Friday, March 7, 2008

Challenge Time - Let your fun flap fly!

I'm laughing as I type this... because this week's challenge is called the FUN FLAP! Yes, the fun flap. Sharon and I talked about what to call this and, believe it or not, this is the best we could come up with! If you want to see the full details of the challenge, just head on over to her place by clicking HERE. That will also give you a chance to check out her fant-a-bulous creation!! It is so elegant and pretty. I won't say any more, you'll just have to see it for yourself!!

So, what's a fun flap? It's a card that is only a flat panel or card front (doesn't open) that has a little card on it that opens up to reveal the message. There are no other rules — anything goes, as long as your flat panel has something on it that opens!

I have two cards to share! The first card was an experiment with one of my Cuttlebug embossing folders. I inked up my flowers, Silhouette Blooms by Cornish Heritage Farms with markers (2 shades of green and 2 shades of red), stamped once, huffed on the stamp, and then stamped again. I repeated this three times. I "antiqued" the paper by stamping my Canvas background (Stampin' Up) with Antique Linen Distress ink over top, stamped my saying (from that same stamp set) with Versafine Black Onyx in the corner. Then, the fun begins! I tried something different. I ran this piece through my Wizard with one of my embossing folders. Man, does that machine leave a deep impression! I then sponged more distress ink over top to bring out the multi-dimensional look. I think it's a pretty neat effect! Aren't experiments fun??!??

The background was done just by running a piece of card stock through with the embossing folder and then using copper rub-a-buff to give it an aged copper look. I used a corner punch on the two layers (the embossed and the coppery paper) and matted that onto a brown Bazzill quarter sheet "card front." The card that opens up is actually taped to the front and tacked down with the help of my Stampin' Up slit punch. You know, that little half circle punch?

Here's a look at the inside of the card so you can see the slit punch....
The second card is a ten minute version of this! Instead of using an embossing folder, I created contrast with coordinating paper! I used the same flap mat card on the front, matted it onto coordinating card stock and then matted that onto a brown quarter sheet of card stock ( basically my 4-1/4" by 5-1/2" card front). I punched a 1-1/4" circle through the front and then stamped the saying "Best Wishes" (also a part of the Silhouette Blooms set by CHF) through the circle. When you flip the flap, it reveals the saying on the inside of the card! I added some ribbon and voila! Done!

Hope you're able to take part in this week's challenge! Sharon always does such fun things.... just in time for the weekend!

TGIF!
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