After cutting and scoring my Crumb Cake CS piece for the card base I stamped the SU! Hardwood stamp several times using Soft Suede ink. I just LOVE this stamp! I then used my Hero Arts & Sizzix 'Flower Garden' stamp and die combo set. I stamped the flowers, bees and the ladybird onto watercolour paper, die cut them and added colour with inks and a waterbrush. I added Glossy Accents to the ladybird body and Star Dust Stickles to the bee wings. I also added tiny gems to the bee eyes. Using a dauber I sponged Soft Suede ink around the back panel and the fold down flaps to add a bit of definition. I punched a strip of Old Olive CS using a grass punch and wrapped it around the 3 sides. I glued my crossbar pieces inside the box and attached my flowers. I punched 2 small strips of grass to cover the front of the 2 crossbar pieces. I popped one bee up onto the back panel, I attached the other 2 bees to strips of acetate and adhered them inside the box. I popped up the ladybird at the bottom, popped up the sentiment and added a die cut and embossed butterfly.
Here's a close up of the flowers and bees.
Here's the back panel and the envelope.
This photo shows the card-in-a-box folded up on top of the envelope. When making these you need to be mindful of placing your elements so that the card fits inside your chosen envelope. As I was working on the card I kept checking the placement against the envelope and I did need to reposition a flower and a bee!
After Jan had finished making her card she was not 100% happy with how she'd stamped the wood effect on the fold down flaps as there was a bit of a gap towards the top. So she decided to punch more grass and glue that to the top of the flaps. What an effective solution - it looked great! Only thing was - she glued the grass pieces to my card instead of her own! Bless her, she was mortified but I assured her I was more than happy with the end result. Jan only realised when she'd glued two grass pieces on and found herself thinking "I know I was adding these grass bits to cover up gaps - but where are the gaps?" We did have a good chuckle about it! When the 3 of us get together we craft, we eat lunch and, of course, there's lots of chatting and laughing. There well may have been a distraction somewhere along the line methinks!
Stamps: Hero Arts/Sizzix 'Flower Garden' stamp & die combo set, SU! 'Hardwood' stamp & 'Itty Bitty Banners' set, Penny Black 'Great Day'
CS: SU! Crumb Cake, Old Olive, Daffodil Delight, Melon Mambo & Whisper White, watercolour paper, acetate
Ink: VersaFine Spanish Moss & Onyx Black, SU! Baked Brown Sugar, Daffodil Delight, Melon Mambo, Old Olive, Pool Party, Primrose Petals, Real Red, Smoky Slate & Soft Suede
Tools: SU! score board, SU! paper trimmer, dies from Hero Arts/Sizzix 'Flower Garden' stamp & die combo set, SU! Beautiful Wings Embosslits die, Martha Stewart Grass border punch, circle punches, waterbrush, sponge dauber
Embellishments & accessories: Ranger Glossy Accents, Star Dust Stickles, rhinestones, SU! Dimensionals