Friday, April 3, 2009

Stair step card created for my parents' 38th wedding anniversary, which is today!

Congratulations Mom and Dad, I love you, thank you for setting such a great example!

I used a new technique in embellishing this card: "Embossing In Any Color". I was inspired by the Summer 2009 issue of Keynotes, Close To My Heart's exclusive consultant magazine. Add a subtle glossy texture to any project with this technique. Ink your stamp image first with VersaMark ink and then with any Exclusive Inks color. Stamp and heat emboss using clear embossing powder. This will create a custom embossing color for any project.

This project has inspired the Make and Take for the April workshop. We will create a stair step card with a Mother's Day theme. Just in time for Mother's Day! Contact me today if you would like to join in the fun!

Basic instructions to create this card:

It's called either a Stair Step fold, or an Accordion fold, depending on the orientation of your project. This would be a Stair Step fold since it's landscape.

1. Cut your cardstock to the size of 10.5" x 5" - if you want to stamp on this, now would be the time to do it.
2. Score your cardstock at 1.25" - 2.5" - 4.25", 6" and at 8.25"

3. Now fold with hills and valleys (accordion style) making sure that the smallest (1.25" fold) is folded down, as this will be the front of your card)
4. Now here's the fun part...decorate with ANYTHING...dimensional elements, cut-out stamps, stickers...pick a theme and run with it.

This stair step card was created using the following Close To My Heart products:

X7107B That's Amore Level 2 Paper Packet
Z1088 Chocolate Waxy Flax
Z1040 Antiqued Copper Brads
Z1051 Bitty Brads
Dimensional Elements Chipboard

Z1033 Just Blooms™ Big Pinks Paper Flowers

Z671 Clear embossing Powder
Z891 Versamark Watermark Stamp Pad

Exclusive Inks™ Stamp Pads & Markers in
Chocolate, Blush, Tulip, Garden Green, & Vanilla Cream

My Acrylix® Stamp Sets & Blocks
D1247 From Me To You
D1217 Free Spirit

You can find all of these products and more on my website: