Hi, There, Stampers!
For the next couple of weeks my plan is to make some cards that use some technique that I’d just like to try out for the heck of it. When I end up finding a card that I think is worth sharing, then share it I shall! With you, of course, and right here on the Robin’s Craft Room blog!
Parakeet Party is a Fun Green!
As soon as I saw this color in the new Stampin’ Up! catalog, I knew that I’d use it a lot. For one thing it’s so bright and cheery. Who can help but smile when they see this color used with a cute line-art stamp – like Nothing’s Better Than. What other stamp sets might be good to use with this color? Let me know if you have any ideas and I’ll try them out and show them here!
The Fun Fold Really is Fun!
First of all, the fold is not my original design. But I can share with you here what you need to do to make it:
- Cut a piece of Parakeet Party Cardstock at 8-1/2″ x 5-1/2″. Fold it in half to make a portrait (vertical) card, folded at the left.
- Die cut a shape (for my card, a rectangle) in the center of the front of the card. Make sure that whatever stamp you’re going to use fits in the space cut.
- Cut a piece of Basic White Cardstock a t8″ x 5-1/4″. Fold it in half with the fold at the right. Then take the top layer of the folded cardstock and fold it (towards you) in half again with the edge of the cardstock touching the fold on the right.
- Glue the unfolded (back) side of the Basic White to the inside of the Parakeet Party card, leaving a 1/4″ margin all around.
- Fold the White Cardstock and then fold the Parakeet Party Cardstock over it. You’ll see the inside fold of the White Cardstock through the “window” you’ve created with the die-cutting.
- Decorate the piece that you die-cut out of the Parakeet Party card. I added another rectangle of White cardstock, stamped and colored with one of the images from the Nothing’s Better Than Stamp Set.
- With the White cardstock folded in and the Parakeet Party Card folded to enclose the White cardstock, apply adhesive to the folded (right) side of the White cardstock.
- With everything still folded, fit the die-cut piece back into it’s original spot and press on the adhesive to adhere it to the White cardstock.
When you open the card it will look like the open card on the right, above.
Decorate the Inside!
In the past I’ve been as bad as anyone else when it comes to stamping the inside of my cards or even decorating the envelopes. I’m getting a lot better at is and I hope you will consider it too if you’re among those of us who struggle to do this. I know, when I finish a card, I’m finished and I want to move on to something else. How else am I going to find things about which to write articles like this one? But I will eventually use all the cards that I make, so why not finish them all the way.
There are quite a few ways to decorate the inside of cards:
- Stamp an image that coordinates with the front of the card.
- Stamp a sentiment. A stamp set like Nothing’s Better Than creates this opportunity for us with its sentiments. And I’ve used that opportunity here.
- Glue a strip of coordinating Designer Series Paper. A 1/2″ or 5/8″ strip is just about perfect. I like to leave a little bit of space between the paper strip and the bottom of the inside layer of the card. But there are no rules.
- Glue a punched or die-cut piece of Designer Series Paper. Almost as easy as that strip.
That’s it for today! If you have any ideas for something different with the Parakeet Color or for this fun fold, be sure to let me know!