Wednesday, October 17, 2007

yay! I made something!

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Sounds funny, but I made a card yesterday! I've been trying to clean up my craftimess, so I have been putting away instead of dragging out. Yesterday I found some scraps of paper left over from another project {from 2 years ago, no less} and thought .... hmmmm ... this is just enough to make a card. So off to work I went.

While making the card ... I goofed big time, so I photographed the process, more for fun than anything since there is nothing revolutionary about this card, but I thought I'd share it anyway. It makes for a more fun blogging experience -- ok, maybe for me, not necessarily you.

I started out with a scrap of paper that was 8" x 8". I meant to score it in half ... but happy accident time ... I scored it at 4 1/4" because I usually work with 8 1/2" paper. Old habits die hard, right?
To score, I used the Scor-Pal. This is my new favorite tool. It scores so beautifully, and if you pay attention to what you are doing, you don't even have to measure to score paper. Plus, you don't need to move your paper if you're scoring more than one line. So, had I paid attention to what I was doing, I would have a perfectly scored line down the middle of my paper ...

So when I folded the paper, it looked like this ... oops:

Ok, not a real problem. I could cut the extra blue edge off, or work with it. I decided to work with it. I'm loving scallop edges right now, so I thought - HEY, I'll add a scallop! Pulling out my trusty slit edge punch from Stampin' Up! I went to work cutting another scrap.

When finished, you have a nice scalloped edge piece. Just adhere it to the inside of your card. I don't do anything to the inside edge ... just leave it alone. If you wanted, you could run a ribbon over the section where the two pieces meet.

This is the front of the card so far:

And the inside -- I love coordinating double sided paper, don't you?

Next, I want to finish the front by adding a sentiment of some sort. I wanted a general saying so I could use it for a variety of needs, so I settled on Polka Dots and Paisley set from Stampin' Up. The typeography worked well with the paper too. But - since the sentiment was too wide for the tag I had selected, I needed to make an adjustment.

Grabbing the handy-dandy Stampamajig, I quickly set to work inking up only the words in the phrase that I needed for each line. It went something like this:

  1. Stamp image on Stampamajig clear imaging sheet
  2. Determine placement by placing the imaging sheet over the tag
  3. Ink up the words I need for each line seperately and stamp, cleaning stamp between each line

See how the original phrase was too wide for the tag? I just adjusted the words so that they fit on my tag below. Cool beans, huh?

I added 2 pretties from the SU Pretties kit, dyed blue, and a rhinestone brad with double stitched ribbon. Finally, finished! It really took me longer to type up directions that it did to make the card. What do you think?? Not too bad for a person who can't score on the correct line, right?

happy stampin'


Sharon in NE said...

Wonderful tutorial, Susan. Thanks!

joan said...

love it!

Corie said...

This is beautiful -- thanks for the step by step

Keri Lee Sereika said...

Oh my word this is just too cute!!