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Wish upon a Star trifold card

I am back with another video tutorial. I was keen to get a narrative on this one but ended up with background music again as my cold just wouldn't go away! It didn't stop me from crafting though! As if anything would!

I love all things Mama Elephant. Their critters are super cute! The best place to get these from is Seven Hills Crafts. They tend to get them over to UK not long after the US release.

First start by creating your trifold base. I like using the Hunkydory A3 Card Block for any larger sized card blanks or for 3D projects. Cut a piece sized 31.5 x 14.6 cm (12 3/8'' x 5 3/4''). Score the card at 4 1/8'' and 8 1/4''. Cut a piece of patterned card to 14.6 x 10.5 cm (5 3/4'' x 4 1/8''). I used the Once upon a time design pad - you can get these pads in the Range. Next you will need a piece of acetate sheet - 14.6 x 10.5 cm (5 3/4'' x 4 1/8'').

When it comes to watercolour paper, I much prefer hot pressed paper. The texture is smoother and as I really don't do any artistic watercolouring, it suits me well. It's a great paper for simple colouring of your stamped or heat embossed images. I have quite a few mediums I use for colouring. Most of the times, I use the Zig Clean Color Real brushes from Kuretake. I think the smallest set you can get is 8. I have 24 colours in my set and I feel like I could do with more colours, so if you want to invest in these, go for more than 24. I also like to use my Stampin' Up! inks for watercolouring. They are waterbased and very juicy which makes them ideal for watercolouring. The range of colours is great too. The only downside is the price, of course.

When it comes to stamping the image, I would recommend either Memento ink pad or Versafine ink. Both are water resistant once dry. Leave plenty of time to let them dry though as they tend to smudge and leak when you start colouring to soon. Even heat setting them with a heat gun doesn't always do the trick. To do the colouring, I prefer to use a waterbrush. You can get a set of these in Hobbycraft. Derwent water brushes are great to work with too.

I really enjoy using the Distress Oxide inks. They are wonderfully versatile. They react with water which again is handy for colouring. I like the chalky effect they create on paper as well. They are a dream to work with and they blend nicely too. I used the Broken China ink to colour the clouds.

Next step is to work on your front panel - the first section of your trifold card. Make a pencil mark on the left at 3.5 cm and at 3.2 cm from the right. Repeat this on the bottom half of the same section. This will divide your card into three narrow strips. Then I traced the outline of the bunnies, putting them in opposite corners. I then cut around them as shown in a video. The next step is a bit tricky and it's best to watch the video. Basically, I used a partial die cutting technique to only cut away half of each bunny.

I used my Sizzix Big Shot machine to do this. Any die cutting machine will do the trick, I would however recommend Gemini Junior as the cutting plates have a straight edges that make it easier for you to see where exactly you will cut. As you can see in the video, I did cut slightly more than I planned. Luckily, once you glue the coloured rabbits in place, it won't matter. Once you have partially cut the outlines for your rabbits, you can glue the two separate strips together with an acetate sheet. I used red double sided tape as it has a stronger hold. If you don't want the tape to show through on the inside, the best is to cut separate strips and partially cut the rabbits in the exact same place. Alternatively, just cut two strips sized 14.6 x 3.5 cm and 14.6 x 3.2 cm and glue them on the inside of your card.

Once you have your front panel done, you can glue the patterned paper on the third section of your trifold card. When unfolded, this should be one the same side as your front panel. I left the middle section blank, but it certainly begs for a stamped sentiment.

I returned back to the front panel and stamped the sentiment in the bottom left corner. I also added some stars. To add a bit of a bling, I used Quickie glue pen and glamour dust on the edges. The last embellishment I added were the Nuvo Crystal Drops. I love using these to complete cards.

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