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Another Arrow Fold Variation

The tutorial that I found in a UK papercrafting magazine for an Arrow fold card shared two variations for creating the point. The first one, I shared with you on Wednesday. Today, I will show the second variation. It looks nearly the same; the amount of cardstock peeking from behind the front point is a bit different.

Stamp: Ornate Thanks

Ink: Terracotta Tile, Blushing Bride

Paper: Old Olive, Whisper White, Gold foil, Ornate Garden specialty DSP

Accessories: Stitched Rectangles dies, Small Bloom punch (SAB but returning!)

This time, I glued down the triangles just along the edge, so that they create a pocket. You can use this card as a gift card holder! And, it’s totally hidden until your recipient opens the card.

This card is made almost the same way as the previous card, except that there is an extra fold on the card front.

Mark the halfway point on the open edge of the card front. Add marks to the sides at 1-3/8″ and 2-3/4″ from the center fold (5-3/4″ and 7″ if you have the full card length in your score tool).

Score up from the central mark to the corners of the fold, and the other two marks. You should have three score lines on each side of the card front.

Accordion fold and secure to the inside of the card base.

The mats and DSP pieces are cut the same way as the previous card:

  • Mat: 4 x 5-1/4″, cut from both corners on the long side, to the central point on the opposite side
  • DSP: 3-3/4 x 5″, cut from both corners on the long side, to the central point on the opposite side

Once again, I decided to make the card in pairs, to use mix and match coordinating papers.

Since this card base used darker cardstock, I added Whisper White to the inside for a place to write. It is cut the same way as the DSP for the front of the card.

Isn’t that a cool look? And fancy? But, it’s quick and easy. Try it out!

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Arrow Fold Card

I was recently skimming a UK papercrafting magazine, for which I have an electronic subscription. I came across a tutorial for a neat fun fold that I wanted to try. I haven’t used the Parisian Blossoms specialty DSP much, so thought that it was a great choice for this card.

Stamp: none

Ink: none

Paper: Whisper White, Parisian Blossoms specialty DSP, Champagne foil

Accessories: none

I actually couldn’t decide which design I wanted where, so I madeĀ  the opposite version as well.

This is what it looks like on the inside.

And you can almost get the card to stand up by itself.

Making the card base is pretty straightforward.

Mark the halfway point on the open edge of the card front. Add a mark to the sides at 2-1/8″ from the center fold (6-3/8″ if you have the full card length in your score tool), which also happens to be the halfway point.

Score up from the central mark on the open edge to the corners of the fold, and to the marks on the sides. You should have two score lines on each side of the card front. I like to score the valley folds on the opposite side of the cardstock.

Accordion fold and secure to the inside of the card base.

The mats and DSP pieces are cut identically:

  • Mat: 4 x 5-1/4″, cut from both corners on the long side, to the central point on the opposite side
  • DSP: 3-3/4 x 5″, cut from both corners on the long side, to the central point on the opposite side

Layer the DSP onto the mats, then layer onto the card. Simple!

You know, it was a bit funny to go back to the tutorial and find that it was designed by Sam Colcott! (One of her videos is the inspiration for the tuxedo cards I made.)

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A Bold Butterfly, Too!

After making the Faux Die cut Inlay card on Friday, I couldn’t resist a version with the butterfly in the same set of dies. I thought this one was a tad easier to make, since the image is smaller. Plus, there weren’t different flowers and leaves to keep track of, just different “layers” to the colors.

Stamp: Label Me Bold (retiring)

Ink: Mango Melody, Melon Mambo, Rich Razzleberry, Granny Apple Green, Bermuda Bay

Paper: Crumb Cake, Whisper White, Basic Black, Fluid 100 watercolor paper

Accessories: Springtime Impressions dies, Stamparatus

Doesn’t that look really striking?

This time, I backed the top layer of Whisper White with an adhesive sheet where the butterfly goes. That way, it was easy enough to stick to the butterfly. Almost too well, actually, because I noticed I may have overlapped the die cut a bit… Oops, no one will notice, right?

I had the idea to create a two-tone sentiment, to match the gradient on the butterfly. And, of course, it had to contrast with the colors for the particular butterfly, right?

I used my Stamparatus to get the effect. I inked part of the stamp with the first color, overlapping into the where I wanted the two inks to blend. I used a sponge to lighten the amount of color in that region. Now, I could stamp. Next, I inked the second part of the stamp, overlapping into the blending area. Sponged again to lighten the color. I stamped again. Yay, I have two-tone inking with some blending in the middle.

I decided to do another version with a different color way:

Ink: Granny Apple Green, Bermuda Bay, Pacific Point, Pretty Peacock, Mango Melody, Melon Mambo

I also added a mat between the background of the butterfly and the card base. I think it makes the butterfly pop a bit more. I made a two-tone sentiment for this card as well.

I went back to the original tutorial (I often start based on memory), and noticed that the tutorial included a colored background. So, I created yet another version. This time, I stuck with all greens (and a yellow) to create a softer gradient.

Ink: So Saffron, Soft Sea Foam, Old Olive, Mossy Meadow, Petal Pink, Flirty Flamingo, Blushing Bride (background)

I definitely think the color in the background makes the image softer instead of bold. I don’t think it was just the color scheme I chose.

For the third card, I also used Shimmery White cardstock as the embossed paper, rather than Fluid 100 watercolor paper. I wanted to see if it worked just as well, plus give us some shimmer. While watercoloring on Shimmery White works well, it is thinner than Fluid 100 so was prone to tearing when embossing with my die. So, I would recommend using Fluid 100 watercolor paper for this technique, even though it adds bulk to the card.

I also like the boldness of an all-white background. The blue-green butterfly is my favorite of the three. Which one do you like? Have you tried this technique, yet?

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Stay-at-Home Saturday

Here we are again, for another Stay-at-Home Saturday! This time, I thought I would make cards using the new Covid-19 Giveback download, the Sending Sunshine PDF! As of 5/5, Stampin’ Up! raised over $123,000. If you are still interested in purchasing the download (and in turn, donating), you can use the link to the right, or go here.

All cards are A2-sized. All landscape cards are top-folding. Cards in the portrait orientation are either top- or side-folding; it depended upon what I had on hand.

Card 1:

Okay, as gross as this sentiment sounded, I couldn’t resist using it on my first card. I backed it with the largest scalloped rectangle. I always wanted to use this retired embossing folder on a toilet paper-related card, too. I just didn’t know how to incorporate it. Doesn’t it remind you of the “quilting” on toilet paper? (The embossing folder is named Quilt Top, and was from a Holiday catalog about 2 years ago.)

I added a small piece of White crinkled seam binding, kind of like how you accidentally carry some with you…

Oh! And I wanted to make it clear that I was sharing UNUSED toilet paper. I added the word “STASH” as clarification to the sentiment.

Card 2:

Since this sentiment was on the same sheet as the one above, I thought I may as well make another toilet paper-related card. This time, I used the Quilt Top embossing folder on the top half of the background, and the diamond pattern of Bermuda Bay DSP on the bottom. (It also reminded me of patterns on toilet paper.) I cropped the sentiment with a circle, to go along with the “roll” theme.

Card 3:

For this sentiment, I wanted to create an aperture card, with the sentiment showing through from the inside. I punched the DSP with the scalloped heart and the card base with the straight-edged heart. The sentiment is fussy-cut and added inside the aperture. This give a nice border to the whole thing.

On the inside, the main sentiment is visible. I also added the coordinating (secondary) sentiment that goes along with it.

Card 4:

I thought it would be just as fun to make a card with the same sentiment, but without an aperture. I also decided to change things up and make a card in the landscape orientation.

Card 5:

This is another idea that has been rolling around in my head. I thought the raccoon looked like he was wringing his hands. It could also be that he is washing his hands! So, he makes a great complement to this particular sentiment. Not sure who it would be sent to, though…

Card 6:

I saw someone make a card with a bunch of cows, and I thought it would look cuter with a bunch of different animals. After digging through my stash a bit, I landed on Animal Outing. It’s retiring, so here’s on last hurrah for them. It would be appropriate to have them all on there, even though they are from different continents. They could be together in a zoo, right?

Card 7:

I had die cut a bunch of the sentiments, and this one was on top, sitting on my desk. That made me ponder, which of my stamps would show a hug? This guy, of course! He also happened to be sitting in the pile of elements, waiting for a card. Plus, on the inside, I could put the second part of his own sentiment, which says “it more than it looks”. I didn’t though. I just put a strip of matching DSP instead.

I have more ideas, but I just pooped out, sorry. The weather changed and it zapped all of my energy. Don’t be surprised if I come back with more ideas on another day, though.

I hope to get cards in the mail soon, too! Promise! Have you been sending out cards?

Stay safe out there! Keep crafting!

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A Bolder Version

Did you get to see my card from Wednesday? I love how soft the colors are. Well, for today, I am going for a bolder look. I am trying to replicate a technique from a Splitcoast Stampers tutorial, called Faux Diecut Inlay. (I have done real die cut inlay before, but it seems I never made a project to share…) While Stampin’ Up! doesn’t carry a comparable die, I thought the die from Springtime Impressions would still work well.

Stamp: Label Me Bold (retiring)

Ink: Lovely Lipstick (retiring), Flirty Flamingo, Mango Melody, Old Olive, Highland Heather, Memento Tuxedo Black

Paper: Whisper White thick and regular, Basic Black, Fluid 100 watercolor paper

Accessories: Springtime Impressions dies (retiring), Aqua Painter, adhesive sheet

Memento Tuxedo Black doesn’t stamp very darkly (or I need to re-ink my pad). I put the stamp on my Stamparatus and stamped a couple of times to get it darker.

I backed Basic Black cardstock with an adhesive sheet and die cut my design. I set it aside.

I embossed the same die onto Fluid 100 watercolor paper. (I used the embossing mats and plate that was sold in 2018-2019?)

On the raised sections, which are the openings of the die cut, I used an Aqua Painter to add various inks. I used the die cut from Wednesday’s card to guide me on where to color, and with what color.

You don’t have to stay just on the raised sections. I did find, though, that the more thoroughly you color the raised section (i.e., no white left on the sections), the more color you will see in the end.

Some of the sections are not part of any flower, so I left those uncolored. You can use the black die cut to check as you color, to make sure you are on the right track.

Once you are done coloring, and the ink is dry, remove the backing from the Basic Black die cut and add to the watercolor paper.

Die cut with the same die out of the background cardstock you will use. The negative space will be the background of your card, and should fit right around the black die cut. In retrospect, I think I would have found it easier to back this background cardstock with an adhesive sheet as well. Also, since the design was so large, it would have worked better on a slightly larger card. All of the layers came up to the edge of the card, making it hard to keep everything stuck down.

I repeated the same technique of watercolor paper and black die cut overlay, with a section of the design for the inside of the card.

I really like how striking the effect is. By using watercolor paper underneath for the color, and embossing it with the same die, you also get a slightly puffy effect. This is a more dimensional look, comparable to fitting negative bits back into the die cut. (Hence, FAUX diecut inlay.) Definitely easier than managing all the little bits.