Monday, February 25, 2008

A card... and a tutorial!

Happy Monday!
A little more than a week ago, my bloggin' bud Asela Hopkins dropped a surprise in the mail just for me! It was her Easter collection from Cornish Heritage Farms with all those darling bunnies and chicks! I was stunned. I told her it felt like Christmas all over again! So, in honor of her gift and awesome new stamps, I'm going to give you a card a day this week showcasing her great stamps! Let's face it -with Easter coming early this year- now is the time for Easter cards! THANKS ASELA! You truly are just one big sweet heart.

This first card is using the stamp Chick N' Egg
I just stamped it on a white rectangle that I cut out with one of my rectangle classic Nestability dies, colored it with colored pencils, added some Stickles to the dots and lines on the egg, matted it onto a scalloped rectangle Nestie, added some ribbon and mounted this all on a Lasting Impressions paper card base. The saying, Happy Easter, is also a part of her new line. Love that script!

Here's a close up of that cute little chickie!!

So, looking at this stamp, you think -- that's just an Easter image. WELL - think again! Tomorrow, I'll show you how you can use this very stamp ALL YEAR ROUND!

Now, the tutorial....
Ok... better have time for the rest of this post!! :-) Also, I would suggest practicing as we go along so that you can see each step and how it works. I tried, really hard to do this via video but for some reason, it would NOT upload. If those of you who have done video have any pointers---I would love it! My file was an AVI file. Is that wrong??

If, after reading this and looking at the pictures, you have questions - on my profile is my link to email. Feel free to email! OR, email me for my address and you can drop a SASE in the mail and I'll shoot you back the written directions I have.

With those things out of the way, here we go! You need an 8-1/2" by 11 piece of paper. Following my little dot marks, you want to create two valley folds both widthwise and lengthwise.

Now, you want to fold the piece lengthwise on both sides to the center fold.Next, you want to fold each corner in so that the edge will line up with the widthwise center fold.
After you have done this on all four corners, this is what it will look like....
Now, this next part becomes a little more complicated. This is where the diagonal folds come into play. After you fold both sides lengthwise to the center, you are going to fold just part of the diagonal down to the center fold. I know this sounds confusing, but hopefully the picture spells it out.

Now, do this on the other side as well.
Then, the top part that is just flying in the air right now will be folded down to the center widthwise fold like this...
If you turn this over, you'll see you kind of have wings hanging off the edge....
You are going to want to fold those little triangles in to the front like this. Here's one side...
Here's what it looks like with both sides folded in...
See that little flap of extra paper at the top right between my index and middle fingers? You will fold this down over your triangle folds. This is really what helps secure your card box.

Here's what it looks like folded..

Now, it's time to do all of this all over again on the other side.... A refresher....
Now fold back the other side...
Fold the top flap down making sure to line up the creases with the edges of both sides of your card...
Now, fold back your little triangular flaps...
Lastly, fold the excess paper back to secure your card/box...
And... VOILA... you have your card box!!!
Now, you are probably thinking, what's up with all these folds showing? I don't like that! Well, mat some coordinating paper over top. Mat a square to cover the folds on the bottom of your box. Use strips of paper in a coordinating color for the "flaps" that open your card/box. Didn't see my original post with my sample? Click HERE...

Hope you enjoyed this! If you do a sample with this idea, I would love it if you linked back here for the directions and then-- of course-- I would LOVE it if you shared what you did! This is what makes sharing so fun!

Have a fab day! See ya tomorrow!
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