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Wednesday again. Doesn't time fly? Well, we've had no midweek post for a couple of weeks while the DT call was out, but we're back now and in style too. Our lovely DAWN has written a tutorial for you on how to make a spring card.
First though, I must tell you that there's a sale on over at THE CRAFTY PAD DESIGNS.
There is 40% off all images, but this does NOT include single sentiments. It will run for a week - from today until 14th September. I think you should pop over and have a peek.
Right, on to the tute. Thanks Dawn for doing this. It's fabulous.
As I've been asked a number of times for the template to make this type of card,I've decided to do a little tutorial to show you how I make them. There are lots of templates out there but this is simple to do.I was shown some time ago at a demo by Nikki, how to make a spring card using a square card blank.I'll use this as the basis for my tutorial. My apologies if it’s a bit long winded!
Score Board & scoring tool.
(Not a necessity, you can use a ruler
& an embossing tool or similar)
Paper Trimmer or
Additional Equipment/Materials Used
A4 Sheet of patterned paper (try to use one which the pattern can be used in any direction)
Image, Baby Boy From The Crafty Pad Designs
Sentiment It’s a boy also from The Crafty Pad Designs
Adhesive (DST, Tape runner, or Photo Glue)
Other Items used include Promarkers for colouring Nestabilities
& Big Shot to cut & emboss image & sentiment.
Using your score board & scoring tool, score your sheet of card at half A4 size (148mm if you have to measure). Then fold & crease using a bone tool or similar to give a crisp fold. (I find I normally have to trim a tiny bit of excess off)
Place your card back on your scoreboard (landscape) & score again at half A4 size (148mm) to create a square card blank. Trim off the excess with a paper trimmer or sharp scissors & put aside for later.You can use any size square you want to but the measurements will be different.
Mark at the mid point on all 4 sides of the square. You can use pencil if it makes it easier to see, then erase the marks later.
Open up the card, score at A4 gate fold (74mm) on the other half & fold, creasing to give a crisp edge. This will be the base for your card to sit on. Open this fold out again for now.
If you are using a scoreboard line up the midpoint marks & score from the top mid point to the side midpoint on either side (if not use your ruler & embossing tool).
You can trim away the excess if you want to at this point or just leave it & fold it back later. Personally, I like to cut it off.
Score from the mid point on either side down through the middle of your card to meet up with the edge of the gate fold. Fold over & crease these folds then open out again.
That’s all the scoring & folding done! Now it’s time to decorate your card!
I find it’s much easier to add all or at least most of the decoration before the final folding & assembly. For simplicity I have used just one layer of paper this time but I like the effect of two layers also! All you have to do is reduce the measurements for the second layer.
Cut a section of your pattern paper to fit the gatefold section of your card approx 140mx68mm should be a good fit.
To cover the triangle mid-sections, I cut two 68mm square pieces of the patterned paper, then cut them in half diagonally to give the four triangles.
The top diamond section is covered with a 98mm square piece of paper. I like to use photoglue for this part as you can slide things around a bit to get them in the right place. I added some ribbon around the sides of the diamond. I also added a strip of ribbon across the gatefold section & used a piece of the left over card to cover the ends of the ribbon.
I stuck my image onto the top section .
I then used a glue runner on the blank triangle section.
This is then stuck down onto the gatefold section et voila,a spring card!
Because it is difficult to add a hand written greeting onto the card once it is assembled, I like to make a little tag from the scrap card & paper. I added the sentiment to this & because my ribbon isn’t double sided, I punched two holes, threaded the ribbon through & glued it at the back.
The tag can then just tuck in to the back of the card. This card should fit neatly into a 150mm x150mm square envelope. If you want to use a square card blank keep the envelope supplied with it as the spring card should still fit neatly inside it!
I hope you found this tutorial easy to follow & don’t forget to let me know if you make a card using it as I will come over to admire your work!
I changed the line colour of the circle sentiment to match my card.
There is a great tutorial by Leesa HERE, showing you just how to do this.