Well I have not been a big card maker but being creative I am up for a challenge and I must say I am pleased with the result!
So…I hopped onto Facebook and my CTMH extended family who share all they are learning in our team groups have posted what they have discovered today. I clicked the link to this video and thought ‘I can do that’! And I have just the right scraps, stamps, chipboard and Cricut cartridge to do it!
Called a cascading card, I will not reinvent the whell of the how to make the card itself. Instead you can take a look at the video yourself. You will need
- 12 x 8 cardstock
- A trimmer
- A tool for scoring. (This demonstrator has a scoring board – I don’t own one of those but my lovely new trimmer from CTMH has a scoring blade.
- A light soft leaded pencil
- A ruler – I love my CTMH ruler for this task
- Scissors – I love my CTMH micro tip scissors too!
- Range of coordinating paper and embellishments. For this card I have used my scraps from Chantilly Paper Packet, Chantilly Assortment, and elements from my Art Philosophy Cricut Cartridge collection (The Flower and heart stamps, The butterfly cutout and more) This was largely done with the scraps of the paper pack and White cardstock.
Following the Video, I paused and did each step. I used my CTMH ruler and a craft knife to cut the diagonal as this was easier than managing the angle in the trimmer and was already sitting on my Versamat anyway. My card fitted together well – but make sure your folds and cuts are nice and square or it may end up a little wonky. I used my Bone Folder to make sure the folds were nice and defined.
I then struggled a bit with the decorating. I made the error of sticking the front embellishment on first, It would have been much easier to do it last. Assemble the blank card. Mark lightly with a pencil all the facing edges – these are the ones you will want to put your decoration on. I first did the pink strips (from the edge of Chantilly papers) but did not pay attention to front and back on both pieces – they are opposite!) So I added the ‘words’ after – not quite the look I was after. it was also difficult but not impossible to stamp after I had stuck the front on. Lesson learned – next time I do this I will decorate first, then assemble and secure the front last.
In spite of the slight struggle I am very pleased with how it turned out and wish to acknowledge France Martin for creating the video which delivers very easy to follow instruction for cutting, scoring and folding the card. You can take a look for yourself here.
Now I have done the card AND written about it I should go see what other tricks I can learn!