In the next few weeks, I’m going to be sharing a bunch of cards featuring fun folds. Today’s may be my favorite! This fold creates a 3D effect when you stand the card up so it looks a little like a picture window or a diorama. It’s super easy to make!
In this sample, the piece of Pacific Point card stock is 4 1/4” x 8. Score it at 1 1/4”, 2 1/2”, 5 1/2”, and 6 3/4”. Fold the two outsides into a z-fold by folding the center score marks towards the middle and then fold them back out on the outside score marks.
Cut it a strip of Pacific Point card stock to measure 5 1/2” x 1”. Lay your base card on the table with the folds on one side opened and the folds on the other side folded. Adhere the outside edges of the long strip to the two outer panels. It should lay flat like this as this is how you put it in the envelope. You can unfold the folded side to see how the card pops open to stand on a table or shelf.
To finish the card, cut four pieces of patterned paper to 1” x 4”. Adhere these to the outer panels. Cut a piece of Whisper White card stock to 2 3/4” x 4” for the center panel. Add stamped images of your choice!
I just love the depth and texture of this fun fold card. I’d love to see your creations with it!
This week, I participated in the TGIF Challenge again. It was a color challenge to use the colors Merry Merlot, Basic Black, and Very Vanilla on a card. I chose to combine these colors with the To a Wild Rose stamp set and the Wild Rose dies. The results were stunning! I love these colors together because they are so dramatic.
I stamped the solid image and the shading image of the rose in Merry Merlot on Very Vanilla cardstock and added a black center using a Tuxedo Black Momento ink. I die cut the leaves from Basic Black, Very Vanilla, and Vellum cardstock using the Wild Rose dies. I wanted a little sparkle in the card, so I added a little silver thread under the rose as well. The leaves and thread were mounted on a square of Merry Merlot cardstock cut using the Stitched Shapes dies. It's hard to see, but I popped up the rose on some dimensionals. To give the card even more texture, I embossed the Basic Black cardstock with the Subtle embossing folder. To finish the card, I added a greeting cut from Very Vanilla cardstock using the Well Written dies.
So often our card bases tend to be light colors. This makes sense - light colors are easier to stamp on. However, darker cards can be dramatic. For today's Wow Wednesday, I used the To a Wild Rose stamp set and dies. For the greeting, I used the Well Said set.
This card uses the 2019-2021 In-Colors Terracotta Tile and Pretty Peacock as well as Basic Black. I used Staz-on jet black ink to stamp the outlines of the rose and leaves. Then, I stamped the shading with Versamark to give it a slightly darker color. I cut the images out with the dies. I stamped a second flower and fussy cut the center. I mounted this center on the middle of the flower with dimensionals to give a 3D effect.
To create a background at the top of the card, I stamped the flower center image in Versamark ink on Pretty Peacock cardstock. To add some texture, I embossed the strip of Basic Black cardstock with the Subtle embossing folder. Finally, I tied it all together with some Polka Dot Tulle.
All of the supplies, including the To a Wild Rose stamp set are available from Stampin' Up!
Next time you want to create a truly dramatic card, consider using darker colors. They can really pop!
Today's Tips & Techniques for the Weekend focuses on heat embossing. This is an old standby in the world of stamping, but one that never fails to add a bit of elegance or a professional look to your card.
There are a few basic supplies you will need:
- Embossing Ink or Versamark Ink
- Embossing Powder
- a Heat Gun
For this card, I am using the To A Wild Rose stamp set and embossing the images on the See a Silhouette Designer Series Paper. Stamping on patterned paper is a fun way to get an interesting fill for your line images. I love the watercolor look of the See A Silhouette paper and this way, I didn't have to do any coloring!
I used white embossing powder for my card. Just dump some over the area you stamped, and then turn your card over and let the excess powder fall on your scrap paper. You can lightly tap the back of your card to remove any stray powder. If you still have some powder in areas where it shouldn't be, carefully use a dry paintbrush to brush it away.
Then, gently fold your scrap paper and pour the extra embossing powder back in the jar.
A much easier method is to use a heat gun. Slowly move the heat gun over your image as you see the powder melt. Be careful not to hold the heat gun in one place for too long because you can over melt the powder. This will cause it to appear dull and melt completely into the cardstock leaving a flat image instead of a raised one.
You don’t need a craft room overflowing with supplies to create beautiful cards. All it takes is stamps, ink, and paper. It’s as simple as that! I created this gorgeous card using the To a Wild Rose stamp set, Melon Mambo and Soft Suede ink, and whisper white card stock – plus a little bit of painter’s tape.
The To a Wild Rose stamp set has three stamps for the rose and coordinating leaves. The stamps are made to create variations in color. For this card, I only used two of the stamps. The third stamp is an outline stamp. I love the way this rose looks without the outline though! (Ok, I love it with the outline too. It’s simply a gorgeous stamp set!)
The stamps are also Dist-Ink-Tive stamps. The images have a photographic appearance. Because of this, you can use the same color ink (like I did) to stamp both of the layers, and it will still give you variations in colors.
When you peel away the tape, you are left with a clean white edge, perfectly framing your stamped images.
To finish this card, I added a strip of whisper white cardstock that I had stamped the greeting on. It’s as quick and easy as that!
While it’s simple to create beautiful cards with limited supplies, I have trouble stopping there! So, I created two more cards using the same background.
All three cards are elegant and easy to create!
Heidi Collins, Independent Stampin' Up! demonstrator
I have been stamping, scrapbooking, and paper crafting for over 20 years, and I love helping others explore the joy of making beautiful projects for yourself and others.
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