Monday, November 26, 2007

True Friend Waterfall Card!

This type of card is called a "waterfall" card because they are often done in the portrait orientation and when you pull the ribbon the panels appear as if they tumble from a waterfall. This card is shown in a landscape orientation but could also be done in portrait by just turning the last panel 90 degrees.

The long blank panel that appears as you pull the ribbon serves as a good place to write your message to the recipient.

Shown below are a few other "waterfall" cards I have done in the past. The birthday themed card was an invitation to our youngest birthday party a while ago. The details for the party were printed on the panel that appears as you pull the ribbon to get the waterfall action.

This one was a Halloween themed waterfall card I made a couple years ago.

Here are the directions and materials list for the True Friend Waterfall card. The others are made exactly the same way just substituting card stock colors and stamp images.

Waterfall Card Technique:

5 ½" x 4 ¼" base layer (Always Artichoke)
5 ¼" x 4" Designer Paper (Brocade Backgrounds)
4 pieces of 2 1/8" x 2 1/8" cardstock (Always Artichoke)
4 pieces of 1 7/8" x 1 7/8" to stamp images (Natural Ivory)
9" x 1 ¾" strip (Natural Ivory)
4" x 5/8" strip (Always Artichoke)
2 eyelets (Earth Elements, Old Olive)
Always Artichoke Classic Ink Pad
Crop-a-dile hole punch/eyelet setter
5" Very Vanilla ¼" wide grosgrain ribbon

  1. Stamp the 4 images from the True Friend stamp set in Always Artichoke ink on the small Natural Ivory squares.
  2. Layer the stamped images onto the 4 squares of Always Artichoke cardstock.
  3. Attach the Always Artichoke 5/8" strip of cardstock between ¾" and 1" from the right edge of the Designer Paper using eyelets set about ½" from the top and the bottom of the strip.
  4. Score the 9" x 1 ¾" strip of Natural Ivory cardstock at 2", 2 ¾", 3 ½", and 4 ¼". Bend the cardstock at each score line.
  5. Slip the long end of the scored strip under the Always Artichoke strip. Fold the other end and glue the 2" scored end to the center, far right edge of the Always Artichoke strip.
  6. Glue a stamped layered square (the one you want to appear last in the waterfall) to the 2" scored section of the Natural Ivory strip so that the square meets the scored line at the left edge (not extending beyond the score line).
  7. Glue each of the remaining layered stamped squares to each successive scored area of the Natural Ivory strip so the layered square meets each scored line at the left edge.
  8. Punch a slot (Slot Punch) in the Natural Ivory strip at the far right. Tie the Very Vanilla grosgrain ribbon through the slot.
  9. Layer the Designer Paper with attached images onto the Always Artichoke 5 ½" x 4 ¼" piece.
  10. Pull the ribbon and watch the images appear.

These cards are fun to make and can be made to fit any theme you can think of!

Tuesday, November 13, 2007

Holiday gift card or money holder

This card is a good idea for the upcoming holiday season. It is a creative way to give a gift card or money. To make this card, cut a sheet of Whisper White card stock in half to form a piece that is 5.5" x 8.5" (or you might want to use 6" x 8.5" piece of card stock so the card is a little longer to hold money). Score the card stock at 3" and 6" along the 8.5" side. Fold at the scored lines to form a trifold card. Cut along an angle at the edge of the inside fold (see picture of inside of card). Glue along the right side of the inside fold to form the pocket that holds the money or the gift card.
For the front of the card, Real Red card stock (2 5/8" x 5.5") was stamped in Craft White ink with Background Basics stamp set. A piece of the Dashing Designer Paper with Real Red Grosgrain ribbon tied around it was layered onto the Real Red card stock which was then adhered to the front of the card. The 1 3/8" square punch was punched through the Real Red and Whisper White front of the card. The inside image (from Greetings Galore) was stamped on the inside so it appears through the square window. Tip: use a pencil to trace the square opening onto the inside of the card so you can align the inside image in the proper location (the Stamp-a-ma-jig helps to get the image exactly where you want it in the penciled square). Then erase the light pencil marking.

Color in the stamped image as you want with the Stampin' Write Markers, add Dazzling Diamonds glitter if you really want to make it sparkle! The small open-ended envelopes (page 169) work well for this size card.

Thursday, November 1, 2007

The Snowflake Spot Card!

It's November already! Time to get those Holiday cards started if you haven't already. This card was another one of our October stamp club projects. Again I can't take credit for the design of this great card. It is another one I copied (with minor changes) from the monthly swap I do with a small group of other local demonstrators (this was Laura Palmer's card swap).

This is a card that doesn't require a lot of stamping and no special techniques were used, but I love the color combination. The layering on the Basic Black really makes the Bashful Blue and the Certainly Celery (card stock and designer paper) stand out. And the Square Ice Brad (turned diagonally) in the center of the snowflake (from The Snowflake Spot set) really adds some bling to the card!

Speaking of Designer Paper, there is a GREAT special in this month - the Paper Party Promo! Between now and the end of November, you can get a FREE pack of Designer Series paper for each 3 packs you purchase. This includes the 16 monochromatic paper packs, the 2 Designer papers in the Holiday mini, and the other 17 patterned papers in the catalog (see page 170-173). All the Designer Papers are double sided (patterns on both sides) and thicker than typical patterned papers. You can see "swatches" of each of the paper packs HERE.

Supplies for this card (all available in the Stampin' Up! Fall/Winter Idea Book).
Stamp Sets: The Snowflake Spot
Inks: Bashful Blue
Card stock: Whisper White, Basic Black, Certainly Celery, Bashful Blue, Certainly Celery Designer Series paper
Accessories: Square Rhinestone brad (Ice)