Window into the Garden Stair Step Card

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By Card Making & Scrapbooking Contributor

Peg Rounds

From Peg’s Crafting Corner

Create a cute garden card for any occasion!

Spring is blooming all around us, even on this card.  These little gnomes are ready to share the beauty of this side step card with someone special.  See what’s blooming on your garden card this season with this fun and creative card design.

Begin by using your paper trimmer to cut a 5 ½” x 8 ½” card base from cardstock.  This is kraft cardstock that is shown for this card.

Line up the cardstock at the 3” mark on the trimmer and move the blade down to the 1” mark from the top of the paper.  Begin cutting at 1” and cut down to 6 ½”.

Place the paper on your scoring board and score across the cardstock at 4 ¼”.

Starting at the end of the line that you cut, score at 1”, 2” 3 1/8” and 6 3/8”.  Score only up to and not over the cut that you made earlier in the cardstock.  You already have the 4 ¼” scored.

Fold the card at the 4 ¼” score line and then fold the rest of the score lines in peaks and valleys.  When you reach the 4 ¼” fold on the right (3” side) fold it in the opposite down position that what it was originally folded and then continue with the last fold.  It should look like this when the folding is completed.

Now use a window die and your die cut machine to cut two windows.  One should be in the color of cardstock (beige used) that you will be using for the window and the second one will be from grey cardstock.  Save the inner pieces of this window to place in the finished piece.  Also, die cut the flowers, pots, fence, vine and butterfly and lay them aside.

Cut a 2 ½” x 1” piece of patterned paper (Bloom & Grow by Simple Stories used here) and run it through a paper crimper starting 1/8” in from the edge.  Lay this aside.

Fussy cut several gnomes from the Simple Stories paper.  Also, use the wood sheet in the paper pad and cut the following panels and attach them to the card sections:  2 ¼” x 4” panel to go on the left side of the card, 2 ¾” x 1 ¾” to go on the back step, 2 ¾” x 1” for the middle stair and 2 ¾” x 7/8” to go on the front.  Attach them to the card base with a tape runner.

Next, attach the gray window pieces by lining them up with the window, but don’t attach the window until you have added the shade over the gray pieces.  Attach all of the die cuts and gnomes at this time, too.

Stamp the sentiment (this sentiment is from the Flowers and Fence set by Sizzix) onto a piece of 2 ½” x ¾” cardstock in black ink and attach it to finish the card.

Say, “hi” to someone you know and maybe even bring them good luck.  Keep your eye on those little gnomes as tradition says that they bring good luck and goodwill to the gardener who invites them in.   Create this fun card and see how your garden and friendship grows through the joy it brings to someone.

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About Peg

Peg Rounds lives in East Moline, Illinois with her husband and best friend, Kevin and their son Josh and 2 dogs. She was an elementary school teacher turned stay at home mom, and later a home school mom. Over the years, she designed cakes on the side and went to school to become a certified chocolatier. She always has loved to craft since she was young and it was something that she wanted to be doing, but set it aside due to her busy life. After 15 years of doing cakes she decided it was time to stop and focus more on her family. She began doing layouts, then cards and it went from there. Before she knew it, next to spending time with her family, she spent every free moment creating something and blogging about it. One thing led to another and here she is today! Check out Peg's blog, Peg's Crafting Corner to see what else she has been up to!

One thought on “Window into the Garden Stair Step Card

  1. Bev Polen

    Peg, your card is adorable, and it definitely speaks “spring”! I love that window die and your decoration of it! All of the card’s elements are lovely.

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