For the second time in the Month of Celebration I’m sharing a magic iris card! The process went a bit more smoothly this time. You can see the previous card I created with the iris here. If you’re not sure what the month of celebration is, I’m celebrating both reaching 2000 subscribers on my YouTube channel, and it being my birthday month. All month long I’m going to be creating videos, and the more you comment on the more chances you’ll have to win a prize! Check out the original video to hear all about it, then leave a comment on the video, and head over to the Rafflecopter to confirm your entry. Commenting on today’s video is just one way to get an extra entry towards the prize draw.
I started my card by assembling the Magic Iris mechanism. I did have to refer to my notes again as I still don’t feel confident simply making it from memory. Unlike on my previous card I even remember to add the end on to the pull tab to make the interactive element nice and noticeable.
After completing the iris I used the ring die from the set to cut into my black panel which I had sized to perfectly fit on the front of my card. I didn’t need the centre circle so I slipped it into my die package for future use. I did keep both the ring and the panel. I added stars onto them, and the balloon shaped parts of my iris, with a white gel pen and a glitter gel pen. I then adhered the ring onto the top of my mechanism.
Before adhering the pieces to the card base I had to create a moon to be revealed when the iris opens. The orange card base was the starting point for my orange moon, and I ink blended onto it with Spiced Marmalade and Squeezed Lemonade Distress Inks, Simon Says Stamp’s Barely Beige, and Catherine Pooler’s Twilight ink, as well as some white pigment ink. I used a very small blending brush, and had a photo to refer to as I added the colour. I switched back and forth between colours until I was happy with the result.
With the moon ready I could adhere the background panel and iris into place. I used double sided tape to do so. I made sure to only put the tape for the iris onto the backs of the stabilisers, so that it would not get in the way of the mechanism.
I then took another piece of black card and trimmed it to the width of my card base. I used a craft knife to create a hill like curve along the top. I then ink blended a highlight onto it with the white pigment ink and the Twilight ink. I later very lightly added a little orange pencil along it as well. I used some scraps of fun foam I still have to pop up the hill onto my card base and trimmed away the excess.
The setting of the scene was complete but I still wanted a character to finish it off. I’d originally planned to use the yeti from Lovable Legends, but changed my mind and used the larger of the two one-eyed monsters from Monster Mash. I clear heat embossed him onto a snippet of black card then coloured with white, orange and dark blue coloured pencils. Once the colouring was done I fussy cut him out.
At this point I realised I’d forgotten to add a sentiment. I chose one from the same Monster Mash stamp set and white heat embossed it into my hill panel. I was careful not to keep the heat on it too long as I didn’t want to inadvertently melt the fun foam underneath.
Finally all the elements were ready. I added some snippets of black card to the back of the monsters head so I could adhere him level where he slightly went past the edge of the hill, then used my Tombow Mono Multi Liquid Glue to stick him in place. A little added shadow with a black pencil, and the card was completed!
When I finished my previous Magic Iris card I didn’t want to look at it again for a while because of how stressful the experience had been. This time it was far more pleasant, and I’m rather happy with how it turned out. I’m not completely certain that it is immediately obvious that the orange circle is moon, but I hope it translates well enough. What do you think? Don’t forget to leave a comment over on YouTube, and complete the Rafflecopter for a chance to win my giveaway prize for the Month Of Celebration.
| Charlotte E (Lady Joyful) |
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