Saturday, March 17, 2012

Guest Blogger - Sharon Field with Partial Top Note Die Tutorial

Hello!! My friend Karen Potts showed me one of her very creative cards a few weeks ago at our semi monthly get together luncheons and it inspired me to create something similar... LOL, actually I came home and thought I'd use my stamps and supplies to make a similar card but it turned out that my card was quite different!!  Here's Karen's card...

Unfortunately, I worked from memory.. LOL, not so good!!  My card turned out quite different so... we thought we'd share a twist today on both our blogs... two similar card and one fabulous free tutorial too!  Here's my card!!

Supplies you’ll need: tri-fold gift card holder tutorial!
Stamps: Elementary Elegance, En Francais, Herb Expressions
Papers: River Rock, Confetti Cream, Basic Black
Inks: Basic Black, River Rock
Awesome Die Cutting Tools: Big Shot Die Cutting Machine, Square Lattice Textured Impressions Embossing Folder, Top Note Die, Framelits Labels Collection
Terrific Tools: Curly Label Punch, Eyelet Border Punch, Craft (ribbon) Scissors, Simply Scored Board
Awesome Accessories: 5/8” Basic Black Satin Ribbon (approximately 18” per card), Stampin’ Sponges, Sticky Strip, Basic Rhinestone Jewels

Card Stock Cutting/Prep: Tri-Fold Gift Card Holder
River Rock: 4.25 x 9.25” scored at 2” and 7.5”
Basic Black: 4.25” x 4.75”, 3.5” x 3”
Confetti Cream: 4.25” x 5.5” to die cut top note, 2.5” x 3”, and 1.75” square

Step by Step Tutorial…
Tri-fold Gift Card Holder
1.     Use Big Shot Die Cutting Machine and Square Lattice Textured Impressions Embossing Folder to emboss 1.75” portion of River Rock Card Stock and 4.25” x 4.75” Basic Black Card Stock. Fold embossed flap toward middle of card and place sticky strip along two short edges, and scored edge.
2.   Punch along one 4.25” edge of embossed basic black card stock using the eyelet border punch, remove sticky tape protective layer and attach embossed/punched basic black card stock to inside flap of card.
3.   Tie approximately 18” of Basic Black Satin Ribbon into a lovely loopy bow, around opposite river rock card stock flap. LOL… apparently I did it a bit differently when I made the card… the basic black piece isn’t in place yet.. yikes!
4.   Ink the En Francais large format background stamp with Basic Black Ink and stamp the pre-cut confetti cream top note die cut.
5.   Use River Rock ink and a wedge of stampin’ sponge to distress and sponge edges of top note die cut.
6.   On the reverse side, use the same ink and stamp sentiment from Herb Expressions Stamp set. Slip the stamped top note die cut beneath the ribbon clad flap, center and glue inside
7.    Use Big Shot Die Cutting Machine and remaining basic black card stock piece to die cut similarly sized framelits label die.
8.   Stamp the crown/flourish/frame image from Elementary Elegance Stamp Set onto larger scrap of Confetti Cream Card Stock and use the next smaller framelits label to die cut the image. NOTE: you will be cutting away some of the image… that’s OK!
9.   Sponge all edges using stampin’ sponge and River Rock ink, attach to center of basic black framelits die cut.
10.  Stamp Happy Birthday greeting on remaining scrap of Confetti Cream card stock, and punch using the Curly Label punch. After distressing the edges as in steps 8/9, center and attach to die cuts and card front as shown below.
11.Attach a basic Rhinestone Jewel to the top/center of the crown on the Elementary Elegance image… and you’re   done!
Today’s Tips for Paper Crafters!
  • When tightening your loopy bow, pull the tails in opposing directions to add interest!

  • When embossing pre-scored card stock feed the ‘loose’ end through the die cutting machine first to avoid additional creasing.
  • Use an office clip to squeeze/hold your stampin’ sponge wedge to keep your fingertips nice and clean.
Hope you enjoyed today's collaborative project!  It's been a blast!

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