My mid-week fun project this week was a challenge from the online Stampin' Up! Demonstrator's group, SUDSOL. The challenge was to use a card layout called "Snip and Tuck," which was featured in a Stampin' Up! conference earlier this year. This was my first try at it and I was surprised at how easy it was to make and how easy it is to open.
I'm going to digress a minute and tell you why "how easy it is to open" is important to me. There are quite a few other folds that are popular for people to make right now, and I have tutorials for several of them (Never Ending Card and Easel Card, though not the Twisted Easel – soon, though!). The problem is that not everyone who gets these cards knows what to do with them!!! It's OK if I'm right there when I'm giving the card to show how it works. But what happens when I'm not? Awhile back I gave a friend an easel card to show her how it worked – except that I didn't show her. I just gave her the card. It had cute decorations and was a nice card. But she had no clue about propping it open until I showed her. Then it was, "Wow!" Of course it was, because it's so much fun – once you know what to do. The fact is that I mail most of my cards, so that doesn't work for me.
With the Snip and Tuck you HAVE to see how it works in order to get the card open!
Just quickly, I've decorated this card with paper from the Beyond the Garden Designer Series Paper Set and some flowers and leaves from the Stamp Set, Fabulous Florets. I covered the larger flower in the stamped group with Crystal Effects and let it dry before attaching some Basic Pearl Embellishments. For the background, I stamped the Background Stamp, Pretty Pattern. On the inside of the card I stamped it with VersaMark and then heat embossed with the new Melon Mambo Stampin' Emboss Powder. On the outside I used the same stamp and some Wild Wasabi Stampin' Emboss Powder. Love those colored Embossing Powders!
I also used two of Stampin' Up!'s Punches for this card: I used the Scallop Trim Border Punch to frame the Designer Series Paper on the left, and I used the 2-3/8" Scallop Punch for the Wild Wasabi base on which I adhered the flower element, which I cut out by hand.
Here is my version of the instructions for this card. You can find a larger copy of this by clicking here. This really is a fun card to make – and I hope you have a chance to have some fun with it this weekend!