Wednesday, June 15, 2011

Best Dad Ever

Here are a few cards suitable for Father's Day. My daughter Sydney (she's 9) said the perfect Father's Day card should have footballs and beer on it! LOL Well, that is a good thought, I'll have to see what I can come up with for next year. Maybe she will draw them on the card she makes! ;)

This first card we made at Stamper's Club last Friday. It's a matchbook card...a fun card style I hadn't done in a while. The front of the card is tucked into a small flap at the bottom, just like a matchbook! To do this yourself, you just need to score and fold about 1" on one end and then measure 5.5" to the next score and fold. The center section is the back of the card.

I used an 11.5x4.25" piece to start. The front of the card should be a little don't want it to meet the bottom fold, you'll have to leave it about a half inch shorter than the back so you can staple the flap up and have room to tuck it inside. My staples are hidden under the ribbon, but there are two of them under there!

Stampin' Supplies:
STAMPS - Best Dad Ever*, All Holidays** (inside)

PAPER - Wild Wasabi, Whisper White, Perfect Plum
INK - Wild Wasabi, Perfect Plum, Marina Mist, Baja Breeze
OTHER - Curly Label Punch, Marina Mist Grosgrain Ribbon, Paper Crimper
*Summer Mini
**Retiring as of 6/30/11

The second one is another variation of the same card...even without beer and footballs I love this stamp set! It's called Best Dad Ever. The neckties are one stamp, and that's how I used it on the card above. I figured since I was using my markers to make them each a different color, why not stamp them one by one!?

Stampin' Supplies:
STAMPS - Best Dad Ever*

PAPER - Wild Wasabi, Whisper White, Perfect Plum
INK - Wild Wasabi, Perfect Plum, Marina Mist, Baja Breeze, StazOn
OTHER - Marina Mist Grosgrain Ribbon, Paper Crimper
*Summer Mini

I kinda hid this one at the bottom of this dad isn't one of my blog subscribers, but he is on Facebook and I don't want him to see it until I give it to him! :)
I spent every Summer as a kid at the lake or sailing the ocean because of his love of boating! When I saw this "a la carte" stamp in the Summer Mini I fell in LOVE with it!!!

Stampin' Supplies:
STAMPS - Sail Away*  

PAPER - Confetti White, Not Quite Navy, Early Espresso, Bravo Burgundy
INK - Not Quite Navy Craft
OTHER - Cherry Cobbler/White Bakers Twine*, Textured Impressions Square Lattice Embossing Folder, Clear Embossing Powder, Heat Tool
*Summer Mini

Happy Father's Day to all you GREAT dads out there! :)

Monday, June 13, 2011

3D Flower Medallions

The first trick to making one of these is to cut your card stock into a long strip. This one was 1-1/2" wide by 9" long before trimming.

Choose a punch to use down the length. In this example I used the Scallop Trim Border Punch. Scallops always work, but so could nearly any design.  Punch along the length of your paper strip.

Then using your bone folder, score at small intervals all the way down your paper strip. I use my paper trimmer, just run your bone folder into the cutting grove. Score at the "valleys" for scallops, with other punches look for the repeating pattern and choose a "natural" location for the folds.

Fan fold the whole strip...don't worry if it's not perfectly even, it won't matter!

Now look at your ends, feel free to trim a small amount to even things up, and attach the strip end to end creating a circle.

Next we "flatten it" and use a liquid adhesive on the peaks of the paper folds.
Glue it down to a paper scrap that measures at least 1"x1."

Hold your medallion between your fingers for a few minutes to let it set.

You need to sandwich your flower Medallion for stability. So repeat the process with a punched circle or any other "flower center" you'd like to use. Here I tried out the new Blossom Bouquet Triple Layer Punch. Have fun with these medallions, they can be used to decorate many different items.

Here's a card adorning a flower medallion. This one was the full 11" long. It passed the envelope test, but I wouldn't recommend trying to mail a card with one this thick. Did you also notice the rich color of the stamped butterfly? It's embossed with one of SU!'s new colored embossing powders, Melon Mambo.

Stampin' Supplies:
STAMPS - Bold Blossom*

PAPER - Pear Pizzaz, Daffodil Delight, Whisper White, Melon Mambo
INK - Pear Pizzaz, Daffodil Delight, VersaMark
PUNCHES -  1-3/4"Scallop Circle Punch, Scallop Trim Border Punch, 1" Circle Punch
OTHER - Melon Mambo Embossing Powder*, Basic Rhinstones

*As featured in the Summer Mini
Sale Dates May 1 - Aug 31

Try making one of these'd be a fun Summer activity to do with the kids! :)

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