Build-a-Card: Day One

It’s been raining a lot here in Atlanta, so I wanted to make a bright and cheery card to remind me that Spring is here.  April is really holding its end of the bargain in the old “April showers bring May flowers” quip – so I’m expecting big things from you, May! 

I am trying something new on my blog today.  Lately, I’ve had a lot of fun with layering paper and images.  After I designed this Spring card and realized there are 14 layers of card stock, I thought, “Why show it all at once?  Why not build the card, layer by layer, with?”  I don’t want your head to explode, so I’m sharing it stage by stage.  I believe it’s important to establish expectations up-front, so please know that you won’t see the final card today.  Come back tomorrow for the conclusion of today’s Build-a-Card.

STEP ONE:  I cut a piece of Lucky Limeade to 5-1/2″x11″ and scored it at 5-1/2″.  I trimmed a piece of Whisper White at 5-3/8″x5-3/8″ and glued it to the front of the card:   20130428-201300.jpg

STEP TWO:  I trimmed a piece of Melon Mambo card stock at 5-1/4″x5-1/4″ and glued it to the Whisper White piece:20130428-201309.jpg

STEP THREE:  The next layer was SUPPOSED to turn into something absolutely amazing, but I realized afterwards that I could have made it easier on myself by simply adding a layer of the striped Designer Series Paper and a white square.  This layer, though, is composed of a 5″x5″ piece of Whisper White card stock and four triangles created by cutting two 2-1/2″x2-1/2″ squares with my Stampin’ Trimmer:20130428-201317.jpg

STEP FOUR:  The white space that was so painstakingly created in the center of the card left me wanting more, so I added a 3-1/4″x3-1/4″ square of Marina Mist card stock.  That leaves a nice border of white around the central square. 20130428-201324.jpg

STEP FIVE:  After getting all those layers created, I felt like I needed to straighten the card front.  I tried to play around with a diamond-shaped card front, but it wasn’t working for me.  THIS gave me the chance, though, to add more layers.  More layers, more layers, more layers.  I won’t stop until the postage for this puppy $3.95.20130428-201331.jpg

STEP SIX:  A piece of 3-1/8″x3-1/8″ Whisper White card stock finishes off the front panel of this card.  Or is it really finished?  That’s eight layers of card stock.  I promised you 14, so we aren’t done yet.20130428-201339.jpg

What do you think it going on the front of this card?  I’ll give you a hint:  there are six layers of card stock left.  The resulting image is simple and clean and uses some punches in a unique (I think) way.  Come back tomorrow to follow the remaining steps.

Thanks for stopping by my blog today.

Brian

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YOU WAITED AND WAITED.  Today is the last day to order any (or all) of the items in the Sent With Love suite.  This paper is delicious, and the coordinating stamps are fantastic.  After they are gone, they are gone.  Order now by clicking HERE!

Best Wishes: Simple Layers Without a Lot of Stamping

Putting ink-to-paper is possibly the most exhilarating things on Earth.  OK, maybe it’s in the Top 5 (to put my list in perspective, #6 is when cheese bubbles over and crisps on the side of the pizza crust).  Sometimes a card doesn’t need a lot of stamping to be wonderful.  Stampin’ Up! also offers wonderful Designer Series Papers and tools to make beautiful cards and projects without a lot of ink.  Try it sometime.  Here’s a card I made, followed by step-by-step instructions on how to create this layer:Petite Pairs, Hearts a Flutter Framelits

I already warned you that there’s not a lot of stamping on this card.  Some might think this card too simple or boring, but I really find it appealing.  I think it’s BECAUSE there’s not a lot going on here – a nice change of pace.  Do you agree?

Here’s how I built the label that serves as the focal-point for this card:

  • I cropped two banners using the Hearts a Flutter Framelits Dies and pieced them together at the ends:stampwithbrian.com
  • Using the Modern Label punch, I cropped a piece of Midnight Muse and layered it on top of the Calypso Coral pieces: stampwithbrian.com, Modern Label punch
  • Then I added a Whisper White punchout from the Word Window punch:stampwithbrian.com, Word Window Punch
  • Last, but not least, I added the sentiment (punched with a 1″ Circle punch of Whisper White, layered on a 1-1/4″ Circle punch of Pool Party).  The seam of the Calypso Coral banners is covered by the 1-1/4″ circle so that the banner appears to be one feature.stampwithbrian.com, Petite Pairs

Stamp Sets:  Petite Pairs  Papers:  Calypso Coral, Midnight Muse, Pool Party, Sent with Love Designer Series Paper, Whisper White  Inks:  Calypso Coral  Accessories:  Hearts a Flutter Framelits, Modern Label punch, Word Window punch, Circle, Circle, Stampin’ Dimensionals

DON’T FORGET!  Tomorrow is the last day to order any (or all) of the items in the Sent With Love suite.  This paper is delicious, and the coordinating stamps are fantastic.  After they are gone, they are gone.  Order now by clicking HERE!

Thanks for stopping by my blog today!  I hope you enjoyed building this card with me today because I’ve got another one prepped for you later this week!

Brian

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