Hold on to your hats! We have the CUTEST card to share with you today, a Summer Bonnet Easel Card! This 3D card and tutorial have been brought to us by Graphic 45 Brand Ambassador, Elisabeth Hogarth. Elisabeth created this card in celebration of our #G45Summer – July Challenge and highlights our Cottage Life paper collection and Flower Assortment embellishments. Grab a cup of tea and enjoy this brilliant video tutorial.
How to create a Summer Bonnet Easel Card
“My Summer project features the sublime Cottage Life collection. My idea for a bonnet easel card is taken from the imagery within the papers. You can make the card using everyday items around your home, however, to give some idea of scale I have included details for a 6” card. A full tutorial can be viewed on the Graphic 45 YouTube Channel.
This is essentially an easel card and the bonnet is made by building up a series of circles.
The largest circle is 6” moving down to 5 ½” then 4 ½” The top of the bonnet measures 4” You will also need a decorative circle for the base of the card measuring 5 ¾”.
To build and decorate the rim of the bonnet adhere two 1” strips together. Then measure to fit around a straight-sided jar or tin. Each bonnet will differ depending on the container used and the depth of the rim itself.
Use the papers from the offcuts from the die-cut circles to create flowers with the Graphic 45 Large ATC and Flower die set and the Shades of Blue Flower Assortment collection. Coordinate them with the foliage.
Create centre buds by cutting out a small spiral circle then folding and twirling it on itself before securing it with wet glue.
Add a butterfly or two from the Cottage Life Ephemera Assortment.
Complete the summer bonnet with a matching hat pin and a sentiment.
The easel card will close up on itself. However, you may need a box to send it in.
This is a straightforward box with a depth of 2”. Remember to make the box lid a ¼” larger than the base for a snug fit. Here I have decorated the sides of the box with a matching paper ribbon taken from the Cottage Life papers along with more of the Ephemera Assortment.
I hope you will enjoy making your own summer bonnets and sharing them with other G45ers.
-HINTS AND TIPS-
- I would recommend building up the rim of the bonnet by fitting it around a straight-based jar or tin. You will achieve a much neater finish.
- Hide the joins of the paper strips with a ribbon, large flower or butterfly.
- Allow time for each element to dry thoroughly before constructing the bonnet.
- For added definition, lightly ink the edges of the circle layers and flowers.
Love Elisabeth xx
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