Assembly line card front creations.


Multiple card fronts

I am going to be making 16 cards for the stationery box I made yesterday.  Once I had a “theme” for the cards I figured the best way to go about this project was to do it “assembly line” style.  Getting the pieces made as I go along and putting them together in stages.

The stamp set I have chosen is the Tim Holtz Stamper’s Anonymous “Holiday Collection” with all the Santa images.

Tim Holtz Stamper's Anonymous "Holiday Collection"

The lighting in my room is pretty bad today and I apologize for the bad lighting.  I’ve used VersaMark on these stamps and applied them to some paper I have had forever.  I don’t know what the brand is or anything….other than it is off white with some flecks of color in it.

After stamping each image four (4) times I covered the VersaMark images with black embossing powder.

Images stamped with VersaMark and black embossing powder applied

This part of the project took about 45 minutes to an hour.  Inking the stamp, aligning it next to (but not on top of) the next image, then applying the black embossing powder.  The most difficult part was trying to keep track of invisible.  The VersaMark disappears once applied to white paper and it was pretty hard to see.

I would not recommend stamping the image one at a time then applying the embossing powder just to keep track of where you had stamped.  That fine powder, even tapped off and blowing the extra off, leaves a residue on the paper that is hard to see and leaves voids when you try to stamp over the fines.

Next was to heat set the embossing powder on the sheets of 8-1/2 x 11 papers.  This phase of the work took about 20 minutes.  Moving the paper around as the embossing powder melted and trying not to scorch the paper nor burn my fingers.

Apply heat to melt the embossing powder

These are the inks I’m using on this project.  VersaMark for the stamping, Fired Brick, Tumbled Glass, and Antique Lace Distress Stains to “color” the images.  I’m practicing the Tim Holtz technique of smearing color around and blending it in.

Inks used in this project

First up is Fired Brick Distress Stain.

Fired Brick Distress Stain

Using a makeup sponge I applied the distress stain in semi random places on each of the stamped and embossed images.  Buff the sponge and color right over the black embossing to get the color down in the open areas of the embossing.

Fired Brick randomly placed over images

Next was Tumbled Glass and a different makeup sponge.

Tumbled Glass Distress Stain

Once again, in a semi random placement I sponged on the Tumbled Glass trying not to mix it with the previous application of red.  This is starting to look like a Sunday cartoon page 😦

Random placement of Tumbled Glass

The final bit of inking was with Antique Linen Distress Stain and another sponge.

Antique Linen Distress Stain

This color was added into the remaining white areas of the stamped and embossed images.

Application of Antique Lace Distress Stain

Yep.  I had the same thought.  Crapazoid, this looks all messed up!  Some of those Santas look almost menacing with the way they are colored.  Yikes!

This part of the process took about another 30 minutes to do.  Covering each of the images with the three colors – one after another – and adding in more color to some that seemed to have gotten lighter.

Next I sprayed both pages with some Glimmer Mist by Tattered Angels.

Tattered Angels Glimmer Mist

Olive Vine Glimmer Mist

Yellow Daisy Glimmer Mist

This part of the project took about 10 minutes to do.  Fussing with where to spray what was the biggest time waster.

Once the pages were sprayed I left them to air dry for about an hour.  Go get some breakfast and check on the blogs I read and my email.  Multi-tasking 😀

After application of Glimmer Mist

After the Glimmer Mist dried I used scissors to cut the images from the paper then I used a paper trimmer to get the images cut straight.

Trim out the image then straighten the edges with a paper trimmer

Once each image was cut out and squared up they didn’t look quite as bad as they did right next to each other.

Trimmed and squared images

Next was an application of Walnut Stain Distress Ink to the cut edges of the images.

Walnut Stain Distress Ink

Inking the image edges

These images are so dark I thought they need to have a white border around them.  Using some Whisper White card stock from Stampin’ Up! I cut the mattes at 2-3/4″ x 3-3/4″.  Adhesive was applied to the image and then stuck down to the Whisper White card stock.

2-3/4" x 3-3/4" Whisper White card stock adhered to the image

Whisper White attached to each image

Looking through my stash of papers I needed to find some black card stock. What I found was a couple 12″ x 12″ pieces of Club Scrap card stock with a print on the other side.

Club Scrap card stock used in this project.  The black side will be what  you see.


I cut this 12″ x 12″ card stock into 3″ x 4″ pieces.  The black card stock will be mounted to the back of the white card stock for another matte effect.

Black card stock adhered to the Whisper White for a double matte effect

Cutting up the Whisper White card stock, adhering it to the back of each of the 16 images took almost an hour to do.  Cutting up the black card stock and adhering it to the white card stock took almost another hour to do.

The next part of this assembly line project was to cut and score the card bases.  I had to hunt around for eight (8) sheets of 8-1/2″ x 11″ card stock.  The first four sheets were a snap to go through.  Cut each sheet in half horizontally at 5-1/2″.  Then score each of the 8-1/2″ x 5-1/2″ card stock pieces in half at 4-1/4″.

The next set of four sheets of card stock were cut at 4-3/4″ x 6-1/2″ and scored horizontally at 3-1/4″.  I now have 16 card bases to go with the stationery kit.

Cut and score the card bases

This part of the project took not quite an  hour to do.  This went pretty quickly.  I need to get as much done as I possibly can before Monday arrives and more doctor visits for Joe.

I have envelopes for the standard A2 cards – the 4-1/4″ x 5-1/2″ card bases.  I don’t have envelopes for the 4-3/4″ x 3-1/4″ card bases.  I had to make them.  I saw a video on YouTube using the Martha Steward score board to make the envelopes.  So I did a “mash up” of my technique and the YouTube video.

First, measure the card base on the diagonal.  Measure from the top left corner down to the bottom right corner.  Once you get that measurement you will add one (1) inch.  This will be 6-3/4″.

Measure your card base diagonally from corner to corner

I located eight (8) sheets of an off white card stock, similar to what I used to stamp the images on.  Each sheet was cut at 6-3/4″ x 6-3/4″.

With a pencil I drew down the 6″ score line of the Martha Steward score board so I would have a point of reference for the two points of the squared up card stock.  The points need to be straight up and down for this to work right.

Mark the score area with a pencil nearly all the way down

One point aligned at the 6" mark and the bottom point aligned on the pencil line

Place your card base as close to be centered on the 6-3/4″ x 6-3/4″ paper.  Eyeballing it will get  you pretty close to being centered.

Place card base in the center of the 6-3/4" x 6-3/4" paper
With the scoring tool, place it at the right top edge of the paper near the card base end.  Run the score tool up to the top to see where it ends up on the measuring scale.  Write that increment down on a piece of paper.  Score down the paper at that designated score line.

Score the envelope paper close to the card base edge

Carefully holding the card base in place do the same with the left side of the envelope paper.  Find the score line that is closest to the left edge of the card base.  Make sure to go out further one score line.  I went right up against the card base and that was way too close.

Mark the left side of the envelope paper near the card base edge

Turn the envelope paper one quarter turn right or left, doesn’t matter.  Just get the next point up at the 6″ mark and line up the bottom point with the pencil mark.

Turn the envelope paper one quarter turn

Score the paper down the closest line to the card base as you can go without being on top of the card base.

Score the left side of the envelope paper

Next score the right side of the envelope paper close to the card base.

Score the right side of the envelope paper

Your envelope paper will now look like this with the lines scored through it.

Scored envelope paper

Make sure to write down the score lines you used to create this envelope.

Write down your score line measurements

Next you will be dealing with the little triangles that will need to be cut away.  By cutting out these triangles you will be removing BULK from the corners of your envelope.  This will give you some really smooth and fabulous corners.

Triangles to be cut away

Cut on the outer part of the triangle.  Remove the creased edge of the triangle.

Cut away the creased line of the triangle on all four sides

Once you have finished cutting out the triangles your envelope will look like this.

Triangles cut away

Align the score mark for the bottom edge of the fold up area with the pencil line on the score board.  Decided where you want the point cut off and score that line.  Turn the envelope around to the other side and do the same thing.  Score the area you want to cut away on the flap.  Cut away the score mark and your envelope is just about finished.

Align the envelope bottom fold on the pencil line and mark the area on the flap you want to cut away

Your flat flaps will look like this.

Flat cut flaps

Test fit your card base into the envelope.  Close up the envelope around the card base without using adhesive.

Test fit the card base in the envelope before you add adhesive

Test fit card base and envelope

Make sure the flap closes over easily

Apply adhesive to the side flaps at the bottom edge to the point.  Sorry, I don’t have any photos in focus of this procedure.  Fumble fingers!

Apply adhesive to the bottom flap areas

Once you have our envelopes all put together then it is time to add an adhesive strip to the closure part of the envelope.  It is IMPORTANT to leave the protective paper on the adhesive.  You don’t want the envelope to stick shut after all this hard work.

Leave the protective cover on the adhesive strip

A stack of envelopes ready for the cards to be finished.

Stack of envelopes ready to be stuffed

That is all for today.  More than enough for one day.  I think it is time to go check on Joe and see if he feels like a “Scrap Widower”.  The envelope creation of this project took several hours to do, about three hours to be exact.

I may have to pack a basket of supplies to take with me to the doctor appointments with Joe this coming week.  Have something to do while he is being examined and getting his stitches removed.

I still have to create the 3″ x 3″ note cards and envelopes and the gift tags for this box of goodies.  I think I can keep myself occupied this week 😀  Yes, and I also need to decorate the lid of the box.  So much yet to do!

Those of you in the US that are preparing for Thanksgiving this coming Thursday I ask that you take a moment to consider what you are thankful for this year.  I have a lot to be thankful for.  I will end this post with a bit of gratitude.

I am thankful for the doctors that have taken care of my Joe this year.  The care shown by them and the knowledge they have to combat the pulmonary embolisms he suffered through and the appendicitis recently, plus all the other doctors that keep track of him and make sure he is on the way to wellness.  I appreciate each of them.