This is the card I made for my husband and I followed the design I learned from Cathie Allen.
LOTS of Pictures Alert!
I loved making this card.
TIP #1 - start with EXCLELLENT CARD STOCK - At Scrapfest Oshawa 2011 I discovered, thanks to Cathie Allen, this SUPER CARDSTOCK - it's white, strong and beautiful!
I only used white cardstock - no patterned paper.
I started with a 12x12 sheet of white card stock and for the front of the card cut it to 6X6.
For the BACK of the card ( which will form the base of your easel) I cut longer because you have to allow at least one extra inch where your acetate piece will be attached.
So my base measures 6x7"
I chose a beautiful butterfly pattern acetate and this needs to be 6x6.
I covered all surfaces of the cardstock with inks, some chalk, some metallic paper and various patterned stamps.
- Select your sentiment - keep it short because you REALLY don't want to have to be cutting out little nambly pambly letters, and LOTS of them.
i.e - JOY, LOVE, ME & U (YOU) --
-Select your chipboard letters - I didn't make my letters from scratch because there is already enough cutting, pasting, assembling, etc to do! :)
You will trace your letters onto the cardstock. Remember that if you choose to mark your paper with pencil on the reverse side, place your letters BACKWARDS! -- you're welcome :)
Whatever shape of frame you choose, remember this important instruction: All the letters have to be attached to each other AND attached to the outer frame.
You can see that I added 'tabs' to certain letters ( like the 'E') because I couldn't attach it directly to the frame.
|View from behind so you can see the acetate sheet which forms the easel.
As you can see I traced my letters backwards onto the back so I don't worry about erasing all the pencil marks.
|Stamp, ink, chalk all surfaces (before you cut) --- I just find it easier.
|Back of the card. I adhered the ribbon to the back and will cover it with a left over piece of stamped card stock (i.e 1" x 6" strip)
|I 'ran' the ribbon through my ink to dye it pink
|I started with cream ribbon and thought the pink would look better.
|Affix the embossed letters to the front of your card.
Embellish to your hearts content!
|Present your card tied, and make a custom envelope or box to enclose it.
Check out all the excellent entries for this month for inspiration -- If you would like to vote for my card and click 'LIKE" - please do! If not, I will still be your friend :)
Thanks for stopping by,