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For club this month we made a St. Patrick’s Day card! It is a wiper card special fold and the pot of gold pops up out of the middle!
Let’s start by making a rainbow with our Stampin’ Up! markers. I tried blender pens and the alcohol Stampin’ Blends but was able to get the clearest image with the markers. I cut out an oval with a framelit and used the center of my grid paper to determine placement for the Whisper White cardstock. I went over 9 squares and down 9 squares and marked the oval with the placement line. ( I will list all the measurements at the end.)
Now place your cardstock on the grid paper and draw the first rainbow line holding the marker at a somewhat slanted angle – too much slant and your line will be too thick, too little slant and your line will be too thin. Use the thick end of the marker and let the curve of the oval guide your hand. Remember, this is a marker not a crayon so you don’t need to press hard. After the first line is drawn, move the oval up slightly to mask the first line and draw the next line. Continue for all seven colors. You will do ‘damage control’ at the end when you have completed all the rainbow lines by switching to the thin end of the marker and coloring in any missed bits or edges. I advise practicing once on the grid paper before doing the card. Clean the tips of your markers by tapping them off on the grid paper after each attempt. The oval will absorb the ink so use the other side of the oval after practicing, just be sure and cover your cardstock with sticky notes so the ink from the practice side of the oval doesn’t get on your cardstock. I tried a window sheet to see if that would keep the ink from bleeding but it wasn’t any better.
With your rainbow completed, run the cardstock through the Big Shot with the Subtle Embossing Folder.
For the greeting we will use the stamp from “Love What You Do” and the framelit from “Wonderful Floral”. The Stamparatus will let us stamp and then restamp until we have a perfect image. I placed the framelit on the paper to verify I had enough on each side of the greeting for the cutout- but be careful – those magnets love to grab framelits! Remember – stamp first – then cut!
After you have cut out the stamped greeting, use the negative space of the cutout to mark the cut for the gold glimmer paper. On the back of the glimmer paper draw around the cutout with a pencil and then fussy cut. You could cut out the glimmer paper with the framelit but then all those little rectangles on the side will have to be taped in place. Fussy cutting was easier for me.
Adhere the gold glimmer paper directly to the card front and then pop up the greeting. When adhering to glimmer paper glue dots work the best so place a glue dot on top of each dimensional. Since the glimmer paper is not a circle, be careful to line up your greeting before gluing down the glimmer paper.
That picture shows the beauty of the ‘Subtle’ embossing folder!
I needed a birthday card for my daughter so I colored the stamp with my marker leaving out ‘friend’ and then used the retired ‘Family Reunion’ stamp set which has a daughter stamp to stamp the middle of the greeting. Sticky notes worked better than the grid paper to align the ‘daughter’ stamp since you can see through the sticky note. (It took me more than once to get it aligned right so I threw away sticky notes instead of grid paper.)
I will square it up when I cut it out with the framelit and put a bling over the dot where the ‘i’ in friend was touched when I colored. Butterflies and bling fix most anything!
With the rainbow and greeting completed, let’s stamp! I wanted the images to be a rich shiny black so I embossed them and then cut them out. The Whisper White cardstock we used for the greeting has enough room for all with enough left over to cut out two lily pad flowers.
Let’s go to the Big Shot now and cut out our pieces. Cut two pots out of black using the retired ‘Cannery Set’ lid. The ‘Coffee Cup’ framelits has a lid that would work, too. Cut out the lily pad with the Hop Along framelits and nine hearts for shamrocks with the ‘Every Day Jar Framelits’. Use a 1/4″ circular punch, mine was just an office punch, and punch out three green circles for the back of the shamrocks and a dozen or so glimmer paper circles for the coins in the pot. Punch half circles out of the side of the glimmer paper to line the front edge of the pot so it looks like the coins are half way out of the pot.
Now the relaxing fun! Coloring! I used light and dark ‘Granny Apple Green Stampin’ Blends’ for the frogs. I colored their tummies and the dots with the light and then did two layers of the dark for the rest. The open mouth got a little ‘Blushing Bride Marker’, the lilies got a touch of Dark Daffodil Delight and the unicycle was colored in Light Smoky Slate with a Daffodil Delight seat. The bug was colored in Dark Highland Heather and Dark Daffodil Delight. The bees got a touch of Dark Daffodil Delight. The lily pad was sponged on the edge for extra depth. The two frogs and the purple bug were popped up. The lily pad, flower, bees and shamrocks were glued directly down.
To give your pot the illusion of a front edge, place your framelit on the pot and score around the edge then move the framelit up a bit and score again. Color black between the scored lines and use a Versa Mark pen to make it even darker.
I used the fine tip glue pen to place my first layer of half coins on the pot and to glue the coins that adhered directly to the black paper. When stacking the coins be sure and use glue dots so they will stick to the glimmer paper.
My first attempt at the shamrocks was with the fine tip glue pen but I didn’t like the result (shown here) so I used a glue dot on top of the 1/4″ circle and found it much easier to place the little hearts and have them stay in place. Cut just a little triangle out of the bottom of your 1/4″ circle if you don’t want it to show under the stem. I fussy cut little stems.
This picture shows the shamrocks with glue dots. Less mess and no shiny excess from the glue.
The front is adhered directly to the black layer and those two layers are popped up on a Garden Green layer but don’t glue it on the base until you have constructed the wiper.
Use your bone folder to fold the two score lines on the two base pieces in Z folds. Place the front to the back and check that you have the folds going the right way. It should look like this:
The front has the long portion on the right. Lay this face down on your grid sheet. The top is now at the bottom.
Line up your scored wiper piece with the bottom of the card (which is really the top when you stand it up). Place the diagonal of the scored portion on each edge of the second fold of the Z. Before adhering the wiper piece, bend the diagonal forward and backward a few times to exercise its movement! To score the wiper, place the square piece with a right angle at the 1/2″ of the right side of the Stampin’ Trimmer and the opposite right angle on the same line. I drew a pencil line to show you what I mean. Score- creating a little triangle on one corner.
You are going to glue only that little triangle to the cardstock. I tried tear and tape and it pulled off so I found ‘Tombow liquid glue’ worked well, you just have to hold it in place for a bit and be careful not to let the glue squish out. I like to put ‘Tombow’ on the piece I am gluing and then count to twenty before adhering so it doesn’t squish out. I did use ‘Tear and Tape’ on the front and back edges.
The pot is next! Glue the window sheet to the wiper piece and then glue the pot upside down to the other side of the window sheet at the very edge of the cardstock. Glue on your second pot to cover the window sheet.
Stand the front back up, line the edges of each side carefully, adhering the front to the back. Voila! You have made a wiper card!
Finish by gluing the Garden Green strip on the front side and stamping the back of the card. The greeting stamp used on the back is a retired Stampin’ Up! stamp but the four leaf clover is in the ‘Amazing Life’ stamp set. The ‘ Make A Difference’ stamp set has the alphabet in capitals and small letters so you could make ‘daughter’ or Happy St. Patrick’s day with that set.
- So Hoppy Together Sale A Bration stamp set with coordinating framelits
- Love What You Do stamp set for the greeting
- Amazing Life Stamp set for the four leaf clover (great for the envelope, too)
- Wonderful Floral Framelits for the greeting
- Every Day Jars Framelits for the hearts
- Framelits – Cannery Set for the pot (The Coffee Cups framelits has a lid that would work well)
- Granny Apple Green Ink
- Garden Green Ink
- Stampin’ Blends – Light and Dark Granny Apple Green, Dark Daffodil Delight, Dark Highland Heather, Light Smoky Slate
- Markers – Basic Black for the edge of the pot, Blushing Bride for the mouth. Markers for rainbow in order of use-
- Rich Razzleberry
- Night of Navy
- Pacific Point
- Garden Green
- Daffodil Delight
- Pumpkin Pie
- Real Red
- 1/4″ circle punch
- Base: Granny Apple Green (make 2) 7″ X 4 1/4″ Scored at 1 1/4″ and 2″
- Wiper Pop Up: Granny Apple Green 2 1/4″ X 2 1/4″ scored diagonally with the right angle at the 1/2″ mark on Stampin Trimmer and the other right angle lined up straight across on the same 1/2″ line
- Front Side Layer: Granny Apple Green 4″ X 1″
- Front & Back Layers: Garden Green (make 2) 4 3/4″ X 4″ Glue Directly to base
- Black Layer for front: Basic Black 4 1/2″ X 3 3/4″ Pop up with dimensionals
- Top Layer: Whisper White (make 2) 4 3/8″ X 3 5/8″
- Whisper White for cutouts: 5 1/2″ X 4 1/4″
- Lily Pad: Granny Apple Green 1 1/2″ X 3 1/8″
- Gold Glimmer paper for behind the greeting and for the coins: 2 1/2″ X 4″
- Black for pot: (make 2) 4″ X 1 1/4″
- Window Sheet: 1 1/2″ X 1 1/4″
- Shamrocks: Garden Green 1″ X 3 1/2″
- Oval cut out for rainbow: Whisper White 5″ X 4″ to make a 4 3/8 X 3 1/2″ oval (retired oval set)
That took longer to detail than it probably would take for a video. I need to get to work on producing videos. Which do you like better – videos or detailed pictures?
Let me know if you have questions.
Mark your calendars for Saturday, April 13 or Tuesday, April 16 at 10:00. I will be having a card class and luncheon on those days ( same cards each time). We will meet from 10:00 to 2:00 and make four cards. I will provide a light lunch. The cost is $20 and RSVPs are necessary by April 5, please. There are so many wonderful products I want to use before the catalogs go away June 3rd. Assuming the product is still available for you to order, we will do one card with the Tea Together stamp and framelit set, one card with the Wonderful Romance bundle, one card with the Beauty Abounds bundle and one card with the Let It Ride stamp set.
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