When Dutch Came to Visit

February 6, 2015

ECD_Dutch_Candy_Spiegel6Hi, it’s Candy! This card was inspired by photos that Els, the owner of Elizabeth Craft Designs, posts on her Facebook page. She lives in Colorado where she enjoys spectacular wildlife from the comfort of her home. One of her frequent visitors is a little fox, who has been known to peek in her glass doors. So, I thought it would be fun to create an interactive card where Dutch the Fox can surprise the recipient. Here’s how:

1. Cut black cardstock 4.25″ x 11″. Score and fold at 5.5″ to make the card base.

ECD_Dutch_Candy_Spiegel52. Cut orange cardstock 4″ x 5.25″. Emboss the orange cardstock using the Fleur de Lis Embossing Folder. Lightly ink the edges and embossed part of the cardstock and adhere to card base.

3. Die cut the letters to spell “Surprise” from Alphabet 1 – Caps die and adhere to the top right side of the card.

4. Cut the wood-grain patterned paper, black cardstock and patterned paper for the inside of the door 2.5″ x 4.5″ and ink the edges except for the black cardstock. Die cut each piece with the Tags & More 5 – Sunburst die. (Use the die that creates the outline of the door at the top).


5. Die cut the wood-grain patterned paper a second time using the sunburst decorative overlay die at the top. Adhere the wood-grain paper to the black cardstock. Die cut the black corners from the Tags & More 5 – Sunburst die set and adhere to the bottom corners as shown. Stack the small circles that were cut out when die cutting the tags in order to create the door knob.


6. Cut a pair of Hinges from black cardstock. Adhere one end to the backside of the green patterned paper. Lay the door on top and wrap the hinges around and adhere to the front side of the door. Adhere the back of the green patterned paper to the card front.

ECD_Dutch_Candy_Spiegel77. Die cut Dutch the Fox from orange, black and white cardstock. Assemble and place inside the door on top of the green patterned paper.


There you have it! Thank you for stopping by to check out our furry friend!


Elizabeth Craft Designs:

958 Tags & More 5 – Sunburst

E109 Fleur de Lis Embossing Folder

962 Hardware 1 – Hinges

967 Alphabet 1 – Caps

946 Dutch the Fox


Cardstock in white, black, orange

Patterned paper: KaiserCraft

Distress Ink



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  • Mary Prasad February 9, 2015 at 8:21 am

    Really cute card Candy!

  • Karen Aicken February 6, 2015 at 5:58 pm

    What a creative way to use these dies. Wonderful card!!

  • Frances Byrne February 6, 2015 at 4:02 pm

    such a fun idea to use the tag and hinges to create a door. Love it!

  • Raquel Mason February 6, 2015 at 1:31 pm

    Great idea Candy! I love how you made the door & even used the Hinges.

    • Candy Spiegel February 6, 2015 at 7:55 pm

      Thanks. I love the hinges!

  • Marjorie February 6, 2015 at 12:03 pm

    That card is so cute. You are amazing. Thanks for sharing.

    • Candy Spiegel February 6, 2015 at 1:17 pm

      Awe, thanks, Marjorie!

  • clickityklak February 6, 2015 at 11:58 am

    Oh how cute and I would never have thought of that. Your a genius and TFS so much., I have and love that little fox….actually all the little CRITTERS !

    • Candy Spiegel February 6, 2015 at 1:16 pm

      Yes, the critters are so cute! The size is perfect for cards, but also great on layouts. I just got Whiskers, the cat … the little crab is next on my list!

  • Jody February 6, 2015 at 11:10 am

    What a fun card and I’m sure will be very special to Els. I used to live in the mountains of Colorado and we had all kinds of critters stopping by to say hi. It is an adorable card.

  • judi kauffman February 6, 2015 at 10:53 am

    Great use of the alphabet dies as well as Dutch the Fox. It’s a card that can so easily be customized – The surprise could be anything from another of the Karen Burniston’s Characters to a gift card or movie tickets…

  • Debra Hensley February 6, 2015 at 9:21 am

    So cute and clever!

  • Rita Edwards February 6, 2015 at 8:32 am

    Lovely card with a fun surprise!

  • dyeandpigment55 February 6, 2015 at 8:19 am

    Ha, ha. Great card idea. Thanks.

  • rcraddock910 February 6, 2015 at 8:08 am

    Too cute! I love the surprise fox. Hugs, Robin

    • Candy Spiegel February 6, 2015 at 8:13 am

      Thanks Robin. I’m glad you enjoyed the surprise.

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