Fancy Fold: Triple Step Card

I saw this design on Pinterest whilst searching for fancy fold ideas.  As both cards I saw were on foreign websites, I couldn’t get the name of the design so I’ve called mine the Triple Step Card as I think it looks like 3 steps!

I’ve made a template so I can remember what to do in future! It’s in inches but if you wanted to use cm and an A4 piece of card, cut the card base to 22½cm x 13½cm and instead of 2”, cut and score at 4½cm intervals.  Actually, the metric sized card would probably fit in a shop bought 6” square envelope – mine was a bit tight!

For added interest, I wanted to add mats and layers to decorate my card.  My cut pieces were as follows:

Top layers: two 3½” x 3½” and seven 1½” x 1½” pieces

Mat layers: two 3¾” x 3¾” and seven 1¾” x 1¾” pieces

To begin, I stamped my images using Versamark and added white embossing powder before setting with my heat gun.  I used the SU! Hand Drawn Blooms stamp and Crumb Cake card.

After stamping, I used coloured pencils to add some colour to the bigger flowers and leaves.  I didn’t worry about fully colouring everything, just the odd splash of colour here and there.  I used a sponge dauber to add a bit of ink to the edges of the pieces, to give an antiqued look, before mounting on the white mat layers.

My card base was Blushing Bride and I added a panel onto the back for space to write my message.

The final job was to adhere the panels onto the card base.  I felt that the bow didn’t really stand out very well so I added some white twine and a bow to finish and a few rhinestones onto the main panel.

It was only when I’d finished that I realised it was a bit of a squeeze to get the card into my square envelope so I used my envelope punch board and some DSP so make an envelope that would accommodate the card comfortably.

I love the decorative nature of 3D cards – they make a real statement!

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Another Anniversary

A few weeks ago, Mr L and I celebrated our wedding anniversary at home, unusually for us.  We normally like to go away somewhere sunny for our anniversary but obviously that’s not been an option this year.  We often go to Thailand as we love the food as well as the weather so we celebrated with a Thai takeaway.  It was delicious although not quite the same as eating with your feet in the sand and the sound of waves lapping at the shore.  Oh well, maybe next year.

For my card for Mr L, I used my Cricut.  There was a project in Design Space of a heart shaped jigsaw so I cut out a bunch of these in black and white, together with some purple as this was our wedding colour. I wasn’t quite sure what I was going to do so I cut out plenty so I could play around with them.

After adhering the black frame, I decided to stack the jigsaw pieces but dry embossed the top layer to add some interest without it getting to busy.

The lettering was from black vinyl using the Cricut and stuck onto the card.  Infuriatingly, the transfer tape ripped my card just as I reached the end.  Emergency repairs required! As I had some jigsaw pieces to spare, I cut a couple of these down to cover the corners.  I actually like the card better with the corners on as it complimented the heart shaped focal element.

Mr L’s card to me was a true masterpiece!  He was inspired by the 20th Century Fox logo and used it to sketch out his design and coloured it beautifully with coloured pencils.

I do love receiving his homemade cards!

Quaint Quilling

Have you heard of quilling? It’s been around for hundreds of years and used to be the pastime of genteel ladies during the Georgian and Victorian times and was also practised by nuns and monks to decorate religious artefacts.  Modern papers and adhesives have changed the work produced but the techniques are based on old ideas.

My book showed some Charles Rennie Mackintosh style roses and they looked to be the easiest of the Closed Loose Coils, since they started with a fold rather than rolling.  I glued a strip of pale and dark pink together at the end and started the folding.

Once I’d got to the end, I released the tension and then glued the other ends in place to secure the rose shape.  I made several of these and some with darker pink strips.  The leaves were made using a different technique called Wheatear Coils.  As I haven’t done this before, I experimented with trying to make the leaves in different ways.  The flowers didn’t seem to sit well by themselves so I used some purple strips to make a vase type structure.

After the individual quilling was complete, I set to work on the arrangement and glued them in place after stamping the sentiment.  Three of the roses were glued on top of the arrangement to give a more 3D effect.

To finish, I added a few tiny heart embellishments and mounted on a green mat and pink card base to compliment the floral arrangment.

As usual, I made two cards, one each for the two mums in my life: my Mum and my Mum-in-Law. One of the best things about handmade cards is that no two are identical – they’re the same but different!