Today I have a fun birthday card for you — for the young or the young at heart. It features the cutest ever fox playing in a pile of leaves, with a wobble spring for a little action.
The fox featured on this card is made from a die set by Marianne Designs Collectables. It includes the dies needed for the fox, and a clear stamp sentiment, “You’re special”. Every time I look at this die set, “that song” comes to mind and lingers for a while. Of course it inspired the sentiment that I used. (If you have children, you no doubt know what song I’m referring to; if not, here’s a link. But beware, the song is addictive! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jofNR_WkoCE).
It is very easy to create the fox — you just need a couple of colors of cardstock — rust, white, black and pink. Note that the pieces cut from black (eyes and nose) and pink (ear lining) are quite small and can be difficult to attach to the finished fox. When working with little pieces like this, I often put a small piece of Scor-Tape on the back of the cardstock. When I cut the small pieces, I leave the die intact on the cardstock until I’m ready for the piece. This way the adhesive is already there, and all you have to do is to place the piece where it belongs. I leave the dies in place because often the liner for the Scor-Tape stays behind, and so rather than having sticky pieces flying around, it just makes sense to me to keep the pieces together on the cardstock until ready for use. I used Scor-Tape to attach the rest of the fox too.
I wanted the card to be fun and to have some movement, and so I used a wobble spring with it. When using a wobble spring, you first assemble the piece that is to go on top of the spring. Here, the fox was not wide enough to support the wobble spring. See the pictures below. The first is the fox assembled, and the second shows the wobble spring sticking out behind the fox.
Some think it is okay to trim the wobble spring so that it won’t show from behind (it also has adhesive on it, so the “sticky” part could be problematic). I think that a better approach is to add to the figure so that the wobble spring can stay intact, but will no longer show through. So for my fox, I cut a piece of background paper (the one that I used for the card) that was slightly larger than the fox. I used the background paper to back it because I wanted the fox to remain the focal point — I hoped that the extra background paper would just blend in. I used a Spellbinders die for this, one that was just a little larger than the fox. There is no “magic” to what I chose, so anything you have in your stash will work. Once I mounted the fox on the patterned paper, I trimmed it a little at the top so that the top shape was the fox’s head. At the bottom and part way up the side, I added some leaves for cover. The leaves and the label shape I used to mount the fox are from a set of dies called “Orchard Harvest Tags and Accents“. Again there is no magic to this set — your favorites will work just fine.
I prepared the card front by cutting a dark brown piece of cardstock 4.25″ x 5.5″. I cut a rust layer (the same as used for the fox) 4″ x 5.25″, and a layer of patterned paper 3.75″ x 5″. I attached the three layers with Scor-Tape.
I cut the leaves from three different colors of cardstock to add some dimension and interest. I added them to the label that the fox is mounted on and to the card base beneath (you’ll have to wait to add these until the spring and fox have been mounted). Instead of adding the leaves one at a time, I added them in groups of three — one of each color. Once the leaves were in place on the piece with the fox, I added the wobble spring. When using the springs, be sure to check the instructions on the inside (on the outside of some) that indicate which part of the spring is the top versus the bottom. Using the adhesive already a part of the wobble spring, I attached the spring first to the piece with the fox and the leaves, and then to the card front. I tried to match the patterned paper still showing behind the fox to the background to make it blend in as best as I could. The next step was to fill in with the leaves on the card front. You don’t need a lot of leaves here, just enough to cover a little when the fox is in motion.
My final step was to add the sentiment. I didn’t have a stamp with the sentiment I wanted, so I used word processing software on my computer and printer to make it. I trimmed it to an appropriate size, and added a brown piece of paper as a backer. Inside the card, the fox says “Happy Birthday”.
This fox is so cute, and so easy to assemble. I know that you’ll find this die set to be as much fun as I did.
Fox die set by Marianne Design Collectables
Die cutting machine — I used my Sizzix Big Shot
Background label and leaf dies — I used Orchard Harvest Tags and Accents by Spellbinders
assorted cardstock including a patterned paper
Thanks and Happy Scrappin’