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Out of this World Celebration with Lawn Fawn!

Happy Sunday crafty friends, Ashley D. here, and so I’m excited to be back on the Butterfly Reflections Ink blog today to share with you my latest out-of-this-world creation!  For a few months now our space-loving seven-year-old has been excitedly counting down the days to tomorrow’s Yuri’s Night.  At first I believed this was simply a fictional celebration from his favorite episodes of Miles from Tomorrowland or Ready Jet Go!  But thanks to Wikipedia, I soon realized, yes indeed it’s real - a day for outer space fans and aficionados across the globe to celebrate milestones in space exploration.  How cool is that?!  On April 12th, 1961, Yuri Gagarin, aboard Vostok 1, became the first human to launch into space, and exactly 20 years later the United States launched the very first Space Shuttle mission.  So, I decided to put together our own little mini version of this famous ‘World Space Party’ as a surprise for our two sons tomorrow night (and Dad too!).  Alongside snacks, treats, and a new telescope, they’ll be receiving this fun little card, showcasing their favorite planet Mars, with not one, but TWO interactive elements kids are sure to love.

The foundation of this card is a simple galaxy background created by ink-blending several colors of Distress Oxide Ink onto Bristol Smooth Cardstock splattered with white acrylic paint and die cut with Lawn Fawn’s Snowy Backdrop.  Despite this die being intended as snow, the addition of tiny stars lets it easily do double duty as outer space and night skies too.  To add to the scene, I colored few images from Lawn Fawn’s Out of This World and Bean Me Up sets with Copic markers and cut them with the coordinating dies (Out of This World Lawn Cuts).  And of course I had to have Mars' favorite neighbor, Earth, hanging out in the background.

For the first interactive element I used the brand-new Lawn Fawn Swish ‘n Pop Pull Tab to make the rocket fly across the sky.  It’s such a fun little die with endless possibilities.  Lawn Fawn has a great instructional video on how to assemble the mechanism, but here’s a picture of the hidden pieces during assembly with the exposed arm cut out of clear acetate.  To hide the mechanism, I added a little panel created with Lawn Fawn Puffy Cloud Borders and Large Stitched RectangleStackables cut from the same galaxy background.  To make sure it moves freely, it’s best to adhere the panel with two layers of foam tape.

To create the second interactive element, I made a shaker version of the planet Mars.  I used the My Favorite Things Circle Shaker Pouches, the ring from Lawn Fawn’s Large Wreath die and face from the new Lawn Fawn Stitched Sun Frame.  I colored the cardstock with Distress Oxide ink and filled the pouch with red and orange sequins and rhinestones.

For the final touch, I made a custom ‘reMARkable’ sentiment using Lawn Fawn’s Critter’s in the Snow, Jessie’s ABCs, and Oliver’s StitchedABCs.  To complete the card, I added the various stamped elements, staying clear of the swish mechanism.  And to make sure the rocket wouldn’t get caught on anything as it moves, I raised the arm a bit with a piece of foam tape added to the acetate.

Thanks for stopping by and I hope this inspires everyone to get outside and celebrate space tomorrow night.  Happy crafting and stargazing everyone!

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