Monday, June 21, 2010
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Congratulations to J Y White, Gayle Taylor and Monica Lake.
card with accordion or fan folds. Enjoy!
Fan Folded Origami Crane Card
MSRS (small origami crane)
Versamark inpad or similar
Embossing powder to coordinate with your paper selection
Cardstock in two complimentary colors
Decorative paper (Washi, wrapping paper, scrapbooking paper etc.)
Scor-It tool (or ruler & bone folder)
Glue or glue stick
Foam mounting tape (or pop dots)
Make a score line at ¾” in from the folded side of a 5 ½” x 4 ¼” card. Fold back the top corner of the open side of the card until it is aligned with the ¾” score line and crease with a bone folder. Fold back the corner to the edge of the original fold and crease with a bone folder as shown. Open all the folds and flatten them down to close the card. Lay a 5 ½” x 2 ¾” piece of decorative paper on the front of the card aligning the left side with the ¾” score line. Fold the corner down over the decorative paper as shown (this will form a triangle on the upper right side of the decorative paper). Remove the decorative paper and cut the triangle away. Glue the decorative triangle to the inside top corner of the card. Glue the remaining piece along the ¾” score line. Lay the double folded corner of the card back over the decorative paper and glue down just the center section of the double folded corner. Insert a 2” x 2” piece of coordinating cardstock under the point of the double fold and glue in place. Glue down the point of the fold on top of the coordinating cardstock as shown. Stamp and emboss the small crane and cut it out. Attach the crane to the card with foam mounting tape as shown.
Friday, June 18, 2010
Monday, June 14, 2010
Next month I'll be teaching a class called Make It Legal. The idea is that all the cards are sized to fit a standard legal size envelope. Here's one of the cards from the class. On this one I get to play with my favorite new product, Pearl Pens from Viva Decor. They are super easy to use and I love the way they look on cards. You can also use them to decorate fabric. Check out the selection in my catalog. Have fun!
MSRS Origami Crane set
MSRS Texture set
Turquoise or Teal inkpad (dye ink or solvent ink)
Versamark inkpad (or similar)
Brown embossing powder
Turquoise pearl pen
Brown pearl pen
Double sided tape
Foam pop dots (or similar)
Fold an 8 ½” x 11” sheet of brown cardstock in half lengthwise to yield a folded card measuring 11” x 4 ¼”. Reserve the leftover piece.
Using a paper cutter, trim the folded card to make a 9 ¼” x 4 ¼” card.
Cut the turquoise cardstock in half to yield two 8 ½” 5 ½” pieces. Reserve the leftover piece.
Ink the texture stamps with the turquoise inkpad and stamp randomly across the bottom of one of the 8 ½” x 5 ½” pieces of turquoise cardstock as shown. Stamp twice with each inking to get different intensities. Stamp again using the same technique in the upper left corner of the piece. Darken the bottom of the piece by rubbing ink into the cardstock directly from the pad.
Use your paper cutter to cut three strips from the right side of the textured cardstock. Each strip should measure ½” x 8 1.2”.
Cut three more strips from the top of the textured piece. These three strips should measure 3” x ½” each.
Turn all the strips over and arrange in a triple cross pattern as shown. Tape the center to hold it all together as shown.
From the reserved brown cardstock, cut a 1 ½” square and mount it on the turquoise strips as shown.
Stamp a small crane using Versamark ink onto an area of the leftover textured cardstock. Sprinkle with brown embossing powder and shake off the extra. Heat to emboss.
Cut the crane out and mount it in the center of the brown frame with pop dots as shown.
Trim the leftover 8 ½” x 5 ½” piece of turquoise cardstock to make a liner for the inside of the card.
Decorate the strips with Turquoise and Brown pearls using the Viva Pearl Pens as shown.
Tuesday, June 8, 2010
Wednesday, June 2, 2010
Tuesday, June 1, 2010
Leo - United Kingdom
The moment I saw Leo's card I was amazed! Her attention to detail makes this the most delicious looking box of no-calorie chocolates ever made. Leo used nine different mini stamps to create this luscious assortment. Which one should I try first? Well done Leo!
Hetty - Netherlands
Our indispensable Hetty has come in under the wire with another delicious entry! Her beautifully designed chocolate dipped ice cream bar contains a sweet message that perfectly captures the spirit of the challenge. Well done Hetty!
Monique - Belgium
Here's a lovely first time entry from Monique. Scattered on the table are an array of Belgium chocolates just waiting to be eaten along a cup of sweet cocoa, yum! Monique's nostalgic card is cute and cozy. Well done Monique!