1 sheet basic white cardstock + a scrap approx 3-1/2″ x 2″
1 sheet Regency Park Designer Series Paper (DSP)
1/2 sheet of Shaded Spruce cardstock (approximately)
1/4 sheet of Mango Melody cardstock (approximately)
Sentimental Park Photo Polymer Stamp Set © Stampin’Up
Sentimental Park Cut & Emboss Die Set © Stampin’Up
Cane Weave 3D Stampin’ Cut & Emboss Folder © Stampin’Up
Stampin’ Pad Shaded Spruce
Stampin’ Pad Mango Melody
Adhesive Backed Milky Dots
Mono Multi Liquid Glue
Fine Tip Glue Pen
Cut & Emboss
1. Cut a piece of basic white card stock down to 11″. Cut the sheet in half at the 4-1/4″ mark. One half of this piece is the card base. Score the card base piece at 5-1/2″.
2. From the score line on the card, cut five 1/2″ strips, this will leave you with a remaining 2-1/2″ piece.
3. Emboss the 2-1/2″ x 4-1/8″ piece using the Cane Weave 3D Stampin’ Cut & Emboss Folder.
4. Next we will use the 2nd half of the white card stock. Cut two 3/8″ wide strips. Then cut a strip 2-1/2″ strip. Discard the left over strip. Next cut each of the two 3/8″ wide strips in half at the 5-1/2″ mark. Cut the 2-1/2″ strip so that it measures 8-1/2″ long. Discard the left over square. Score the 2-1/2″ x 8-1/2″ piece down the middle. This will be at the 4-1/4″ mark. (See photo on the left.)
5. Open up the base card. Glue one of the thin strips to each inside, upper corner of the base card. Aligning each into the corner (be sure your card can close). These pieces will be the “upright rails” of the finished card so it is important to get them straight. Check alignment by closing the card. (See photo below on the left)
6. Glue the embossed piece to the bottom of the side rails on what will be the front of your card. You can do the actual gluing with the embossed piece laying face down on your surface (See center photo below). Open the card and aligning the rails to the back of the embossed piece. Just be sure to check that the card closes and everything aligns (See photo below on the right).
7. Next flip the card over so you are looking at the front. Glue one of your strips across the top of the embossed piece. And another of the strips to the bottom. Your embossed piece will now be framed top and bottom when looking at the front of the card (See photo below on the left.
8. Turn your card so it faces down. Affix a piece of wahsi or other type of removable tape vertically bisecting the top of the card and the top of embossed piece. Doing this will make the next step easier as we are going to line up the rails that will fill the empty center of the card. (See photo below center)
9. The front open window should measure 2-1/2″. Each of the three remaining loose rails are 1/2″ each. Line them up on the washi tape 1/4″ apart. (See photo below right) Once you have glued them down to the outside rails wait a few moments for your glue to dry before removing the washi tape. To finish the card’s construction glue the last two 3/8″ x 5-1/2″ strips to the top of the first rails glued down. This will give the card more stability and give it a more finished look. When I designed this card I was thinking about the lovely gazebo in a nearby park. I hope you can see the influence. Note: I made several of these cards testing out the design. One of the cards did not come out with the window measurement of 2-1/2″, it was only 2 1/4″, if this happens to you, no worries just adjust the strips evenly in the window. Also in one of the pics below one of the cards has little “feet” which I later cut off. I miss-cut the length but did not realize it until I was gluing up. It happens.
10. Now lets work the inside of the card. Cut a piece of the Regency Park DSP to 4-1/8″ x 5-1/2″, this should completely cover the inside of the card. Now from the bottom of the piece you just cut, cut off 2-1/2″ and set aside for a moment. (See photo left) Affix the top piece of the DSP to the inside of the card aligning it with the top and sides. Next we are going to use the last piece of white card we cut in the beginning, the 2-1/2″ x 8-1/2″ scored piece. This piece will wrap around the bottom of the card giving us a place to write and place a greeting. Glue the “back” of the folded piece to the back of the white card stock lining up the bottom edge. I moved the fold as close as possible to the left side of the card, just check to see that it closes. On all of my samples this folded piece stuck out a little on the right side and I needed to trim it. On this sample the fold was so equal that I had to shave an eyelish width from both the right side of the top and bottom of this smaller piece. Once this is in place glue the bottom half of the DSP to the “front” of your now attached mini card. Closing the mini card should present an mostly unbroken view of the DSP.
11. Now it is time to die cut! I used the Sentimental Park die set. Using Shaded Spruce card stock I cut 3 of the large flower stems, three of the large flower outlines and the large focus tag with the flowers on each side. From a scrap of white card I die cut the tag to fit inside of the focus tag. From Mango Melody cardstock I die cut three of the large solid flowers and I cut a 2-1/2″ by 4-1/8″. (Photo on right) *This piece of Mango Melody 2-1/2″ by 4-1/8″ is optional, I just felt it pulled the inside and the front of the card together. If using this piece align it to the the bottom of the DSP on the true back of the card and glue down using the mono adhesive. (Photo on left)
12. I stamped the greeting onto the white tag insert using the YOU and the Happy Birthday stamps from the Sentimental Park photopolymer stamp set. The YOU is stamped in Mango Melody, stamped off once and the Happy Birthday in full strength Shaded Spruce. Center and glue the greeting focal point to the Mango Melody card on the bottom inside of the card. If not using the Mango melody you can just center the greeting on the white space below the DSP.
13. Time to get fiddly. Glue the Spruce flower outlines to the Mango solid flowers using the Fine Tip Glue. Next arrange, trim and then glue the flower stems to the front of the card, then add the flowers. I used the same glue but if you wanted you could switch to the mono adhesive. Let the glue dry completely before closing the card. The benefit of using the Fine Tip Glue is that it dries clear and is not sticky. The mono adhesive can leave some sticky residue so be sure to clean it off if any gets away from you. Finally attach the mango milky dots to the centers of the flowers on the front and say: voile la!
Of note: I need a card that had a lot of space to write. On this sample I just cut and glued a piece of the Regency Park DSP to the inside of the card. It does not have the surprise factor of the card detailed above but it still has amazing dimension. And by using the double sided DSP it makes a nice clean card on the inside (with plenty of space to write). The flowers are found in the Sentimental Park Stamp and Die sets.