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This little fox is so insanely cute. I LOVE die cutting and putting the pieces together to create fun elements for cards. When I saw this fox die set, I had to have it. I wanted to create some autumn thankful cards with these foxes, but these cards could work as non-autumn-themed thank you cards as well.
The first thing I did was cut out all of the individual pieces from the die set in different colors of cardstock. I used Gina K. Designs Sweet Corn, Tangerine Twist, Tomato Soup, and Dark Chocolate cardstock for my fox. I adhered all of the pieces with Gina K. Designs Connect Glue, which is absolutely amazing for little die cut pieces like these. It dries rather quickly, but I had the perfect amount of time to wiggle my pieces around before I was happy with where they were.
I wanted to create a little scene on the front of my card, so I die-cut some Lawn Fawn stitched hills with Gina K. Designs Grass Green cardstock. I gathered the pieces I would need for my card front and laid them out to get an idea of what the assortment would look like.
I decided to sponge a cloud-like background using sponge daubers and dye ink. The two colors I was debating on using for my sky were Powder Blue and Ocean Mist. I went with Powder Blue because it has a true,sky blue hue, while Ocean Mist has a touch of green.
I ripped apart several pieces of heavy weight cardstock (although it doesn’t need to be heavy) to use as masks for my sponging so I could create a cloudy background. There is no rhyme or reason for the ripping, but the more rounded they are, the more cloud-like they are. I had the hardest time ripping my pieces to be how I wanted them. My cardstock panel looks like a mountain range!
On a blank piece of white cardstock (cut to 3.75″ x 5″), hold one of the ‘cloud masks’ over part of the cardstock, leaving about a half inch of space at the top. Rub your sponge dauber into the ink pad, and using circular motions, gently sponge the color over the top of the cardstock. When the top of your cardstock is saturated, move your mask down, angling it a bit so that your clouds are not uniform. You will notice that the paper is blue with a harsh white line where the mask stopped the ink. Sponge over the white space, not using as heavy a hand as the sides and top of the cardstock. Repeat this process all the way down. There is no right or wrong to this! Isn’t Powder Blue the most beautiful sky color?
I arranged my little scene on the sponged background, making sure that everything would fit and look nice. I taped my hills to the bottom of my cloud background, leaving the edges hanging off. Once they were adhered (and glue dried!), I trimmed off each edge. This is pretty thick to cut with a paper cutter, so I recommend using a guillotine for this. I then adhered my fox and the little mushrooms.
I heat embossed my ‘Thankful’ greeting (from Melanie Muenchinger’s ‘Men of Faith’ set) onto vellum using white embossing powder from Gina K. I could have just embossed the greeting directly onto the background, but I thought it would be fun to try using the vellum. I found out that Connect Glue is a great adhesive to use with vellum. I don’t recommend using it on the blank vellum, however, because it can be seen through. It is better to put tiny little dots of glue right behind the heat embossed words.
I decided to create a second card with these fox dies, using only the head. I wanted to create a folksy autumn pattern for my background, so I used the small stamps from the Autumn Wreath Builder. I used my stamp set, “Thankful & Blessed” for the greeting since it fills the space well and adds hand lettered whimsy to the card.
I was really in the mood for tiny cards, so I cut some Gina K. Designs heavy base weight white cardstock to 3.75″ x 5″. I think this may be my new favorite card size! I used a fun, autumn-themed color palette using Gina K. inks.
- Sweet Corn
- Peach Bellini
- Tomato Soup
- Grass Green
- Jelly Bean Green
- Honey Mustard
I used an acrylic block to stamp the little images in a random pattern, being careful to fill in all the spots. I used a Copper metallic Gelly Roll pen and Stardust Gelly Roll pen to fill in some areas with little dots. This filled in the blank space and made my pattern look a little more cohesive, while at the same time adding shimmer and shine.
I used Gina K. Black Onyx ink to stamp my greeting using my MISTi, which really came in handy. I had a hard time stamping my greeting over the metallic dots I made, so double stamping really helped make my image a little more solid.
I die cut my fox head from foam adhesive so I would have an even amount of ‘puff’, but you could also use foam squares or foam strips.
I hope you enjoyed these little fox cards. Let me know what you think in the comments!
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