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!

16 comments:

Janine said...

Thanks sweetie !! What alot of work that went into that tutorial..
I teach tonight so I am going to put one together tomorrow..
Have a great day and THANKS !!

NancyK said...

What a great tutorial - it's so much better to see how it is done with photos than trying to understand a text version! Thanks for sharing and thanks for that cute card!!

Belas Creating Place said...

Great tutorial...wow I could never make one of these and your tutorial is in great detail. I had a difficult time making an explosion box...tee hee hee.
Nice new blog banner.
Bela

Dawn griffith said...

Hi Julie :
I love your fanmcy box girlie .. as for the videos I have type pad Blog and not sure how it all works with Blogger But upload your video to You tube and then click the embed code and copy and paste that into your HTML body of your post ( youwill have to switch the posting body to HTML from Compose ( look for the little buttons on the top of your post body to switch Once your in the HTML format you just paste the code into your post body then save ) then the You tube screen with your video will appear & will be located right on your post .. I Love making videos and I can't wait to see yours soon .. Your tutorial is fabulouis thanks sooo much for doing that :-) trust me the videos are Much easier than even the photo tutorials since you dont have to crop and resize , watermark etc... :-) HTH girlie have FUN!!
Happy Stampin !
xox
Dawn Griffith

LaY hOoN said...

Another lovely card. Love the glitter egg.
and
Thank you so much for the detail tutorial. I wish to try one too :)

Debbie Olson said...

Julie, your card is just the sweetest! I love Asela's new images! Great job on the box tutorial too. :-D

Peggy Maier said...

Beautiful card! AND thanks for the directions for the box card. I had no trouble wrapping my brain around it; your directions & photos were so clear & easy to follow. Thanks for all the work you put into this tutorial!

Cheryl said...

Great tutorial! Love the chicks and the sparkle!

Lesli said...

Wonderful Card Julie - Thanks for the tutorial!

KayellWY said...

Thank you so much for the time and effort you put into this tutorial. This truly is a gift in itself. :) Now to see if I can pull this off...

asela said...

Wow what a wonderful tutorial...can't wait to try it! Love your chicky card...so cute! And you are very welcome, I'm glad you like the stamps.

Juliana said...

This is soo cute!!
Thanks for showing all of the steps--I am sure that took a pretty big chunk of time!! But it is a great project--I think I will do this with my dd--she will love it!

Thanks again!!

Jennifer Buck said...

Such cute stamps!...super cute card and loving the tutorial! Thanks for sharing everything! :)

LeAnne said...

Oh my goodness, I have been waiting for this--I can't wait to try it! THanks so much!
LeAnne

Anna Jones said...

I made one. I made one. I made one :-) I will post it sometime when I make it with real card stock.
Thanks a bunch for the tutorial.
xx
Anna

AJ said...

JULIE!!! This is great!! Your tutorial IS MUCH prettier than my old outdated one!!
LOL!
I should direct them your blog to see it!!
fabulous card!! love it!!