December 2, 2010

Thursday's Tutorial from Tracy !!

Thursdays will bring us something new every week - tutorials from our own designers !! Tracy is kicking off our new tutorial format, and if you have followed her at all you know Tracy always has something very very special for us. But first,

Our winner this week will receive a $15 gift certificate from...

Here’s what Cari tells us about her Etsy Shop, “I feel that I am extremely “lucky” for the life that I’ve been given and when you get something from my shop hopefully you’ll feel like you are quite the “lucky girl” too. See, I’m all about double entendres. I love a good scavenger hunt. I go out looking with items in mind and when I find them, I like to share them. I designed my shop to be the kind of shop that I would like to visit. A little bit of this, and a little bit of that mixed in with unique handmade and custom-made paper crafts. I hunt and dig for fabulous vintage goodies and ephemera and then package them up so that you don’t have to hunt and dig and get dirty. I always love it when I find a shop that has lots of wonderful things all in one place and hopefully that’s how you’ll feel when you visit luckygirlgoods”.

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Special 15% Discount for Papercraft Star Followers!
And wanna hear something exciting! Cari of Lucky Girl Goods is offering our followers an exclusive discount to both of her stores this week! Just enter papercraftstar when you check out at either one of her stores to receive a 15% discount off your total purchase! We are "Lucky Girls" indeed!!

And now, here is Tracy's tutorial !

This little card may look small, but it packs a punch!
Our December Design Team sponsor at Papercraft Star is Catherine Pooler, our resident Stampin' Up go to girl. Catherine sent me some absolutely gorgeous papers to work with this month. The patterned paper in the picture above is from the Deck the Halls collection and despite what my photo looks like is a beautiful grey/green color.
I have no idea what this style of card is called. I guess it's a form of squash card. I've yet to find a tutorial on this particular style, but I've seen several beautiful examples of it, so I decided to put on my thinking cap and figure out how to make it myself. I'm going to take you through the steps I took, but keep in mind, this card will adapt easily to whatever size you'd like to make it. Just figure out what size panels you need on the inside and/or outside for stamps or whatever embellishments you choose to use and go from there.

Step 1--Your card base

(Measurements= 6 1/2" x 6 1/2", scored at 3 1/4" both directions and diagonally through one set of corners)

Step 2--cut all mats and decorative panels

(All mat pieces were cut at 3" x 3")

Step 3--cut/punch/etc. all pieces for front and back of card

(Back mat cut at 3" x 3". Front piece measurements will vary depending upon your punch or other cover embellishment i.e. die cuts, etc.)

Step 4--fold up the card so that diagonal lines are mountain folds

Step 5--attach your ribbon closure and the front and back panels

That's it! It makes a beautiful card that looks like it was really hard to make, but wasn't. If you have any questions don't hesitate to leave a comment or drop me an e-mail.
Have a great day!

Sponsor Supplies
Paper: Stampin' Up Very Vanilla, Always Artichoke, Crumb Cake, Deck the Halls collection

Other supplies

Paper: Recollections cream cardstock
Stamps: sentiment from Raindrop Echo Designs, Inkadinkado, Santa image from the internet
Inks+: Frayed Burlap Distress ink
Tools: Nestabilities Classic Ovals Large (S4-110),Classic Scalloped Ovals Large (S4-111), Labels One (S4-161), Classic Squares Large (S4-126); Martha Stewart Eyelet Lace punch around the page set
Miscellaneous: Recollections adhesive gold gems, Big Lots ribbon

Don't forget about our weekly challenge ! Here are the details for this week:

Create a Holiday Gift Tag Using...
Patterned Paper
Stamp and/or Die Cut (Cricut or Other)
Ribbon or Twine
Gems or Pearls

Link up your submissions between now and noon Saturday, and then vote !!

Come back tomorrow for another new change in our format - an inspirational project from one of our executive team !! Looks like it is Jan's turn this week.


Kristina said...

So beautiful Tracy!

Angi Barrs said...

Fab Project. Love it.:)

flowerdisco said...

really nice card...i have seen it before too but can't recall what they call it :(

Susan said...

very nice tutorial...and I just picked up the MS score board today...might have to try this fold now.