for cards to make sure it is straight. I have had the same one for years. If I have to use scissors and need the line to be straight as I can, use the biggest pair you can get hold of and, like riding a bike, look at where you want to go, not where the blade actually is. For small detail or fussy cutting, test whether you prefer small or large scissors, but try moving the paper in and out of the blades rather than working the blades around your cutting line. Hope this helps!

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  3. Yup. That shadow following you was me. And I totally would steal your Walnut Whips. It’s all Gillian’s fault — she got me hooked on them. So if you could all send me money to pay for more (remember, they’re $10 per box here), I’d be eternally grateful.

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      1. Samantha, you are a genius! Gillyflower, if your need becomes desperate, search for a copycat or DIY walnut whip recipe. I just checked and they are out there!

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      2. Lol…sounds like Marmite! An essentially British produced substance yet the public were told it would go up in price because of Brexit..??…personally I think it’s vile, but it’s mental cruelty to charge so much for Walnut Whips!!!

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      3. I agree, but … if you caught the original exchange (under PaperPuff’s post about coincidences), you’ll have seen that, when I came across Walnut Whips here and bought them, the shop man called me “Lass”. That just never happens here, and I was tickled pink. I’d happily fork out 10 bucks for a strapping Yorkshire lad to call me lass, anytime!

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      4. We’re the opposite here: we use ma’am, but usually only when referring to Women of a Certain Age. Personally, when referring to myself, I use the Royal We.

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      5. Aye – canny in that he showed me exactly where the Walnut Whips were! (Is there another Yorkshire meaning for that word I don’t know about? I mean, it sounds vaguely naughty, or something.)

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    1. Thanks! I like the idea of getting more use from a product too, but I don’t always have the imagination to match. Sometimes I just cannot see past the original purpose.

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  4. Beautiful card Puff!
    When I first saw the photo on my Reader thread, I honestly thought I was looking at a Christmas gift, all wrapped and ready, but done with lots of heart work.
    So very elegant. Like a posh frock on the red carpet on Oscar night.
    GREAT card and great work Missy. Well done.
    ~ Cobs.x

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    1. You are completely right – it does look like a wrapped gift! But then I came to card making through a mania for gift wrapping so maybe no big surprise. I’d like to see Keira Knightley or Kate Winslet rocking a frock covered in pine cones on the red carpet. Made by crafters, natch!

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