By Card Making & Scrapbooking Contributor
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.
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.
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.
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.