This week over at SUO Challenges we have a fun and useful challenge…make any birthday card! Well, I ALWAYS need to have birthday cards around so I was particularly happy for this one. I thought I would shake it up a bit and try a new-to-me fancy fold. I have made varients but have never done a criss-cross card. Oh, I know…hard to believe, especially when they are so fun to put together.
The key to success with this fold is designer paper so that is where I started. I pulled out my much loved remnants of Play Date DSP and based my colors on it. As soon as I looked at the paper, I knew I would use the numbers as the belly band. Then I went to my Brights Designer Paper Stack and pulled a Real Red design and a Tempting Turquoise design…I knew I had a winner! After seeing this tutorial, I decided to make my card 4 1/4″ square so I cut two pieces of Early Espresso card stock to 4 1/4″ x 8 1/2″. Score them both at 4 1/4″ and cut the upper triangle off one half of each using your paper cutter (just like the tutorial except you will have a square instead of a rectangle). I used my trusty Sticky Strip to attach the two pieces together. For the designer papers, I started with a 4 1/8″ square of both the Real Red stripe and the Tempting Turquoise dots papers and cut them on the diagonal. A piece of the Play Date DSP So Saffron dots paper was also cut to 4 1/8″ square for the back square panel. I attached the designer papers and then secured the triangle panels using Sticky Strip (again, as shown in the tutorial). I cut off a row of numbers from the Play Date DSP and attached it to another Early Espresso piece of card stock. Because I didn’t want the belly band to be removable, I attached the band to the card and secured the two ends in the back with more Sticky Strip. Using my 1 3/8″ and 1 1/4″ Circle Punches, I punched out Early Espresso and a leftover piece of So Saffron DSP. The cupcake from Party Hearty was stamped on Whisper White and cut out. I popped the top of the cupcake up on a Dimensional and added a Turquoise button from the Brights Designer Buttons.
The inside came together quickly. A Whisper White piece cut to 4″ square where I stamped on the party hats from Party Hearty and added the sentiment where you could see it peeking out. It was layered on an Early Espresso piece cut to 4 1/8″ square, with a loop of Real Red 5/8″ Grosgrain tucked in as a tab. Something was still missing so I added another Tempting Turquoise button to finish the look.
Hint 1: Since you are using different DSP’s for this, you are perfectly set up to make two cards. I love to design once and stamp twice. Much more time efficient and you have another card for when you need one in a hurry!
Hint 2: Your Stamp-a-ma-jig is your best friend when trying to get the sentiment placed properly. This is one time where you really need those words centered!
Hint 3: Because the wide grosgrain is so nice and substantial, only put the front part of the loop between the Whisper White and Early Espresso. Attach the back part of the loop to the back of the pull-out layer using Sticky Strip.
Shelli Gardner, CEO of Stampin’ Up, is “Crazy for Cupcakes” in this month’s So Shelli Challenge and so am I!! I have been a fan of the cupcake in Party Hearty for quite a while so I am thrilled to submit this to her challenge! Creative Sketches is doing a fancy folds challenge this week so I will post it there as well.
Thanks so much for dropping by today! I hope you have fun playing with your Stampin’ Up birthday sets this week. I look forward to seeing your submissions at SUO Challenges!
Stamp: Party Hearty; Paper: Play Date DSP, Brights Designer Paper Stack, Early Espresso, Whisper White; Ink: Real Red, Tempting Turquoise, So Saffron, Early Espresso; Accessories: Sticky Strip, Stamp-a-ma-jig, Paper Cutter, 1 3/8″ Circle Punch, 1 1/4″ Circle Punch, Brights Designer Buttons, Dimensionals, White Thread