A Sketch & A Card

Today, I thought I’d try something a little bit different. We begin with a sketch that (hopefully) shows the folding card project I experimented with. I should warn you that is hand-drawn and not necessarily to scale, but I think it gives you the general idea as well as the key measurements. Of late, cards that include this type of stair-step folding seem to be all the rage. I think this one lends itself to a holiday card very nicely.

Your base cardstock should measure 5 1/2″ x 8 1/2″. I chose to use a piece of Bazzill textured cardstock. The “trickiest” part of this card is a vertical cut that you must make from the 1″ mark to the 6 3/8″ mark. Where you decide to make the cut is entirely your option. Where you put the cut will determine the length of your stairstep folds. I made mine at 2″ in from the left side of the cardstock. You can either use a craft knife and a straight edge or your paper trimmer to make the cut. Once you have made the cut, the rest of the card basically becomes an exercise in paper folding.

You want to use a scoring tool (in my case the Scor-Pal) and score from the right side of your cardstock up to the cut line you made. You should score your paper at 1″, 2″, 3 1/8″, and 6 3/8″. Notice here, that your first and last score (1″ & 6 3/8″) should meet the beginning and end of your cut mark. There is one final score to make, but it is slightly different in execution than the others. This score mark will go all the way across the entire width of your cardstock at 4 1/4″. This is also the midline of your cardstock (and your folded card). Once you play with you scored paper a bit, you’ll see the natural way it fan folds to create the stairstepped effect. After you’ve folded and creased your paper, the fun begins as your canvas is now ready for your imagination.

For my project, I used a piece of DCWV decorative paper measured to fit the front of my folded card in a complimentary shade of blue. For my cut-out decorative piece, I used my Cricut Expression and the new Limited Edition cartridge “When It’s Cold Outsided 2009-2010″. The large snowflake and the shadow were cut at 4”. The snowmen came from the snowman snowflake. I merely trimmed them out of the snowflake with scissors and used adhesive to put them in the row in front of the giant snowflake. I liked the idea of the snowmen doing a secret unseen dance out in the snow in front of a giant snowflake (like their altar if you will). I added a Stampin’ Up! rub on and sentiment to finish the card.

This card type is lovely in that it creates its own stand and would look lovely displayed on a mantle or other decorative holiday display.


Destinations D├ęcor

Recently, I added the Cricut ‘Destinations’ cartridge to my ever-growing library. Currently, this cartridge is an exclusive early release to HSN (available in a Gypsy bundle or as a separate purchase). It should be available in mass retail in December 2009.

I knew when I first heard about this release, it was going to be a ‘must-have’ for me. (But then again, aren’t they all?) I’ve always loved the history and romance of old steamer trunks, valises, and portmanteaus covered with vintage labels/stickers from varied destinations and travels around the world. From the artwork, color combinations, landmarks, and world languages, they have always inspired and fascinated me. This cartridge takes that concept and gives it a modern twist. Covering locales and landmarks around the world–and cities in the United States–‘Destinations’ is a must for those with wanderlust and travel in their souls.

After glancing at some of the images, I was inspired to create a piece of home décor alteration. I’ve had a reproduction black steamer chest around my home for many years. It’s served as an endtable, a book case, and numerous other functions in rooms around my house. I’ve decided to take it and decoupage it with 4″ labels from landmarks around the world. While it will be a project in stages and over time, I thought I would show you two of the labels I created that will find their way onto the finished project as an introduction to ‘Destinations’.

The first cut I made represents Rio de Janeiro (“River of January”), Brasil and features a depiction of its iconic Christ the Redeemer statue. I chose to cut all the pieces out of white corduroy-textured Bazzill cardstock with my Cricut Gypsy and Expression, then color them with my Copic Sketch markers, and finally, adhere their layers with Zig 2-way Glue and Sakura Quickie pens.

Using the Brasilian flag as inspiration for my color combinations, this is what my finished label looked like:

The second locale I “visited” was Moscow, Russia and its magnificent St. Basil’s Cathedral (The Cathedral of Intercession of Theotokos on the Moat). Here are the cuts for this project:

For this label, I had two inspirations for the color scheme. The first was Stravinsky’s ‘The Firebird’ (reds and oranges of flames) and van Gogh’s ‘The Starry Night’ (blues, whites, and blacks of the night sky).

So two down, only several dozen to go…lol. Hopefully, I’ll keep you updated on this project as the steamer trunk gets a facelift. In the mean time, I strongly recommend you give ‘Destinations’ a “trip”…

Keep Crafting!