Happy Thoughts on Daisy Lane
Happy Friday, my friends! I have been having so much fun with modified “tunnel cards.” Here’s one I made for a friend who’s in rehab recovering from a broken ankle.
I love the Daffodil Afternoon Designer Series Paper (DSP). It’s a free Sale-a-bration product when you spend $50 on Stampin’ Up!® products during January and February. It also coordinates beautifully with the Daffodil Daydream Bundle in the Stampin’ Up!® January-June Mini Catalog. And, as you can see, it also coordinates with the Daisy Lane Stamp Set.
Here’s the inside of the card.
It’s gorgeous if you add a tea light in the “tunnel” part behind the vellum. I use an LED light, because I do not have a good track record with card stock and candle flames. But that’s a story for another time.
This card is so very simple to create. First, you need a 4-1/2″ x 11″ card base. I used Basic White Cardstock. Score this at 5-1/2″. I added 1 4″ x 5-1/4″ piece of Daffodil Afternoon DSP to the front. I used the Happy Thoughts Stamp Set for the sentiment, and punched it with the Double Oval Punch. I added a punched daisy from the Daisy Lane Stamp Set. I stamped the daisy three times on Basic White Cardstock with Smoky Slate Classic Ink. Then I punched with the Medium Daisy Punch and layered them so each layer was slightly offset from the next. I colored the center with a Flirty Flamingo Stampin’ Blend and added it and a piece of Soft Succulent Open Weave Ribbon.
The inside uses a 4″ x 11″ piece of Coastal Cabana Cardstock. Score at 2-3/4″, 5-1/2″, and 8-1/4″. Now, cut a sliver (about 1-1/6″ – 1/8″) off each short side so that the card stock is now 4″ x about 10-3/4″. The reason I do this is so this layer will fit better inside the card. You can start with a 10-3/4″ piece of cardstock, but when you divide that by 4″, it’s something like 2.68″. I don’t want to figure out what .68″ is, so it’s just easier for me to divide the 11″ piece by 4, then slice a little off after scoring. But, hey – if you want to do the math, by all means go for it. (And please share your dimensions with me, because I was not a math major in school!)
Now that your inside layer is scored, die-cut or punch the two center sections. I used the Stitched So Sweetly Dies for mine. Cut two 2-1/2″ x 3-3/4″ pieces of DSP that coordinates with your card (I used the same design from the Daffodil Afternoon DSP) and two 2-1/2″ x 3-3/4″ pieces of vellum. You can use the printed vellum from the mini catalog, or the Shimmer Vellum from the Annual Catalog, or just plain vellum. You can stamp on it or heat or dry emboss it. I just left my Pale Papaya Shimmer Vellum plain.
Adhere the DSP to the two outer panels and the vellum on the back of the card stock behind the die-cuts. I added some more daisies; just be sure you don’t have any embellishments overlapping the score lines.
The center score on the Coastal Cabana Cardstock (at 5-1/2″) will be a mountain fold; the other two are valley folds. Line up the center score line on the Coastal Cabana layer with the center score line of the Basic White card base. Apply adhesive to the back of one of the outside 2-3/4″ x 4″ sections, then adhere to the card base. Repeat on the other side. and then you’re finished! The center should fold out, forming a kind of box (or “tunnel”) for your tea light.
I will warn you that once you start making these, it’s hard to stop. I kept getting more ideas. For a more traditional tunnel card, use the same measurements, but die-cut or punch from the center of the inside layer at the 5-1/2″ score line. Then add a stamped image or sentiment behind it. I’ll post one of these later.
Thanks for stopping by Stamping with Buffy. Have a lovely day!