By the Bay 3D card

I have had lots of fun playing with the By the Bay suite!

For a week or so, I had this idea in my head to make a 3D card and when I woke up last Friday, I went straight to my craft table and put the ideas into action!

I wanted to create a card that would actually fold flat for postage, but that is a little tricky when it is a rhombus shape, so I came up with this idea.

The card uses Thick Basic White cardstock. I used the Diorama dies to cut a large window from the centre front and then one of the smaller diorama dies for the two side windows. I scored this, then ran the centre front through the Seashells Embossing folder and the shorter sides through the splatter Embossing folder (to imitate sand). These were then coloured with Balmy Blue, Sahara Sand and Blushing Bride inks using blending brushes.

The front part of the card was reinforced by using window sheet to fit the inside of the card window. I just glued this along the long sides to attach it to the embossed card.

Now it was time to get out the stamp set and I stamped some of the images in Memento Black and coloured them in and die cut them out. I also cut some grasses from Old Olive. These were added to the card with glue dots or dimensionals – depending on the look I wanted. I also cut out some gold shells from Distressed Gold speciality paper.

The By the Bay DSP was stamped with Happy Birthday, from Goto Greetings, in Versamark and heat set with Gold embossing powder.

I attached this piece to one side of the embossed card, so it made a backdrop. To make the card sturdier, I then added a piece of Thick Basic white behind it, BUT, before attaching it, I actually cut it in half and one half was glued behind the DSP and the other piece was glued to the other side of the front part of the card. The idea is that this half goes behind the DSP when the card stands up for display.

I really love how the idea that had been ‘marinating’ in my head became a reality.

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