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3D Fantastic Fans Cards

I recently acquired Anna Griffin's 3D Fantastic Fans dies. I was excited to get these dies because it takes the traditional flat fans and reenvisions them with more dimension. 

The dies require a little more finagling than you would think. Because they pop out, you're going to need a powerful glue or lots of 3D adhesive dots to make this work. 

Using these dies, I looked at an assortment of challenges that I could utilize for inspiration.

Over on Time Out Challenges, they wanted us to use a quote to help make a card come to life.

So for my first card I wanted to use each of the pieces of the fan. I've had this vintage paper with a rose for the better part of four years when I first got into card making; I then pulled out my new metallic rose paper and paired it with this vintage paper. I then added in the "For My Friend" sentiment from Anna Griffin's Wild Flower box.

For my second card, I used Color My Heart Color Dare challenge. The inspiration photo was as follows:

I wanted to incorporate the blue, gold, and pink seen in this photo. I also wanted to take the fan concept and push it to the next level. So what's better than one fan? Two! I layered each fan with a second layer to make each fans extension appear different. The gold flower background was a paper I found in the clearance section at Michael's, and really helps out bring out the gold of the fans themselves. 

I spent more time than I'd like to admit on these cards, so I wanted to make a card with a focus on finishing it quickly. This third card came out of that and the colors I've largely been working with (yellow and pink). Make the Cards Challenge #27 fit the bill perfect for the full inspiration.

It initially looked a little too simple so I added in the "merci" flag and the extra flourishes to push it to the next level. 

The short answer, these fans dies are A+. While there is a certain delicacy of these cards, I know people will love receiving these cards with such dimension. Here are a few more pics of the cards to show you the depth of these cards.

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  1. Rather clever dies! I’ve not seen these 3D dies. Lovely cards and thanks for playing along with Color My Heart Color Dare. X

  2. Beautiful card! You used our colors well. Thanks for sharing at Color Dare.

  3. Beautiful fan cards!
    Thank you for sharing with Color My Heart Color Dare!
    Color Dare Challenges
    Calling All Crafters! – My Blog!

  4. Your fan cards are amazing! Love the dimension. Thanks for playing with us at Make the Cards Challenge!

  5. Ooooo those fans are delightful and the detailed layout is kind of shabby chic feel. I work at Michaels and I didn't find that amazing die! Oh well maybe I should work more often. Fabulous card and thank you for joining us at CMHCD.

  6. Wow so elegant with the gold fans. 3D cards are so pretty. Thanks for joining us at Colour Dare Challenge, I hope you can join us again soon.


  7. Nice fans! Thank you for joining us at Make the Cards Challenge this week!

  8. I love how you have used that fan die on so many different cards - it really is an elegant focal point for your designs - especially in the gold paper. Beautiful cards! Thanks so much for playing along with us at TIME OUT!

  9. Wow.. This is so beautifully layered and designed. A gorgeous card. Thank you for joining us at Time out challenge. Hugs ~ Ishani


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