Wednesday, July 22, 2015

Exploding Card

I have seen some others call this 'Fun Fold' but I call it 'Exploding Card'.  At any rate, it is a fairly simple but interesting card technique.

Cut 8 inch square of DSP.  The piece I chose has a Baja Blue stripes on one side and a Cajun Craze pattern on the other - lots of contrast.  

Using the diagonal scoring plate, make a score line at 3 inches on each side.  This will create a small triangle in the center along each side where the score lines cross.

This is the small triangle.  Cut away the small triangle to make what will look like a large notch along each side.

The small triangles have been cut out.   Remove the diagonal scoring platform and place the DSP in the corner of the scoring platform.   Score at 1 inch - JUST ON THE UPPER PORTION.  The scoring should stop at the large notch.

Fold on the score mark on all 4 sides.

All 4 sides are folded on the score lines.   Flip the paper over and begin folding in each side.

 One side is folded.  Continue with the other 3 sides.

 When you get to the last one, you may need to loosen it up a little to get that one tucked in under the others.

Gently tuck the last section into the other ones.

Sometimes one or two of the corners might not lay nicely.  I use a bone folder and press from the center outward.  

This is the finished product.  I added a small circle with Open on it so the recipient will know to open up the card there.

Here are several that I made.   You can adhere this to a 4 1/4 x 5 1/2 rectangle

This is the card my sister made.  She put it on a 4 1/4 x 5 1/2 inch rectangle and added a strip of card stock and ribbon. 

I put this one on a 4 1/4 inch square.  Then decorated it with some die cut leaves and linen thread.

Add your sentiment to the inside of the fold.  For this one I used the triangles that I cut out of the DSP and put them in the corners of the Very Vanilla square with the sentiment. 

Sunday, August 3, 2014

Radiant Technique

Radiant Technique-
This technique uses a template.  You can make your own by tracing a circle near the center of a sheet of 8 1/2 x 11 inch card stock.

 Draw intersecting lines through the center of the circle to create spokes.  I have 16 spokes on the template below.  I have also done one with 8 spokes.
Place the card stock under the template and while holding securely in the center.  Sponge ink on the card stock in the open areas of the template. 
Decorate card front as desired.
This one is Crisp Cantaloupe with Soft Suede ink used for the sponging.   The card base is Pink Pirouette.
Here I have Cajun Craze sponged on So Saffron.  
For something a little different I randomly stamped over the template using a variety of coloers.

I used the 8 spoke template for tihs one.

Punch Art Balloons

 Punch Art Balloons

Supplies -
Oval and/or circle punches
Scraps of card stock
Baker's twine
Transparent tape
Tombow liquid glue
White gel pen

These are the punches I usually use to make the balloons.   Play around with sizes and shapes and even mix them up to get the balloons you want. 

I have punched one of each of the shapes from Not Quite Navy card stock (retired).   If I am making a lot of cards, I punch all the circles and ovals at one time in a variety of colors.

I use the owl punch for the 'tie' at the bottom of the balloon.  You only need the feet from the owl's body so use up those little scraps from around the ovals and circles that you just punched.

Here are the 3 feet I need.  I trim them down to a small tab above the foot - just enough to attach it behind the balloon body.

Put just a small dab of the liquid adhesive on the area above the owl's foot.  Place one of the circle or oval pieces on top of the glue covering all but the foot itself. 

 To add some dimension to the balloons, take a white gel pen and make a curved line and some tiny dots along one edge.

Cut several inches of baker's twine and attach it to the back of the balloon with a small piece of transparant tape.  

Place a dimensional over the transparent tape, if desired.    They are ready to construct your card.  Arrange them however you want. 

I like to tie the balloons together in a group.  The simplest way I have found to do that is to adhere the balloons as you want them to the piece of card stock.  Place a length of twine on the card stock below the balloons approximately where you want to have the bow.  Pull the twine down past the bottom of the card stock and adhere lightly with a piece of tape.  Tie a bow with the loose piece of twine. 

 I use a mini glue dot behind the bow to hold it to the card stock.  Carefully remove the piece of tape and trim the twine.

Here is the card I made with the three balloons.  Don't they make you smile?  

You can experiment with other shapes too.  I like to use hearts for anniversary or wedding cards.  Either all heart shapes or mix ovals, circles and hearts - I like both. 

Here is a card with the two heart balloons.    Let me know if you make balloons of your own.  I would love to see your ideas. 

Sunday, November 24, 2013

DSP Starburst

DSP Starburst

Supplies - DSP, a variety of designs with coordinating colors. 
Coordinating ribbon, fairly wide
Stamps, ink and other embellishments as desired

Cut DSP into 4 x 1 5/8  inch rectangles.

Cut each rectangle diagonally to form two triangles.  I line up the opposite points in the cutting trough and cut.

This will give you two triangles.   And since the back side is a different pattern, you have 2 of the 8 triangles needed for this technique.

Here are my 8 triangles from the DSP Birthday Basics.  Quite a variety of colors and patterns.
 I used a scrap of card stock with a straight edge and made a horizonal line on the card front (3 1/2 x 4 3/4).  You can make sure you have the line equidistant from the edge by using the grid on the paper. Line up the card front piece on the base line of the grid paper and line up the edge of the scrap paper with the grid lines.  I used 1 1/4 inch.

Draw your line - this will help with placement of the triangles. The line will be covered.

Place the DSP strips along the line but do not adhere yet.  You can play and rearrange until you get exactly the look you like.

I had numerous that had up and down to their design (ballons, bakes, candles and party hats) so I moved them around trying to get them to look just right.
 Take the first triangle and add adhesive to the wrong side.  Place the narrow tip along the horizontal line with the tip where you want the center of your starburst.
Take the second triangle and adhere to the card stock next to the first triangle. Place the edges right next to each other but not overlapping. 

Continue until all 8 triangles have been added.  The last one should come out on the horizontal line or very close to it.  You can cover up the little difference with a ribbon.
This is the back.  Trim around the card stock to remove the excess DSP.
The trimmed card stock will look like this.   Wrap a ribbon around the card stock at the horizontal line.  I cut the ribbon about 2 inches longer than the length of the card stock.
Wrap about an inch behind on one side and secure with transparent tape.

Making sure the ribbon is straight on the front, wrap the other end behind the card stock and adhere with tape. 
Add a ribbon along the horizontal line.  This will help hide any gap between the last triangle and the horizontal line.   Decorate the bottom section as desired and layer it on card stock and a card base.