Wednesday, April 06, 2011

Criss Cross card

Created this card - a criss cross card - for a swap on AFTCM!! I love the way it turned out!! I started with a 5.5" x 11" strip of cardstock which I scored at 4.25", 8.5" which left about 2.5" on the end which I folded to the front on the left hand side. As this card evolved I thought that I should have considered making it 4.25" x 11" so that the wonderful edge of my inside card would always be visible. Alas, I did not have the complete vision when I started! I used my new (last night - Thanks Diane!) Sizzix die - Ornate Frame to create the inside card - love the little corners and the bit of a scallop on this die!! I added a border punched layer, some die cut decorative paper and a stamped scallop circle (Nestibilities) with a little rhinestone!! The stamp is from Quietfire - love those flourishes!! They are having a Blog Hop today and tomorrow and are giving away rubber stamps and Spellbinder dies so follow the link, click on "Blog" on their home page and check it out!!
For the outside I layered on decorative paper and created a band for the lower section. For the band, I started with a strip of pink cardstock to which I glued two pieces of this beautiful pink fabric embellishment - one on each side. I used my new scallop ribbon border punch (SU) to create a short piece of paper ribbon with ivory cardstock. I cut a slot between the holes at every second spot and threaded through pink 1/4" ribbon - love the look. I think this punch has huge potential!! I wrapped my strip around the card, trimmed the ends to be even and glued them to each other. I glued the paper and ribbon layer over that which covered the joint. I created the metal accent by gluing an embossed metal button (cut off the shank with a hacksaw) to a filigree scallop using a large glue dot. I also used a large glue dot to adhere it to the band.
Voila, a Victorian inspired card to cheer someone!! I really enjoyed taking the time to make this a special card! It was great to use some of my new tools as well.