Monday, February 28, 2011

I Want it All: 3x6 Cuties

I really like 3x6 cards. They're not so big that it's hard to get enough stuff on them to make them seem full, but not so small that you have trouble fitting anything. And if you're a scrapbooker, cutting your 12x12" sheets of paper into 6" squares gives you 4 card bases with zero waste!

But wait. This set of materials provides 8.5 x 11" card stock. Hey! Let's think outside the limits! I've cut a 6x11" length from one of my sheets of CS (the Naturals Ivory), then cut this in half, forming two 6" x 5.5" squares. Score these at the 3" mark to fold into 3x6" cards, with one side measuring just 2.5" x 6". This "short side" is going to form a "springboard for creativity", as I like to call situations that push you to work with something that didn't turn out the way you planned, or that isn't the way you've always done it before.

And by the way, the leftover strip is perfect for stamping sentiments and punching them out.

I cut 2x6" strips from a couple sheets of DSP. I also cut 1x6" strips from some coordinating DSP. These 1" strips I ran through the eyelet punch (beginning in the center and working to either end so that the punched design is centered on the strip), then glued them to the underside of the card front. Glue the coordinating 2x6" strip to the card front about 1/16" back from the original edge, so that you have a narrow strip of card base showing. Sponge edges of paper eyelet if desired.

Stamp your cover sentiment onto the leftover strip of Naturals Ivory CS and punch out. Remember to work from the back side of the punch, centering the opening over the sentiment so it's all nice and straight. Sponge edges. Use Stampin' Dimensionals to "pop it up" and adhere. Add a bow (I used 7" of seam binding tape for the red bow, and tied two 3" lengths together for the green one) or other dimensional element, adhering with a glue dot. Add 3-5 faux brads (see "Technique Tips-Faux Brads).

When I stamped a coordinating sentiment on the inside, I decided it would be fun to do a little something unexpected. I used the thin strip of DSP that was left from punching the 1x6" eyelet like an arrow to draw attention to the sentiment (sorry these are a bit fuzzy - tired eyes!).

That's it! Very simple, despite the length of the post. Just trying to show you everything you need in pictures and in words... close-ups of the individual cards to follow in the next post. -Kathy

All supplies Stampin' Up!

Stamps: Sincere Salutations and Full of Life
Ink: Rose Red and Always Artichoke classic
Paper: Naturals Ivory CS, Springtime Vintage DSP
Accessories: 1/4" handheld, Eyelet Border and Decorative Label XL punches; Rose Red and Pear Pizzaz Seam Binding Tape; Tombow MultiPurpose liquid glue, Stampin' Dimensionals, glue dots; Crystal Effects

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