WWC225 - Donna's "All About Occasions" Challenge

Join us this week as I host Watercooler Wednesday Challenge #225 - All About Occasions card challenge. 
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The occasion I chose to celebrate with this card is my grand-daughter's 7th birthday in July. I was really impressed with Jennifer McGuire's tutorial on direct-to-paper techniques  this week, so used her inking and partial diecut examples as inspiration for the card.

Direct-to-paper is just what the name says, dragging your ink pad across a blank piece of paper. In my case, I use Stampin' Up! (SU) inks in the rainbow order (ROY-G-BIV) in an arch pivoting on the heel of my hand. I then spritzed the paper lightly and then dried it with a heat gun. Jennifer recommends watercolor paper, but I just used regular white cardstock, then after it was blown dry, I tucked it under a heavy book to flatten out while I worked on the rest of the card.

The front panel was created by first stamping the unicorn with black ink on a 4"x 5-1/4" white cardstock positioned so that a circle die could be placed overlapping the image to create a window for the rainbow to show through. Then, by placing the circle die on my Big Shot cutting plates so that the part I didn't want cut was hanging out from between the plates. I used an Xacto Knife to make the final horizontal cuts that go from the unicorn's body to the end of the circle cut so that the circle just fell out to leave the opening I needed. A tutorial for the partial diecut technique can also be found on Splitcoaststampers. 

I then stamped the sentiment below the unicorn using Versamark ink, then coated it with black embossing powder, and heat set to a glossy finish. Be sure to using an anti-static dust before stamping to minimize any stray embossing powder sticking where you don't want it to show up.

Because I wanted this card to be a shaker card, I cut a piece of acetate from packaging material I had laying around, and used Scor-Tape to attach it to the back of the front panel so it completely covered the opening.  I then used a piece of kids fun foam slightly smaller than my card front as my spacing layer behind the panel so I could create a shaker card. Using the same die, I cut a circle to fit exactly behind the partial circle, then glued it to the back using Tombow.

The rainbow colored panel was then trimmed to be slightly smaller than the card front so that the rainbow would be positioned to be visible through the acetate window of the card front. I placed several  fantasy-type foil shapes in the center of the rainbow, then laid the foam-backed card front over it (having put score tape all around the back of the opening and all panel edges.

The final step was to mount the front panel assemblage to the card base. I chose a heavier black cardstock cut to 8-1/2"x 11", scored  at 5-1/2" and folded. I used Tombow to attach the front.

I'm sure my grand-daughter will love the unicorn and rainbow card! I am rating the difficulty at "3" out of a possible "5" just because of the many steps, and the need to be precise when making your partial cut.

Stamps: Stampin' Up! (SU) Magical Day
Paper: SU Whisper White Thick Cardstock, Basic Black
Paper Size: A2
Ink: SU Real Red, Tangerine Tango, Crushed Curry, Wild Wasabi, Pacific Point, Elegant Eggplant, Memento Tuxedo Black, Versamark
Accessories: SU Magical Mates Framelits Dies, Spellbinders Circle Die, Embossing Buddy, Artfully Scribed Black Detail Embossing Powder, Heat Tool, Xacto Knife, Craft Foam, Scor-Tape, Tombow Multi Liquid Glue
Techniques: Direct-to-Paper, Partial Die Cut, Heat Embossing, Die Cutting, Shaker Card


  1. This is darling!! I love your unicorn and the background is fantastic!! Such a cute card!!

  2. What a pretty background! My 10 yr old would love this card...unicorns are her fav! Thanks for visiting my blog!


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