A Star is Born

Hi, there! I hope this finds you well and happy, and creating with stamps and paper! My sister’s birthday is coming up, and I wanted to make a special card for her- this one fit the bill! I was inspired by some old papercrafting/stamping magazines that a friend recently gave me- while the example in the magazine had a stamped focal point, I decided to fussy cut these gorgeous flowers from the See a Silhouette designer paper collection. Such wonderful colors!

I started with an 8.5 x 5.5 inch piece of Olive Green cardstock. This was folded in half, then cut diagonally from the top of the fold to the bottom of the free edge (see photo). Then, I took two pieces of the leaf paper, each 4 x 5.25 inches, and cut them diagonally. PLEASE NOTE: one sheet was cut from the left upper corner to the right lower corner, and the other from the right upper corner to the left lower corner (see photo).

Glue the printed triangles to the green cardstock as shown above. Criss-cross the single triangles over one another, with the long edges facing down, and glue them together. Place your focal point over top of these, as well as a sentiment if you wish (see photo below).

Cut 1/2 inch slots into the folded triangle approximately 3 inches from the lower points. Cut matching slots into the flower piece about 1.5 inches from the lower points (see photos). I also adhered a white circle to the back and trimmed away the lower part so that I could write a message on the back.

The card will require a 5 x7 inch envelope to mail flat. Just match up the notches, and stand it up- voila!

I hope you enjoyed reading about this as much as I did making it- and don’t tell my sister! Thanks for stopping by! You can find the materials to make a similar card in my shop.

Happy stamping!


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A Simple Easel Card

While I was working on coming up with cards for thank-yous to first responders, and cards without stamps for mail-in kits, making an easel card popped into my head. Of course, this particular card doesn’t fit into EITHER of those categories, but it will be a fun card to send to a friend. Start with an 8.5″ by 11″ sheet of sturdy cardstock. Cut it in half lengthwise, score one of the pieces at 1.5″ and 5.5″, and fold at both score lines in the same direction . It should look like this. Cut the other, unscored half sheet in half; you will need one of the resulting 4.25×5.5″ sheets. Decorate this as desired. This will be your card front. In my case I used butterfly diecuts. The top layer was cut from printed paper to give it some variety of color.

Apply glue to the small flap, and attach the bottom of your card front to this glued area, lining them up carefully.

Decorate the inside of the card. I stamped a 3.5x 4 inch piece of white cardstock with a sentiment and placed that at the top of the inside. Then you will need a stopper- something to prop your card front against. Since I had a two-part sentiment, I used the second part for my stopper, but you could use a small diecut or stamped image. It needs to have a bit of height, to catch the card front, so I raised it with foam dimensional pads. Now, when you open the card, and prop up the front, it looks like this:

I finished my card off with a few rhinestones, but you could add stamps or diecuts. I kept this one simple for the sake of illustration, but your card could have multiple layers on the front, ribbons and other embellishments, and designer papers.

I hope this inspires you to make a card to brighten up a friend’s day. Until the coronavirus “lockdown” lifts, we could all use a little extra sunshine! Thanks for stopping by.

Happy stamping!