Saturday, February 20, 2016

Twirling Ballerinas Card

This is one of those cards that start out as a very simple idea and evolve into something much more elaborate..

Disclaimer: All images that feature original OAK Tree Stamps content are watermarked due to some copycatting experienced in the past. I apologize if you cannot see images well enough.

I used the Electronic Dies that OAK tree gives for free on the store, the Moody Ballerina Stamp Set and the Moody Ballerina's Expansion Pack digital files. You can get all three products for $8.25 (a 50% discount) No Discount Code needed. The stamp set is 30% off  using the discount code TWIRLING.

There are three panels on this card:
Left panel or frame: it holds the ballerinas' strings, the curtains in front and the sentiment on top. 
Center panel: a white panel with two flaps on the sides to hold the left and right panel. 
Right panel or stage: holds the paper pieced stage floor and back curtain.
The four ballerinas were stamped on Copic's Xpress Blending Card using Tsukineko's Memento Black Tuxedo Die Ink. I love the fact that this cardstock holds color and allows blending beautifully.

I colored the images using 3 tones for each color, applying my lighter color first and blending with the darker with a medium tone. I drew some highlights with a Sakura white gel pen and applied two coats of Clear Wink of Stella to the dresses to make them shiny

The back of the girls are part of the print then Cut expansion set released this week. They were printed on a Brother Laser Printer and cut on my Cricut. After that, they were colored using the same technique described above.
To join the fronts to the back I used a Xyron X Sticker maker. It is the first time I use this device and let me tell you, I'll be using it a lot more. I sandwiched a red thread between both sides to hold the ballerinas and allow them to spin. 
Now for the curtains. They were cut out of Neenah Creative Collection Classics Specialty Cardstock in Re-Entry Red color. It is a lighter weight cardstock that allows layers to be glued on top of one another without making it too bulky. 

They were inked using Aged Mahogany Distress ink using a mini blending tool and the highlights were made using a Cretacolor White Chalk Pencil  blended with the tip of my finger to make it look softer and in a certain way, more real. I glued them using an Aleene's Tacky Glue Pen and did the same for the top half circle embellishments. I then glued them on top of the front frame. 
I then attached the top red panel to the backing of the frame using score tape and once you place the strings of the ballerinas, join both sides of the frame using score tape also. 
The sentiment is two layers of white cardstock and a layer of sliver glitter DCWV cardstock on top. I glued them using a wet glue since it hardens the thin die cut when dried. Finally, I popped it using very thin pieces of foam tape. I will never get tired of saying it, this cardstock is awesome!

The right panel or Stage. I'm very proud of this one.
The curtains are made from the same Neenah Creative Red cardstock was inked using a piece of scrap cardstock as a guide to simulate the folds of the back curtain. This time I used a Dauber that for smaller details. I also used the white chalk pencil to add highlights. 

The floor is a light brown 65 lb cardstock. I scored vertical lines in a fan patter fashion using my scoring board and then I inked it using Vintage Photo Distress ink. I then drew the texture using the tip of my bone folder to create thin woodlike lines that are seen when light hits the surface. 
Both peices were glued to the right panel with my ATG gun.

I wanted to keep the inner sentiment simple and encouraging.
Since The Center Panel is larger than what Cricut allows for Print Then Cut, I include this panel as a PDF file so you can print it and cut it using a paper trimmer.
To finish the card, use score tape to join the left and right panels to the center one.
Before sending this card, make sure to twist the ballerinas and close the card, that way when your recipient get it, all the little girls will twirl frantically.

I hope you like this card as much I do. Just make sure to place your ballerinas in the right position. I goofed a little and the right most touches the one to the left and  keeps it from turning correctly. I might disassemble it and re do it... Maybe not, I love this little accidents. 


  1. Import SVG files in DS
  2. Cut
  3. Print Center panel from PDF file and cut manually following the outside line
  4. Assemble
  5. Enjoy!

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