Since Mother’s Day is coming up, I thought I’d show you how to make a very special card, like the one I made at the Creative Gathering a few weeks ago. It is a beautiful fold-out card that isn’t too hard to do as long as you know how to use a cutter and scorer. Here is the one I made at the Gathering:
2 sheets of same-coloured card stock (8-1/2″ x 11″) for base
1 sheet contrasting card stock for sleeve
1 sheets of patterned paper (12″ x 12″) coordinating with card stock base
Sookwang (or strong, double sided adhesive tape)
Pop-up dots or 3D squares
Embellishments, like small flowers and curly-cues
3″ x 2″ coordinating label
I cut my label using this die-cutter set (‘Decorative Labels, set #4’) from Sizzix for the base, cut out the center from contrasting card stock, and used my 1-1/2″ scalloped oval punch for the centre. I sponged a bit of red ink around the edges of the cream-coloured card stock and stamped ‘for you’ onto the scalloped oval using the same red ink.
1. For the card base, cut 2 rectangles that are 10″ x 6″ and one strip that is 1/2″ x 3-7/8″. From the contrasting card stock, cut a 9″ x 2″ strip, two strips that are 1/2″ x 5-7/8″, and a 2″ x 3″ rectangle*
*Note: this 2″ x 3″ rectangle is the background for the journaling strip. If you don’t have appropriate stamps or don’t want to write out the sentiment by hand, you could print out a sentiment from your word processor onto cream-coloured card stock and then cut it 1/4″ to 1/2″ smaller than the background colour.
2. On each of the 2 large rectangles, score three lines 2″, 4″ & 6″ from the narrow end & fold accordion style so that the last outside sections meet at the centre of the card. Don’t worry if they don’t meet up exactly. On the 9″ x 2″ strip, make score lines 2-1/4″ from each end.
3. On each of the 2 large rectangles, draw a diagonal line starting 1/4″ from first fold down to the outer edge, measuring 2-1/4″ up from the bottom. Using a paper cutter, cut along the diagonal line.
4. With the border punch, clip the diagonal edges of the large rectangles starting at the first fold at the top. Also, punch out the top & bottom edges of the 9″ x 2″ strip and one of the long edges on both the 1/2″ x 5-7/8″ strips and the 1/2″ x 3-7/8″ strip. Trim as necessary.
5. Out of the patterned paper, cut 4 strips that are 1-7/8″ x 5-1/2″, 4 strips that are 1-7/8″ x 4-1/4″ & 4 strips that are 1-7/8″ x 3″ and two* rectangles measuring 5-7/8″ x 3-7/8″.
*Note: If you only have enough paper for one rectangle, you don’t really need to put the patterned paper on the back of the card.
6. Cut off each 1-7/8″ strip’s corner (from top corner down 1-1/4″ to edge), making sure that you have the diagonals of two strips that are opposite to the other pair, as shown above.
7. To begin card assembly, place the wide sections of card base together, making sure that the fold is not blocked by the overlapping segment, and stick securely with Sookwang.
8. Attach strips to corresponding sections of the card, making sure that the top diagonal does not obscure the lacy pattern of the border. If the segment is a fraction too long, it can always be trimmed. Either glue runner or Sookwang can be used to attach the strips. If there is a segment on which you will be attaching a heavy embellishment, I’d recommend the stronger adhesive of the Sookwang, otherwise the glue runner should be sufficient.
9. To the centre segment, add the 1/2″ lacy strips that you punched out earlier. Place the two contrasting colours along each side and the base colour along the top. Affix the sentiment background in the centre.
10. Take your 9″ x 2″ strip and wrap loosely around your folded card and attach ends together, making sure the sleeve slides easily over the card. Center the label and affix to the sleeve.
11. Add embellishments to the middle segments of the card and onto the label, as you desire. If you use fabric or paper flowers with a wire stem, instead of cutting the wire short, wrap it around a thin paintbrush handle for a vine-like appearance.
Here is the inside of the completed card, including the sentiment, which I printed from my computer. Unfortunately, ink smudged the edges a bit so I had to trim the sentiment a little more than I like.
I also cut out the curly embellishments for the top and bottom of the sentiment with my Cuttlebug, using the ‘Vintage’ mini die cutter set.
I hope all you mothers out there have a wonderful Mother’s Day – and all you children, if you still have a mom in your life, show her you appreciate everything she does for you. Take her out for a meal or cook for her. Pamper her or make her something pretty, like this card! :)