Monday 28 February 2011

Kraftin Kimmie GDT Contest Week 4 - Scallops

The challenge over at Kraftin Kimmie this week was to include scallops on your card.  I was determined to used one of my new 50's stamps, and when I started to stamp and look at options, I really liked the idea of having both Patsy and the Jukebox on my card but I couldn't get them to fit in a pleasing way on an 8x8 or an A5 card which are my largest.  So I came up with a cunning plan and made my own custom card.....

I cut out a scalloped oval using a Nellie Snellen nesting die, and then masked off the central part so I could ink the scallops in black - I did this direct to paper with a momento inkpad.  I then masked off the scallops at the bottom and stamped Patsy and the Jukebox into their frames.  I paper-pieced Patsy's dress in gingham and a mottled blue for her overskirt and then added shading with copics.  The rest of her is coloured with copics and sakura gel glaze pen for her sunglasses and patent belt.  I gave the jukebox the same paper piecing treatment with a dark wood grain from the DCWV Latte stack.  I decoupaged the pink, blue and chrome elements over the top on more white card and coloured them with copics and a silver highlighter.  I mounted them on an old paper and I don't know where its from but I thought it had a "Honolulu" look to it and felt vaguely 50s.  I used an additional MS scallop punch down the centre of my card to indicate where to "open" it....

I wanted to have the two sides slide apart to reveal the sentiment inside - I'm not sure if this card has a name, but my friends at work have nick-named it the "push me, pull me" card and if its good enough for Dr Doolittle, then I guess its good enough for me!  I used the "let's rock and roll" sentiment which comes with the Jukebox, coupled with "its your birthday" which come from a couple of different Elzybells word sets which allow you to make up your own perfect sentiment.  I stamped these on another Nellie Snellen diecut, which I then put inside the waste from another of the same die to make a frame.

Check out the rest of the cards for this challenge here

I thought I'd do a VERY mini tutorial to show you how I put this card together (and so I have a record in case I want to do it again, as my long term memory aint what it used to be!!!) So I started with 3 sheets of A4 card.  I cut two of them to 10 x 12 inches and folded them in half to give me two 5" by 6" cards as per the picture below.  The other one, I cut to 8 inches long and 5 inches wide, then measured half an inch from the top and bottom and cut from 0.5 to 7.5 inches to create a "tabbed" shape.  The strips that I cut off, I cut in half and then folded each of those in half to give me 4 double thickness tabs.  I also doubled the thickness of the tabs on the central portion by sticking an extra strip of card behind to prevent them from bending too much when opening.

I used these tabs on the insides of the card to stop the central part being fully pulled out of the card.  I sealed the top of each card with quarter inch tape so that the glue wouldn't interfere with the pushing and pulling.  You can see the tabs below left, and then the picture below right shows the tabs butting up against each other.  Once sealed the sentiment section just slides in and out.

Well that's enough waffling from me for one night - writing up how you do something isn't all that easy or exciting!

Thanks for sticking with me.....

                              Craftilicious x


  1. Very Clever and very cute! TFS

  2. Adorable card! Love it.
    Hugs and smiles

  3. Love your card, such a sweet image, fab colours, hugs, Sarah x

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