So many of you enjoyed my 3-D Easter card tutorial that I thought I should share a few tips that I learned from making several of them. I made a total of 6 cards and I am working on one more that will be sent belatedly to my Tyler and Gigi in Texas.
I matched the details of each card to the person it was intended for, and as I got more and more into it, I learned a few tricks and developed some techniques that perfected the design. If you remember from my last post, when I made the card for Laura, I tied a sweet ribbon on the bottom (you can see it above -it's the blue one). I loved the look, so when I made the card for my sister-in-law, Saci, I decided to do the same. I just love that cheerful polka dot ribbon! Saci is an avid gardener, so it was natural that her card should get some really nice flowers, and she had mentioned that she loves Irises. I love the bunny I added to the middle layer, don't you? So as I decorated the front of the card, I added a few blades of "grass" and decided that I loved the look.
That prompted me to add even more grass to Ildi's card: I love the look of Rigel sitting in the grass...such an improvement over my original design! Ildi always loved little chicks when she was a tyke, so I embellished her card with this cute chickie. The bee is a nod to my bee-loving dad.
By now, I got really good at making "grass"! I didn't have access to the fringe scissors that I used with the two original cards, so I developed a method of fringing with fine tip scissors. After cutting the zig-zags out of the green paper, I fine-cut little slits close together to create the fringe. Then I went back and cut again, this time moving the grass back & forth willy-nilly to create irregular random patterns. I love the look!
By Jackie's card I became an expert grass-cutter! I crunched the grass down a bit to add dimension...see how cool it looks to "tuck-in" the flowers & the eggs? Jackie loves birds, so I fussy-cut some lovely birds on branches that really add a nice dimension to the card. The flowers I used here were a Christmas stocking gift from Tyler & Gigi...thought they were adorable with their little blinged-out centers!
Of course Jessica's card was also going to go to Rigel, so it had to be really special:
Rigel, the fledgling weatherman, had to get a sun! I loved the white Easter bunny, and the "chocolate" Easter bunny in the box is just too cute! Jessica loves dragonflies, so that was important to add. But look at the grass! Doesn't the layering of the different colors of green add to the 3-D magic? Just love the way this turned out! Look how the foreground has evolved from this -the original design:
So what else did I learn from the process? Here are some tips:
1. Try to match the brads to the color of your foreground paper...they seem to be better if they "disappear". (I tried fancy flower brads, but they distracted from the overall scene.)
2. Make the background interesting & dimensional by adding clouds, birds, butterflies & dragonflies.
3. Layer the grass with different colors of green on all 3 layers for added interest and dimension.
4. Place some embellishments that jut into the opening of the front frame -it adds to the 3-D magic.
So I've figured out why I love these cards so much. Remember the diorama sugar eggs that we used to get as kids? The ones with the little magical 3-D scenes inside? Back-in-the-day they were quite intricate and delicate, and I was mesmerized by them.
As you're creating these cards, just imagine the magical impact of those sugar eggs and it will lead you to create magic of your own! I know Easter is over, but you could make similar cards for May Day or Mothers Day (just omit the Easter embellies and add more flowers & garden tools)!
Happy Spring! -Enikö