Wednesday, January 30, 2013

Year of the Monkey Blog Hop

Hi Everyone, I am very excited to be one of the participants in the Sister Stamps Zodiac hop for Release #11: Year of the Monkey and Year of the Sheep. These stamps are available for purchase on February 1, 2012.  For this card, the style is called a "Shadow Box Card" . The tutorial for this card can be found on Split Coast Stampers here. I have used a combination of a Silhouette Cut File, SCAL (Sure Cuts a Lot) Cut file, embossing folder, and die to make this card.............somehow it got a bit complex.............finished card size is 5-1/2" x 4-1/4. card base is Black color.
Top view of the card: 
Back view is solid black:
When the card is completely flat, the width is 7-1/2" The black lattice frame is from the Silhouette Store here. It was easy to cut the Gold mat (paper from Recollections Metallic paper pack) behind the lattice frame by tweaking the Silhouette Lattice frame cut file. The red paper is embossed using the Cuttlebug Asian Folders. The hexagon shape is using SU Naturals Ivory Card Stock cut using the available shapes from the SCAL library. The Monkey Kanji was a file found on line and cut using my SCAL/Silhouette.
The Sister's Year of the Monkey Copic color details: E34, E31, E42, R21, R20. After cutting, he is popped with some foam squares. The Cherry Blossom was made using the Memory Box Woodland Branch in Brown card stock. The flowers are Punch Bunch Cherry Blossoms with red lined centers. Adhere these small flowers randomly with dots of wet adhesive.
Two Memory Box Woodland Branches were cut. One used for the inside.  The other was cut in half, used for the top and used for the bottom.
Here's the cute Monkey playing with some Cherry Blossoms (so sorry he is out of focus):
Components to make this card:
(2) 4-1/4" x 7-1/2"
(2) 3/4" x 4-1/8" Red Embossed Panels
(1) 4-1/4" x 4-1/2" Center Red inside panel: emboss
(1) 4" x 4-1/2" Gold Mat
(1) 4" x 4-1/2" Black Lattice Frame
(2) 1-7/16" Black Hexagon mat 
(2) 1-5/16: SU Naturals Ivory Hexagon computer generated message with Kanji cut.

For this specific shadow box card, the measurements used are as follows:
Cut (2) 4-1/4" x 7-1/2", score on the 7-1/2" side @7/8, 1-3/8", 6-1/8", 6-5/8"
Cut a window in one of the 4-1/4" x 7-1/2" panels.

Sticky tape is used to make the shadow box.  Foam square/Dimensionals are added to the Monkey image and Hexagon shapes.

To make the flowers, use a Punch Bunch Cherry Blossom punch. Then use a red ink pen to make the centers. If you have a rounded tip and a mouse/foam pad, then you can punch down to pop the flowers up to be more realistic.

This photo is a bit out of focus but hopefully it will show how the inside branch is positioned: 1-3/8" from the top edge, adhere with wet adhesive so the branch "floats" in between the panels. Then sandwich the front and back panels with the sticky tape.

 Stay tuned tomorrow for the Year of the Sheep image being released at this same time as the Year of the Monkey. Hope you enjoyed this project. Happy crafting to all of you.
Please join the others who are participating in this exciting release for the Year of the Monkey and Sheep:


eunice said...

Fabulous shadowbox card, Patti! The sakura branches look great together with the little monkey image, and oh my, I really love that frame you added. Gotta hop on over to the Silhouette store to check that one out!

Debi said...

Wow, everything is in the details! Adorable!

Jenny said...

Amazing- I think you out did yourself! I can't stop drooling over that border! You are making this monkey shine!!

Laura said...

Wow! Your cards are always so amazing!

Jan Castle said...

Oh sooooo cute Patti!

SuiLan said...

I love seeing what you create and this card is shadowbox card is awesome!

StampinwithAloha said...

Amazingly cute!

Carla said...

As always...just wonderful Patti.
I love coming to your blog to see what you have created.

Allison said...

Hi Patti! This is another great creation! I just wanted to let you know how much I enjoy following your blog. I especially love all your Asian themed items. Your projects have so much detail and I really appreciate how you show step by step detail of how you created everything. You are amazing!! =)