Thursday, March 16, 2017

Double Trouble Birthday Card - The Shining

Master Crafter Lorraine Masonheimer is back on the Playground to show us how to send double trouble birthday fun with a little help from the twins made famous in Stephen King’s The Shining. This birthday card is unofficially rated PG-13. Make sure to tell the birthday recipient to lock the doors and turn all the lights on before opening the card. 

ColorBox chalk charcoal inkpad
Stampotique’s The Tweedles 9232 stamp and 3 Greetings 6216 stamp
8 1/2” x 11” white cardstock, color coordinated papers of polka dot, stripe, script/words and four solid colors
Decorative string
2 large, 2 medium and 2 small self-adhesive rhinestones
Black pen, color coordinated magic markers, flesh magic maker
Pop-up dots, glue dots
X-acto blade. 

Optional: Jim Holtz Bubble THS002 stencil and a cosmetic sponge.

Step One: Card Base
Score an 8 ½ x 11” white cardstock at 5 ½” and fold in half. Cut the polka dot paper to 8 ½” x 5 ½” and glue to the white card base. Cut the dark solid paper to 3 strips of 4 ¾” x 2 ½”. Cut the stripe paper to 3 strips of 4 ½”  x 2 ¼” & 6 strips of 2 ¼” x ½”. Glue the 2 ¼” x ½” strips to the top and bottom of the 4 ½” x 2 ¼” strips as shown. 

Using the computer, create two text boxes about 4 ½” x 2” and type "Celebrate Your Birthday With Us" in the first box and "Forever…and Ever…and Ever.  –The Shining" in the second box as shown. I used AR Christy typeface at 24 points in black. Slip the 8 ½ x 11” script paper face down into the printer and print. Cut the script paper to 3 strips of 4 ¼” x 2” taking care to trace the rectangles to place the words as shown. Glue the script paper to the striped, the striped paper to the dark solid.

If desired, position the three rectangles as shown and stencil a background onto the three pieces by using a cosmetic sponge, charcoal ink and the bubble stencil. Glue the three pieces to the polka dot card base. Glue a 17” strip of decorative string from the top right corner to 3/4 down the far left strip and the bottom of the middle strip’s left corner and set aside.

Step Two: Stamp, Color & Cut
Stamp The Tweedles image twice onto the lightest solid color paper using ColorBox chalk charcoal ink and let dry. Take one image of the twins and color the faces, collars and bows using color coordinated magic markers. Using an x-acto blade or scissors, cut out the colored twins. The colored image will be used on the cover of the card. 

To make a template, take the second image of the twins and draw a dress on each twin. Cut out the dresses as shown and trace their shape onto a medium solid color paper. Cut and glue the dresses to the first image. Draw and cut out two party hats onto the polka dot paper to 2” x 1” as shown. Glue the hats onto image one over the twin’s baseball hats as shown.

Color and cut out the faces and baseball hats on the second image used as the template. Set aside.

Step Three: Assemble & Embellish
To add richness to the card, embellish the party hats with three coordinating colors of self-adhesive rhinestones offset as shown. Using a black pen, darken the eyes, draw a line and buttons onto the dresses. Draw three triangles into the top of each party hat. Place pop-up dots onto the back of the twins and glue into the center of the card. 

Step Five: Stamp & Assemble (Inside)
Stamp the words Happy Birthday using charcoal ink onto the inside of the card as shown. Using paper scraps make a capital T for twins. Glue the twin’s heads onto the top of the T. Glue one set of feet to the bottom of the T. Take 1 foot and glue to the left side of the T as shown. Use scraps to add interest to the envelope flap. Extra postage is required for the larger size card.

If you prefer birthday cake to threatening birthday cards, please go check out Lorraine's fabulous instructions on how to make an NCIS baseball cap cake. Of course, we love both. 

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