The first Sunday in October is “National Card Making Day”, and in honor of the upcoming event I thought I’d contribute my two cents.
My card making skills are really rusty and I’m not totally happy with all that I made but the cards got better as I continued on. The formula for these cards is fairly simple and I like the idea of making more than one card and having so little in the way of scrap left over. My usual way of making cards leaves so much scrap behind that I forget about and it piles up.
Any technique you like doing can be done on these cards. Just keep in mind if you will be sending these creations through the mail and they are abundantly embellished they will have to be mailed in a bubble mailer to keep all the goodies safe.
Let your creativity flow with these cards. You can glimmer mist them, distress them, heat emboss, use texture plates, put them through whatever die cutting machine you have and use your embossing folders. Glam them up or keep them sort of plain, use background stamps of your choosing to add pizazz, or use bitty stamps to create your background image.
You will need three (3) sheets of 8-1/2 x 11 card stock. None are recommended here. You can use any colors you choose.
All cutting is done on the HORIZONTAL. You will need a paper trimmer that can measure out to 10 inches or more for the cutting process of these papers. Papers 1 & 2 will be cut EXACTLY the same way. Paper 3 will be cut differently. The following instructions will note which papers will be cut and the dimensions to cut them.
PAPERS 1 & 2: Stack them together, if your paper trimmer will cut through multiples, or cut the papers separately.
Align the papers horizontally with the left edge at the 10″ mark on your paper trimmer and make your cut. Once that is completed move the paper over to the right and align with the 7″ mark and cut once again. You will have two large pieces (7″ x 8-1/2″), two strips that measures 1-1/2″ and, two pieces measuring 3″ x 8-1/2″.
Place both of the 3″ x 8-1/2″ papers horizontally in your paper trimmer and put the left edge on 7-1/2″ and make your cut. You will have two pieces of 1″ x 3″ for scrap.
The angle cutting of the 3″ x 7-1/2″ papers will be done next. TIP: After cutting your angled pieces align them, stacked together, out of your way and in the manner you had cut them. Do not let them pile up at the end of your trimmer, this will complicate the process of assembling if you have a mess to deal with.
With these two 3″ x 7-1/2″ papers stacked together, tilt the papers under your trimmer blade and make an angled cut. You will do this three (3) more times until you have a total of five (5) angled cuts. Go back up and look at the completed cards I have done to see what I mean about the angled cuts if you need to.
There is a video of this entire process being uploaded now. A link will be added when the video is finally posted to YouTube.
PAPER 3: Once again, the paper will be oriented horizontally on your trimmer. Align the left edge of your paper to the 8-3/4″ mark and make your first cut, then slide the left edge to the 6-1/2″ mark and make the next cut, the final cut will be at the 3-1/4″ mark.
Pick up the two pieces of 3-1/4″ x 8-1/2″ you have cut and align them on your trimmer horizontally. You will be making a cut at 8-1/4″ on these two. There will be a 1/4″ scrap from the two pieces. The total scrap your will have from these papers will be two (2) 1-1/2″x 8-1/2″, two (2) 1″ x 3″, and two (2) 1/4″ by 3-1/4″ pieces. You can use this scrap in your card creations or put them in your scrap pile.
Score both of the 7″ by 8-1/2″ pieces of card stock at 3-1/2″. Half of 7″ is 3-1/2″. You will now have two (2) card bases that measure 3-1/2″ x 8-1/2″. Set them aside for now.
This next step is only important in the way you lay out the angled pieces. You can alternate the colors or make it a solid front. You will now begin your card designing process and this is where your creativity begins.
I have used Low Tack Painters Tape to hold the five (5) angled pieces butted up against each other to create the 3″ x 7-1/2″ strip. The painters tape works really good for all EXCEPT running it through the die cutting machine with a texture plate. The pressure really makes the tape stick to the back of the paper and there is some tearing that occurs when removing the tape. I would suggest using a repositionable adhesive on the backs of each angled piece if you will be doing any pressure embossing or texture embossing.
Get out your favorite background stamp, bitty stamps, texture impression folders/plates, whatever you wish to use and treat all five (5) of these angled pieces in the manner you want. Once you have completed this process and like what you have done you can distress the edges of each angled piece however you wish. Just make sure they are lined back up and not just tossed around. This will be like putting together a puzzle, less hunting and fitting involved the easier it will be to work with.
Now, using your favorite adhesive, adhere each of the angled pieces to one of the 3-1/4″ x 8-1/4″ PAPER 3 pieces. Leave a gap of about 1/8″ between each of the angled pieces so the background paper peeks out. Before you adhere this fully assembled piece to your card base, add your ribbon, brads, and other items that will need to be hidden at the back of PAPER 3. Once you are done and happy with your work then adhere this assembled piece to the front of your card base.
The 2-1/4″ x 8-1/2″ PAPER 3 piece will be adhered on the inside of the card. You can stamp a sentiment inside or you can leave it blank. This will be a place to write your personal note to the recipient.
Do all of the assembly, once again, to complete the second card in this series and you now have two (2) completed cards.
Have fun with this. Leave a comment with a link to your blog and let me see what “beautimous” creations you have made. I’ll try to be nice when I see your creations are way more better than mine are 😉