Handmade cards, Tutorial

Partner, Child and friend

With Valentine’s day just a month away, I couldn’t help but incorporate a little love card for this post.

Valentine’s day is not only for lovers; friends can express love for one another as well as parental love. feeling inspired by my son, I created a card that I will be giving to him on a day for expressing love, in this case, the purest love I have ever felt as a mother. Hope you enjoy!

SUPPLY LIST:

  • Precut and scored patterned card by Recollections
  • Recollections Valentine Embellishment dimensional stickers
  • Music note cardstock from my stash
  • Word stickers from Color Oasis phrases
  • Sheet from Die Cuts With a View Paper pad Dots, Stripes & Plaids
  • Glossy Accents glue
  • ScorTape

TOOLS:

  • Fiskars triple track cutter
  • Small Heart punch
  • Large Westcott Nonstick Scissors
  • X-acto knife

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Initially I knew I wanted to create a pop-up card but was unsure how to construct it. I used a scrapped idea I had for a past card and came up with this simple pop-up design that does not require any special mechanisms or diecuts. The goal was to have a card with something standing toward the crease when opened. I think this worked out quite nicely if I do say so myself!

The outside of the card was kept simple so as to leave the focus on the pop-up feature.

To make this card you will need to cut a sheet of paper 1 inch larger than the length of the unfolded outer base. In this case my card is a standard A2 size (5 1/2 x 4 1/4″) and the inside panel was cut to 9 1/2 x 5 1/2″. The panel is then scored and folded at the 4 1/4, 4 3/4, and 5 1/2″ marks horizontally.

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20170111_215554Using the same sheet of patterned cardstock, I also cut out 2 strips of 1 x 4″, folded and glued in half and trimmed one of those in half and one of those halves into strips.

Flipping your panel over decide where your cut marks will be for whatever pop-up you have. Cut slits with an X-acto knife or box cutter and glue the strip in place on one side. Repeat for any other strips being used.

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After making the slits, turn the panel over and work on your pop-up design. For this card, I used the dimensional Valentine stickers and heart punch-outs from a musical patterned paper attached to paper strips.

Choosing my phrase sticker, I completed the inner design and glued the center fold holing the paper strips. The panel is then ready to adhere to the base.

The final result is an adorable pop-up card that I truly believe my son will love. Hope you found this inspiring!

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Handmade cards, Tutorial

The Friendly Trio

GREETINGS FROM CityGal Papeterie!!

In continuing with this month’s friendship theme, I have created a three card with one 6×6 sheet combo.

Using one 6×6″ resist paper sheet I made three friendship themed cards.

I have wanted to play with my Recollections watercolor crayons for a while and decided to pull them out from the depths and use them. These are very similar to Faber Castell Gelatos if you are familiar with those. They are  not as smooth but still vibrant and spread well.

SUPPLY LIST:

  • Recollections Watercolor Crayons
  • Recollections resist paper pad in Color Splash
  • Michael’s Sequin trim
  • Ribbons House coral thin ribbon
  • Harvest Company Fuschia sheer ribbon
  • Pink with white polka-dots designer paper from my stash
  • Off white heavy cardstock scrap
  • ScorTape
  • Glue
  • Foam Tape
  • Versamark ink pad
  • Recollections Pesto and Party Pink embossing powder
  • Papermate Flair marker pen Orchid Lei
  • Wooden Rubber Quote Stamp by Serendipity stamps
  • Acrylic watercolor brushes (#10)
  • Pre-cut and scored cardstock in Pink, yellow and green
  • Spray bottle with water

TOOLS:

  • Large Non-Stick Westcott  scissors
  • Scallop Oval die
  • Cuttlebug
  • Fiskars triple blade paper trimmer

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After choosing a paper design, I prepped the sheet with some water using a watercolor brush. Using the Recollections watercolor crayons, I scribbled various colors wherever I wanted it to be. With my finger dipped in water I spread the colors in sections for each tone.

The great thing about watercolor crayons is that you can go back and add more color to intensify the pattern.

I then drafted 3 card patterns and put together my card designs using pre-cut and scored A2 size cards, parts of the resist paper and other ribbon and paper embellishments.

For the sentiment I used an old wooden rubber quote stamp. I created three diecut scalloped ovals with embossed lettering and added a few sequins as a final touch.

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And the song from beginning to end, I found in the heart of a friend.

-Longfellow

Please comment below if you have any questions, or have made your own version of this project.

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