Have a Norse Day

Hello!  I’m so excited to be back with another post.

I’d like to share with you three cards that I made using the recently released Birdie Brown Viking. I absolutely love this set!

For my first card, I made a 3D box card. I love creating cards with dimension. To some people, box cards may be somewhat intimidating but they’re really not that hard and they’re so much fun to make and give to your friends and loved ones.

Handmade card from Rachel Alvarado featuring products from My Favorite Things #mftstamps

When I think of Vikings, I think of Viking Longships and I immediately pictured this burly guy sailing the seas. I decided to create my box to resemble his ship. I created my base with a 12″ x 12″ piece of dark brown card stock, a paper trimmer, and a scoring board. I usually follow an easy 3D box card tutorial from Splitcoaststampers but I trim my final product down a little bit smaller. The final dimensions of the box when folded flat are 5 1/2″ x  5 1/2″. I usually hand deliver these cards but they can fold nicely and also be sent in the mail in a padded or larger-sized envelope.

Handmade card from Rachel Alvarado featuring products from My Favorite Things #mftstamps

For my panels, I layered Natural Card Stock and Kraft Card Stock stamped with the Wood Plank Background in dark brown ink. I created an ocean wave bottom panel to wrap around the base of the card and attached it with adhesive. For the wave panel, I blended Cracked Pistachio, Mermaid Lagoon, and Chipped Sapphire Distress Inks onto Neenah Classic Crest 80lb Solar White Paper. I spritzed it with some water and die cut it with the Ocean Waves Die-namics. I also used these same colors to create the ink-blended sky in the background.

Handmade card from Rachel Alvarado featuring products from My Favorite Things #mftstamps

For the sail, I cut a 2 1/2″ square piece of Smooth White Card Stock and drew in some lines using the Stripes Stencil (which is now retired) but a ruler would also work. I colored in some red stripes using my Copics (R08, R46, R59) and then used the Oval Shadows Die-namics to trim off some of the edges to make it look like the sail was blowing in the wind. For the top of the mast, I actually used one of the clotheslines dies from the Bundle of Baby Clothes Die-namics. I added two white flags using the flags from the Castle Die-namics. For my Viking, I stamped him onto white card stock and colored him with Copics (all colors listed at the end of this post). I used the coordinating die to cut him out and attached him to the inside of the box.

Handmade card from Rachel Alvarado featuring products from My Favorite Things #mftstamps

My second card is also a card with a lot of dimension. This time, I created a shadow box card that fits perfectly into a 5″ x 7″ envelope when folded flat (measurements below). I wanted my Viking to look like he was exploring the hills and mountains of Norway. I created a background sky with Tumbled Glass and Broken China Distress Inks. I then added some mountains using the Snow-Capped Mountains Die-namics with Cement Gray and Grout Gray card stock. For the hills, I first blended smooth white card stock with Twisted Citron, Mowed Lawn, and Forest Moss Distress Inks. Then I die cut them using the Grassy Hills Die-namics. I added a castle from the Knight in Shining Armor stamp set and some pine trees from the Beast Friends set.

Handmade card from Rachel Alvarado featuring products from My Favorite Things #mftstamps

Shadow Box Card Directions:

  • Trim 2 pieces of card stock to 5″ x 8 1/4″.
  • Score these pieces on the long side at 1 1/4″ & 7″.
  • Cut an open window in one of the pieces (I used the A2 Rectangle Stax and added a frame from the Single Stitch Line Rectangle Frames.)
  • Adhere these two pieces together on one side where the side flaps will overlap (this will be the frame of your box.)
  • For the inside strips, cut 3 pieces of card stock to 6 3/8″ long at varying heights to add dimension (I used heights of 1 1/2″, 2″, and 2 1/2″).
  • Score each piece at 3/8″ & 6″.
  • After you are done scoring, you can die cut these pieces with whatever border dies (if any) that you want to use. I used the Grassy Hills Die-namics.

Handmade card from Rachel Alvarado featuring products from My Favorite Things #mftstamps

For my final card, I created a fun little Valentine-themed card. I made my card 5″ square and added some square layering panels using Cement Gray and Smooth White Card Stock. I also added a red & white striped patterned paper panel from the Birthday Blowout Paper Pack. I die cut a few fishtail banners using the Stitched Fishtail Flag STAX with Wild Cherry Card Stock and vellum.

Handmade card from Rachel Alvarado featuring products from My Favorite Things #mftstamps

In the center of my card, I added a stitched white heart using the Stitched Heart STAX. I placed my stamped, cut, and colored Viking on top of the heart with some foam adhesive squares. For my sentiment, I used the newly released From The Heart stamp set. I heat embossed my sentiment onto black card stock with Super Fine Detail White Embossing Powder and then used one of the dies from the Hearts In A Row – Vertical Die-namics to cut it out.

Copic Colors Used:

  • Viking #1:  Skin: E50, E51, E21, E11, Beard: E42, E08, E09, E18, Coat: E21, E23, E27, E29, Shirt: BG11, BG32, BG 49, Pants: N3, N5, N8, Boots: E81, E84, E87, Ax: C1, C3, C5, C7
  • Viking #2Skin: E50, E21, E13, Beard: E13, E39, E19, E49, Coat: E40, E41, E43, Shirt: G20, YG25, G17, G28, Pants: E23, E25, E29, Boots: N3, N5, N8, Ax: C0, C2, C5
  • Viking #3Skin: E50, E21, E13, Beard: E50, E53, E55, E57, Coat: E13, E39, E19, E49, Shirt: R14, R46, R59, Pants: E40, E43, E44, Boots: E13, E39, E19, E49, Ax: C1, C3, C5

Thank you for allowing me the privilege of sharing these with you today!  I’ll be back at the end of the month to share one more post with you. Have a wonderful day and have fun creating!

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Comments (43)

  • Kim Fisher

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    Love you cards

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  • Julieann

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    Amazing samples love them.

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  • Arnisha Calhoun

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    Fab cards. I so need this set. I don’t hardly have any male greeting cards so this would be great for making some for my brothers and father.

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  • Janelle Graham

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    Rachel, these cards are amazing. I love your concepts and your attention to detail is perfect.

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    • Rachel

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      Thank you, Janelle ?

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  • Barbara

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    Oh my – I love this guy. I can’t wait to sit down and color him. It will be even more fun with the Vikings playing tomorrow! I love this box that looks like a Viking ship!

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    • Rachel

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      Thank you, Barbara! He’s so much fun to color. ? Enjoy the game!

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  • Anika Mercier

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    Stunning cards!!! These are AMAZING!

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    • Rachel

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      Thank you, Anika!

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  • Andrea Jacobsen

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    Thank you for the inspiration. I got this Viking with the matching die. Love all your projects.

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    • Rachel

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      Thank you, Andrea! I would love to see what you create with it! ?

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  • Julie S

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    WOW!! All of your cards are amazing but the box card – woo hoo! Ultra-amazing.

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    • Rachel

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      Thank you so much, Julie ?

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  • Dee

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    AMAZING!!!

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    • Rachel

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      Thank you, Dee!

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  • Carla Hundley

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    Your cards are neat
    looking and I love
    the boat box card!
    Wonderful design.
    Carla from Utah

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    • Rachel

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      Hi, Carla! Thank you so much for your sweet comments!

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  • Waleska

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    Looove this 3 cards amazing design and coloring!??

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    • Rachel

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      Thank you so much, Waleska! ??

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  • Mary-Anne V

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    These Viking cards are so fun especially the ship box card!

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    • Rachel

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      Thank you, Mary-Anne!

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  • Sharon Gullikson

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    I LOVE THIS STAMP SET, and what you did with it!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Last year I made my son a viking Valentines card because 1) we are part Norwegian, 2) he looks like a viking–long beard, blond hair, reddish beard. I need this set!!!

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    • Rachel

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      Thank you so much, Sharon. You will love it! It’s such a cute set. ?

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  • Lagene

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    Awesome, I especially love the pop up card!

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    • Rachel

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      Thank you so much, Lagene!

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  • Bev Page

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    Rachel, the privilege is ours. Your colouring skills are amazing and those cards are FANTASTIC. Love each and every one of them. Love the box card, but have never been game to try it! I think I said this before, but I’m really going to keep an eye open for your posts because I think you have a great talent and I love your designs. Thanks so much for sharing with us. MFT have found a gem in you.

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    • Rachel

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      Thank you so much, Bev. ♥️ Your sweet comments made me smile. I so greatly appreciate them! As for making a box card, you should definitely give it a go! I’d love to see what you make!

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  • shannon Fisher

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    Being Norwegian I ordered this stamp set right away, and can’t wait to use it… what wonderful inspiration your beautiful cards are!!!

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    • Rachel

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      Thank you, Shannon! Looking forward to seeing what you create! ?

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  • Sue Washburne

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    These cards are terrific! So fun! ???

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    • Rachel

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      Thank you so much, Sue!

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  • Betty Anne Zinga

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    All of those cards are beautiful. Thanks for sharing.

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    • Rachel

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      Thank you, Betty!

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  • Ann

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    Absolutely love your 3D cards. The Viking ship is so creative!

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    • Rachel

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      Thank you, Ann ?

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  • Kathy Chastain

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    OOOOOOOOOOOOOOOmy Goodness! Those are amazing!

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    • Rachel

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      Thank you so much, Kathy!

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  • MarjaSch

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    What agorgeous way to use the viking. I also love to make the card in a box. You did it so well. Greetings Marja

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    • Rachel

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      Hi Marja! Thank you for your sweet comments. ?

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  • Candy

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    Awesome cards!!!

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    • Rachel

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      Thank you, Candy! ?

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    • Rachel

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      Thank you so much, Karthikha!

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