Wednesday, December 6, 2017

Would You Like to Swing in a Jar?

Are you familiar with the song, Swinging on a Star?  "Would you like to swing on a star?  Carry moonbeams home in a jar..."  Well, our little mermaid has it a bit backwards, but I think Bing Crosby would understand.
Typically I try to stay with one or two stamping techniques on a card, but oddly enough, this one has solid line, no-line, solid image, and emboss resist all in one.  The card frame itself is stamped with Memento Tuxedo Black ink on three jar die cuts partially cut to form one vertical z-fold mini card.  I hope that will make sense with the following photos:

The first flap also has the lid attached, stamped in Archival Black and clear heat embossed on silver mirror cardstock.  The flap is backed with acetate and embellished with seaweed, coral, and a shell.  The seaweed and coral were solid images each stamped in two colors.  The shell was colored with Copics.  The second flap is open on the inside and the seaweed swing is sandwiched between two swing seats and tied at the top.  The trick to getting the string not to show on the front of the flap was to tie it to an additional die cut jar and glue that onto the back of the middle flap so she can freely swing back and forth.  Clear as mud, right?

Looking at the next photo, I think I'll go back and also put an extra jar die cut on the front flap to finish it off better.
The back flap image was masked, stamped, heat embossed, and ink blended:
Stamps:  Lawn Fawn Mermaid For You, How You Bean?, Let's Play (swing seat)
Dies:  Lawn Fawn How You Bean? Shaker Add-on
Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black, Archival Black, Distress Ink Antique Linen, Gathered Twigs, Tumbled Glass, Seedless Preserves, Peeled Paint, Twisted Citron, Abandoned Coral, Tattered Rose
Copics: .05 multiliner, E000,00,42,43,44,53, YR00,02, Y21,23,26, YG0000,00,06,21,23,25,63, R20,22, RV55,63,66
Other: Neenah Solar White Cardstock 110# and 80#, Paper Studios Silver Mirror Cardstock, Ranger Clear Embossing Powder, Green Floss, Packaging Acetate

This whole idea came about from the latest Lawnfawnatics Challenge: Emboss Resist.  It started with the jar background.

Thanks for coming over to visit.  I hope you have a wonderful day! 

Kara Lynne


  1. Wow Kara Lynne, you've knocked my socks off!! This is fabulous!

  2. Oh my Kara Lynne, this is the cutest card ever! Pure genius in every way!!!

  3. This is so AMAZING! I LOVE this! I have this mermaid stamp set - -I am SO into mermaids too! I don't have a jar stamp though, so I am thinking of all the ways I might be able to make something like myself! Super awesome! This has made my whole day! Smile!
    Take care!

  4. I think my jaw actually dropped, this is amazing Kara!

  5. Oh my! I have no words for how brilliant this is! Just so totally in awe of your creativity, Kara! I'm so glad you shared with us at Lawn Fawnatics!

  6. ooh three fold sweety
    soo soo cuuutee
    your coloring always super B
    but now plus this 3 fold
    I want to make similar one I have DIES and the same Stamp like you the JAR one
    this is a cutest project I see today

  7. Fantastic! What a brilliant card, now if I can just wrap my pea brain around how you did partial die-cutting on a z-fold.... You're making me think! :o)

  8. Oh Kara this is delightful and so pretty! I LOVE you no line colouring!

  9. OH MY GOSH!!! this is INCREDIBLE!!!!! wow!!!!! i keep scrolling up and down and looking at it more and more!!! AMAZING!! i'm speechless! thank you so much for playing along with the Lawn Fawnatics Challenge! :)

  10. WOW wow WOW!!! This is amazing!!!! I love everything about it :) Wicked Clever :) Thank you for joining us in the Lawn Fawnatics challenge :) and I am going to share this in my facebook group {creative chick} studio share

  11. Wow! Awesome card! The coloring, the idea, so creative.

  12. Incredible card and I LOVE your coloring!

  13. Oh muy heart!! This is my favourite card in the hole cardmaking world Ever!!I Will definetly play with that beautiful mermaid!! Love this!!

  14. Estoy en shock es una tarjeta expendida. Hermoso trabajo. Great card