Let me begin by thanking everyone for the amazing outpouring of sweet comments and e-mails regarding my new journey. I have spent the last few days reading your comments and smiling--it's been very surreal (in a good way!). It really means so much to me that you leave me special notes to read every day!
I am very excited to share today's project, one of many, until the official release date February 15th. My first stamp set from the Urban Design collection is called Shapes By Design which will be available through Papertrey Ink. I just LOVE this set because it is so versatile and can be used for all occasions, cards, home decor and scrapbooking. In addition it's gender neutral so you can even make those hard masculine cards!!!. It was also created to coordinate nicely with various products and accessories that I already own (and I am sure you have some/all of it too *lol*) I plan to show you exactly what I mean in the days to come. In addition, the stamps can be used in conjunction with each other, alone as well as to create backgrounds. It truly is a set with endless possibilities.
Today's Project: Hinge card with belly band
I placed a white piece of stampers select 8.5x11 cardstock vertically on my paper cutter and cut to measure 5.25 x4. Then I used my Scor-Pal to score at the 2 inch mark followed by the 5 3/4 mark. (Yes...those observant folks will see that this piece of paper measure 4.25...but you still want to make it 4 *lol*--I did that after the fact)
I also cut: 1) a piece of cardstock (I chose black) to measure 5.25x4 and scored at the 2 inch mark so that the fold matches the 2 inch mark to the piece mentioned above.
2) the cardstock base at 5.5x4.25 and used a light blue.
3) cut a cardstock insert at 5x3 3/4 using some leftover white textured prismatic paper by Prism
I decided to use black and white to make my image pop. I stamped repeated images up to the fold and on the other side of the fold. You'll notice I didn't cross over. Don't forget, when you are stamping with pigment ink you want to give it plenty of time to dry before adhering it.
(Doesn't my stamp look loved already??? *smiles* and yes...that flower is a little bit of Nichole!--got some butterfly kisses???)
Next, I adhered my black stamped cardstock to the long white cardstock at the 2 inch fold. I matched the seams up.
I wanted to add a splash of colour so I chose this subtle but elegant blue called soft sky by SU!. You can see that I stamped my greeting first in black followed again in blue. I created a 3-d look by offset stamping, meaning I moved the stamp slightly (VERY slightly) to the right and stamped over the words again. In addition, I did some two step stamping using the blue as the solid base and some Palette Black for the outline using the outline circles stamp.
Using a 1/2 inch x 9 inch piece of black cardstock I gently bent the edges over the base of my cardstock to create a belly band for my card. I choose this yummy stitched ribbon to act as an accent and tied a knot in the centre to give it some character.
I adhered the 2 inch stamped pocket along the side edges of the card--lining up exactly with the edge (Note: If you want to use it as a gift card holder don't glue the centre of it)
Here is the finished look (minus my personal greeting and signature!)
To finish off my card I placed the belly band over the flap (that folds out) to keep everything in place.
And voila a card that can be used for ALL occasions especially for those times you want to incorporate a gift certificate.
paper: Stampers Select White by Papertrey Ink, Basic Black by SU! and White Prismatic by Prism
ink: White Craft Ink by SU!, Black Palette Ink by Stewart Superior
stamps: Shapes by Design (Urban Design by Alli Miles) Papertrey Ink
accessories: Soft Skye Double Stitched Ribbon by SU!
If you decide to make a hinged card following the instructions above please link back in the post below. I'd love to see your creative genius at work.
Thanks for sharing in this joyous moment. I'm still pinching myself.
Have a super day!
P.S. Yes, that is a recent photo of me...and YES I now have short hair so if you are looking for me at CHA don't be surprised to see me looking different *lol*