Wednesday, June 4, 2014

Father's Day Gift card "Tool Time" - featuring Creative Cafe' kit for June

Hi Everyone!

Let's Hear it for the Boys!!  That's the name of our new kit this month - and it's a fun one!  So to help you get busy creating some cards and tags for those 'Boys' out there the Design team has been busy at work to give you some ideas using this month's Creative Cafe' kit.

To start off - I've created a fun gift card, that frankly looks harder than it is! It's called a Standing Shapes Card on Splitcoast - and I love how my images look suspended in air, when it's open!

Here's a look at my gift card closed -

And when it opens - not only does it reveal a pocket for your Gift Card, but a fun surprise of  tools and a popped up greeting waving away!
  • To make this card - start with a Grey base of cardstock cut at 4 1/4 x 11" - this will be top folded, so score at 5 3/8 " and again at 5 5/8" - creating a wider fold for the contents inside.
  • Cut another piece of cardstock at 4" x 11" - and create accordian pleating to hold your pieces on the inside by scoring at 4 1/2", 5, 5 1/2", and 6".  Fold this back and forth and adhere outer folds together leaving an inside valley fold.
  • Prepare some acetate strips to attach your standing shapes, by cutting them at about 1 /4" x 4" -  you can trim the length down as needed.  For my card,  I cut about 8 strips, and used recycled packaging from my stash but you can also use transparency window sheeting that you can purchase by the sheet or a pkg.  I actually like my recycled packaging better as I think it is a little thicker and firmer than transparency sheets.  Plus it's FREE!   
For my standing pieces, I stamped and fussy cut each of the tools and the mustache and word phrase 'Dad'-  I punched a 3/4" scallop circle from Red and Yellow-gold cardstock (3 of each) so I could attach the shapes to the circles with a stripe of acetate sandwiched in between.  My phrase I stamped and double-mounted it to card stock, and like a sign attached acetate stripes on each side. As you can see in the close-up shot  below.

  • Line the inside of the valley fold, with Score-Tape leaving the top layer on until you are ready to place the strips of acetate sandwiched inside.  
  • I positioned my sign at the highest point, and arranged the other shapes to fall just below that.  I adjusted the heights and than trimmed off the ends before adhering them to the card.  Once your ready, pull off the adhesive covering and start placing the bottom end of the acetate strips to the valley fold.  Once they are all in place including the greeting stand- push the outside edges of the valley closed so your acetate strips are now adhered and sandwiched inside.
  • Line the back side of the inner portion of your card with score tape and adhere it to the inside of your grey card cover. 
  • For the front of my card, I created a collage stamped image with all the same shapes and tools I put inside my card, by arranging them all on my stamp press, and inking them with Memento Espresso Truffle ink I stamped on a 3" x 3" piece of white cardstock.  I did a little bit of shading and coloring and than using a sponge inked the area lightly with Weathered wood Distress Ink.
To finish, I backed my image with coordinating card stock leaving enough yellow-gold on one side so I could stamp my World's Greatest Dad sentiment.  The whole image was placed on a piece of 4" x 4 1/2"  diagonal striped paper from the Getaway Paper pad.  Before adhering it down to my card base I attached two brads included in the kit.

Stamps:  The Rubber Cafe' - Creative Cafe' kit Let's Hear it for the Boys
Paper:  The Rubber Cafe' - Creative Cafe' kit Let's Hear it for the Boys- Echo Park's  Getaway 
Ink:  Memento -Espresso Truffle; Distress Ink- Weathered Wood; copic markers
Adhesives: 1/4" -Score-Tape; Glue dots
Embellishments:  brads from the kit
Tools/Punches:  3/4" scallop circle punch; curvy label punch;  Score-Pal;

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