Wednesday, 7 December 2011

How to Make the Side Step Card 

Here is another version of the Side Step Card for you to try.
This version was designed to hold the clouds above our April Showers image. 

Step 1.  Measure Card Base
For this card I used a piece of cardstock that measured 5 1/4 by 10 1/2.
This example will give you a finished card that measures 5 1/4 inches square.

Step 2.  Mark Right and Left Side of Card
Use a pencil and ruler to measure 3/4 of an inch from the left side of the card 
and the right side of the card.  Mark lightly so that it will be easy to erase your
guide marks later.  These lines will be the cut line guides as well as the edge 
of the score lines that you will make in the following steps. 


Step 3.  Measure and Score
Using a scoring tool, score at 2 5/8", 5 1/4", 7", 8 5/8" and 9 1/2".  
The score line that you make at the 5 1/4 inch measurement will be 
the only score line that goes from the left edge of the card all the way 
across to the right side of the card.  All of the other score lines should 
stay between the guide marks that you drew in Step 2.


Step 4.  Cut Step Area
Use a straight edge and a craft knife to cut along the lines made in Step 2.  
Begin the cut at the 2 5/8 inch score line and continue it to the 9 1/2 inch score line.


Step 5.  First Set of Folds
Fold a "mountain fold" along the 2 5/8 inch line.  Fold a "valley fold" 
along the inner portion of the 5 1/4 inch line.  The two outer edges of the 
5 1/4 inch line will be "mountain folds".


Step 6.  Second Set of Folds
Fold a "mountain fold" along the 7 inch score line.  
Fold a "valley fold" along the 8 5/8 inch score line. 


Step 7.  Last Fold
Fold a "mountain fold" at the 9 1/2 inch score line. 


Step 8.  Finished Folds
Here is a side view of the card once all of the folds are done. 
*Note* - I had some problems with this card and the measurements. 
 I really thought a 5 1/4 inch card would be more manageable for mailing 
so I set out to make one.  You may have a little trouble with the 8 5/8 inch fold. 
If the bottom doesn't line up perfectly then insert the bottom into your paper 
cutter to make it perfect.  I know, I know...that is kind of cheating.  
But trust me, only you and I will ever know.  :)

Now you are ready to decorate and personalize your card!  Be sure to look
through our Online Store to find great images to use on your cards.  
And don't forget to share your creations!  Send me pictures and you may 
find your masterpiece featured in our gallery.  :) 


Step 9.  Optional Step
My cards usually have alot of design elements.  And the 
embellishments you add to the side step card add more 
weight than you might think.  This weight can cause the 
card to "do the splits" when you are displaying it.  To fix 
this problem I came up with the idea of adding a ribbon to 
the bottom of the card.  For my card I decided that I wanted
a 4 inch spread.  I cut my ribbon at about 4 1/2 inches. 
I attached one end of the ribbon under the patterned paper 
on the front of the card.  Once attached I measured 4 inches 
and attached the other end of the ribbon behind patterned 
paper on the back of the card.  It works!  And when you fold 
the card the ribbon easily tucks under the step folds.  

Tuesday, 6 December 2011

Steps For Making Cards
You Will Need:
  • A plain white card (C6)
  • Extra plain white card
  • 3D foam squares
  • Mulberry paper : natural, brown, dark and light blue
  • A selection of patterned paper (this particular design uses paper from the Sara Papers collection)
  • Scissors or a pen knife with cutting mat
  • Spray on glue (I used 3M's Spray Mount)
  • A pencil & ruler

Steps For Making This Card

  1. Lightly draw a grid onto your card in pencil. The card above has squares of approximately 3.5cm in length. There is also a top row of smaller rectangles.
  2. Tip: You can change the measurements to add more or less squares if you wish.
  3. Cut out two squares of the same size from the extra card you have.
  4. Hand-tear the paper into squares:
    • Brown, dark & light blue mulberry paper: tear 2 squares of each and 1 small rectangle (of each) for the top.
    • Natural mulberry, and patterned paper: tear 3 squares of each.
  5. Glue:
    • Spray glue the 2 (full) squares of light blue mulberry paper onto the two squares of card.
    • Carefully spray glue the other squares and the three smaller rectangles onto the grid (that you marked out on the folded C6 card in step 1). Pay special attention to which square you want overlapping the next.
  6. Tip: Start with gluing the patterned paper and natural mulberry paper squares.
  7. Stick some foam squares onto the back of the two square pieces of card and then stick the squares onto the remaining slots on your card.

Monday, 5 December 2011

How to Make Simple Greeting Cardsthumbnail


    • 1
      Cut a sheet of colored, letter-sized cardstock in half in either direction. Fold the long dimension of the cardstock in half to create the base of the greeting card that fits a commonly sized envelope. Set the card aside.
    • 2
      Use a stamped image as the focal point of the card.
      Apply ink to the image on a rubber stamp. Press the rubber stamp on a piece of colored paper to transfer the inked image. After the ink has dried, trim the stamped image to a size that will fit on the base of the card.
    • 3
      Cut a new piece of color-coordinated paper slightly larger than the stamped paper to act as a mat. With double-sided tape, adhere the stamped image onto the mat paper.
    • 4
      Cut a length of ribbon to use as an embellishment. The ribbon should be long enough to extend across the front of the matted image and wrap to the back. Attach the ends of the ribbon with tape to the back of the matted stack.
    • 5
      Tape the back of the matted image to the folded cardstock base, hiding the ends of the ribbon.
    • 6
      Add a handwritten sentiment or greeting to the intended recipient on the inside of the handmade card. The Card Maker's Little Helper provides a list of poems, verses and quotes for the final touch.