Hello!  For today’s tutorial, I am sharing a very fun set of colorful sock monkey cards that I made together with my 3 young kiddos, featuring the Sizzix BIGZ XL Sock Monkey die set.  The heart string banner die, unfortunately I do not recall which brand it is from as it was purchased years ago.  But if you are interested in this design, Penny Black just recently released a heart string similar to this one that you might want to check out.  I shared the link in the Supplies-Where To Shop section below for your convenient.

    This post is also part of the currently Cards for Little Hearts’ 2019 Heart-Themed Collection I am hosting.  This collection will promptly end on January 31st.  For the complete guideline and mailing address, please visit  Cards for Little Hearts’ official website.   As a thank you, I will be giving away my latest digital drawing Heart Balloons Elephant to everyone that help send in a card!  Hope you can join us!

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    Tutorial:  Sock Monkey Cards

    SUPPLIES: (die cut)  Sizzix BIGZ XL – Sock Monkey; heart string (cardstock) assorted bright colors cardstock of choice (inks) Uni-Ball Gel white pen; multiliner black pen (tools) Sizzix Big Shot; extended cutting pads; paper trimmer; bone fold, hole-puncher (adhesive) double-sided tape, glue, foam tape, double-sided adhesive sheets (accessory) mini heart die cut

    DIRECTION: 

    1. Create a side-folded 4-1/4″x7″ size card base from a 8-1/2″x7″ size cardstock (color of your choice).  Score at the 4-1/4″ mark.
    2. For each card, die cut out…
      • 2 body layers – One white for base layer.  One top layer in any color cardstock of choice. 
      • 1 mouth  
      • 1 hat
      • 1 scarf
      • 1 heart
      • 1 heart string
    3.  Assemble the sock monkey.  Adhere on hat and scarf. 
    4. Hand write in HUG (or other word) onto the heart and adhere over the monkey’s chest.
    5. Hole-punch each hand and insert the tip of banner’s string through.  (Optional – decorate the heart string with mini die-cut white hearts or hand doodle them in.  I used the heart pieces from the Penny Black’s Lovely Border die set)
    6. Adhere the assembled sock monkey onto card front with foam tape.
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