I wish you all a very blessed Easter. Today’s video is a beauty….even if I do say so myself! It took quite some time to work out the sizes of all the different elements needed but it was very well worth the effort! I was requested to make a bench fold card by a fellow crafter, and I was interested to find out how these cards are made with a shelf.
There are lots of bench fold card videos on YouTube already but I didn’t find one that suited all my needs. I picked out the bits I needed, added my spin which is why I had a lot of measurements to work out! When I wanted to put a lace doily (or runner) on top of my dressing table, I went through all my die sets to see which dies I could use. I found fifteen which I showed in the video and said I’d adhere them to a sheet with the names of the die set they’re from, and share a photograph.
The three I used on my three cards are Stitched Nested Dies no. 1; Stitched So Sweetly Dies no. 1; Stitched Labels Dies. Obviously this card folds flat to go in an envelope, and when the card is set up, it’s amazingly sturdy. This is because there is a brace fitted inside the card out of sight. The table rests on the brace and I added two small vases from the Varied Vases Stamp Set (not Vibrant Vases as I said in the video!) which I popped up on Dimensionals.
On my prototype (trial) card I added a piece of Whisper White Cardstock on the back for somewhere to add a greeting. Although I’d decorated two diagonally opposite corners with stamped and die cut flowers, I wasn’t really happy with it. When I made the second card, I die-cut the largest Stitched Shapes Oval die in Whisper White, and layered it onto a piece of Smokey Slate Cardstock which I’d die-cut with the no. 7 scalloped oval die from the Layering Ovals Dies.
This looks so much better because it follows the oval shapes of the mirror and the scalloped layering for all the mirrors. When I made the video card, I suggested that the Whisper White oval is not adhered on to the card until after the sentiment has been stamped and/or after the greeting has been written. When the card is folded flat, there are bumps that can be felt under the area that will be covered by the oval and will make stamping and/or writing difficult!
Another idea I had was to stand something on the dressing table. I’ve used the perfume bottle from the Dressed to Impress Stamp Set to demonstrate my idea. I was hoping to use this bottle but it was too big. As you can see from the back I added an L-shaped piece of cardstock which I would have adhered to the dressing tabletop. Alternatively, when fussy cutting your image, leave ½” extra cardstock at the base of the image so that it can be folded back as the L-shape.
While I was checking out other videos to see how this card is made, I saw some amazing projects. For example, there was one which had been made like a man’s workbench. There was another like a students work station which also included a chair which I imagine was a single layer of cardstock. The chair had been drawn/stamped in such a way that it looked 3D! I also saw a kitchen!
Although I already knew the design I was having for my dressing table, other ideas I saw included a hat on hanging on the wall instead of one of the oval mirrors – I can’t remember what was on the other wall! Another idea was a handbag hanging on one of the drawer handles. One thing that surprised me when I was making this card is that I liked the “wallpaper” with big designs rather than the smaller designs. Strange but true!
That’s about it from me today. Once again I wish you a very blessed Easter Sunday. Please take good care and stay safe. I look forward to being back with you tomorrow, and in the meantime, happy crafting.
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