Wednesday, June 24, 2009

Hip to be Square Card

Half Way!!!

Whew, half way through the week and today was a kicker...I put together our new computer armoire today ~ you have to practically stand on your head for some of this stuff! Our computer is going in the kitchen when I move into Ben's room so Mom and Dad got us the armoire to put it in...I was just going to put it on a desk we had but this is much nicer....Thanks Mom & Dad :) Anyway, it's together and I'll get a pic of it soon. I like how it looks. Once we get the freezer out of our kitchen (going into the garage) I will be able to rearrange it so it doesn't look all cramped but it will be cool ~ literally. The room we have it in currently is very hot in the summer and I think that's why the comp. has been acting weird for a while now which is why I haven't been on as much as I normally am. Once we get it into the cooler part of the house I'm hoping it will do the trick.

SOOOOO, do you get tired of rectangle cards? Me too...I like square cards but they can be boring after a while as well. Today I have a square card that is anything BUT boring! It's colorful, interactive and very easy to make...and no math ~ I've done it all for you ;) LOL!!

Let's get started....

Hip to be Square Card

Supplies:

Cardstock

Pattern Paper

Trimmer

Bone Folder

Ink

Stamps

Adhesive

A bit about the card before we begin. The example I made today is a 6" card but you don't have to stick with that size. If you need/want a smaller or larger sized card simply add or subtract an inch, two, or three... You can make this card any size you need by substituting the whole number (leaving the fractions the same) to create virtually any size card as long as you can find paper large enough to make it!

Also, I used 2 different colors of cardstock for the card base. This isn't necessary but it does make the finished card more colorful :) Totally up to you!

Instructions:

1. Cut 1 Light Blue piece of cardstock 6" x 12"

Cut 1 Dark Blue piece of cardstock 6" x 12"

2. Score & Fold both pieces of cardstock in the center.

3. Adhere the dark blue cs to the light blue cs. Over lap the two at the center folds as shown...giving you 3 - 6" sections to your card. (Remember this could be 3 - 5" sections, 3 - 2" sections, etc. depending on the desired finished card size.)

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4. Score 2 diagonal lines on both of the outside flaps. These score lines should both be going in the same direction.

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Your card should now look like this....Hip to Be Square Card003

5. You will notice I have written "fold back" on the left upper and right lower triangles in the above photo. At this time, do just that...fold both of these triangles back.

Your card will now be "closed". At this point, I like to run the bone folder over both score marks a few times while it is closed. This creates a "Memory" helping the card lay flat once finished.

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6. Time to start decorating.... We'll begin with the front.

Cut the following:

1 - 5 3/4" x 5 3/4" (red cardstock)

1 - 5 1/2" x 5 1/2" (pattern paper)

7. Now cut each of these two squares of paper into triangles as shown...

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8. Glue the pattern paper to the cardstock and affix one to each of the triangles forming the card front.

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9. Cut the following:

1 - 4 1/4" x 4 1/4" (red cardstock)

1 - 4" x 4" (white cardstock)

Stamp desired image and/or text on the white cardstock. Adhere the stamped piece of cardstock to the 2nd panel.

10. Apply adhesive to one corner of this stamped panel as shown....

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If you apply adhesive to all 4 sides your card won't open!

11. Affix the stamped panel to the card front.

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Your card is ready to use as is or if desired you may wish to add a bit of extra zing to the inside as well with step #12.

12. (Optional) -

Cut the following:

1 - 5 1/2" x 5 1/2" (pattern paper)

1 - 5 1/4" x 5 1/4" (red cardstock)

1 - 5" x 5" (white cardstock)

Adhere all layers together ~ stamp on the white cardstock if desired. Adhere to the center of the card.

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And there you go....

You of course can embellish as desired but your card is done!

Tomorrow I'll be back with a few additional examples in a variety of sizes to demonstrate how versatile this card really is :)

5 comments:

  1. This is lovely-always enjoy your tutorials!!

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  2. What a great idea...Thanks for the great tutorial, T4S :)

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  3. The card is just beautiful...and very clever.

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  4. Always so many ideas ! Greta ! Thanks !

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