Spellbinders Grand Cabinet 3D Wedding Card w/ Foamiran Plumeria

I started by making plumeria flowers from foamiran I bought from Aliexpress (Link: https://tinyurl.com/y2wpcct9 ) I bought white as I felt it would be the most versatile.
I cut a teardrop shape from foamiran, and then used it as a template, and laid the first teardrop on the foamiran and cut around it. I did this so I’d have five, and cut enough to make three flowers (15 total.)
I used Distress Inks, in Squeezed Lemonade and Mustard Seed link: https://www.joann.com/search?q=distress+inks and applied the inks with a brush I bought from Aliexpress (Link for black brush set and I chose the second set from the top left: https://tinyurl.com/yxl84qwu ) I don’t love these are the necks seem super bendy and I think they’ll break easily. I love the gold colored ones link: https://tinyurl.com/y2nly3ep as the necks are sturdy and are easier to ink…I did a video comparing these and you’ll see that video next.
After coloring the very tips of the teardrops with both inks, I used a ball stylus (link: https://tinyurl.com/yyzmbukj ) with a sponge you’d buy at a hardware store used for grout. ( link: https://tinyurl.com/yy4bsrpp ) Mine is only one-quarter of one of these sponges.
I also used a hair straightener (link:  https://tinyurl.com/y2ykzjdg ) this one is safe, from Walmart, unlike mine) to heat the rounded end of the petals so they bend backward from the middle of the teardrop to the end. (You can use an iron, or your heat gun, but be careful with the heat gun as it’s easy to burn yourself.) Once your petals are all bent, you can use the stylus in the centers to make the petals look more realistic. I also wrapped the petals around a skewer and using my heat gun, warmed the petal to roll them. I hot glued the very tip and one side about 1/4 of the way up the side, and laid the next petal to it...Once all five petals are attached together, put hot glue on the side of one petal and pull the others together and pinch the bottom to make the flower round.
Grand Cabinet die..link: https://tinyurl.com/y2a2pvqp and wedding insert link: https://tinyurl.com/y5kmektb
You’ll need to cut out a front, and back, and four insert pieces from the Grand Cabinet die. The back needs to have the center section left in. If you buy the separate wedding set, I cut it out a couple of times, and used the words and bride/groom separately. You’ll want to cut the little side tabs off of the front and back pieces as you don’t need them.
I cut my front out of very thin glitter paper, so had to add a second layer to it so it would be sturdy. Since the front was glittery, I used silver Gelato on the piece behind it so if you could see it, you’d see silver..I adhered these two pieces with wet glue and let them dry. My back panel and side panels were made out of foil paper and I took the the side panels and put tear tape on the back of the foil paper on both ends (on the edges beside the score lines) You’ll take the tear tape backer off of one side and attach it to the back of the back foil piece (making sure the slots are closer to the bottom than the top when you adhere them) You’ll lay the bottom edge of the side piece so it lines up with the bottom of the back piece and lay the score line of the side piece on the very edge of the back and adhere them. Then take each of your four center pieces and insert one side of the slots into the side panel and pull down so the slots stay in place. I adhered the other side panel and inserted each of the layer tabs into that side. Then bend the front flaps of the side panel so you can glue the front panel to it. I pushed the card flat and put tear tape on the back of the ends of the front panel and adhered the front panel to the side pieces by bending the score lines of the side panels and laying the front panel to both sides.
I glued the leftover glitter center piece into the back and glued the “Happily ever after” piece inside to the back panel, and glued the bride and groom on a closer layer and the plumeria around the sides. The plumeria were too large so I just trimmed down the rounded ends to make them as small as I needed. I would recommend you glue some of these pieces inside before putting the card together, as the card isn’t very large and once your hands are inside, there was no way the viewer could see what I was doing.

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