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Monday, November 10, 2008

AN ORIGINAL DESIGN (I think. . .)

Hey All! Happy Monday! Hope you are well and having a good start to your week! I'm excited to bring to you what I believe is an original design by yours truly. I went out on Splitcoast and was cruising around, and saw diorama cards and thought they were pretty neat. However, they all were just that, "Dioramas". You opened the envelope and poof, there it is . . .no surprise. So I came up with a design that when you pull it out of the envelope the actual diorama is covered by a card front. As do the others I'm sure, mine folds flat to fit into a standard A2 envelope. When you pull mine out of the envelope, there is a "card", and then when you open the card, POOF, there is the diorama! I started this from scratch, and it took me forever to get all of the measurements right. But after many attempts and failures, I GOT IT RIGHT! So, here is the finished project. . .



This is the front of the card right out of the envelope. I stamped this image (supplies will be listed at the end) on printed paper, and used a white Gelly Roll pen to color the snow on the trees. I used a decorative corner punch and inserted my stamped image. I attached it to the card and then attached pearls to the corners. Now, when you open the card, here is what you see. . .



What do you think? I truly love how it turned out. As handy as I tend to be with my camera, I could not get really good shots of this card, but I think you get the idea here. I used the same image on the front of the card in the back of the scene. I then used a different tree stamp for the 3D part of the diorama. I stamped in with forest green Stazon ink, then used Marvy liquid applique for the "snow". I placed it on the image, heated it with my heat gun (to get it to puff up) and then immediately sprinkled glitter on it and lightly pressed it in before it was completely dry.



Here is the close up so you can see the sparkles a little better.



On the inside flap I attached the sentiment which I created on my computer using my favorite font called "Curlz". Remember the corner punch design on the outside? Well, I used the little "sprig" things that it cuts out as the corner adornments here.



Here is a side shot of the card. The actual "front" of the card is underneath the sentiment side.

Below is my first successful "prototype". I didn't pay close attention to detail on it because I was working the "bugs" out. But I show it to you to give you another idea of another scene, and another orientation of the front of the card. In this example, the front of the card opens from the side. . .



Here is the front of the card.



This is what it looks like when you open it. . .



And here is a close up of the "scene". As you can tell, I was not very careful with the cutting out of the "front line" trees, nor was a too careful with the stamping of the snowflakes (see the half light half dark one under the deer?) LOL. But, like I said, this was a prototype and I was trying out different things. But I think this gives you an idea of how the card can open in different ways.

So, there you have it. Again, I think this is an original idea. I mean not the "diorama" but my version of it. I looked at over 400 on Splitcoast and did not see anything that looked like this. However, if someone has seen something similar to this then it is not an original idea, but it was for me. . . I spent almost 8 hours on trying to get the measurements and folds just right, so if someone else had done it before me, I wish I had seen it, because it sure would have saved me a ton of time! LOL

As promised at the beginning, here are the list of supplies I used on both cards:

1st card:

Main tree: Stampabilities
Background trees: Hero Arts
Corner Punch: EK Success
Marvy liquid applique
white card stock: Brazil
Pearls
Cuttlebug Swiss Dots embossing folder
Nesties scalloped rectangle
Paper: Paper Pazazz
Stazon Forest Green ink
Glitter
Computer generated sentiment.

2ND card:

Deer punch: Martha Stewart
Background trees: Northwood Rubber Stamps; Rubber Stampede; Inkadinkado
Snowflake on front: Nestablities
Moon: Nestabilities small circle
Paper: Paper Pazazz (printed) white and navy blue cs: Brazil; glitter paper: Doodlebug
Gelly Roll silver glitter pen
Sentiment: Hero Arts
Ink: Colorbox light blue and green
Snowflake stamp: Basic Grey
Gemstone

All righty then. There you go! Hope you liked them. I'm anxious to get your feedback! Don't forget to look at the pic of the week below! I'll see you on your blogs!


Best,

Curt O'Brien

"God help me be the person my dogs think I am."

44 comments:

dpkennedy said...

This is just fantastic! I think both cards are wonderful and I think you might be right-this is an original! I hope you are going to do a tutorial! I love the winter scene on both and the sparkles on the tree's is gorgeous! Wonderful creations Curt!!

Jan Scholl said...

Wowza! Since pine trees are one of my stamp passions-this is even more gorgeous. You should do a step by step or a video demo. This is pretty neat.

6 wacky women said...

WOW!! Curt you have totally outdone yourself. This card is so awesome!!! You did a fantastic job, I just love it. I love all the glitz too. WOW!

Your pic of the week is amazing, as well.
Have a great day
Karen

Margie said...

I've never seen anything like this! It came out great!!! You have really outdone yourself :)
Hmmm... when can we see a tutorial of some kind? LOL ;)
TFS!!!
xoxo, margie

Tigre said...

Son hermosos esos perritos!!! me llevo el par...jajajaja!!

Los espero para que conozcan a mi Lyon... Un abrazo

Amy said...

beautiful stuff and I love your dogs!

Lauri said...

Wow! Please do a tutorial!!!! I have been wanting to try a diorama card but did not have the energy to figure it out! These are great and I agree...I think they are definitely an original!! (love the leaf couple picture, too!)

Catherine said...

Both cards are just absolutely fantastic...love it!

Love your pic of the week..how sweet are they :)

Mel M. M. McCarthy said...

My heart skipped a few beats and I got shivers. These are so very very lovely. You must just want to stare at them all day. I love the scene and the sparkles behind and how you did the glitter in the marvy puffy snow stuff. What lucky person gets these for the holidays? They'll be beyond delighted for sure! I can just imagine a night time one with holes punched in the sky and a candle behind it! Oh what inspiration!!!!! Sighhhhhhhhh....! :O)

Laura Davis said...

OMGoodness! these are STUNNING! The pop up feature is just the coolest ever. Great work my friend!
Laura

Julie Koerber said...

Oh my!!! Wonderful creations Curt. I think you are right-- they are original! Can you swing out to Montana and show me how you did that!!! LOL! I am going to analyze your photo. What a cool, cool concept!

Michelle Ueligitone said...

OMG, this is genius! I love both of these cards. What a clever idea to make the scene on the inside. I totally love it and thanks Curt for sharing!

Hugs,
Michelle

Ann said...

WOW!! Both cards are really amazing Curt, they're totally gorgeous, I just adore them - How clever are you!! Thanks for sharing maybe when I pluck up some courage I'll give it a go too LOL!! (DON'T hold your breath!!)
Please do a demo video Curt, that would really help :-))
Take Care
Ann xx

Joan Fricker said...

Oh my goodness Curt these are absolutely fantastic. The 8 hours you spent figuring it out was well worth it. Now, we all hope you do a tutorial or better yet a video to show us how you did it. They truly are breathtaking!

Joan

Michelle said...

That is an AWESOME card! I love it!

Janine said...

FABULOUS!!!! Curt this is beautiful!!! I love it!!

WhimsicalThoughts said...

WOW! I'm at a loss for words, the cards are gorgeous! I would love to learn how to make one!

Cheryl said...

Very cool! Love both the cards and yes, please do a tutorial!

DeeDee said...

Dude! You are a GENIOUS!!! These are really, really, really COOL cards!!! I love them!!! WOW!!! The POTW is really awesome too...I love Fall!!! THANKS for stopping by my blog and leaving such SWEET comments!!! HUGS!!

Juliann said...

That is FABULOUS!
Really!!! Both cards are beautiful, even the prototype!
It looks like you spent a long time on it! Now that you have all the measurements worked out it shouldn't take you as long, still cards like these go to special people! yes you should do a tutorial, would love to see it!
Your picture of the week is the perfect capture of fall, just gorgeous!
Have a great week!


btw I accidentally deleted my blog {{gasp}} after many hours I have a new one, but I could not get my old address back so my new one is www.pixietoo.blogspot.com.

Ila said...

Wow!! This is Absolutley Amazing...I love both of these Fabulous, Gorgeous cards!!. I would love to see a tutorial too!

Sankari W. said...

CURT!!!! THis is just beyond fantastic fabulous!!! The dimensions on the first card are just spectacular and the scene that you created with the second one is absolutely fantastic!!! Wow!!! I smell a tutorial!!! :) I have never seen anything like this and I don't even think I could attempt anything like this either!!! WOWie wow!!!

You are just awesome! Love these beautiful 3D creations!!

Sending you best wishes always,
Sankari :)

Julia Aston said...

Wow - fantastic job on this Curt! I love diorama cards and this is just beautiful - I like your tweek of it having the scene a surprise inside the card!

Jodi said...

I love your new idea on a diorama card!! This really does leave a wonderful surprise for the recipient. I Love it! =)

The Rubber Maid said...

You've been a busy guy Curt and I love all your fancy schmansy tricks and cut outs. Nice work good buddy. Pat

Theresa said...

Wow, Curt, these are absolutely fabulous and what an amazing new design!!! Awesome!

Joanne said...

WOW! This is absolutely amazing! The detail is jaw dropping...

Tammy Hershberger said...

Absolutely marvelous! Truly, truly gorgeous work, Curt and I'm sure took intense patience (it would for me, anyway!) Way to go!

Karen said...

These are GORGEOUS! I've done the simple dioramas also being a fan of SCS but these.... well they are WAY beyond that! I'd have to agree with the others, I'd love to see a youtube video tutorial on this technique. Thanks for sharing a great idea!

Elaine said...

Unreal and I'm jealous that you have time to make these gorgeous cards! What a fabulous creative mind! All the sparkle makes it kinda like the real deal! Very pretty and soooo cool!

Michelle Ueligitone said...

Curt, your creativity is so inspiring I just had to give you another award!
Hugs,
Michelle

shelly said...

holy smokes those are some beautiful creations! just wonderful to look at. i also love your autumn couple photograph:) thanks for putting a smil eon my face :) xx shelly

WhimsicalThoughts said...

Hi Curt, You've just received an "Award". Go to my blog and check it out!

Jami {sgtStamper} said...

This is my first time visiting your blog...and what a fabulous blog it is!! This wintery scene is amazing - I'll be back for sure for that tutorial!!
hugs, Jami

Cheryl said...

Wow! This card was something I've never seen before. Very creative!!!

Cynde said...

Wow your cards are Fabulous!! Like them both. You really made a committment on getting them right. They both turned out Great, no Fabulous....

Elena said...

Fantastic idea!!! Love your cards!!! Thank you for sharing!

ScrappinShelly said...

All I can say is "WOW." Those cards are both awesome!!! Great job. I would love to know how to make something similar but I doubt I have the patience that you had.

Janine said...

Just stopping in to say hello Curt! Hope all is well and that you have a great weekend.

Dawn said...

too cool! I gotta try it! thanks=)

Macpurp said...

this is amazing ! very clever! xx

Gina Wrona said...

Fabulous, absolutely fantastic!
Love 'em both!

take a little piece of my art said...

Hi Curt,
when I saw this I HAD to try it. I got it figured out and would love to show you what I came up with. How can I do that?

Jean from jlfstudio said...

Hi Curt,

The fabulous Mel M. posted your link on Paper Craft Planet and boy am I grateful.

Wow! Talk about inspiration!

Thanks for showing us your design process as well as the results. I love seeing prototypes and I applaud designers who don't mind showing and critiqueing slightly imperfect work in process.

All the camra shot angles are really helpful too since they give a really good view of how the designs were put together.

Thanks for sharing and I can't wait to see more.

Blessings - Jean