This month we decided to make items of our own choosing. You would think this would be an easy thing to do but it isn't necessarily because there are so many options to choose from. I knew I wanted to use current Stampin' Up! supplies and as I usually do I wanted to incorporate the use of my Silhouette Cameo cutter as well. I came up with making a "fancy fold" card. I made is the infamous "Bendy Fold" Card. A fun and easy card to make it offers a little bit of a 3D look.
This card was made using the following:
- Peekaboo Peach, Whisper White card stock
- Peekaboo Peach, Smokey Slate ink pads
- Brick Wall embossing folder
- Papillon Potpourri, Flourishing Phrases stamp sets
- Detailed Floral, Flourish Thinlits
- Bitty Butterfly Punch
- Big Shot
- xacto knife
- Glue Dots and Dimensionals
- Silhouette Cameo
The background is created using the Brick Wall embossing folder. With the Brayer I inked the side that has the raised lines that make the grooves when it is used. On mine this is the side that has the word "Sizzix" stamped on it. I rolled lightly first just to get the raised lines inked and then pressed a little here and there to get some color on the "bricks" when pressed. It came out perfectly!
Next comes making the two pieces that will form the bendy part of the card. For this I used the Delicate Floral thinlits images that I scanned into my Silhouette. Once I brought them in I was able to add the tabs needed to attach them to the card and to fit into the slits that would hold them in place as well as background mats that would fit behind the cutout.
I used a sponge brush to brush glue on the backs of the cut out pieces and attached them to the background mats. Then I used glue to attach the flaps to the back of the base card piece. I used the Big Shot to cut out the flourish. When they are all attached this is what it looks like.
Next was figuring out where to cut the slits for the tabs to slide into. To do that I just held the right flap at about the curve I wanted to achieve and drew a pencil mark where the tab would be and then cut it with an xacto knife. I did the same with the left flap cutting a slit in the right flap.
For the back of the card I wanted to cover up the tabs so I cut a second piece of Whisper white card stock 4.25 x 5.5 and attached it the to back. To lift it just a bit so the bendy fold tab would still slide in easily I used 3 layers of glue dots just at the corners and attached it to the back of the base card.
Before attaching I stamped it with the sentiment and the flourish, both from Flourishing Phrases stamp set.
That was fun but I wanted something more to share with you today so I have some simple cards I made using the High Tide stamp set. For the monochromatic gray cards I used Smoky Slate ink pad. That was easy! No instructions necessary. I stamped directly on the base card, no mat, no layers no fuss. They really do look great!
For the two colored images I created a mat for the "beach" and the lighthouse cutting them out of regular copy paper with my Silhouette but you could fussy cut them too. I have Tombow removable adhesive that I placed on the back of the mats so they would stay in place.
- Place the light house first and then the "beach" piece over that.
- Stamp the water. For the blue lighthouse card I used Dapper Denim for both the lighthouse and the water but the water I stamped off once so it was a lighter blue. For the red lighthouse I used Pacific Point and did not stamp off
- Peel away the "beach" mat. With a sponge dab the beach with Crumb Cake ink. Then using the small "ground" stamp stamp over the sponged area to give it more depth and texture
- Using Basic Gray ink pad stamp all the birds
- Using Early Espresso stamp the grass
- Peel away the lighthouse mat, stamp the lighthouse. I used a Stamp a ma Jig to line mine up.
One tip, the Basic Gray ink pad is no longer available and the Smoky Slate wasn't dark enough to work over the Crumb Cake. Also, I discovered that the Basic Gray soaked through the Whisper White card stock and showed on the back side so when I make these again I will create a layer that will attach to the card front so I don't have to worry about bleed through.
Again, fairly easy, save those mats they can be reused. I stick mine to the inside of the stamp case so they are there if I need them again.
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Again, thanks for stopping by. The others in the hop are listed below be sure to check out what they made for March Madness!