Step by Step Tuesday

Good evening my fellow crafty bees!  I’m trying a new posting schedule this week, so please be sure to tell me what you think of it as the next few weeks go on.  I’ve dedicated Tuesdays to step by step posts that way I can show you how I make the cards in the way that I do.  Always, if you have any questions, feel free to leave it down in the comments below and I will do the best to help!  Today’s card is actually from a larger set that a family member asked me to make for them for their holiday cards.  I definitely challenged myself with both designs, this one and the spinner card that will be up in a couple of weeks.  Up until this card, I had never truly foiled anything well and I certainly had never made a spinner card.  I will be showing you how to foil at a later date but I will be sure to list and link where you can get the supplies I used to do the foiling shown here. This is my foiled star card. 

Like with any project, it’s best to lay out the pieces you are going to be putting together in a place where they will be safe but within arms reach.  Here I have 30 gold star foiled 4.25″ x 5.5″ card faces, 30 strips of kraft paper cut to 4.25″ x 1″ , I have 30 squares – 15 striped and 15 polka dotted- in black, gold and white cut to 3″ x 3.25″, and 30 sentiment pieces cut to approximately 1.5″ x 3.75″.  The card is your average A2 sized card at 5.5″ x 8.5″ and then folded at 4.25″.  
The one thing I do have to say about the sentiment pieces is that not one is cut like another one.  Since the sentiment was an odd size, and by that I mean not easily rounded up or down to a 1/4″, I completely eyeballed cutting them out.  I have a fiskars trimmer that has the wire guide, so I lined the outside edge of ‘Christmas’ (since it was the longest word) up with where the plastic part on the outside of the wire stops.  Then I cut.  I was happy with the size of the gap, so I did the same thing with the top and the bottom.  Not the most scientific method but they’re all pretty close in size- we’re talking millimeters difference here folks.  
Once everything is foiled and cut then you can move onto one of the easier parts, and I say easier because there is no true measuring and I don’t like numbers, you get to put your card together. 

Your first step is to take your foiled card front and put the adhesive of your choice onto the back.  Personally I use Scor Tape (here I’m using the 1/4″) which I get from Amazon.  And, before you get worried or something, these are not affiliate links, I make no money if you click or buy through the links I provide, I just want to show you where I get everything.  I find that when adhering larger pieces such as this panel, it is best to use one of the dry tape or tape runner adhesives.  If you use Scor Tape please be aware that once it is down and once you stick it to something else IT. IS. DOWN. Trying to move it or remove it will hurt your project, so be careful.  Scor Tape goes down tape side first (I guess that’s a bit of a ‘well duh’ to me, right?) and the other side has a backing.  This backing, at least for me, can be really hard to remove with my fingers so I use a craft knife and it’s quite easy to get the paper to lift off from the tape.  
Next step is lining it up with the card base.  I find it easier to line the lower left corner, near the fold, up first and then you carefully line it up going down the spine keeping most of your taped paper off the card until the sides are together.  Then gently, sort of, roll it down pressing firmly as you go making sure nothing get caught.  If you’re nervous about doing this, take a few practice card and practice blanks and give it a go.  That’s what I did when I was learning to work with this tape, honestly it’s what I still do sometimes, just to make sure I’ve got it.

Third, you’re going to want to pull together the three pieces that are going to go on top of your card base and face.  Mind, if the pieces were larger you could leave them ‘in the wings’ so to speak until you have room for them where you are working.  
Next, grab your strip of kraft paper.  Here I used Neenah 80lb Smooth Desert Storm paper, I like to get mine in a pack of 25 sheets from Simon Says Stamp .  I find they have the best price for the small pack, but if you find a better one please let me know!  Once again you are going to back this with the strip tape of your choice.  For ease, just assume unless stated otherwise I’ve used Scor Tape and I will tell you if the size I use changes. Peel the backing off and prepare to place it on your card.  I put the base line of the piece going horizontal at 2.25″ from the bottom of the card.   You can place this where ever you want your sentiment to go because this is acting as a sort of grounding strip (don’t know if that’s the proper term but it works for me!) for your square piece where you will put your sentiment.  Once this is down you are ready to move on to the square (and yes I do know it’s not actually square).  I placed the bottom of my square 3/4″ from the bottom of the card and then just eyeballed it when I was centering it on the front of the card.  When starting out I would measure everything, including perfect placement but once you get a feel for how you like to work and are confident in your ability to make things even, or really close to even.  That is the point I am at most times but sometimes I do still measure ad nauseam. 

You have now reached the final step for creating the front of your card! Here we go again, take the strip adhesive of your choosing and I like to put three strips going top to bottom long ways instead of the square method.  It’s quicker, or at least seems so, and it hold just as strong- two on the sides and one down the center, peel it off, and then you re going to place it.  Now, placement can be a very personal thing for a creative so you could place it however you like on your square that’s over the strip.  The square serves as a sort of frame for the sentiment as well as making it stand out against the busy star background.  For my project, I centered it as best I could by, again, eyeballing it.  I work over a grid mat and I find that very helpful in ‘eyeballing’ and lining things up without measuring everything.  Once that sentiment is down, the front of your card is finished!  Now, I didn’t take a picture of the inside of this card but it’s very easy to explain.  You can leave the inside totally blank, something I do more often then I did when I started, but for this card I used a sentiment from a brand called Rubbernecker Stamps that I really love.  I love the brand a lot and I’m sure you will see more of their products and cards on here because they make some of my favorite types of stamps to work with- watercolor stamps! I digress, the sentiment I used from them is “Merry Christmas, enjoy the magic”.  I do indeed believe that this card is magical.

And here is the finished look:

I am hoping to do a post on foiling soon, once the holidays are over, but all of the products I used are from Gina K Designs.  I used her toner sheets which come in multiple different patterns, with two patterns to each pack of ten.  The sentiment is also from a much larger toner sheet pack that came with two sentiments, this one and a really pretty ‘Merry Christmas’.  The foil that I used on her Foilmates, that is what her toner sheet products are called, is the Therm-O-Web foil that I found on her site but as far as I know any brand of heat adhered foil such as iCraft’s Deco Foil would also work quite nicely. Both of the of the types of cards my aunt asked for will and do involve using the foilmates and foil and a laminator.  It has certainly been a learning curve but it is quick and easy to pick up this technique.

I really hoped you enjoyed my first ‘real’ step by step post, I enjoyed writing it out and doing everything to make this post for you.  If there is anything you would like to see on this blog, techniques, card types, anything, please let me know.  And if I don’t know how to do what you’re asking about, then we will learn together!  
*Disclaimer: All images and cards used in this post are the intellectual property of Emma M. Delfosse (that’s me).  If you wish to share the images, please ask and give credit where credit is due.  None of the links in this post are affiliate links and I make 0cents if you click or buy through them.  As always, any statements or reviews of anything are solely my own.*

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