Tutorial: Centre Step Card

This card fold was such a hit at September’s class!! I am excited to share the tutorial with you. The centre step card is a terrific way to show off beautiful designer series paper; and at the same time, you don’t need to use a lot of your stash to make a huge impact!

Supplies needed:
Card base: 5.5 x 8.5”
Designer Series Paper:
1 piece 5.25 x .75”,
2 pieces 3 x .75

Accent cardstock:
1 piece 5 3/8” x 7/8”,
2 pieces 3 1/8 x 7/8”,
1 piece 3 3/8 x 3 1/8”

White for front of card –
3 x 3.25”

White insert for inside of card – 3.25 x 3.5”

(Note: If you prefer video tutorials, click here! If you prefer written tutorials, read on!)

At 1” in from the long side, cut your card base from 5” to 9.25”.



Repeat on other long side of card base.

Rotate your card base 90 degrees.
Score from each cut to the edge at 1”, 2”, and 5.25”.

Score between the cuts at 4.25”.

Your completed card base should look like this:

Assemble the cardstock and DSP panels for the sides and bottom of the card, and attach.

For the front panel, note that the white piece is not quite a square; it is slightly wider than it is tall.
Stamp your design and sentiment accordingly!

Attach the white front piece to the framing panel and attach to card base.

Attach the white insert to the inside of your card.

Happy Stamping!

The Power of CASE’ing

When I first started going to cardmaking classes about eight years ago, I was always astonished by the sheer number of beautiful handmade cards the demonstrator had been able to create. Every month when we showed up for class, there would be three more unique cards for us to re-create; moreover, handmade cards decorated nearly every surface in her craft studio. I remember wondering how she could possibly come up with so many wonderful card design ideas! That was before I knew the power of CASE’ing.

CASE is Stampin’ Up!’s acronym, and it stands for Copy And Share Everything. Now that I am a demonstrator myself, I understand that the demonstrator I first learned from probably didn’t design every single card we made at her class, let alone the others that I saw in her studio. More likely, she had CASE’d designs from other demonstrators and crafters, adjusting them to suit the stamps and supplies she had on hand. Now that I’m a demonstrator myself, I do this all the time!

Take for example this fun card I got through the Random Acts of Kindness card group. I love the card fold and the colour combination. I knew the participants at my monthly card class would love it too, so I CASE’d it! I unfolded the card, figured out all the measurements, and redesigned the card using the Delightful Daisy paper and Daisy Delight stamp set. Sure enough, my class participants loved the results! You may be thinking of becoming a demonstrator yourself, either as a hobby or as a business. If the thought of designing umpteen cards a month for classes is a barrier for you, don’t give it another thought! Demonstrators (and all crafters) are encouraged to CASE and rework card designs that they see elsewhere, and nowadays, there are so many sources to find CASE-able cards (hello, Pinterest!). There are even Facebook groups dedicated to exactly this pursuit!

But what about giving credit? If you have an opportunity, ask the card designer directly if you may CASE their card. (I’ve never heard of anyone saying no, but it is the polite thing to do!) Oftentimes they will even give you the measurements and/or tutorial if they’ve already written one. Once you’ve completed your project, depending on what you are using it for, there are a few options for sharing the credit. For example, when I hosted a Gift Box Workshop, I gave all participants a printed handout with instructions. On the handout, I included credit to the original designers. I did the same when I shared a tutorial online recently. If you’re sharing a photo of your project online, you could note “CASE’d from a design by Suzy Stamper” in the photo caption.

I hope this will inspire you to start CASE’ing! Where is your favourite place to find CASE’able cards? Comment below and let me know!

What’s in Your Craft Kit?

“All supplies provided.”

This simple phrase is included on most of my craft workshop descriptions. It’s not untrue, and crafters can take it at face value, however there is an unwritten addendum that should appear underneath:

“All supplies provided.”*

*Bringing your own basic supplies means less time waiting for others to finish with an item you need, and more time crafting projects you’re happy with!

So what kind of supplies could you bring along to a craft workshop to make your time there more productive and enjoyable?

  1. Your chosen adhesive. Whether it’s Stampin’ Up!’s Snail or Fast Fuse, dollar store tape runner, a glue stick, or some other tool, everyone needs adhesive for every project. That adds up to long wait times in big groups, so bring your own and get back to crafting!

2. Clear blocks. Like adhesive, blocks are an in-demand item that will be used by every crafter for every card. You won’t believe how much faster you can craft when you have your own blocks to use. Line the edges of your blocks with washi tape so you can identify them!

3. Scissors. You won’t need scissors every time, but when you need them, you need them! You might want to cut a length of ribbon, trim some paper or cardstock, or reshape a punched image – scissors are handy to have around.

4. Bone Folder. I generally pre-fold cardstock when needed, but that fold line might need to be crisper. Or you might need to round some flower petals, or add another score line. Bone folder to the rescue!

5. Blender Pen(s). We’ve all been there – assembled a card, added all the embellishments, and stamped the final image only to experience a dreaded mis-stamp. Blender pens can help! Use them like a paintbrush: dip one of the pre-soaked brush tips in your chosen inkpad to pick up colour, then ‘paint’ as needed. To clean, simply colour on your scrap paper until the pen is no longer inking. (Blender pens are amazing for colouring as well, but by far the #1 use in my craft studio is filling in mis-stamped words and images!)6. Carrying Pouch. You’ll need a way to safely carry all your beautiful projects home. Soft pencil cases are my favourite for this purpose!Did I miss any of your favourite tools from my list? Leave a comment and let me know!

Happy Stamping!

 

Holiday Catalogue – Laura’s Top Picks

Now that you’ve had a chance to look through the holiday catalogue, you may have a wish list as long as your arm (or is that just me?!). Here are some of my picks! Will this help you narrow down that list, or perhaps add a few more items you hadn’t considered?

Best Item for Beginners – Merry Little Labels bundle
The stamp set comes in clear-mount or wood-mount versions, and features a variety of fun holiday sentiments. Along with the co-ordinating Everyday Label punch, these will help you create a ton of tags quickly and easily – and you can also use them to decorate a card.

Merry Little Labels Clear-Mount Bundle

Best Stamp Set – Snowflake Sentiments
This stamp set is simple, beautiful, and suitable for both the beginner and advanced stamper. It comes with a variety of lovely sentiments as well as elegant snowflakes to decorate your project. You could easily make an entire set of Christmas cards using just these stamps – or add the Swirly Snowflakes thinlit dies to kick it up a notch!

Best Embellishment – Mini Tinsel Trim Combo Pack
Ready to dress up any tag, package, card, or gift item (can you see this on a tree ornament?), this tinsel trim is super cute and is not likely to go out of style!

Mini Tinsel Trim Combo Pack

Best Paper – Christmas Around the World
This designer series paper includes a huge variety of colours and designs, with a whimsical vintage feel. There’s no limit to the fun projects you could make with this paper! Pair it with the co-ordinating cardstock pack and embellishments and boom, your Christmas crafting is done. BONUS: this paper is included in the Buy Three, Get One Free promotion for the month of October! Don’t miss out on this chance to stock up and save!

Best Bundle – Carols of Christmas
The Card Front Builder Thinlits Dies are so versatile! You can create a huge variety of cards with this bundle, and every one will be unique and beautiful. Use the large sentiment stamps to create a quick and simple foreground for your card, and add dimension with the thinlit dies. So many possibilities!

Best New Tool – Clear Acetate Boxes
These fabulous boxes hold 5 cards and envelopes each, and come in a set of 10. What better way to package your handmade cards as a gift? At only $8.50 for a set of 10, they are a tremendous value!

Acetate Card Boxes

Best Bling – Year of Cheer Specialty Designer Series Paper
This gorgeous, shimmery paper has foil on every single-sided sheet, making them perfect for holidays, weddings, anniversaries, and other special events. So elegant and luxurious!

Best Halloween product – Spooky Cat Bundle
The cat punch co-ordinates with the stamp AND with the Spooky Night Designer Series Paper. Along with the rest of the stamps in the set, the punch is perfect for Halloween designs, but is also versatile enough to be used throughout the year. Spooky kitty, fluffy kitty …

Did I leave your favourite product off my list? Comment and let me know!

Tutorial: Gift Box

With Halloween around the corner, why not make some treat boxes for your neighbourhood ghosts and goblins? All you need is a piece of 6 x 6″ designer series paper, a scoring tool, a pair of scissors, and your favourite adhesive.

(Note: If you prefer written tutorials, read on! If you prefer video tutorials, click here!)

Score your paper at 1″, 2.5″, 3.5″, and 5″. Note that if your paper has a design with a specific top and bottom (such as the ice cream cones shown here), you’ll want to score these lines with the paper turned sideways.Rotate (so the paper is right side up) and score at 1″ and 5″.

Fold on all score lines.
Hold your paper so that the multiple score lines are vertical. Cut on each vertical score line to meet the horizontal score lines (in other words, four slits on the top and four slits on the bottom).

Put adhesive on the outside of each of the square flaps – not the rectangular flaps.

Assemble the box and decorate as desired.

Makes a great holder for some wrapped Hershey’s miniatures! A 3 x 1.5″ piece of dsp makes a perfect miniature wrapper.

Project Credit: Sam Hammond Donald