Hey there! So last time I blogged, Saturday morning, I had all kinds of errands planned for Saturday. All of those plans got waylaid by a migraine that ended up lasting about 60 hours. It was finally gone when I woke up this morning. So that’s how my weekend was. I hope yours was better!
Today’s challenge over at Stamp, Ink, Paper is to use a large sentiment. We’d love for you to play along with the challenge! Head over to the blog and check out all the inspiration from the design team!
For this card, I really wanted to do a fun fold card, so I started with an off-center gate fold card. I cut a piece of cardstock 4-1/4″x11″. I scored it at 3″ and 8-1/2″. Then I decided to cut off an extra inch from the skinnier flap. After that the measurements would be 4-1/4″x10″, with the same score measurements. The card base is Thick Whisper White.
I stamped both side flaps with the little trees from the Rooted in Nature stamp set in Call Me Clover ink. Make sure you open the card flat when you do this and don’t cross the score lines so you avoid stamping on the inside and the back of the card. Stamp the trees in front first, then without reinking stamp the next row, and then the top row (again without reinking), so you have trees that look closer and trees that look farther away. Then cut three snowbanks using the curved line die from the In the Woods framelits. Two of them will be 3″ wide, and one will be 1-1/2″ wide. Make sure to start the 1-1/2″-wide snowbank near the same spot where the front left snowbank ends so it looks like one continuous snowbank. Pop the snowbanks up on Dimensionals.
For the closure, I stamped the beautiful big tree from Winter Woods in Call Me Clover, cut it out with the matching die, and then used Multipurpose Liquid Glue to add Dazzling Diamonds glitter to some of the boughs. After it dried, I stuck the tree to the right flap (right flap only, because if you stick it to both flaps, the card won’t open). I just used two Mini Dimensionals on the two bottom right boughs. That’s really just to keep the tree in place a little. I also put Mini Dimensionals in the same places on the left side of the tree to balance it out, but I didn’t peel off the backings. [Note, before you do the ribbon step, decorate the inside of the card!] Then I tied the ribbon around the whole card, threading it behind the big tree. I used two Glue Dots to attach the front of the ribbon to the back of the tree to help keep the tree stable. Then I tied the ribbon to close the card. I cut the big “Merry” out of Night of Navy cardstock with one of the Merry Christmas thinlits. I glued only the middle of the sentiment to the tree — the y and half of the M are just loose.
Here’s what I did to the inside of the card. I cut a separate piece of Whisper White, 5-1/4″x4″. I stamped the sentiment and the swirl, both from the Merry Christmas to All stamp set, on the left side of the cardstock, because I want the sentiment to be hidden by the left flap of the card. You can sign between the sentiment and the swirl and write your message on the inside of the flaps.
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