Tuesday, August 25, 2015

Happy Holidays (Kathy Berger)

In keeping with our sharing holiday cards on the 25th of each month here is a card by our Design Team Leader, Kathy Berger

Happy Holidays
by Kathy Berger


I promised you a couple of days ago that I would have a couple more posts showing how to use the Flip Card ##1 - Coved Labels die from Frantic Stamper. This die is so versatile; once you get the hang of using it, you will absolutely "flip" for it!

To make today's card I started with an 8 1/2" x 7" piece of card-stock. I scored the card to make an 8 1/2" x 3 1/2" card. Though scored, I didn't fold the card, though, because I wanted to die-cut the card before folding.

To make this card I did a bit of calculating to come up with the spacing I needed, and I created a template for it. Basically, I placed the die first so that the cut would be centered on the card. I then measured the space remaining on the top of the card and centered the die in that space, and repeated that on the bottom of the card. To save you from the calculations, you can get my template by clicking here.

To use the template and cut the card, first cut the center tab by aligning the top tip of the die on the line labeled "1". Next cut the top tab by aligning the bottom tip of the die on the line labeled "2". Finally cut the bottom tab by aligning the top tip of the die on the line labeled "3".

I then reinforced the score lines that were created by the die, but only between the tabs, and then I folded the card on the scores, with a valley fold on the card center line, and a mountain fold on the scores between the tabs.

I cut panels of Christmas paper to fit the card back (3.25"x 8.25") and the front panel of the card (1.5" x 8.25"). I also cut a strip for the inside front panel (1.5"x 8.25"). I then glued all of the panels into place.

I used the small stitched Coved Label die that comes with the Flip Card die to cut 3 red labels that I then glued into place on the tabs. I cut the small ornate piece that comes with the Flip die 4 times out of gold and glued them to decorate the front fold line. I then cut the Joy, Christmas Tree, and Snowflake round vignette inserts out of gold and glued them onto the card front.

Next I used the Flip Card Die to create a long coved label to put inside the card. I started with a strip of red card-stock just a little wider than the tab portion and 8.25" long. I aligned the die so that the straight part of the tab on one long edge and aligned flush with the short edge. I ran it through my machine. Then I aligned the die on the opposite end of the strip, with the straight part of the tab on the same long edge. Once cut I then used my paper cutter to trim from cut to cut.

I glued that in place on the inside back panel so it is hidden by the card front, and glued a golden "Happy Holidays" to that.

*** Materials for this project available at www.franticstamper.com.

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