Do you recognize the name of the Fall 2013 Stampin' Up! Designer Series Paper in the Blog Post Title? It's "Sweater Weather," and the colors in the set are so, well, cool! So when I decided that I'd like to participate in a Fall 2013 Blog Tour, that paper set from the 2013 Stampin' Up! Holiday Catalog came to mind as the theme for my blog post. And what better way to use it than to make a set of 4-1/2" square note cards featuring Quilt Squares as we're certainly going to be seeing lots of quilts to keep us warm in the coming months!
This is the design that got me started on this project. There are so many ways to make a Pinwheel Quilt Block. I like this one because I could use the plaid patterned paper in the four corners of the quilt and, no matter how I punched them, they formed a diagonal pointing to the center of the block with the pinwheel. With the way that I cut the remaining blocks, the plaid is not on the diagonal and it makes such a pretty contrast. For the center of the card, I "tied on" an Old Olive Button with some Linen Thread. The thread is just tied onto the button, of course, and I adhered the button to the center of the card using Mini Glue Dots. The Card Base is Tangerine Tango Card Stock and the mat is Old Olive Card Stock. I "quilted" the block, adhered to its mat, using the Sizzix Square Lattice Embossing Folder.
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Before I go any further, you should know that I've written a tutorial for making the cards, including a quick way to make the squares with two triangles, and instructions for laying the small squares out to make the 4" quilt designs. The tutorial also includes a list of supplies for making these four cards, using Designer Series Paper sets of your choice, and sketches for each of the four layouts. The tutorial also includes instructions for making a box that will hold all the cards and envelopes – and the box is so easy to make using the Stampin' Up! Envelope Punch Board!
How do you get the tutorial? I have a blog post all ready to go live this coming Friday that explains what you need to do to get it. Of course, it's FREE! Just come back to get all the information on Friday! Now back to my cards!
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There are no full squares at all in this second card. What caught my attention about this design is the impression that there are some nested diagonal squares in the middle of the card. I used Chocolate Chip Card Stock to mat this design to enhance the interior Chocolate Chip diagonal square. I used an Antique Brad to embellish this card. I cut the legs off the brad and adhered it to the center of the card with Mini Glue Dots as I had in the first card. The card base for this design is Old Olive Card Stock. The design and its mat have been "quilted" using the Argyle Embossing Folder.
For my third card, I returned to the Pinwheel theme, but with a different design, There are actually two pinwheels in this card – the darker but smaller Chocolate Chip design, and the lighter but larger Tangerine Tango design. While the plaid paper was a focus of the first two cards, here it just helps as an accent. Rather than place a central embellishment in this card, I decided to mimic how some quilts are tied together and added small pieces of Old Olive 1/8" Taffeta Ribbon where the pinwheels meet. This really accents the smaller of the two pinwheels even more than the dark color. I had to force some of the little "feet" of a couple of the ribbons to stay in place by applying some judiciously-placed mini glue dots! The card base is again Tangerine Tango Card Stock and the mat is Old Olive Card Stock. The quilt and mat are embossed with the Sizzix Houndstooth Embossing Folder.
For the final in this set of cards, I made a Texas Star type pattern. I really like the darker corner squares that help highlight the star pattern formed by the Tangerine Tango triangles. There is an obvious diagonal pattern from lower left to upper right with the Chocolate Chip squares. But the other diagonal, from top left to lower right, is nicely accented with the diagonal layout of the two plaid squares – just as in the first card. I introduced a new color of card stock with this card – Crushed Curry. That's one of the colors in the plaid design, along with the Chocolate Chip and Tangerine Tango. So I decided it needed at least a small introduction in this final square. This square and its Tangerine Tango mat are embossed with the Houndstooth Embossing Folder, and it's tied together with a bow made of Linen Thread. Yes, for this card, I acutally pierced the quilt block and tied the thread!
Here's a photo of the whole project, including the box that I made using the Stampin' Up! Envelope Punch Board! Come on back on Friday to find out how you can get the FREE tutorial for the whole project.