On our first night in Salt Lake City my roommates and I attended a Shoebox Swap – I already wrote one post about it – Click Here – and shared the card.  But I wanted to give you the instructions on how I made this card.  I call it a peek-a-boo card – because the inside of the card peeks through to the front.  Here is the finished card again –

And now some instructions on how to actually make it –

1. Cut the base of the card which is So Saffron to 4-1/4″ by 10″ and score at 5-1/2″ so you have a card that opens on the right side with a short front.

2.  Use the 2-1/2″ Circle Punch and push it all the way in from the end of the short card front to punch the circle.  Here is a picture.

So you end of with this.  Basically I cut down the front so that I could get the punched hole close to the center then I build the front of the card back up.

3.  I stamped the front  with the Creative Elements stamp set and spritzed the front of the card using a Color Spritzer and my Stampin’ Write Markers – So Saffron and Soft Suede.

4.  To build up the front of the card I used a strip of Cherry Cobbler that was stamped with the border image, and a strip of Soft Suede that was punched with the Scallop Trim Border Punch.  Glue the two strips together and then glue them to the front of the card lining up with the back to make the front of the card be even.

  5.  To finish the front I cut a Scallop Circle using the Big Shot Die Cut machine and the Scallop Circle #2 die – the larger circle is the one I used.  This was cut from Soft Suede card stock.  Then insert the scallop circle into the 2-1/2″ Circle punch – push it all the way in and then center it to punch the circle.  I centered it by having about 3 scallops show out on either side of my punch.

6.  Then glue the scallop circle to the front of the card matching it up with the circle that you punched out of the front.  This creates the frame.

7.  To create the flower I used the Rock ‘n Roll technique – ink the flower first in So Saffron ink and then roll the edges in Soft Suede ink.  Stamp on Whisper White and cut out. 

8.  To finish the inside of the card I cut a Whisper White circle using the Big Shot Die Cut machine and the 3″ Circle punch.  Stamp this piece with the vine image in So Saffron, the create image in Soft Suede, add spritzing with the Stampin’ Write markers, and sponging around the edges.  Glue the cut flower to the circle.

9.  Finally cut some butterflies with the Big Shot Die Cut machine and the Beautiful Wings Embosslit – the tiny one is glued to the inside circle and the large one has Linen Thread wrapped around the center and then attached to the front of the card on the frame using a Stampin’ Dimensional.

Hopefully all that makes sense and the pictures help you understand.

And how about some pictures of us at the actual shoebox swap –

Tuesday night Shoebox Swap

Dawn and Cindy at the Shoebox Swap

Monika and Michele at the Shoebox Swap

Sherri the swap organizer at the end of the night resting her feet

We had a lot of fun!  And got a lot of great cards in the process.  The room is divided into two sections so we stamp all the cards on one half of the room and we get finished cards for the other half of the room.  Sherri has snacks for us and gives away prizes!  I won a package of the Big Top Designer Series paper.

Thanks for visiting!