Hello and welcome, crafty friends! Laura here today, and I’ve got a really unique, interactive card using Honey Bee’s Heaven Sent stamp set. In my last post, I only worked with the supplemental elements from the same set. I did hint that I’d still find a way to use that adorable baby bunny, and today I think I have a pretty special card doing just that.
I am going old school and making a paper doll that is the feature of the show…or at least her wardrobe will be! More so than most cards, there are a lot of steps involved – some of which are a tad fidgety. But I promise, the result is something truly wonderful and a very special gift within the card itself.
As I said, I will be working with the Honey Bee Heaven Sent stamp set today, specifically using the bunny to make a paper doll and some fun clothes for her to wear! I haven’t seen anyone else do something like this, and I’m honestly quite proud of this idea and how it actually came together as envisioned.
First off, I stamped the bunny image using Memento Tuxedo Black onto Neenah Solar White. This is going to be our paper doll. I quickly colored the bunny with Copic Sketch Markers in cool greys and red-violets, then took a black fine liner pen to thicken the stamped outline in the foot area. More on why we do this in a minute, but when drawing the line, make sure you thicken it on the inside of the outline (on top of where you’ve colored.)
Now, cover the entire bunny image with clear packing tape. If you don’t have any packing tape on-hand, clear cello tape works just fine. I have some test sample where I did use cello tape. I only moved to the packaging tape because it was wider, and therefor covered the entire bunny in one sweep.
With the bunny protected by the tape, fussy-cut around it, carefully cutting right up to the outer edge of the stamped outline of the image. This is to make the bunny slightly smaller so the change of clothes will fit over her body when putting them on.
When you get to the foot area (with the thickened outline), you can simply cut along the inside of the original stamped outline and you’ll be left with the line you drew and nobody will be the wiser that the foot is slightly smaller! I found that cutting that little bit more off in the foot area gives smaller hands that much more wiggle room to easily change the clothes. Play around and find what works best for you.
Speaking of which, before you start playing fashion designer with your favorite patterned paper, I recommend making a few samples on scrap paper or card (similar in weight to what you are planning to use). It’ll help you to figure out how close (or not) to cut your images so they will easily fit on the bunny. The ears are a tad too wide, so you will slide the clothes up from the bottom (except for those sweet hair bows of course!)
Making the clothes is super fun and super easy. You can use patterned paper (as I did here), or you could use your favorite coloring medium – the possibilities are endless!Ink up the bunny in the clothing area and stamp twotimes – once on the patterned side of the paper, and again on the back (but not in the same place you stamped on the other side!) That second stamp is going to be the back of the clothes, and you don’t need the entire piece of clothing. You’ll only need the top part as far down as the widest part. So for the shirt, I chopped it off on the back just below the elbows. Same with thy body suit. Having less “material” on the back is another way to simplify changing her clothes. Again, have a play and see what looks, and works best for you.
You’ll do the same technique of putting the tape over the clothes, then cut them out. This time, cut it out so there’s a bit of a border (or “whitespace”) around the image. This is will make the clothes large enough to slip around her body. Careful: you don’t want it to have too big of a border because the clothes might fall off!
I wasn’t sure how I wanted to play the hands so I decided to keep them attached to the trousers. You can make them look like mittens, or like the bunny’s hands by stamping them onto your choice of card and gluing them onto the pants (before you put the packing tape on.)
With the clothes cut out, use little strips of clear packing (or cello) tape to adhere them togetherat the widest part of the clothing. You only need a little piece to do the trick. Then you can just slide whatever outfit you want up and over the feet and into place! I actually made like 10 different outfits because I just couldn’t stop myself. As you can see in the photo above, I even made coordinating hair bows to match whatever outfit bunny baby was wearing. SO FUN! You could even go a step farther and make shoes, and various accessories using other stamp sets or creative cutting.
Now that we have our bunny and a few things for her to model, let’s give her a pretty dressing room where she can show off her new looks. 😊There were several ways I thought to attach her (and her clothes) to the card so that she could be removed (and played with.) Then, one day I saw my daughter playing with magnets on the fridge and my idea of the dressing room was born.
Using a roll of magnet tape, I cut little strips, took off their backing paper, and added a bit of Tombow for additional strength. I glued them to each article of clothing, as well as the back of the bunny’s head. Now everything will stay on the fridge. All we need now is to make our card base magnetic too. But first we have to get the floor and the run into place.
To create the hardwood floor, I used ink blenders to cover a piece of Distress Woodgrain Card with Gathered Twigs Distress Ink. After that was completely dry, I used a powder tool and heat embossed the sentiment using Versafine Onyx Black, Ranger Clear Embossing Powder, and a heat tool. I glued that to the bottom of the card base using Tombow.
For the rug, I used My Favorite Things Double Stitched Oval Die on a piece of pink cardstock. I trimmed a bit off one of the long sides to give it a more 3D effect, and glued it in place using Tombow.
For the mirror I hid the magnets behind a piece of silver mirror card that I cut out with a stitched rectangle die. I also used Tombow to make sure it was well-adhered to the card base and the silver card.
The lights were super easy to make. I used a common, single hole punch to some yellow card and glued them around the edge of the mirror with Tombow.
To give the clothes a place to hang, I cut more small strips of magnetic tape and adhered them directly to the card base. Before gluing them down, I traced them onto a piece of Bristol Smooth and cut out. Once I had the magnets glued to the wall, I took the Bristol Smooth pieces and glued them right on top of the exposed magnets. So even when the clothes are removed, it really does resemble bare shelves! As you can see in the image below, I didn’t get too finicky here on making them look perfect. The magnet was a bit difficult to cut straight so I just went with it.
I should note that since there will be quite a bit of weight on the front of the card (with all these magnets), make sure you use the heaviest cardstock you can for your card base.I used Strathmore Bristol Smooth because its quite sturdy. If I were giving this to someone other than my daughter, I could probably stand to add an additional panel of Bristol Smooth to the backof the base as an additional counter-balance.
When looking for a decorative way to hang the clothes, you need to know how delighted I was to stumble upon some itty-bitty clothes pins I had on-hand. But, you’ll see I didn’t use them because when I found the clothes pins, it led me to remember some teenie-tiny clothes hanger paper clips I had stashed away that are PERFECT for this card! The clothing is simply slipped in there (like a paper clip!) for easy removal. Bonus: not only practical and easy to use, they added that extra, special touch to the design!
And that, my friends, is the card complete! If you’re still with me, I thank you for hanging in there. I know it was a lot of information, and I hope it was helpful as well as inspirational. If you have any questions about the techniques, products, or anything else, leave a comment below or tag me in a comment in The Little Paper Treehouse TribeFacebook group.
Have you been making any interactive cards after seeing some of our design team’s projects? If so, please share them over in the group as well. Well, that’s all for now and…
See Y’all soon! xo
WANT TO FIND THESE PRODUCTS:
STAMP & DIE
Honey Bee Stamps Heaven Sent Stamp
Tonic Studios Oval Nesting Dies
Lawn Fawn Stitched Rectangles Dies
MFT Double Stitched Oval Dies
INK & EMBOSSING
Versafine Onyx Black
Memento Tuxedo Black
Ranger Clear Embossing Powder
Goodbye Static Anti Static Powder Bag
Neenah Solar White cardstock
Strathmore Bristol Smooth cardstock
Ranger Distress Woodgrain cardstock
American Crafts Primaries Paper Pad yellow cardstock
Tim Holtz silver mirror cardstock
Various patterned paper
Copic Markers C0, C1, R20, O, RV13, RV11, RV10
ADHESIVES & TOOLS
Tombow Multi Mono Liquid Glue
Ranger Mini Ink Blenders
Tim Holtz Mini Snips Micro Tip Scissors
Fiskars A4 Paper Trimmer
Lawn Fawn Acrylic Blocks
Clear packing or cello tape
Standard hole punch
Rolled magnetic tape
Washi You Doing black clothes hanger paper clips