Tuesday, April 17, 2018

Faith, Hope and Courage - Designer Challenge by Judi Kauffman, Guest Designer

A big thank you to Judi Kauffman for standing in for this month's Elizabeth Craft Design's Designer Challenge!  This month's challenge was to create something using the Scissor Spring Mechanism and Judi has created this beautiful heartfelt project that is lighthearted, too.
For today's challenge Elizabeth Craft Designs is giving away a $20 Gift Card to use on their website to 3 winners

To enter simply leave a comment on the Elizabeth CraftDesigns Facebook Giveaway Blog Post or the Elizabeth Craft Designs Challenge post and tell us What Elizabeth Craft Designs dies or stamp sets would you use with the Scissor Spring Mechanism die set to create a card, scrapbook layout of home decor item?

We will select 3 lucky winners in a random drawing 

The winners will be announced on Friday, April 20th on the Elizabeth Craft Designs Blog and our Facebook page.
And now to Judi's project!

I knew immediately that I wanted to make something for a childhood pal who has just gotten a scary health diagnosis, hence the words Faith, Hope, and Courage. I added a butterfly because of the lightness and beauty it provides and chose spring colors to match the optimistic nature of the season.

I decided to die cut the scissor springs from Shimmer Sheetz because it’s so sturdy – (it’s Mylar), and used Shimmer Sheetz to add sparkle throughout the project in other ways, too. Tip: Practice with cardstock first to get the hang of how to assemble and fold the mechanism.

When the card is closed it wants to pop open all by itself, so I’m going to hold it flat for mailing with a large star-shaped paper clip – though I’ve been thinking that perhaps a ribbon or cardstock band would be good alternatives. What do you think???

I chose the Dashing Circles die set for the shaped card. The card base, the decorative circle on the card front and beneath the springs are glittered cardstock, as are the words Hope and Courage and the butterfly. The sparkly circle that lines the inside flap (the top part of the card when it is open (see photo below) and the equally sparkly circles that hold the words and butterfly are Shimmer Sheetz.

Three things that are vital to this project:

1. You MUST use a metal adaptor plate or Big Shot machine with Precision Base Plate to die cut Shimmer Sheetz. Review Els van de Burgt’s YouTube tutorial if you are new to this technique.

2. Do NOT try to glue the Scissor Spring Mechanisms to the card and to the circles with wet glue. Use snippets of Tombow Xtreme Adhesive Tabs (cut with non-stick scissors). They are the perfect choice and hold like a bulldog with a bone in its mouth – not letting go!

3. The card base is die cut with the fold positioned inside the die during cutting, leaving a 2” fold across the top.


Elizabeth Craft Designs:

Faith  Faith at Quietfire
Hope   Hope at Quietfire
Courage   Courage at Quietfire
Butterfly Flourish  Butterfly Flourish at Quietfire
Shimmer Sheetz in Blue Iridescent and Turquoise Gemstone
Tombow Xtreme Adhesive Tabs
Non-stick scissors
Foam tape
Sanding block (optional: To tone down sparkle on Shimmer Sheetz circles)
Glittered cardstock in pale teal and lavender (or colors of choice

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