Tuesday, January 25, 2011

I Want It All! - Standard Sized Card

Let's make a standard-sized 4.25 x 5.5" card to begin. Choose your base color and two coordinating sheets of designer series paper (DSP). I selected Always Artichoke and the papers you see here.

Begin by cutting a 2" strip from the side of the lighter piece of DSP. It will be 6" long, so cut a bit off so that you are left with a piece 2"x 4 7/8".

Cut a 3/8" strip from the darker DSP, and trim it to 5 1/4" long.

You will divide the Always Artichoke card stock in half, forming two pieces 5.5"x 8.5". Score one of these in half as shown to create a folded card 5.5 x 4.25". (Set the other piece of Artichoke aside for future projects.) Position card horizontally on work surface with hinge at top. Using Tombow Multi-purpose Adhesive, layer on lightest color as shown, placing the left edge of the strip against the left edge of the card. Note that the space below and at the end of the strip are equal. Next, layer on the darker strip just below half way.

Take a moment now to sponge color onto the edges of the card for some depth and interest. I used Not Quite Navy. Using the Tombow, position a large button near the right side of the narrow strip of DSP as shown. This can set as you complete the rest of the card.

On a scrap of Naturals Ivory card stock, stamp desired sentiment in Not Quite Navy classic ink. Work from the back side of the XL Decorative Label punch to center, and punch out. Sponge edges with Not Quite Navy. Punch two more shapes from coordinating scrap to form "mat". Assemble and affix with Tombow.

Finally, look on the remaining piece of light DSP for a large flower and two sets of leaves near an edge. Cut out using Paper Snips, leaving about 1/8" to 1/16" margin around elements to provide stability. Attach with Stampin' Dimensionals. If you are easily frustrated or don't really enjoy cutting with scissors, this step may be omitted.

Voila! You've just completed your first card using "Share" materials. Check back tomorrow for some "Three for One" Valentines. -Kathy

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