This was the more difficult card that we made at the Essex stamp club meeting last week. I saw a YouTube video shared by another demonstrator and was inspired to create my own using the measurements that she provided. I do enjoy looking around on the internet for inspiration that I can incorporate when I’m designing. There are so many amazingly creative people that share! I walked the gals through the assembly, and they all did great!

The front die-cut opening is flipped and used on the front of the z-fold strip that holds the various art pieces. We stamped on a white die-cut piece for the front and two rectangular panels. Due to the 3-D effect on this card it is challenging to capture it all with a photograph. We had fun with balloons and the awesome greetings in the Picture Perfect Birthday stamp set. I did torture the ladies by having them hand-draw the strings on the balloons with a Basic Black marker. They freaked out a little bit, and then they did great!

I have a tip for you for adhering these pretty sequins to the card. Don’t get me wrong, glue dots and especially the self-adhesive sequins that are in the Occasions catalog do work great. But… you can use up a lot of dots, and sometimes they are too big for the sequin that you’re adhering. So, the Fine Tip Glue pen is perfect for this job. It dries clear (albeit shiny, so you don’t want to overdo it if you can avoid it), and it dries pretty quickly. I put down a dab of the glue, place a sequin, and do over and over. You want to let it sit for a couple of minutes to dry before moving the project around, but it doesn’t take too long. The biggest challenge with this glue is getting the top back on (there is a needle-like metal piece that inserts into the center of the tip to keep it from clogging).

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