Wednesday, July 13, 2016

CFS Release - 3 Uses for a 3D Sleigh

Hi Folks! Today's project is my favorite of all six days of the CAS-ual Fridays release ... a 3D sleigh! And, I'd like to share 3 different ways to use it.

Let's take a closer look at how to make it!

The sleigh from the CAS-ual Fridays' Sleighride set is stamped & embossed. Then I taped down the Sleigh Fri-Die so it would cut nicely around the edges of the stamped sleigh. The die set comes with a separate die for the body of the sleigh, which is really convenient for introducing a fun patterned paper. I inked slightly around the edges of the red patterned body. To make it 3D, I repeated everything for a second sleigh shape, and then cut a strip of the same patterned paper and folded it in a rectangle. Each sleigh is attached to the long side of the rectangle.

Here's an aerial view to show you how the rectangle is used to attach both sleigh shapes, and turn it into a 3D sleigh.

  Because it's just a rectangle holding the two sleighs together, and not something more substantial like a box with a bottom, it's able to fold flat for mailing. This "card" is still able to fit into a standard A2-sized envelope when it's folded flat like this.

Then when the card is opened, it's able to stand. You could really put anything in the sleigh ... a greeting, Santa, presents, pine cones, a tree. I opted to put a super-sized ornament, because, well, that's in this current release! : ) Whatever accessory you end up putting in your sleigh, you just need to mark where it hits the short sides of the rectangle, and then make slits in your accessory. It should then stand on its own.

Note the pattern on the rectangle strip is centered so that two of the flowered shapes were showing. They reminded me of headlights and taillights. Yes, I do think of these strangely detailed things when I'm in the craft room for too long!

The sentiment on the ornament is included in the Sleighride stamp set, as well as the holly and berries (colored with copics).

I liked how this one turned out so much that I started thinking of other ways to use it.

 An actual ornament! This is great because it's the exact same project as the card, so no extra effort required. Once your recipient has opened the card, they can stick it on their tree!

Another idea is to use the 3D sleigh for a place card. Just fill it with some Christmas trimmings (pine cone, berries, pine needle). The name is written on a strip of paper wrapped around a toothpick colored black with a Copic marker. 

They take so little time to make that it's a perfect project to make for the whole table. You could vary the patterned paper used for the body, perhaps with Christmas papers from the same set. Another nice feature is that they all fold flat, so they can easily be stored in a drawer for next year's festivities. As long as your guests don't want to take them home, that is : )
Check out the rest of the Ink Squad to see more awesome projects with these stamps. Only two more days of projects left for this release!
Thanks for looking!


  1. How cute your sleigh
    is! Love all the
    different ways to
    use it.
    Carla from Utah

  2. I love this Sleigh and I love your creativity! Thank you!

  3. OH MY GOODNESS KELLY! This is absolutely adorable!!! A stunner!

  4. I love the way you "see" out of the box projects. This is totally fabulous, and is over-the-top adorable on the dinner plate!! I just have to CASE these for a Hostess gift at holiday time! WELL DONE!!!

  5. My my my....this is just fabulous. Love Santa's sleigh, so beautiful.

  6. Your ideas for use a sleig there are perfects, thanks for sharing!!!

  7. How clever and such gorgeous pictures to showcase your creations!

  8. Love your fun 3-D sleigh! Makes a darling ornament!

  9. You come up with some of the most amazing idea! I love everything you have done with this darling sleigh! Loved all your pictures too! Hugs!

  10. Wow, fabulous project! Love it so much.

  11. Awesome sled. Not surprised to find a clever bit of construction over here on your blog. Our summer has been great so far, and is going by way too fast. Daughter heading to college in mid August, and the clock seems to be ticking at a faster rate. Hope all is well with you, and that you are enjoying your new home.

  12. Holy smokes Kelly, these are marvelous!! Love the way you think!!

  13. Amazing sleigh projects, love the 3-D and the ornament construction!

  14. Awww! I love the Sleighride and Sleigh Fri-Dies and how it can be used!!!! Your project is absolutely STUNNING!!!!

  15. You are just too clever, Kelly. I love the idea of using the sleigh as an ornament and that alone may make me need that die.

  16. These are all fantastic Kelly! I love your creativity

  17. How did you manage the gold border on the sleigh?


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