Having a puffy 3D element is an interesting feature to add onto a card which is what I have worked on for this design. There are 5 puffy spots that you can poke around!
The fabric that shields the hollow die cuts is the same hankie used on these balloons. I stuffed the letters on the back with cotton wool saved from my kelp supplement bottles.
I chose the word “Today” because there are no repeat letters so I could die cut all letters at one go, which later led me into making it a fill-in-the-blank-kind-of-card that should serve alright for any occasion. To make the periods, I first pasted double-sided adhesive behind a separate piece of the fabric then die cut six small circles – three for the front, the other three inside the card. I simply drew a line next to the periods inside the card to fulfill the fill-in-the-blank requirement. More details are described below.
- Align alphabet dies on grid paper, with cut side down. Paste a strip of Post-It tape across the whole word and pick it up.
- Align the die strip onto cardstock and die cut. I did a test run first on scrap paper to see if the letters looked alright.
- Lay a piece of fabric behind all the letters, and adhere loosely onto the cardstock so that the fabric has some give room to accommodate cotton wool.
- Place enough cotton wool in each letter slot so that it looks “stuffed”.
- Place a small piece of cardstock over the cotton wool. Glue down the cardstock. I applied glue on the top and bottom, leaving the sides out. A total of 3 pieces of cardstock was pasted across the five letters.
- I wanted the card panel to have diagonal sides (like a parallelogram) so I drew pencil lines and trimmed along them.
- On a new strip of cardstock, place and align the die strip, and die cut.
- Next, watercolours in brown and a little black were painted on the strip.
- Align and paste strip over the panel. Trim the excess on the strip so that it has diagonal sides as well.
- Adhere panel onto card base.
- Die cut six small circles from the fabric. I had an double-sided adhesive sheet pasted behind the fabric before die cutting the circles. Then die cut six more circles on plain cardstock. Adhere the fabric circles onto the cardstock. I do this for added opacity as the fabric is thin.
- Paste 3 circles on the front panel. Paste the remaining three inside the card and with a ruler, draw a line across the card with a black marker.