Wednesday, April 6, 2011

Display Cards - a new design!

When I was working on some very special cards this past week, I came up with a brand new design, and I am excited to share it with you!  I have three different examples here today. 
 First is a baby card for my new granddaughter, Paisley.  It is designed to be able to stand up on a shelf, yet fold flat, so it can be mailed in a regular A2 envelope.
The secret is the addition of a tab on the inside.  Here you will see three little hearts.  They are an important part of the design!

This is the front of a wedding card for Ashley and Steven, who are getting married on Saturday!
 When I made their card, it was theirs that gave me the idea to score it so that they might display it, should they want to.... and the rest is history, as they say!

Are you ready for the tutorial?  It's really pretty easy! 
The cardstock is cut at 5 1/2 x 11
Score the first score at 3 3/4 inches.
The next score is 8 inches from the left edge.
The next score is 9 1/4.
The first section is your card front.
For the baby card, I covered it with another piece of 5 1/2 x 3 3/4 paper. 
For the wedding card, I embossed it with a Cuttlebug embossing folder.
The second section is the inside of the card,  and perfect for adding extra accents, like the "Welcome", "Happily Ever After" and the heat embossed message on the birthday card below.
The last two sections were also embossed with a smaller repeatable pattern.  This can sometimes be a little bit tricky, because it means your card and embossing folder won't go through the embossing machine sideways.... you will have to emboss the biggest part, and then CAREFULLY match up the pattern, and repeat to get the rest.  It isn't hard, just be careful, and you will have a nice design. 
NOTE: If you have a SideKick, the small plate is just the right size for placing over the part you are embossing second, without re-embossing the first part.  Just use the regular plate on the bottom and the little one on the top.
Score all the lines, and it will have a nice flat bottom to stand on. 
To keep the card stable, you need a tab on the inside to tuck the bottom flap into.  See the hearts on the baby card?  There is also one heart on the wedding card.  That is the tab.  Just place adhesive on the bottom of the heart (balloon, star, or whatever is appropriate for your design) and leave the top unattached, so the flap can slide under it.  (Dimensionals don't work.... they leave too big a gap.)
 This little Owl birthday card for my granddaughter Madelyn, who is 11 today,  is a slight variation to the Display Card, as it doesn't tuck to the inside.... the little owl feet hold it together with the flap on the outside.  
 Happy Birthday, Madelyn!!
I hope you have enjoyed the tutorial, and will give it a try.  It really is a fun design, and it's nice to get a special card to stand on display.  I am very fond of the different textures together.
It's Baby Week at BettyBee's Buzz, and we'd love for you to create something for a baby in your life and share it with us.  The HoneyBees have a lot of inspiration to get you started.  Check them out!

What do you think?  I'd love to hear your comments!

Happy crafting ~ and don't forget to hug your loved ones!  (Especially the Bedlamites!!)  Special hugs to my Mom today.  It would have been Mom and Dad's 60th Wedding Anniversary.  I love you, Mom! (and I miss you, Dad).



Melissa said...

Great card design! Thanks for the tutorial! I LOVE the personalized wedding card, what a fantastic idea to use the monogram!

June Houck said...

Kudos to you on a fab new card design! Betty you have oodles of talent, and I thank you for sharing it with us :)


Marjorie said...

Thank you for the tutorial. You are very good at explaining 'how to'. I really like the designs you did on all the cards.