Hello my crafty friends and thanks for stopping by! Earlier this week, you saw me do my usual post for the Just Us Girls card challenge. Part of the challenge was to make a square card and once I’d made one I couldn’t just stop there, I made two more! I used Neenah Desert Storm 100# kraft cardstock. * Let’s talk more about the step by step!
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I made the cards 5 1/2″ x 5 1/2″ meaning I had to cut the paper at 5 1/2″ and 11″. I then took Colorbok Pastel Smooth Paper (Jo Anns) and Core’dinations Premium Cardstock (Jo Anns) and started cutting them down to size. I cut the first one at 5 1/4″ the next at 5″ then 4 3/4″ and one at 4 1/2″ next one was 4 1/4″ and the last one was cut at 4″. The all went in rainbow order, with red being the longest on the primary color card and white being the longest on the pastel card (there wasn’t an orange!). It took me a second to figure out how I wanted the orientation to go but once I had that figured out, I started laying them down to see if it would actually work.
Now it was time to start adhering the papers to the cardstock. For this I, of course, used my favorite 1/4″ Scor Tape* and went around the perimeter of each piece. I put the tape on all of the pieces at once to save me some time. I then repeated this process with the primary color card. I then took my craft knife* and peeled off the tape backing and started placing them down. The pastel card went white, pastel pink, pastel yellow, pastel green, pastel blue, and pastel purple. At first I wasn’t too pleased with having to use white because there was no orange but once everything was finished I really liked the look.
On the left you have what the cards looked like with all of the paper taped on. I then took Simon Says Stamp silver glitter cardstock and cut out two different ‘Thanks’ die words from it. The smaller one on the right is the Simon Says Stamp Bold Thanks wafer die and the larger sentiment is from My Favorite Things (MFT). Unfortunately I can’t seem to find that die to link it for you. Both of these thanks dies are some of my favorites because of how simple they are. The Simon one is all connected and the MFT one is large enough that putting glue on it and lining it up is no problem at all. To adhere the sentiments I used my favorite liquid glue, Ranger’s Multi Medium Matte glue. I have a needle nose tip on my bottle to make putting glue on tiny areas a breeze.
Next I made some additions to the outside of each of the cards. I wanted a little bit more than just ‘Thanks’ on the front of each of the cards. So, I took my ‘Grateful for You’ stamp set from MFT and selected two of the smaller sentiments and heat embossed them onto the cards. On the primary card, I used Ranger Super Fine Detail White embossing powder* and on the pastel card, I stamped the sentiment with Versafine Onyx Black pigment ink* and then coated it with Nuvo Shimmering Pearl glitter embossing powder. This is a special type of powder. It is partially clear, so whatever color you emboss over you will see that color but it will look pearlized and, with this powder, there will be a bit of glitter too. Before I did any of the heat embossing, how ever, I used my Inkadinkadoo Embossing Powder Tool*. Next to Versamark ink*, this is one of the most important things to use while heat embossing. It helps to keep powder from clinging to where there is no ink. I use a Wagner Heat Gun that I bought from Hero Arts but Simon Says Stamp carries it too. This one is like the new and improved version of what I have.
While I liked the simplicity of the primary color card, I had the urge to add something to my pastel card. Then, while staring at it, I realized I had Pearls from Little Things from Lucy’s Cards that matched the papers almost exactly. And I had enough room to put three in each of the sizes on either side of the ‘Thanks’ sentiment. I used the Arctic Breeze Pearls from Studio Katia but the Glossy Watermelon Mix, Glossy Daffodil Mix, Glossy Fern Mix, Glossy Delphinium Mix, and Glossy Thistle Mix are all from Lucy’s Cards. I took two of the smallest, two of the medium, and two of the largest and then, using my Crystal Kubaton jewel picker and started glueing them down with Ranger Multi Medium Matte. I love this jewel picker because it is retractable and when the point dulls you can sharpen it with a pencil sharpener.
Here are the two final cards, what do you think? I wanted on that was vertical and one that was horizontal, so I’m loving it! I’m really proud of these cards, like, more than usual and I don’t rightly know why but there you have it. What do you think of the cards? Have you tried to make a square card recently?
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