Slayer of Dragons

I made this card after seeing Jennifer McGuire's fantastic video on making "split cards" . I just had to try one!!!  It was made as a Design Team member card for Try Stampin' on Tuesday Sketch Challenge #412, which challenged us not only with a sketch, but also to use a "fun fold".

The basic premise of this type of card is that you create a top front piece, and a bottom front piece for your card that leave a gap between them. Then you place your central image so that it spans the gap, but is glued to both top and bottom.

I used the gorgeous starry sky from the Stampin' Up! (SU) "Myths & Magic" specialty Designer Series Paper (DSP). The "grass" was from the SU "Botanical Gardens" DSP. The edges of the top and bottom were die cut with the two cloud outline dies from the SU "Rainbow Builder" thinlits dies. I also cut out a white cloud, and a vellum cloud using the same dies. The die-cut edge of the grass panel looks like rolling hills in the distance.

The dragon and knight were digitally cut from a sheet of the same gorgeous "Myths & Magic" paper. I added a small white border when I cut so the knight and dragon would stand out against the background.  You could also stamp and die cut these images from the SU "Magical Day" stamp set and "Magical Mates" framelits dies.

Using Jennifer's excellent tutorial, I assembled the rest of the card with a piece of Crumb Cake cardstock inside. Notice that I tucked the small castle from the specialty paper inside so that it peeked through the gap. Please make note of her measurements so that your card ends up as an A2 size. The front panel is 5-1/4"x 4" when is finally assembled and cut to size, before mounting to the single sheet of 5-1/2"x 4-1/4" base.

The knight was mounted on on the front using adhesive foam strips to raise him up for added dimension. Note that since I used two-sided pattern paper on the card front, the back pattern is visible when the card is open. I solved that by die cutting matching panels from white cardstock, and gluing them to the back of the pattern paper. To hide the hinges of the front panels, the assembled card is glued to a 5-1/2"x 4-1/4" dark green panel.

The card is appropriate for a kid's birthday, or special achievement, or an adult who is in to fantasy.

I won't kid you, this particular card was a bit of a challenge (Jennifer has much easier versions as well in her tutorial). I am rating the difficulty level of this card as a "4" out of possible "5".