by Christine Hill, Stouffville, ON
- Cut two pieces of wood grain paper to 5×10 (one will be the inside of the card and the other will be the outside).
- Score both at 5 inches so that you have 5×5 folded pieces of paper.
- Decorate the outside of the card as desired.
- You need to cut a series of lines around the centre score on the piece of paper that will be the inside of the card—mark the following points: 1”, 1.5”, 2”, 3”, 3.5”, and 4”.
- For the first two markings, draw a line .5” on either side of the center score; for the second two markings, draw a line 1.5” on either side of the center score; for the last two markings, draw a line 1” on either side of the center score.
- Using a metal ruler, self-healing mat, and craft knife, cut evenly along the lines that you drew in the above steps. It is important that your cuts end evenly.
- Fold the card liner in half; fold the three tabs back on the wrong side.
- Open the inside of the card with the right side facing and pop out the three tabs (you should now have three squares sticking out on the right side of the card.
- Adhere die-cut images to the tabs.
- Add a greeting or additional embellishments.
by Tina Werner, Otterville, ON
- Create a 5.5×5.5 square card with white cardstock.
- Cut a 5.5×5.5 piece of olive cardstock and adhere to card front.
- Cut a 5.25×5.25 piece of American Crafts “Woodstock” paper and adhere to card front with pop dots.
- Cut a 3.75×4.25 piece of white cardstock and mat with olive cardstock using pop dots.
- Using the “rock and roll” technique, ink leaves stamp with rusty orange; then roll outer edges in olive green; stamp, creating the outline branches. You must clean your stamp each time so that the colours don’t become muddy. Repeat until you have filled in the branches evenly.
- Stamp sentiment on bottom right of card front with brown ink; outline with brown marker.
- Colour in Maya Road chipboard tree trunk with drops of alcohol inks in brown tones; use a brown marker to touch up the edges of the tree where the ink doesn’t reach (making sure that all of the chipboard is covered).
- Use pop dots to adhere tree trunk on top of stamped leaves.
- Make a loop with ribbon and staple to top right.
- Adhere entire stamped piece to card front using pop dots to create a beautiful 3-D card.
by Kerry McRorie, Markham, ON
- Make a 3×3 card from cardstock.
- Cut a 2.75×2.75 square from brown cardstock; adhere to card front.
- Cut a 2.5×2.5 square from orange polka dot paper; adhere to card front with pop dots.
- Cut a 2×2 square from brown cardstock; adhere to card front.
- Cut a 1.75×1.75 square from white cardstock; adhere to card front using pop dots.
- Hand-cut a flower from patterned paper; adhere to card front using pop dots
by Nancy Davies, Hamilton, ON
- Cut a 6×12 strip of cardstock and fold in half to form a card; cover front with black text patterned paper.
- Cut mat from scalloped cardstock and adhere; cut a second mat (3.75” square) from green paper; apply rub-on letters to bottom edge and adhere.
- To create the pumpkin, start by cutting 8, 4” lengths of orange ribbon in various prints; stack them on top of each other (all printed sides facing down) and secure them together about 1/4” from each end with a brad.
- Fan the ribbons apart in the center, then tuck the ends under and secure (by the ends) to the card (glue dots are perfect for this).
by Tina Werner, Otterville, ON
- Create a 5.5×4.25 card from white cardstock.
- Cut a piece of black cardstock 5.5×4.25 and adhere to card front.
- Cut a piece of white cardstock 5.25×4 and adhere to card front.
- Cut out one circle from “The Twist” paper by American Crafts (this will be the top of the tree).
- Cut a strip of brown cardstock to form the tree trunk; adhere both tree top and trunk to right side of card front.
- Stamp monkey image on white cardstock with black ink; watercolour monkey slightly.
- Cut out the monkey and adhere to card front with Piggy Tales’ self-adhesive Pig Tale to make him “pop” off the page.
- Stamp quote on white cardstock; trim and mat with black cardstock.
- Adhere to bottom left of card.
- Draw a single line border around the outside of the card using a thin black marker
Rough and Tough
by Roxanne Jegodtka, Edmonton, AB
- Make a 7.75×5.5 card from brown cardstock.
- Cut a 7.5×5.25 mat from cream cardstock; adhere to card front.
- Cut a 7.25×5 mat from green cardstock; adhere to card front.
- Cut a 7×4.75 piece of patterned paper; adhere to card front.
- Cut a 7.5×3 strip of cream cardstock; tear top and bottom edges; adhere to card front.
- Fold and adhere a strip of orange ribbon around the cream cardstock.
- Use a buttonhole embroidery stitch found here around the felt football and a back stitch found here to create the center of the leaves and the stitches on the letters.
- Attach felt pieces to the card and handwrite the “&” sign after “tough.” Add orange brads to the title.