Monday, August 11, 2008

Tutorial-Rounded Top Card

I was inspired to create a rounded-top card after seeing this photo of one of the display boards from the Stampin' Up! Convention. See the one I mean? All images in that photo are copyright Stampin' Up!. Thanks to a demo named Lynda who posted her many photos from Convention in an online photo album HERE.

I's a step-by-step on how to make a rounded-top card using one half sheet of cardstock for the base. I used the Just 4 You Simply Scrappin' Kit (retired) from Stampin' Up! for this particular card. This style card is really easy and can be changed to look so very different for any occasion. I hope you'll make one! *click any pic for a closer look*

Start with a piece of cardstock 4 1/4" x 11". Draw a pencil line at the half mark, which is 5 1/2". You'll lay the Coluzzle circle template directly over the pencil line, making sure it is even on the cardstock from left to right. This will ensure your half circle is centered for cutting. You will only cut the top half of the circle using the Coluzzle cutting knife. I chose the third groove from the outer edge. (tip: use various colors of Sharpie markers to color code your cutting grooves--makes it so much easier)

This is what you have once you cut your half circle and remove the template. Erase your pencil mark now.
Place the piece of cardstock into your paper cutter (mine is a Fiskars) and run a bone folder in the cutting groove just to the right and left of the half circle that you cut. This will be done on the 5 1/2" half way mark where your pencil mark was. Trust me, it will still fold in half nicely although you are only scoring these tiny parts. On my first card, I scored all across the half circle and it showed! See next photo below for where you score the second time.

Fold your card if half along those small score lines. Place the folded piece into your paper cutter, lining up the rounded edge at 5 1/2". Simply cut off the bottom edge of your card (two layers). You will have to apply more pressure to cut both layers. (This was the part where I simply decided to have those little scraps instead of trying to center my half circle and score lines on an odd piece of paper. It was easier to just cut off the bottom this way so that the card fits in a standard A-2 envelope. I like to improvise sometimes to save my brain from hurting. LOL)

Next you'll cut out two circles with your Coluzzle. I chose the double-sided patterned paper. I then used the blade of my Paper Snips to slightly distress the edges. You could also ink the edges. Lastly, I added a few punches and some of the die-cut stickers from the Simply Scrappin' Kit. It was finished with a touch of white grosgrain ribbon.

Here's my finished card. I added a piece of ribbon around the card front and attached it with Sticky Strip. Then, I made a tiny bow (requires the use of all ten fingers...LOL) and added it over the seam of the ribbon using a mini glue dot. This helped it lay flat along the stickers below it. Here's the detail of the layered focal piece. I used the Scallop Circle Punch (love that thing!) and punched each petal with a 1/16" circle punch. The flowered layer is adhered using Stampin' Dimensionals. To see the first rounded-top card I made, click HERE.

I'd love to read your comments on this tutorial. I check the counter on my blog periodically and am quite shocked at how many hits I get within a few days. You sneaky lil' devils should tell me when you visit. Otherwise, I'll get paranoid that I'm being spied on...LOL!

I have a lot of fun cards to share this week. It is now 1:45am on Monday morning and I have to be at work at 8am! Yes, I am insane. I was downstairs just stampin' away and totally lost all track of time. Man, was that fun! I was also listening to my new Nicole C Mullen CD. Go to her website HERE to listen to a sample of some of the awesome songs on her album. There are a few that just make me hit repeat on the CD player over and over. I'll share more about one song later this week. It'll make you sniffle. :) Ok off to bed now....enjoy your Monday!

1 comment:

Lisadwb said...

Thanks!! A quick question which circles (counting from the inside out)did you you use on your Coluzzle template?
I actually tried one last week while waiting for your tutorial- yep, you inspired me. :-) I thought mine looked a little squatty. LOL