One of the things I need to do is get caught up with the details for the projects I've shared with you for a number of blog hops. Today's post provides the how-to's for creating one of the cards designed for the Stamp Review Crew Bonus Hop last August featuring the This Little Piggy stamp set. To see a line up of all the Stampin' Up! artists who participated in the hop, click here. To begin the hop, click here.
When I first saw the This Little Piggy stamp set I was drawn to the sitting piggy because he certainly looked like he had something to say. It reminds me of one of my Shih Tzu's, Bernie, who sometimes sits in front of me and stares at me. I know he's trying to tell me something, but I can't for the life of me figure out what he's trying to say--unless it's close to dinner time, of course.
I stamped the sitting piggy on a piece of Powder Pink cardstock using Basic Black Archival ink and cut him out with Paper Snips. I cleaned the stamp and then put a piece of repositionable tape (or you can use a Post-It Note) across the "This Little Piggy..." greeting. I Inked the stamp, removed the tape, and then stamped the image near the lower right corner of the Thick Whisper White card front with the bottom of the piggy 1" from the bottom edge of the card front. A Blender Pen was used to color the ground area: Soft Suede for the dirt and Old Olive for the grass.
The dancing piggy with flower was inked with Basic Black Archival ink and stamped on a scrap of Whisper White cardstock. A Blender Pen was used to color the flower: Old Olive for the stem and leaf, Melon Mambo for the flower petals, and Tangerine Tango for the flower center. The flower was cut out with Paper Snips and adhered at the right end of the "ground" using Mini Glue Dots. The Powder Pink piggy was adhered over the stamped piggy. A piece of Burlap Ribbon was folded under at the left end and a banner tail cut on the right end. The Burlap ribbon was adhered at the lower right corner of the card front using Mini Glue Dots.
The "This Little Piggy" greeting (without the three dots) was stamped on a piece of Whisper White cardstock. The easiest way to do this is to use a Basic Black Stampin' Write Marker to ink only the words on the stamp image. If you don't have the marker, then use a Post-It Note to cover the piggy and ground portion of the stamp image and a smaller piece of Post-It Note or repositionable tape over the three dots, ink the stamp, remove the Post-It Notes and/or tape, and then stamp on the cardstock. In the same manner, use a Post-It Note and/or repositionable tape to cover the " ' Thanks!' " and the comma after "Says", ink the stamp, and then stamp "Says" to follow "This Little Piggy". Use the bullet tip of the Basic Black Stampin' Write marker to add the three dots after "Says". Use Paper Snips to cut a banner tail into the right end of the cardstock and adhere the greeting banner on top of the Burlap ribbon with Mini Glue Dots.
Unless you are incredibly lucky, you'll most likely need to use the Stamp-a-ma-jig to correctly place the greetings on the cardstock. [Tip: Archival inks are not recommended for use on the plastic sheet for the Stamp-a-ma-jig. Instead, use a non-Archival color to stamp on the plastic sheet, clean the stamp, and then re-ink with the Archival ink.]
The inside sentiment area of the card contains a surprise pop-up of the dancing piggy. To create the pop-up, cut a 3/4" x 3" piece of Whisper White cardstock and score at 3/4", 1-1/2", and 2-1/4" along the 3" length. Fold along the score lines to create a square shape. Apply SNAIL to the area between beginning of the strip and the 3/4" score line and place at the inside center so that the end is just below the fold line at the top of the inside sentiment area. With the strip folded at the 1-1/2" score line, apply SNAIL to the area between the 2-1/4" score line and the end of the strip and fold the card closed. When you open the card, you'll see the pop-up square.
A piece of Soft Suede cardstock was randomly stamped with the lips image using Soft Suede ink. The top of the cardstock was cut with a squiggly line using Paper Snips. A piece of Old Olive cardstock was snipped to create grass and adhered to the Soft Suede cardstock aligning the bottom, left, and right sides of the Old Olive cardstock with the bottom, left, and right sides of the Soft Suede cardstock. The ground/grass cardstock was adhered to the front of the pop-up square leaving a smidge of space between the bottom of the cardstock and the card base.
The dancing piggy with flower was stamped on Powder Pink cardstock using Basic Black Archival ink and cut out with Paper Snips -- excluding the "You Make Me Happy" greeting. The flower was colored with the Blender pen using Old Olive ink for the flower stem and leaf, Melon Mambo for the flower petals, and Tangerine Tango for the flower center. The piggy was adhered to the Soft Suede cardstock behind the grass.
Repositionable tape (or you can use a Post-It Note) was used to cover the dancing piggy with flower image to leave only the "You Make Me Happy" greeting visible. The stamp was inked with Basic Black Archival ink, the repositionable tape removed, and the greeting stamped on a piece of Whisper White cardstock. As with the "This Little Piggy Says" greeting on the card front, you'll most likely need to use the Stamp-a-ma-jig to correctly place the greeting on the cardstock. The Whisper White cardstock was matted with a slightly larger piece of Melon Mambo cardstock and adhered near the upper center of the inside sentiment area of the card.
The sitting piggy image (minus the greeting) was stamped at the lower left front corner of the Medium Whisper White Envelope. The sitting piggy image was stamped on a piece of Powder Pink cardstock using Basic Black Archival ink, cut out with Paper Snips, and adhered over the piggy stamped on the envelope. A Blender Pen was used to color the image stamped on the envelope: Soft Suede for the ground and Old Olive for the grass sprigs. Of course, you wouldn't be able to place this envelope in the mail with the cut out piggy adhered to the front of the envelope because it would likely be caught in the mail sorting machine. An alternative would be to color the piggy stamped on the envelope with the Blender Pen and Powder Pink ink.
This simple pop-up mechanism can be used for most small images. For larger images, you can enlarge the width of the mechanism to provide a more substantial area to adhere your popped-up images and use a stronger adhesive to adhere the mechanism to the inside of the card like Multipurpose Liquid or Tear & Tape. Give it a try!
Card Measurements --
Thick Whisper White: 4-1/4" x 11" scored at 5-1/2" along the 11" length; Powder Pink: 2 @ 2" x 2", 2" x 2-1/2"; Soft Suede: 1-1/4" x 1-1/2"; Old Olive: 3/4" x 1-1/2"; Melon Mambo: 7/8" x 1-1/4"; Whisper White: 7/16" x 2-1/8", 3/4" x 1", 3/4" x 1-1/8", 3/4" x 3" scored at 3/4", 1-1/2", and 2-1/4"; Burlap ribbon: 3"
Supplies I used to make this card --
Stamps: This Little Piggy; Inks: Basic Black Archival, Melon Mambo, Old Olive, Soft Suede, Tangerine Tango; Stampin' Write Markers: Basic Black; Cardstock: Melon Mambo, Old Olive, Powder Pink, Soft Suede, Whisper White, Thick Whisper White; Embellishments: Burlap ribbon; Adhesives: SNAIL, Mini Glue Dots; Tools: Stampin' Trimmer, Simply Scored Scoring Tool, Bone Folder, Paper Snips, Blender Pens, Stamp-a-ma-jig; Other: Medium Whisper White Envelope