good morning! the countdown to the papertrey ink march release is underway, and while i don't have new product this month, i am thrilled to be joining in to show off betsy's new dress up dolls: superhero set. i just couldn't wait to get my hands on it and do a mash up with my own superhero and zappy birthday products. talk about a perfect match! if nothing else, the comic strip paper collection is definitely a must have for creating a cool comic book look, like on the birthday card above. of course, the sentiments and sound bubbles from zappy birthday are super fun, too! and if you want to create comic strips in other colors, the cover plate: comic strip will help you do the trick. before i move on, don't you just love the headband and top bust detail to make the superhero more girly? little things like that are the best!
speaking of super fun, i had this instant vision of a flip card. a clark kent flip to superman - what could be better than that?! it took a while, but the payoff was so much fun. above, i give you clark on the outside using dress up dolls: basics. all business in his glasses, with two of the more simple comic strip patterns paired with a grid paper from pencil me in paper collection. i even doodled a tie on his t-shirt!
and then, bam! when you pull the blue edge open, the card flips to superman. you still see the papers from the outside, but i've added in both red and yellow for a more complete colorful comic book feel along with the sentiments that were hidden behind. super!
here's another look at the closed front without the envelope behind it. it's been a while since i've made one of these. i didn't have the right sized die to create the flip layer the die cut way. but with my new silhouette, i was able to create a perfectly cut card base.
i really wanted the finished card to be the standard 4-1/4 x 5-1/2 and have an open channel around the flip layer, neither of which i could find in my quick search for measurements and templates. but with a few scrap attempts and a little math, i figured out how to do both. it's so much fun to open and close - i feel the need to say "bam!" every time too, haha!
last, but not least, i have a birthday invitation. way back in the day, i created a birthday invitation with sizzix paper dolls to resemble my daughter and her american girl doll. (actually, we played with those paper dolls a lot!) having these new ones reminded me of that, so a superhero bday invite had to happen! i print many complete invitations, but even when i'm stamping one, i like to print the wording - i love rhymes and tying the look together with a fun font. this flat invite is 5-1/2 x 8-1/2 - again a typical invite size i work with and a good size for adding in the dress up doll and other details here specifically. i used the filled in comic strip patterned paper as my guide, and cut pieces of coordinating one color patterns to recreate the comic strip on a larger scale. i started with small scraps that i had on hand, and then measured here and there to perfect it and fit the pieces into place. i decked out my superhero, and added a strip of skyline and a few sound effects. the phone from heart-2-heart #4 was turned into a special super hotline with the tiny suit lightning bolt from the superhero doll set - i love those little details!! finally, the words were printed, fussy cut and popped up into place. now, i need a kid who wants a superhero party!! so that's it for now. i'm sure i'll be playing with these dolls plenty more. they're addictive! in fact, i had an idea while working on these that i just have to make happen today. but first, this is a group post day i can't miss - links and more on nichole's blog...
have a super day!
edited to add: the silhouette cut file and a pdf template for the flip card have been posted - click here!