Monday, March 24, 2014

Spring Cottage Shelf Card


I tried my hand at a Shelf Card for my Mom's birthday this year.  I haven't seen many of these types of cards and those I have seen don't have very good measurements or very great assembly instructions so I came up with my own version.  Once the card is assembled it does lay flat for mailing but requires a larger envelope than the standard size.
Here is a view of what the finished card looks like from the side.  The base of the card is made up of 5 pieces, each meant to be a step down from the prior; leaving you with tons of space to decorate!

Once the base of the card was assembled the real fun in decorating began!  I envisioned a quaint little cottage scene with lots of Spring flowers, a fence, and of course, a pond with a lily pad!  The cottage itself has many freehand cuts, as does the pond, but most of the elements seen on the card are created with punch art.


Stamp sets: Apothecary Art
Cardstock: Soft Sky Subtles DSP stack, Pear Pizazz Subtles DSP stack, Pear Pizzaz, Whisper White, Smoky Slate, Gumball Green, Strawberry Slush, Blushing Bride, Daffodil Delight, Bermuda Bay, Soft Sky, Basic Gray
Ink: Strawberry Slush
Punches: 1/2" circle, 3/4" circle, Boho Blossoms, Owl Builder, Cupcake Builder
Bigshot: Little Leaves Sizzlits, Adorning Accents, Window Frame Framelits
Accessories: Basic Gray marker, Crystal Effects, Multi-purpose glue, Stampin' Dimensionals, Stylus tool, Foam Mat, Sticky Strip

I am working on creating a printable template for my version of this Step Card that I hope to post later on in the week.  I will definitely be creating more of these cards - I love the 3D element but in collapsible format for easy mailing and gift giving! 

Until next time...
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Roberta said...

What an amazing card! It's beautiful. Looks like you worked hard on it.

bizestampin said...

Melissa great job love love love it! wish I was as creative!
Debi Pippin

Beth Norman-Roberts said...

Excellent work. So intricate. You never cease to amaze me with your talent. This card is stunning.

stampingvickisvisions said...

LOVE this you really did a great job on this! I haven't seen any cards anything like this. I;ll be looking forward to your directions later this week. You're work is wonderful and I come to your page again and again. Thanks for sharing.

claudia said...

What an amazing card!!!!! Beautiful and creative. How long did it take ????

Melissa Banbury said...

The template took the longest to create - the decorating itself took approx 1 1/2 hours start to finish. Thanks for the lovely comments!!

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