Saturday, June 12, 2010


by Kathy Berger


This card was made using a layout sketch that I drew up almost two years ago... it is one of my favorite go-to sketches. I hope you'll enjoy it, too.


  • Paper and Cardstock
    • Bazzill Singles, Diablo     ( BAZ-2-233   $0.59), Cut to :
      • 3 1/2" x 3 3/4"
      • 2 3/4" x 3 3/4"
      • 7/8" x 3"
    • American Cardstock - Sapphire     ( AMC-CSP-71074   $0.50), Cut to 1 1/4" x 3 3/4"
    • White card-stock, cut to:
      • 8 1/2" x 4 1/4", scored to form standard card
      • 3 1/4" x 3 1/2"
      • 5/8" x 2 3/4"
      • 3 strips, each 3/4" x 3"
      • 3 strips, each 1/2" x 5 1/2"
      • Small scrap for small stars
    • Scrap of yellow card stock (about 3" x 1")
    • Scrap of dark blue card stock (1" x 1 1/2")
  • Stamps
    • Stampendous, For Him, 4"x6" sheet     ( STM-SSC-135   $14.99)
    • Stampendous, Hot Rocketz, 4"x6" sheet     ( STM-SSC-1030   $14.99)
    • Autumn leaves, Hearts by Rhonna Farrer     ( AL-RS-2510   $18.00)
  • Ink
  • Embellishments
    • Bo Bunny Wrapped Ribbon, Double Dot Wild Berry     ( BBP-R-072   $2.59)
  • Tools
  • Strong adhesive of choice


  • Use the brush markers to ink stars from the Autumn Leaves set and stamp them randomly on the 3 1/4" x 3 1/2" rectangle of white card stock.
    Draw additional small stars and little spirals to fill in some of the blank space.
    Make sure to stamp/draw off the edges of the card.
    Affix the stamped white panel to the 3 1/2" x 3 3/4" blue rectangle.
    Tie a piece of the ribbon around the panel and trim the ends.

  • Apply white craft ink all over the inside of the embossing folder (on the smoother side.)

    Emboss the 2 3/4" x 3 3/4" rectangle of card-stock with the inked folder using the appropriate sandwich for your die cut machine.

  • Use the edger punch on the long edge of the piece of red card stock.
    Attach the red cardstock to the embossed blue card stock, just along the edge.
    Apply glue to back of both pieces as though they were a single piece then affix to the white card.

  • Affix the stamped panel onto the card, overlapping the embossed layer.
    Attach the dark blue scrap to the left of the main layer.
    Punch 3 little stars out of the scrap of white card stock.
    Attach them to the blue panel.
  • Stamp the galaxy from the Hot Rocketz set twice in blue and twice in red on the inside of the card, as shown.

  • Fold over about a quarter inch of one of the 3 long narrow strips of card stock.
    Apply glue to that folded over area.
    Glue that to the other end of the strip to form a loop.
    Squash the loop flat.
    Open the loop back up and then make a fold in it between 1/2 inch and 1 inch from one of the other folds.
    Squash the loop flat at that fold. When you open the loop back up, it should now be rectangular, like a bottomless box.
    Repeat with the other 2 strips.

    Glue the loop into the inside of the card, placing one of the corners of the loop into the fold, and gluing the back and bottom of the loop, only.
    This will form three pop-up stands to which the firecrackers will be attached.

  • Use the blue brush marker on the "celebrate" stamp and stamp it on the 5/8" x 2 3/4" piece of white card stock.
    Corner round the four corners using the 1/4" side of the corner chompers.
    Corner round the four corners of the 7/8" x 3" piece of blue card stock.
    Attach the white word panel to the blue panel, and then attach both to the card.

  • Use the brush sides of the markers to draw stars on one of the remaining white rectangles, being sure to go off the edges.
    Use the brush sides of the markers to draw diagonal lines and dots on another of the remaining rectangles.
    Use the fine sides of the markers to draw random swirls and dots on the final rectangle.

    Affix the rectangles to the front of the loops inside the cards.

    Punch 3 of the 16-point stars out of the yellow card-stock scrap.
    Affix one to each of the three firecrackers.

    The finished inside of the card:

I hope you'll try the layout. You will be amazed at how different the card will be if you use different color schemes and images. Here is another card from that layout, with a little different feel.

Until the next time, all the best!

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