Cardmaking 101 – how to cut a card-base

cardmaking 101

Cardmaking class UK free

Today marks the start of my completely free weekly card-making class here at StampinByHannah. This class has been in the planning for ages and I am so pleased I am finally ready to share it with you.

Each week, on a Sunday, a new tutorial will be released focusing on card making basics; hints and tips, tools, techniques and useful information to help you to make amazing projects. I am so excited! shall we begin?

cardmaking 101 - how to cut a card base

This week I thought we would start at the beginning; how to cut yourself a card base. I know that not everyone will cut there own card bases, but I think its a useful thing to know, particularly as then your not stuck with white or cream cards all the time – lets get some colour in here!

How to:

I use A4 card stock, I know that these measurements will not be useful for everyone, particularly those who use 8.5×11″ however, I live in the UK and A4 is all we have

There are two ways to cut a card base, depending on the style of card you wish to create. I frequently use tent fold cards and so cut my A4 length ways at 10.5 cm to create two long skinny pieces of card stock, I don’t tend to score in the middle for these and find that folding them in half and burnishing with my bone folder is enough

The other common card base is a ‘book style’ card, and for these I cut my A4 width-ways at 14.8 cm, scoring them in half at 10.5 cm and folding to create my card

These two methods create the same size card; 14.8 x 10.5 cm

To create a layer for the front of your card, take an A4 piece of Whisper White and cut at 10 cm, and 14.2 cm to create a slightly smaller piece that will fit beautifully on the front of the card base you have already created.

To create further layers reduce the size of your card stock by 0.5 cm each time, the next layer would therefore be 9.5 x 13.8 cm, the next 9 x 13.2 cm, and the next 8.5 x 12.8

 

I hope this has been useful, if you have any card making questions or queries please let me know and I will endeavour to answer your questions in later editions of Cardmaking 101



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Kissing Technique….

Stampin' Up! UK I think your great kissing

Before your mind wonders off somewhere else, I’m talking Stamp Kissing today, I am not about to discuss romance or any other life lessons!

Today is the launch of the brand new Stampin’ Up! catalogue – have you got your copy yet? if not, get a physical copy here or a digital version there.

There are heaps of great stamps, tools, and new in-colours in this catalogue. I will be doing a full catalogue tour for newsletter subscribers this month. Not a newsletter subscriber yet, why not! but you can sign up here, or in the link at the bottom of this post.

Stampin' Up! UK I think your great kissing

Ok, so onto the technique for today. How great is this card! and its so simple to create. I love the kissing technique, it allows you to add pattern to solid stamps. Check out the video tutorial below for visual instructions,.

The Kissing Technique:

For this technique you need two stamps, one solid and one patterned. I love that Stampin’ Up! this year has stamp sets specifically for certain techniques and this stamp set, I Think You’re Great, is designed with Stamp Kissing in mind.

Ink up your solid stamp

Kiss the two stamps together, I do this by laying the patterned stamp face up on my desk, and stamping the solid stamp onto it. Don’t wiggle the stamps, use a straight down and straight up movement, otherwise your pattern will blur.

Stamp the solid stamp onto your project.



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Stamp Thumping

Its Tuesday, Technique Tuesday! and I have a great technique for you this week!

Stamp Thumping

Now, I do not want you to go around hitting your stamps. Love them, treasure them, treat them well (clean them and condition them with Stampin’ Mist, please!) but this thumping technique is a great way to use your stamps with your Stampin’ Write Markers.

Stampin' Up! UK petal Potpourri

I love being about to get a variety of colour on one stamp. This technique works especially well with tree stamps (I think it would be gorgeous with Sheltering Tree or Lovely as a Tree), but I didn’t have any to hand, so I went with flowers instead. I adore this stamp, I love the whole set actually, Petal Potpourri is a great collection of flowers (and a doily) that coordinated with the fabulous Flower Medallion punch.

How to:

Select 3 colours of Stampin’ Write Marker – the image above uses Rose Red, Rich Razzleberry and Melon Mambo, whereas the video uses Crumb Cake, Soft Suede and Early Espresso

Make sure your stamp is clean (this is the step I missed! silly me!)

Select your lightest colour first, remove the cap from the brush top of your Stampin’ Write Marker and hold the marker near the cap of the opposite end between your index finger and your thumb.

Bounce (or thump) the side of the brush tip off of the stamp.

Repeat with other colour, misting the stamp with water lightly before stamping onto Whisper White card stock

Stampin' Up! UK stamp thumping technique tuesday



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Stampin’ In Colour with Embossing Folders

Hi there! I shared this technique with you last week – Stamping with Embossing Folders – I made this card while I was playing around with the technique.

Stampin' Up! UK fun frames bouquet toss

I have been trying really hard not to use anything that is retiring – but I could not pass up the chance to use this stamp set just one more time! Bouquet Toss is one of my favourites from the retiring list this year. I have used it heaps, not just for wedding themed projects but also Thank You cards and my Swaps from the Stampin’ Up! Sale-a-bration events last year. Here is is stamped inside a frame stamped with one of the Fun Frames Embossing folders.

I urge you to check out the retiring list, there are loads of great stamp sets and accessory available with some amazing discounts, but remember that everything will leave us on 2nd June 2015!



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Stampin’ With Embossing Folders

You may have guessed by now, I love a good stamping technique! And I have to say, this is one I had never thought of… Until I saw this video from Stampin’ Up!

Isn’t it awesome! I just HAD to have a go!

Stampin' Up! UK Stamping with embossing folders

I had such a great time trying this out (so much that I have another card using this technique next week!) In fact I have sort of combined techniques to create my own super patterned paper! To use your embossing folders as stamps – apply the ink to the raised side of the embossing folder directly from your ink pad, carefully place your card stock onto the inked area and close the folder. Rub you bone folder across the embossing folder to press the ink onto the card stock.

Then, using a sponge dauber or Stampin’ sponge, apply ink through a mask to the card stock. And wha-la! (I’m not sure that’s actually a word, but I’m rolling with it)

(watch me roll!)

I even made you lovely people a video to demonstrate!

Aren’t they so cute! I love any opportunity to use my favourite childhood stamp set, Zoo Babies! and couldn’t pass this as a chance to make a couple of baby cards.

Stampin' Up! UK Zoo Babies Large Polka Dots



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Partial Die Cutting Zig Zag Card

Welcome to Technique Tuesday – the day of the week where I show you how to create a card using a new technique! This week, I’m using Partial Die Cutting to create this lovely card with Butterfly Basics!

Stampin' Up! UK partial die cutting technique video butterfly basics

This card is really simple to make. The trick comes when running your die cutting sandwich through your Big Shot. Create your die cutting sandwich as normal – Magnetic Platform, Cutting Plate, card stock, die – but position your top cutting plate carefully – aligning the edge of the plate with where you want your die cut to stop. Remember your die will only cut where there is pressure – no plate = no pressure! Check out the video to see what I mean.

Instructions:

Cut a piece of A4 card in half, and fold in half to create your card base. Then open your card base, and mark a centre line down the inside front cover. Stamp your butterflies down this line – using a Stamp-a-ma-jig to ensure correct positioning.

Create your die cutting sandwich, lining up your die with your stamped butterflies, and lining the edge of your top place up with your centre line. Run this sandwich through your Big Shot. Repeat for all three butterflies, before finishing the card by stamping the insides or adding any desired embellishments.



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Heat Embossed Die Cutting

I have another technique video for you today – I was playing around a few weeks ago with heat embossing, and I am loving using my big shot at the moment – and this idea was born!

Stampin' Up! UK embossed die cutting technique video

I think I have shared a very similar card before, but this one is super special – those fabulous die cut words are shiny! I don’t think there is another stamp set I have used as much as Crazy About You, and I still adore those word thinlits too. They make such simple, versatile cards – great for mums, dads, boys, grandparents, sympathy, weddings, Easter, Christmas – Awesome – AND the die’s pop out so easily too.

Isn’t it fab! Share your creations with my in my facebook group!



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Ombre Background Stamping

Ok, so while I work out exactly what is happening on a Friday, I thought I would share some techniques with you. Like I said last week, Fancy Fold Friday is having a little break (but if you have any fancy fold suggestions please do feel free to let me know!) and so Friday’s are a little different, But I still want to get 2 videos out to you every week, and this is what I have so far!

Stampin' Up! UK Ombre stamping video tutorial

It was my anniversary recently, and this was the card I made my darling other half, James. He is totally used to receiving pink cards by now, and really doesn’t mind. But I just loved this technique and HAD to share it with you.

I think this background stamping technique is great. and really versitile too – might have a play at using some of my other background stamps too!

First Ink your stamp with a pale ink, I used Pink Pirouette, before inking a corner with the darker colour (Melon Mambo in my pink example!). Then take a mircofibre cloth – a crafty must have! – dab away the mark between the two colours, blending them on the stamp. Take your Whisper White cardstock and lay it over the inked stamp, apply pressure across the piece, and carefully lift away to reveal the gorgeous Ombre effect!



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