It's Thursday and time to play at Pals Paper Arts! This week it is a theme challenge, and what better theme is there at this time of year than "Holiday"! I took my inspiration from the trees in this photo and created a Center Step card featuring the gorgeous pines from Christmas Lodge and Lovely As a Tree. I had never made a center step card before I created this one. I thought they looked complicated. But you know what...they are not difficult to make at all! I hope you enjoy, "Trees for the Pals"!
The Stampin' Schach Design Tips: Center Step Card...Step-by-Step(This is a non-standard size card which will be used as a table decoration: 6-3/4" wide by 6-3/4" when folded. I have also included directions at the end on how to make a standard sized Center Step Card.)
- Terrific trees! The Tree from Christmas Lodge was inked with Always Artichoke and stamped onto Naturals Ivory card stock. The edges were distressed with the Seven Sided Tool and inked with Soft Suede. A few speckles (added with the Color Spritzer tool) and Waterspots (from the French Foliage set) are used to age the image. Basic Pearls, colored red with a permanent marker, make the perfect ornaments!
- Frilly Chantilly! Chantilly crochet trim forms the perfect vintage bow. Mini-Glue Dots magically hold the pleats in place.
- Side-by-side! The Pine from Lovely As a Tree makes a perfect complementary image to the center Christmas tree. The Dotted Scallop Ribbon Border Punch, when used with Cherry Cobbler card stock, forms the perfect border!
- Sentiment-al! The Merry Christmas sentiment, inked in Early Espresso, adds vintage pizzazz...especially with its pennant ends and pearls!
To make the card base:
- Begin with a 5-1/2" by 11" piece of card stock. 1" in from the 11" side, make a cut from the 1" mark to the 6-1/2" mark. Flip your paper and do the same on the opposite side.
- Using your Simply Scored tool, score from the edge of the paper to the cut at 1", 2" and 6-1/2". Do the same on the opposite edge.
- Score between the cuts at 5-1/2". I have marked the lines for better visibility.
- Fold your card base as illustrated.
- To make a standard sized card which can be mailed, modify the directions above as follows: Cut from 1" to 5-1/4", and score the edges at 1", 2" and 5-1/4". Score between the cuts at 4-1/4".
Remember, your comments are so very important to me. So won't you please let me know what you think of today's card by leaving me a comment? I do read each and every one! And remember...if you ever have any questions about the cards that I create, or the techniques that I use, I am only an email away! Until next time...