Hello ScrapbookPal friends! Here's a card I made for the ScrapbookPal Design Team using some wonderful new dies designed by Josh Griffiths for Sizzix. I love the Skyline Silhouettes set. Each die is about 4 3/4 inches long, so plenty wide enough for a standard A2 cardfront with portrait orientation. You could also repeat the cut several times, side by side, for endless possibilities. The die will cut any height you need, depending on where you place it on your cardstock. You can also use the "negative space" piece with many of these dies, as I did with the darker green cardstock. These dies will also be great to use to make your own stencils. I think this is a very versatile set, and I'm glad I have it in my stash now. I'm sure it will be used often!
I also used the Signs for Success stamps and framelits, and the Forest Animals #1 dies. I started by just playing around with the Skyline Silhouettes landscape dies, to see what they looked like, and to get some inspiration. I used a piece of Neenah Classic Crest Solar White cardstock for the base, to help me get a feel for the card design. I soon decided to cut the clouds out of vellum, and layer them, flipping one of them backwards for more variation. I really hadn't planned on using the cityscape die, but when I cut it out of dark gray cardstock, I really liked it! Then the idea started to come together for me... some of the forest animals might be headed off to the big city for an adventure! I decided to finish up my background by using Distress Oxide Ink in Broken China to color the sky. I layered the clouds, the city, and the green treelines. I edged one of the treeline pieces with Rustic Wilderness Distress Oxide so it would stand out and not get lost. I planned to use a lighter color green cardstock for the foreground of the card, where my sign would be.
Next I started to put the Signs for Success die together. I didn't glue the pieces together, because I wasn't sure exactly how or where it would fit on the card. I die cut the individual sign boards out of different brown and tan cardstock, and then stamped the sentiments. In hindsight, I should have stamped first, and die cut second, but this worked out fine. I just couldn't fit "New Beginnings" on the pieces I had cut, so I just inked the word "Beginnings" and used that.
Since the sign was going to be pretty large compared to the size of the card, it became the focal point. I chose one of the smaller animals from the Forest Animals #1 set. I thought the mouse was super cute, and happened to be looking up, like he could be looking up at the sign, before embarking on his adventure to the big city. When I was putting the mouse together, I thought the eye was too small. I wanted him to have a big, beady, wide-eyed look! Instead of using the mouse eye, I used the fox's eye and nose. I thought it would be really cute to have him carrying an old fashioned stick with his belongings tied up in a piece of cloth. I used the butterfly die, and part of the acorn die, to make a little cloth sack. I added a thin strip of cardstock for the stick. It came out better than I thought it would!
I attached the sign and the mouse to the card with some Scrapbook Adhesives thin foam dimensional squares. I layered a piece of brown cardstock behind my cardfront, and mounted it to a kraft cardstock base.
This card came together pretty easily once I figured out the design. I think it would be a great graduation card, or a card for a someone who might be moving. Thank you for reading my blog post. All of the supplies are listed below, and available at ScrapbookPal.com!