Fun Fold Card

SU Painted Harvest

 

September 15, 2017

I think this may be the hottest item in the new catalog!

~The Painted Harvest Bundle~

My stamping girls certainly loved it at class last week!

A few gals actually said the DSP was missing in their kits. then I showed them how they were going to make it! However, there is an absolutely beautiful sunflower patterned paper in the Painted Autumn Designer Series Paper🙂

Have you seen all the combinations of colors- yellows, purples, blues-that people have been using on Pinterest?  We used this color combination at our Demo meeting- Crushed Curry, Cajun Craze, and Early Espresso for the flowers and  Pear Pizzazz and Garden Green for the leaves. To add a little more detail, my friend Linda Heller had us slide a Soft Sky ink spot over the Very Vanilla cardstock before we stamped.

It was super easy to create this fun fold card- just cut off 1-1/4″ of the Early Espresso card base and then…use it for the banner! No waste- ask my girls, I always show them how to get the most out of their cardstock! I used the coordinating leaf punch that comes in the bundle to punch out the leaves for the banner. The 1/4″ Copper Trim finished the banner off wonderfully! Oh, and we jazzed it up with some Wink of Stella on the flower centers.

Here’s a story of  how God is in the details- I was going to a Girlfriend’s Luncheon last Sunday that my most precious friend Donna has every year. I wanted to give her something to let her know she is appreciated far more than any thing or any words can express. I happened to be out and picked up this sweet watering can of greens and flowers as an example of how she is just “pure sunshine” to anyone who meets her. When I got home, I decided I was going to make her a card with the Painted Harvest stamp set. Little did I realize that this one matched perfectly in color, style, and occasion! I mean, so perfect that I should take some cards down to that shop to go with the gift!!!

 

A little tip using this two step stamping stamp set- I found it easier to stamp the dark flower first than the lighter one even though the lighter one is bigger. I also stamped the veined darker green leaf first, too. It was much easier to see the dark ink and stamp the light ink on top of it. I have heard people suggest stamping the middle of the flower first but did not want to risk not having room for the petals and leaves later.

I also masked off  a bit of the leaf stem by rubbing ink off with my finger so the leaves appear to be coming out from under the sunflower- your choice it looks great either way:)

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SU Oh So Eclectic Fun Fold

August 21, 2017

Happy Eclipse Day, peeps!

I created something for the Craft Project Central’s Creating Pretty Cards Challenge # 74.

You can play along and your name will be submitted into a drawing for a free month’s tutorial! 

Here is the sketch you can use for inspiration:

 

I am not sure what kind of fun fold this is called but it sure is fun to make!

Here is how it folds flat for mailing.

I saw a few of this type of folded card on Pinterest and set out to find measurements, and you get to hear the story….

I knew the card had to fold into 5-1/2″  x 4-1/4″ to fit in an A2 envelope. So, I started with a 4-1/4″ x 11″ piece of Night of Navy card stock and worked backwards. I took 5-1/2″ and added 1″ for it to stand on, added 2-1/4″ for the lower panel (so it would accommodate a 4″ x 2″ piece of striped DSP), added another 1″, and then 1/2″ for the tab to adhere it to the card base. All that added together is 10-1/4.”

So, I cut the card stock to 4-1/4″ x 10-1/4″.

Then, I scored that card base at 5-1/2″, 6-1/2″, 8-3/4″, and 9-3/4″. 

The next step was to fold it at 5-1/2″ and then place a strong adhesive on the 1/2″ tab as seen above.   Fold the cardstock as shown and fold flat being careful not to stick it to anything. Once flat, press on the adhesive. The card should move freely and fold flat. You can then add the 3″ x 4″ upper panel DSP with the flower pattern.

Next, I needed approximately 2-1/2″ x 4 for the white die cut on the other part of the card so I  again worked backwards and cut the other Night of Navy cardstock to 2-3/4″ x 5-3/4. I scored this piece at 4-1/4″ and 5-1/4.”

I also had some scraps from another lattice I cut from Berry Burst so I added them to the upper right corner for a little unexpected pop of color:) I decided the card was just the right amount of busy so I left the back open for whatever sentiment I choose in the future. I find myself doing that more often since I end up with a lot of cards but not the specific one I need so leaving it blank allows me to use it later! Do you ever do that?

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SU Tuxedo Card using Bow Punch

December 4, 2016

My daughter is in wedding mode for October 2017…save the dates, invitations, bridesmaids invites, and even groomsman invites. While preparing for her brother’s wedding a couple months ago where she was the Maid of Honor, her fiance mentioned how HE wanted to make invites for his groomsmen like she did with her “champagne cheers” invites for her bridesmaids.
So she surprised him with these tuxedo cards with some help
from Australian SU demonstrator Diane Barnes:

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It was so fun to have her in my stamping room figuring everything out as she made them especially the cute bow ties made with the SU Bow Builder Punch. I love how she made the cumberbund or cummerbund (the second being the correct spelling and the first being a variant we Americans seem to use) check out WordLady’s take on it HERE.

I think she is a natural crafter who just won’t admit it!!!

BTW, she had to make 11 of these…no, that is not a typo- 11 attendants on each side…

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SU Sweet Cupcake with Cupcake Cutouts Framelits

July 25, 2016

I saw a card by the talented UK Demonstrator Amanda Bates that set the sweet cupcake on a doily on a portrait z-fold card. I couldn’t resist coming up with one of my own cards using the SU Sweet Cupcake stamp set and coordinating Cupcake Cutouts framelits.

SU Sweet Cupcake Best Things z fold

A Z-fold card is simple to make. I decided to make my card a landscape A2 sized card so I started with a 4 1/4″ x 11″ piece of cardstock and scored it at 2 3/4″ and 5 1/2″ on the 11″ side. The band across the front is also scored this way. I used the Festive embossing folder on the back part of the card- cut to 4″ x 5 1/4″. I think it gave a great backdrop for the cupcake to pop- not too busy with DSP but just added texture. I think the landscape design allows the cupcake to fill in the white embossed space and not need any additional fill-ins on the front right DSP side of the card either. The DSP is cut to 4″ x 2 1/2″.

I chose to leave the middle panel blank and write on the back of the card on a white panel. It just looked cleaner to me and let all the other parts stand out. But, you could easily place another piece of DSP or another sentiment on a white panel on the middle part of the card.

SU Sweet Cupcake Z fold top view

You will notice the sentiment is stamped differently than it comes in the set. I did cut my stamp and stack the words on top of each other. When I alter a stamp this way, I am sure NOT to trim any edges- I just cut through cleanly so it can easily go back together like puzzle pieces fit together.

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Here is another use of the sentiments and thinlit words:

SU Sweet Cupcake z fold belated birthday

 The Sweet Cupcake stamp set comes with the icing and cupcake liner labeled 1, 2, and 3  for realistic 3-step stamping. It is meant to stamp in that order #1, #2, and then #3.

However, I stamp in reverse, that is, I stamp #3, #2, and then #1.  The icing was stamped on Pink Pirouette cardstock using Pink Pirouette ink for stamp #3, then Blushing Bride ink for stamp #2, and then Melon Mambo ink for stamp #1. The cupcake liner is stamped on Sahara Sand cardstock using Crumb Cake ink on stamp # 3, then Sahara Sand ink for stamp #2, and then Tip Top Taupe for stamp #1. I hope that makes sense to you:)

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SU Butterfly Basics Tunnel Card

May 6, 2016

Here is a fun fold card called a Tunnel Card. Google it and see how many diffferent names and designs you see! Here is what I came up with using the SU Butterfly Basics stamp set and the Fluttering embossing folder:

SU Watercolor Wings Vanilla Tunnel Card

Here is a top view showing the tunnel fold.

SU Watercolor Wings Tunnel Card Top View

First, cut a piece of Very Vanilla cardstock  to 5 1/4″ x 8 1/4″ and score it at 4 1/8″. Center a framelit over the score line horizontally and vertically and die cut an opening. This is the part of the card above with the Sending Wishes Your Way stamped on the left.

Then lay the die cut cardstock  over a 5″ x 8″ piece of Very Vanilla cardstock to know where to stamp the innermost part of the card. I came up with the sentiment fitting at 2 1/2″ down from the top and to the right of the flower and 4″ at the middle. You can eyeball the middle at 4″ or mark it with a pencil. I actually lined it up with my grid paper and just stamped at 4″ which is the middle. I lined up a ruler along the 4″ middle line and stamped the sentiment at the 2 1/2″ mark down from the top. You may come up with different measurements if you use a different die or stamp.

For this particular card, stamp BEFORE you fold it in the middle. It will not stamp fully on a score line. After you stamp it and it is dry, fold it over to make the middle score. This is very easy with the thinner Very Vanilla or Whisper White cardstock.

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You adhere the stamped 5″ x 8″ to the card base (above) one side at a time to the card base. Take the folded stamped panel and adhere one side to the card base with an equal border on the top, bottom and side with the middle folds touching.  Fold it over and place adhesive on the folded over piece. Close the card and it will adhere to the card base. *This keeps the stamped cardstock panel from buckling.

To create the “tunnel,” fold the die cut opening on on the 4 1/8″ score line as shown below. You then fold each side in toward the folded score line which will form the four parts. You lay this over the stamped panel one side at a time like you did with the stamped panel. This panel is slightly larger than the stamped panel. You do not line it up flush with the other panel already adhered to the card.  You just adhere it with an equal border on the top, bottom, and sides.

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