Welcome to my post for the cutest little monkey just swinging by to say hi. i must admit, while not difficult, this card did evolve. Connie Stewart’s video showed me how to create the card and how to mask off the Countryside Corners stamp. You can find her video here. I’ve already created a card using this fun fold for my husband, and you can find the link here. When my husband got this card in the mail, he thought it was an easel card and it looks create standing that way. Therefore, I decided to purposely do that for this monkey card.
Here’s my card:
I used Berry Burst, Granny Apple Green, and Flirty Flamingo to meet the generic colors of this challenge. In addition, I added Early Espresso and Crumb Cake for the neutrals.
- Connie’s video has all the necessary measurements for the flap part of the card.
- I needed some Flirty Flamingo on the front of the card, so I trimmed a piece of the 6 x 6 DSP to 3/4 by 5-3/8 inches.
- After I finished the Gone Fishing card for my husband, I found that the card would lay flatter if I trimmed less than 1/8 of an inch off the front flap. It’s not even noticeable, but it does help with the bulk of the card.
- The plain Berry Burst cardstock on the front looked too blah. So, I ran a piece of Berry Burst cardstock through my Cut & Emboss machine using one of the Basics embossing folders. Then, I trimmed the embossed piece to 4-1/4 by 5-3/8 inches.
- These folders are online exclusives, and the link will be below with the rest of the products used on this project.
- I trimmed another piece of 6 x 6 Flirty Flamingo DSP to 4-1/4 by 5-3/8 inches for the top of the inside flap.
- I cropped three pieces of Basic White cardstock using the largest Countryside die. Since I used blends combos to color the front flap, I needed to add another piece of cardstock to the back to cover the ugly back. To cut down on bulk, I trimmed the back die cut to a length of 4 inches.
Stamping, Coloring, and Gluing:
- This adorable monkey can be fussy cut, but I decided to try cutting it out using my Scan & Cut. I wasn’t sure how much I would actually use it so I got it for a steal on Facebook Marketplace. I am still a novice and learning as I go. There are a couple of things I found out with this monkey:
- After stamping the monkey using Early Espresso ink, I needed to outline it with an Early Espresso Stamping Write Marker. There are parts that just don’t get recognized at all for some strange and unknown (to me) reason.
- Stamp, outline, and cut twice as many as you think you will need, at least if you are a novice.
- Don’t be surprised if you have to go back and outline the monkey again.
- Thankfully, the curly tail cuts fairly well if it’s outlined enough.
- I used Early Espresso to stamp all the leaves, branches, sentiments, and the Countryside borders.
- Then, I colored the leaves with the Granny Apple Green blends combos.
- The monkey is a combination of the dark and light Crumb Cake blends.
- Finally, I added pink to the cheeks and ears using SU1000 pink-ish blend.
- I didn’t add any dimensions because there was already so many layers. This card will definitely need extra postage. In the U.S., two Forever stamps will cover it.
- I used the multipurpose liquid glue to adhere everything together.
- Finally, I added a small Velcro dot to the flap to help hold it down. When the card is open to it’s easel form, the Velcro dot won’t even show.
- It sounds much more complicated than it actually was to create this card. Connie Stewart’s video explains how to do everything. I love her videos because they are meant for quickly created cards.
Thank you for stopping by today!
Have a Peachy Day!
The new mini catalog goes live on Wednesday, 09/06/2023.
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