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Sunday, 17 July 2011

Opus Gluei Challenge #109 Beat the Heat.

This fortnight's Opus Gluei Challenge is to Beat the Heat.
You have until 30 July 2011 to dazzle us with your scorching project.

I'd also like to enter this card in the Sir Stampalot Anything goes Challenge.

I was so lucky because Spanky knew the answer to this straight away.
Her advice is to stay in the fridge during the day and come out to play at night when you can comfortably rush about with the wind in your fur being all windswept and dangerous.

So that's what I did, I created a night scene.
I've provided the scene but you've got to provide the windswept and dangerousness 'cos I'm too shy. *cough*

This is an aperture easel card that I came up with.
Now whilst I love aperture cards, I don't like the way you can't control the position of the card flaps on a standard card to display the scene through the aperture correctly.

Click on any picture to make it bigger.

The stamps are all Stampotique Originals. I've used Daniel Torrente's Tree and some of Jo Capper-Sandon's wonderful stamps, Wee Owl (he's sitting on the tree), Owl with wings (he's peeping out around the aperture, and he has separate wings so he can be coy like this or in full flight etc whatever takes your fancy) and Small moon.
This is a tribute to Jo as she did a similar layout on her triptych card here.
I used basic grey papers and lots of Nesties; Circles, Lacy circles, Fancy Tags and Fancy Tags 2 and a Martha Stewart butterfly punch.
I coloured with Derwent Inktense pencils.

How to make this card so it'll fold down properly to fit in the envelop.
Take two square card blanks.
Stick one flap of each card blank to each other so you have a 3 flap card.
In the picture I have used a white card blank and a red card blank to make it clearer. Click on the pictures to make them bigger.

If needed cut 1 to 2 millimeters off the front edge of the aperture panel so that the card will fold down on itself to fit in it's envelop.
Stick dimensional embelishments on the horizontal card flap to hold the easel in place. Now the aperture sits exactly where you want it so your view through the aperture is in the correct place.

To fold the card up, allow the aperture flap to fold down inside the card like this.

I was so pleased with how well this card works.
But if you know of any other way of creating this type of card I'd love to hear about it so please leave me a link in the comments.

Happy creating!


Electra said...

I have another way of creating this card, Gini: Go to the store and buy one.
You have way more patience than I and you always make the most wonderful creations, and give us the best tutorials! This is no exception. I LOVE the peeking owl!


Gini - I can totally vouch for the beauty of this wonderful card. It is truly gorgeous, and fun at the same time - the night scene really draws you in, and every piece of detail has been perfectly crafted. Thank you so much.

Love and hugs, Sylvia xxx
PS: Hope you had an enjoyable day.

Karen said...

he he I love how big owl looks like he is curtain twitching!!! Gorgeous card honey xxx

Lynne K said...

Aperture easel card - brilliant! One of those "why didn't I think of that?" ideas! A lovely design too.

Thanks so much for sharing it (and the tutorial) with us at Sir Stampalot this month and good luck.
Lynne x

pinky said...

Absolutely brilliant work!! Thanks for joining us at Sir Stampalot this month.

chris said...

so very special.
Thanks for joining us in the Sir Stampalot Challenge.
Hugs Chris xx

Sally H said...

Fabulous card! I love the design and those stamps are fabulous! Thanks for joining us at Sir stampalot this month and good luck!

Tracy said...

Thanks for joining Sir Stampalot’s challenge with this great entry, good luck.
Happy crafting
Tracy x

1CardCreator said...

I love this card! Thank you so much for sharing how you made it. Thanks for your sweet comment on my blog too, much appreciated.

Francesca said...

Fantastic creation
Thanks for joining us at Sir Stampalot challenge this month
and good luck!


Sherry Edwards said...

Beautiful card Gini - love the owls, I've never tried to make one of these cards, don't think I'd have the patience - my brain gets a little confused (I never could work out those Krypton Factor challenges!)
Sylvia's Mother .... Dr Hook, loved them always cheeky but good!

Sherry :)

Kaz said...

Love it!! You've made it brilliantly and thanks for those instructions xxx

Linda said...

Clever girl.....another winner :-)
Tell Spanky I'm finding the nights rather warm too......

Deena said...

that peeka boo owl is awesome! love the whole way that this card goes...great job!