When I shared the New Horizons Masculine Card with you on 9th March 2022, I received a few requests for a video. I hadn’t planned on making one but the idea was on mind and one day I had a lightbulb moment! This card needed a “template” that showed how to cut the correct widths and heights without distorting the image. The lightbulb made the penny drop and I could see how I could create a template that (I think) is very straightforward. I’ll be grateful for your feedback if you don’t think it makes sizing and cutting the strips straightforward.
I made the video card 5¾” x 5¾” which suits A4 cardstock and have also provided the metric measurements for A4 cardstock, as well as inches for letter-size cardstock. Obviously it will also work with 12″ x 12″ cardstock. The beauty of the measurements I have used for the panels, is that they can also be used for regular C6/A2 sized cards; that is, there are no changes needed for the sizing of the panels.
If you do make the smaller cards, you will find that the height of the tallest panel will come almost to the top, and bottom, of the top layer on your card. In this instance, a small sentiment could be added into one of the corners or possibly a narrow straight sentiment could go across the front of the panels. I will put the measurements for the smaller cards and layers below my signature.
In the video and in some of the photographs lower down, I have provided a copy of the template for the panel measurements. Hopefully, when you see how the columns are cut, it will give you the confidence to apply the principle to other cards. When you work with the template, you only need to remember to cut the panels as per the W measurements shown in the green boxes on my chart and then cut the height – top and bottom. The amount to be cut off is shown as H by the side of the green boxes.
If this doesn’t make much sense, it will all fall into place when you watch the video. During the video, I also show the partial dry embossing technique. This was a bonus that I hadn’t planned but I wanted to emboss the top layer which was too big to go into the Tasteful Textile 3D Embossing Folder. Although I didn’t demonstrate the technique per se, I did explain how it would be done if you only wanted the top and bottom to be embossed. For my video card I embossed the entire top layer but the principle is the same.
I also demonstrated two masking techniques. The first one was to take a piece of cardstock and die-cut a 1″ circle in the centre. Once you place the circle where you want the sun to be, you start using our Blending Brushes or our Daubers to go over the circle with the ink of your choice; I started with Crushed Curry. Then I went around the outer edges with Magenta Madness Ink to make the sun reddish like the colour of the sky on the Designer Series Paper (DSP).
The second masking technique I demonstrated was with the bird stamp from the On the Horizon Stamp Set. There are seven birds on the stamp but I didn’t want them all. I covered all but one of them with a Post It Note, inked the bird using Early Espresso Ink, removed the Post It Note and stamped the bird on the sun. Then, using the same Post It Note I covered three birds, inked the remaining four, removed the Post It Note and stamped.
The reason there are only 4 birds on my card instead of the 5 I had stamped, is that I cut one off when I was cutting the panel it was on to the correct height! Another template I made for myself was a “television” window that measured the same size as DSP image I used for my card. I decided to take a piece of cardstock that was 2″ longer and 2″ wider than the size of DSP I needed.
I put the cardstock onto my trimmer and lined it up at 1″ and cut from 1″ down to 1″ short of the bottom. I turned my cardstock 90° and repeated the cut. I did this on all four sides and the middle piece fell out. I now use this piece over my DSP so I can see exactly where I want to cut. It would be far more economical with the DSP if I cut from the edge to the width I need but I prefer to choose the section I use!
While I was preparing for today’s video, I made two other cards each of which feature different packs of DSP. The first card features the Flowering Fields DSP and I added a stamped and painted windmill to the front of the card. The stamp set I used is called Tulip Fields and has a matching set of dies called Windmill Field. I used our Light and Dark Crumb Cake Stampin Blends to colour the windmill. When I stamped and painted the windmill I made a second one so I could decorate the inside of my card.
This is the only card that I didn’t dry-emboss the DSP before cutting it into panels. I omitted this stage just to see how much difference it made if this step was omitted. My opinion is that it only really makes a difference when using a piece of DSP where the design is like water-colouring. The Tasteful Textile 3D Embossing Folder, in particular, does make the DSP look like water-colouring paper or even canvas.
I used the Embossing Folder for the second card where I used a piece of In the Wild DSP. Now, with the benefit of hindsight, I think it would probably look better without the embossing. Having said that I’m still happy with this card which I finished off by adhering a fussy cut tiger – which is from another design in the pack of DSP – and adhered it to the front using Dimensionals.
I hope you enjoy today’s project; I think it’s been quite a little while since I last did a single fold card for a video – I hope you like a change! 😀 I hope you have a very blessed Sunday and I look forward to being back soon. In the meantime, please take care and stay safe and of course, happy crafting.
Special Note: You can make this card as a regular C6/A2! This is how: use your regular size card base, middle and top layers, then follow my measurements for the panels. You will notice that with this smaller card, the top and bottom of the tallest panels will be very close to the top and bottom of the top layer.
Basic White Cardstock – card base 11½” x 5¾” (29.2cm x 14.6cm) US 11” x 5½”
Scored and folded at 5¾” (14.6cm) US 5½”
Basic White Cardstock – 2 pieces top layers 5⅜” x 5⅜” (13.6cm x 13.6cm) US 5⅛” x 5⅛”
Misty Moonlight Cardstock – 2 pieces middle layers 5½” x 5½” (13.9cm x 13.9cm) US 5¼” x 5¼”
Basic White cardstock – scraps for sentiments and images
See template on video or my blog dated 20.03.22 for measurements and cutting instructions for Variegated Panels
Basic Card Measurements: A4 (Metric) US
Card base 8¼” x 5¾” (21cm x 14.6cm) US 8½” x 5½”
Scored and folded at 4⅛” (10.5cm) US 4¼”
Middle layer: 2 pieces 3⅞” x 5½” (9.9cm x 14cm) US 4” x 5¼”
Top layer: 2 pieces 3¾” x 5⅜” (9.6cm x 13.7cm) US 3⅞” x 5⅛”
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