What a fabulous four-day weekend we are having here in the UK to celebrate our gracious Queen’s Platinum Jubilee! Today, it is estimated that approximately ten million people in the UK will be attending street parties! Hubby and I are going to a friend’s street party which is along the road where our Church is. The weather forecast – although it was brilliant at the beginning of last week – is for rain and possibly thunder!
Fortunately, the Church is letting us use the Church Hall if the weather is bad! Looks like we will have to take up their kind offer! My friend Anna, who is one of the organisers, has planned a Best Dressed Table competition which we will be entering. I have made a beautiful red, white and blue wreath and I’m also planning to make some red, white and blue flowers! If everything goes well, I will share photographs with you next week!
Today’s video features a fabulous fancy fold card which was inspired by a video by Shrusti Patil! Back in January, I received a request from one of my subscribers if I could make a video featuring this card. My initial thoughts were that the mechanism for this card may be difficult but once I had tried it, I realised it was very straightforward.
When I changed the size of the card, I worked out the imperial measurements and when I was happy they worked, I made my first card. Next I converted the measurements to metric! However, the biggest challenge was converting the imperial measurements to make an A2 card for crafters who use letter-size cardstock. I’m 99.9% I have them correct!
However, I have made a SPECIAL NOTE in the written intro beneath the video asking metric and A2 card-size users to check the measurements of the layers with scrap paper before they start cutting their Designer Series Paper (DSP), just in case! The first complete card I made was the Cinnamon Cider card which I decorated using the Blessings of Home Stamp Set.
For this card I used some retired – about eight years ago! – vanilla-coloured cardstock for all my “background” layers. I would love to see Stampin’ Up! offer something similar to this again. The subtle speckles stops a large expanse of vanilla looking as if it needs “something!” extra e.g. dry embossing! My images were all stamped onto Basic White Cardstock using Tuxedo Black Memento Ink.
I coloured them all using Stampin’ Blends in Mango Melody (retired), Cinnamon Cider (also retired), Evening Evergreen and Pool Party. I used the Pool Party to paint a shadow effect around both the two main images but I forgot to do the same to the bees. To compensate for this I will stamp these images again, add the Pool Party shadowing and then adhere on top of the existing images.
I have contemplated going round the edges of the images in situ but knowing me, I’d go off the edge and make a mess of the vanilla background layers!! The Sweet Sorbet card is my “before video” card and is 6″ wide instead of my planned 5¾”! When I initially cut my card base to the correct measurements, I put it on one side of my desk while I cut all the other pieces. Unfortunately, when I picked the card base up I picked up the larger off-cut rather than the actual card base!!
Apart from this mini boo boo, everything about this card is the same as the video card except for the colour and the DSP I used to decorate all four sides of the doors. The flowery DSP is from the 2022 – 2024 In Colour 6″ x 6″ DSP Pack. There is a gap between the two doors because I had used a larger piece of cardstock for my card base but it doesn’t detract from the beauty of this card!
When you watch the video you will hear me go into raptures about our fabulous new Magnetic Plate for our Cut & Emboss Machine. While I was waiting for my video to upload to YouTube, I had reason to go onto the Stampin’ Up! demonstrators website! I was absolutely gutted to see there was a new update posted which explained there is a manufacturing issue with the Magnetic Plate and it has been withdrawn from sale!
Although I’m very disappointed, I have total admiration for Stampin’ Up! knowing they pull a product from sale if a product doesn’t come up to their exacting high standards. If you have purchased one of these plates, there is a compensation plan in place and you will be refunded. It looks like after just two weeks using my Cut & Emboss machine again, next week it’ll be back to my Big Shot!!
I wish you all a very blessed Sunday and if you’re here in the UK, enjoy the last day of out fabulous Jubilee weekend. Take care and stay safe! Happy crafting.
SPECIAL NOTE: Metric & US – converting these figures has been a challenge ! I’m 99.9% certain they are correct but please cut scraps of paper for layers as test pieces before cutting your Designer Series Paper. Many thanks! 😀
Fresh Freesia Cardstock – card base 8¼” x 5¾” (21cm x 14.6cm) US 8½” x 5½”
Scored & folded at 4⅛” (10.5cm) US 4¼”
Fresh Freesia Cardstock – mechanism 2 pieces 1⅛” x 4⅞” (2.8cm x 12.3cm) US 1⅛” x 5”
Score on portrait side at ¾” (1.8cm). 1). On one piece, with score line on the left-hand side, make a pencil mark on the score line at ¾” (1.8cm) down and on outside edge of wide panel at 1½” (3.6cm). Join the two pencil marks. Then draw a line from corner of top right-hand side, through the pencil mark on the score line off to outside edge. Cut off the slim panel from the short diagonal line up to the top. 2). On the second piece, turn it so the score line is on the right hand and do the reverse. That is, make a pencil mark on the score line at ¾” (1.8cm) down and on outside edge of wide panel at 1½” (3.6cm). Join the two pencil marks. Then draw a line from corner of top left-hand side, through the pencil mark on the score line off to outside edge. Cut off the slim panel from the short diagonal line up to the top.
Fresh Freesia Cardstock – door panels 2 pieces 2⅛” x 3¼” (5.4cm x 8.2cm) US 1⅞” x 3⅜”
Heart & Home Designer Series Paper – design 1: 2 pieces card front & inside card front 5½” x 3⅞” (14cm x 9.9cm) US 5¼” x 4”
Heart & Home Designer Series Paper – design 1 between doors 3⅞” x 4” (9.9cm x 10.2cm) US 4” x 3¾”
Heart & Home Designer Series Paper – design 1 – door panels middle layers 4 pieces 1⅞” x 3” (4.8cm x 7.6cm) US 1⅝” x 3⅛”
Heart & Home Designer Series Paper – design 1 – pillars 2 pieces ½” x 3⅞” (1.2cm x 9.9cm) US ½” x 4”
Heart & Home Designer Series Paper – design 2 – door panels top layers 4 pieces 1¾” x 2⅞” (4.2cm x 7.3cm) US 1½” x 3”
Basic White Cardstock – scraps for images and sentiments
Fresh Freesia Cardstock – scraps for sentiment layers
Heart & Home Designer Series Paper – design 1 scraps for triangle corners
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