Thursday, August 20, 2009

Respect Mother Earth card tutorial

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The layout used to create the Respect Mother Earth card featured in my last blog post is a simple and versatile one that can be adapted to a multitude of occasions. The instructions below will show you how to create the card I made. Keep in mind that EVERYTHING is negotiable and there's no reason why you can't change the color scheme, the image, the sentiment or anything else. The details are up to you. Use this as a jumping off point and make it your own.

Materials list:
- One A2 size card or an 8-1/2" X 5-1/2" piece of cardstock folded in half (card base)
- 2" X 5-1/4" piece of white cardstock cut with deckled edge scissors or rotary cutter on the long edges
- 2-1/4" X 5-1/4" piece of dark green cardstock
- A small piece of dark green cardstock (approx. 3" X 3")
- A small piece of medium green cardstock (approx. 3" X 3")
- 12 inch length of 1/2" wide gold-edged green ribbon
- Nestabilities Oval and Scalloped Oval dies
- Gold paint marker
- Three shades of green dye ink (light, medium, and dark)
- Gold pigment ink
- Gold or clear embossing powder
- Craft heat tool
- Gold Dragonfly brad
- Acrylic stamps as follows:
Tree: Inkadinkado Holiday Silhouettes #97289;
Flourish: Inkadinkado Flourishes #97618;
Sentiment: Stampology clear stamps Who Cares? #AL3457

1. Randomly stamp the tree image across the white strip of cardstock, working first with the lightest shade of green before moving on to the next shade.

2. Run the gold marker across the long edges of the white and dark green cardstock.

3. Center the white CS onto the green CS and adhere, making sure the short edges are aligned.

4. From the length of ribbon, cut it in two with one piece measuring about 6-1/2" long. Wrap and knot the shorter piece of ribbon around the longer piece of ribbon. Arrange the tails in a pleasing manner and trim them at an angle, making sure the knot is about 1/3 of the way down from one end. Adhere this ribbon to the bottom of the tree strip, tucking the ends behind and making sure the knot is approximately in the middle between the center and left edge of the card.

5. With the Flourish stamp and the darkest shade of green ink, stamp the image twice on the left side of the card front, at the top edge and the bottom edge. Center and adhere the tree panel to the card front. This will cover any gaps or overlaps in the stamping and all you see are the swirls peeking out above and below.

6. Use your sentiment stamp to determine the proper size oval die to use and cut one oval from the medium green CS. Cut the corresponding scalloped oval from the dark green cardstock.

7. Carefully stamp and emboss the sentiment in the center of the oval with gold pigment ink and embossing powder. Run gold paint marker around the edge. Center and adhere oval to the scalloped oval.

8. Determine where on the oval you want to place the dragonfly brad and punch a hole in the appropriate place. After adding the brad and spreading the "legs" apart to hold it in place, push down on it against the tabletop with your finger to get it to lie as flat as possible.

9. Adhere the sentiment oval onto the card, centering it on the ribbon and placing it on the right hand side of the card.

Your card is done! Sign it, photograph it and send it to some lucky person.

Happy crafting!

Ballo ergo sum
- Gitana, the Creative Diva

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