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Another Engineered Flip Card!

My Coffee and a Card ladies had fun making this card today with the Number of Years stamp set. Image
Those that have taken my recent classes and coffees have gone away with eight different ideas for the Number of Years Bundle. Although both the thinlets and stamp set will be in the new catalog, the bundle price will be gone as of June first! That is quite a savings! See if you can figure out how this card was created!

A Second Way to Design!

Think OUTSIDE THE BOX in your cardmaking.  Grab a piece of Stampin' Up!'s Designer's Series Paper (DSP)  and coordinating cardstock.  I love to use smaller pieces or scrap pieces of DSP on my cards and let the size of the DSP determine my card design.  On this card I used the It's My Party DSP from the spring mini and the Saleabration set Botanicals.  Instead of putting a belly band on the bottom, I put a belly band on the top so the balloons had something to hang from.   050 052

Two More Engineered Card Samples!

Back again with my weekly post.   Two samples for you this time!  The first one uses the cute BEAR HUG Stampin' Up stamp set.  It is similar to my first flip fold card, but in addition, the front image carries over into the inside:

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Follow the directions on my flip card from last week, but make sure you plan a little before you cut and glue.   Have fun playing with this great fold!  Isn't cardmaking fun?  Using a Designer's Series Paper to help you choose colors makes designing foolproof!

Take Your Cards to the Next Level With Paper Engineered Cards

I have finally taken the leap into BLOGGING!  I am excited to share my love for designing cards with you.  Hopefully my blog will help you learn how to take your card making to the next level!  Using the materials, inks and papers you have on hand, inspiration will come to you after you learn a few basics to card design.

I used to work at a stamp store.  The owner would say, "Please design five cards with this stamp today!"  I would panic.  Five hours later, I'd have my first design, if I was lucky!  Slowly but surely, being forced to create with a deadline, I learned some shortcuts and tricks to create cards that were uniquely mine!

I also found that just folding a card in half and stamping on it was boring to me, so you will see that the majority of my cards are NOT cards just folded in half, but manipulated in some way to make them more interesting.  To illustrate this, I will first post some cards that I have designed in the past.  In following weeks, I will show you some easy ways to teach yourself how to become a better designer.  

Below is a card I designed this fall using a basic flip fold I saw online.  I didn't like how the cards fell apart when you opened them, so I added 1/2 inch to the card!  Much better!

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    I am writing detailed directions below, but if you feel a step by step picture tutorial would be better, email me.  If I have enough interest, I will create one OR try to take the step into videos!
  • To create this card, cut a card 5 1/2 by 4 1/4 inches and fold in half.
  • Cut your shape out of the card. (Cajun Craze cardstock)
  • Emboss the front of the card. (Cajun Craze cardstock)
  • Cut an inside piece 5 inches by 6 1/2 inches. (Whisper white cardstock)
  • Stamp your images on your inside piece then score at 2, 4 and 6 inches. (Whisper white cardstock)
  • Put tear tape on the outside edges of the whisper white section that says, "Thanks and Giving."
  • Adhere it to the back of the card making sure all three sides are even.
  • Fold whisper white card on score lines but leave the half inch piece flat.
  • Close the Cajun Craze piece and mark where the leaf design crosses this white half inch piece.
  • Cut this section out.
  • Cut a leaf out of the color of your choice and decorate it as you wish.  I stamped a leaf image in Momento Black, cut out the leaf with the framelet and then colored it with daubers (or sponges) using Old Olive, Cajun Craze and Crushed Curry ink pads.
  • Added tear tape to the 1/2 piece left and closed the card on it.
  • Add tear tape to the white that shows from the inside and add your decorated piece to it.  I added the leaf to it.  
  • The first time it is difficult to open the card, but after that, perfect!