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Sending Smiles and Birthday Wishes

Hello my card making friends! I am just having the best time playing with some of the new arrivals from Lawn Fawn. I still think that Henry's Build A Sentiment might be my favorite set from the release. There are so many different possible combinations that it is just mind blowing.

I decided to do another Ta! Da! Diorama! using the new Ta! Da! Diorama! Butterfly Window Add On. Before I even start to talk about the card, I just can't believe how beautiful the butterfly cut out is from this set. I can't wait to use the cut out in another card.

For this card, I used an older patterned paper called Flower Market. It is such a cheerful collection for Spring. I do have to admit that I do tend hoard patterned paper. I am always afraid that if I use it, that when I really want it for another card, I won't have enough. I do the same thing with fabric but we won't talk about that.

I touched up all the edges of the paper with a little bit of matching Distress Oxide ink. You can't really see it very well in the photos, but it is definitely there.

The stamp set that I used was Butterfly Kisses. This is my go to set for butterflies for other cards. It has a butterflies in three sizes. I also like it for the flowers and the grass tufts. I colored them with Copic markers in the following colors:

I wanted to make the little butterfly net that the fox holds look a little more realistic, so I stamped it and heat embossed it with white embossing powder on white vellum. I cut the net part off the handle. I had stamped and colored another net, so I cut the net off of that one and glued the vellum one to the colored one.

I used the Grassy Stencil to put grass along the bottom of the panels that pull open. I felt like I needed to do that not only to create a field where the butterflies are flying but to also carry the feeling of the field that the fox is playing in. For the grass, I used Twisted Citron Distress Oxide Ink as a base and then touched it up with a little bit of Mowed Lawn Distress Oxide on the tips of the grass blades.

On the back panel, I glued a couple of clouds cut from the Simple Puffy Cloud Frames. I had thought about stamping some of the flight trails on the background and gluing on a couple of butterflies, but I really wanted to keep the butterflies dimensional. I used some scrap acetate to cut some thin strips to put a couple of butterflies on, so that it appears that they are flying in the diorama.

I have found decorating the inserts a bit challenging. I am used to going crazy on the platform pop ups and you definitely can not do that on these. You are very limited because the panels need to be able to move in, so your little elements need to be concentrated towards the center of the inserts.

I decided to mount my diorama on a 4.25" x 5.5" card base, so I did put some foam tape behind it so that the recipient can easily those panel edges.

I think this is the sweetest little card and it would be perfect for some one at any age.

Thank you so much for stopping by and I hope you take some to enjoy the butterflies this spring and summer.



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