One of the best moments of every month is the day I receive my copy of Card Maker Magazine in the mail. I can only hope that I've gotten the mail early in the day so that I can sit right down and go all through it. This WEEK I've had TWO best moments. Not only did I get the June issue of the magazine (on schedule because we get things late here in Hawaii) I received the July issue, too! And it was the July issue that showed off the card I'm CASEing today (CASE = Copy And Share with Everyone; my interpretation).
The first thing that caught my eye with this card were those strips of paper all lined up and notched so prettily. The second feature of the magazine card that caught my eye was that those were Stampin' Up! papers on the sample! And the Square Lattice Sizzix Die had been used for the background. But what was the color green they used? What they called it was "Sage Green." At first I thought, oooooh, a new color! But then I realized that the papers were from this year's Paper Pack designs. Since I'm pretty sure that Stampin' Up! will change those designs out for the new year (starting July 1st!!!), I had to figure out which green they used. I finally decided that it was Certainly Celery. Now that I see my own card photographed, I'm at about 98% sure. I should have been a detective!!
Then I looked at those notches and at how well they mimicked the notches at the end of the ribbon (Certainly Celery 5/8" Satin Ribbon). How was I going to get them to be so nicely matched? This is how I decided to do it:
I lined the strips all up so that they were all even at the top. Then I laid a ruler (could be any straight edge as we're not measuring here) across at about the point at which I wanted the notch to end. Finally, I made a pencil mark in the center of each strip, which you can see just below the ruler in this picture.
I removed the ruler and cut each strip individually.
Now the best news for this type of project – and a bit of a hint about a new product that will be in the new catalog – starting in July we'll be able to use a PUNCH to make those notches! Stay tuned for more details as our Demonstrator pre-order period starts. I hope that we'll get that punch as part of our pre-order offerings!!! (Addendum to this post: The new Pennant Punch won't work for this kind of project because of the way that the punch is configured. Oh well, one can always dream!)
The stamped images on the magazine card were not from Stampin' Up! But I think that the flower and stem from Fabulous Florets (in the Stampin' Up! Summer Mini Catalog) and the greeting (from the stamp set, Simply Said) fit this card just beautifully!
Here's the sketch for this card. I used the finished measurements for the top two layers. For these two layers, stamp the images on a larger piece of card stock and use the Tearing Edge tool to make the "torn" edges. Slip the side piece of card stock just under the top layer.
This is definitely a card you can have fun with! Think of all that paper you have lying around just dying to be cut into little strips!