By Card Making & Scrapbooking Contributor
Peg’s Crafting Corner
If you look at the We R Memory Keepers Envelope Punch Board you will notice a good sized list of card sizes on it, but how often do you make a card in a different size? As card makers we seem to find a size we are most comfortable with and stick to that. Wouldn’t it be fun to step out of that comfort zone and create one of the sizes listed on the Envelope Board? This is a 5” x 8” card.
Create a 5” x 8” card base from card stock by cutting a 12 x 12 sheet to measure 10” x 8” and then fold it in half. Pink card stock was used for this card. A scoring board is a good tool to have to help you create a crisp clean fold for card bases.
Every card needs a focal point and with this card the heart was created for that. It became even more of the focal point because it if being off set on the 5” x 8” card. The patterned paper cut to 7 7/8” x 4 ½” (Best of K & Company Paper Pad) also helped in creating it.
Create the heart using the Scalloped Heart Doily Embossing Folder by Sizzix. Cut a piece of white card stock that measures 5 ¾” x 4 ½” and place it in the embossing folder and then run it through a die cut/embossing machine (Sizzix Big Shot used here).
Lay the embossed paper on a craft mat and beside it rub a small amount of a Faber- Castell Gelato (pink was used here) on the mat as shown in the picture.
Rub your finger in the Gelato and then lightly start rubbing it over the outside embossed area of the heart. Pick up more color on your finger as needed by rubbing it on the mat. As you need to, add more Gelato to the mat, too.
This is what it will begin to look like as you work on it.
Now, place a lighter color of Gelato on the mat (the lighter pink was used here) and begin working on the center of the heart using the same method you did for the outside of it.
This is what the center will begin looking like. The more times you add some Gelato to your finger and go over an area, the darker it will become.
Soften the edges by rubbing the light colored Gelato on all edges of the card stock.
Now, assemble the card by adhering with a tape runner the patterned paper to the card base and then on top of it add the focal point, remembering to off center the embossed design.
Punch a sentiment out of some of the same color of card stock that was used for the card base using the Alphabet Punches by Martha Stewart. Adhere those using a Xyron Sticker Maker.
The next time you make a card, challenge yourself to move out of your comfort zone and create it using a size that you don’t normally create. Offset the pieces to create a new focal point for the new card size. Don’t worry about mixing things up. It keeps the fun in card making and giving!