Bitten By the Bug 2 Spring Equinox

The challenge for Bitten By the Bug 2 is Spring Equinox.  They are also teaming up this period with Double Trouble Challenge Blogspot to give even more inspiration.

It is no secret that I love box cards and made this one for my daughter-in-law.  However her birthday is in November and I decided this was too Springy and made her a different one.  I liked this one so much, that I kept it myself although it might get sent to someone in the future.

Garden Box Card

It starts with an file from svgcuts.com called Tulip Box Card found here. It is also part of a group of cuts called Springtime Box cards.  I highly recommend the whole group of cards.  While I liked the tulips, I really wanted more variety in the card, so I used a plain square and the slice feature to crop off the flowers from the first two rows of the card.  I used a climbing rose and hummingbird from the Cricut cartridge called Art Nouveau.  It has some really beautiful images.  The daffodils come from the cartridge Spring Cottage. One thing I have learned from making svgcuts box cards is that adding a base to the individual rows adds a lot of stability to the images and lets them really stand up.  To do that I take the base layer from the image I want and duplicate it.  I then position it on the inside base for the row I want it to appear and weld it to that bridge.  The climbing rose had a fairly thin stem, so I added another layer to glue to the back and help stabilize it.  For the base I used a white woodgrain cardstock from Altenew.  The fine grain it it really makes it great for these kinds of projects.  Because the pickets were folded up from the bottom, I cut the base with the wood grain down on the cutting mat.  That also allowed the woodgrain to show nicely in the back of the card.  Inking the edges of all the parts of the petals gives them real depth and then I used one of my favorite new tools.  It is a shaping mold by Heartfelt Creations.  I purchased the 3D Floral Basics and as you can see it handles different types of flowers well.  It just gives such a wonderful texture for the flowers.

Garden Box sideHere is a picture showing the details.

Everyone have a wonderful Spring and make sure to visit all of the other designers on the challenge and add your own to the challenge at Bitten By The Bug 2.  – Denise