Monday, May 23, 2011

Eets Zee Card!

 

Welcome. . . I’m glad you stopped by for my little tutorial. . . this is a card that I made up this week. . . for the Operation Write Home Memorial Day bloghop! My card will be featured on the hop this coming weekend, but here is the tutorial so that you can play along if you like!

I call this a “Z” card because it is built on a fun little “Z” shape base. It sits up like a fun little decoration, and the inside edge matches the front. When closed, it looks like this:

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Here is a a few shots of the card when it is standing up:

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Here is another example of the “Z” card. . .

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This card is fun to make to use up a whole lot of small embellishments, stamps, or leftover bitty things that you might have lying around. It would be a great use for small stickers or punches without causing the “sneeze” effect (just looks like a bunch of small things splattered all over the front of a card, without much organization!)

The instructions for making this card are really pretty simple.

Your base measures 4.25 x 12”.  You can use a patterned, or solid piece of cardstock for this as shown. The 4.25 x 12” piece is scored at 3.25 and 6.5” and are folded as shown. Layer the card base with pieces of white that meaure .25 inches smaller than the surfaces that you want to cover. For example, the Red white and blue card has white pieces that measure 4 x 5.25 (inside), 4 x 3” (middle) and 4 x 3 1/8” (front.) Make sure you glue that front piece flush with the right edge so that the blue part doesn’t show when the card is closed.

The squares and 1 x 1” and 7/8 x 7/8” . Decorate each of these squares with your stamps, punches, or various small embellishments. I used a few Close To My Heart stamp sets for this – “Beautiful Day” and “Happy Holidays” stamp sets both have tons of small cute stamps.

The last step is to add these squares to the card as shown. The third row over, is centered on the fold and they stick out over the fold a little. Here is a shot of the card when open:

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You can see how those squares stick out a little over this folded edge. The fourth row of squares is adhered to the inside of the card, as shown. Don’t be afraid to use a ruler as a guide to center these squares until they are exactly where you want them to be. Here are a few more helpful hints: Gluing the third row down first kind of gives you a good guide for where to place the rest. Also, you can use a light adhesive first, or some kind of glue that is slightly repositionable until your squares are where you want them to end up permanently.

Thank you for stopping by for the tutorial, and if you are blog-hopping for the weekend, I hope that you have so much fun! My week is going to be crazy busy, as we are trying to prepare for the holiday weekend. . .big hugs and Happy Memorial Day weekend to you all!

12 comments:

Celeste said...

oh wow such a wonderful card., Thank you for the instructions on how to make it....

Annette_Marlow said...

I love it and you have instructions!! I am going to have to make one of these this weekend! Thank you so much for sharing!!

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Paula S. said...

These both cam out really nice Nancy. Fabulous idea for all those small stamps (that I never use) and the small embellishments that I have piled up (and never use).

Cindy said...

This is terrific, Nancy! Love the layout and love even more that you did all the figuring for us! :o) Big Hugs, Cindy

AllisonG said...

Thanks for the tutorial! You make it seem so easy that I'll have to give it a try.

mckcampbell said...

Wow I just love this and thanks for the tutorial. Now know what to do with a lot of my scraps :0)

Seongsook Duncan said...

Very nice. Thanks for the instruction. Should give it a try.

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