Saturday, June 11, 2011

Super Saturday Tutorial: Double Up

Double Up… today’s tutorial is actually two tutorials in one!  Today I’m sharing instructions on how to create a simple A2 bookmark card (standard card sized at 5-1/2” x 4-1/4”).  We made this simple and easy to construct card at last months First Wednesday Card Club!

Additionally, I’m sharing quick and easy tips and technique on how to cut out images with Antennae… bugs, butterflies, etc.… Have you ever stamped and colored the perfect bug image only to find yourself cutting off the antennae while cutting out the rest of the image?  There’s an easy solution… and I’m sharing a step by step process with you that will resolve the issue… unless, of course you cut off the antennae anyway as I did in a recent demonstration!!  You’ve just got to laugh at moments like that!

To cut out insects with antennae… the steps are simple.

First, stamp your image in the desired ink color…. for today’s tutorial, I’m using the lovely butterfly image from Flores Suaves which may be found in the Celebrando Creatividad Catalog.1.P1020583

Next, cut away any straight cuts… those that do not indent.  You can see in the photo shown below that I have cut across where antennae are, and wings and/or body intersect the void spaces.2.P1020587

Beginning with the simplest of cuts, remove excess where wings intersect, and then cut along either side of the bug body on the lower half, intentionally leaving the antennae and head for last.3.4.P1020590

Remove excess card stock along lower half of bug… snipping into the corners, the card stock should just drop away.5.P1020593

Now you are ready to begin the critical part of the bug exhumation operation.  Use your paper snips to cut along the inside edges of each antennae.  Do NOT try to follow the curve of the stamped image ‘head’ but instead, snip directly into it with the tips of your snips.6.P1020596

LOL.. the steps are in sequence, the photo I took was not… so your image should now look something like this:


Two more simple steps to go…

Now cut along the outer edges of the antennae BUT… when you reach the head of the bug, follow your cuts away from the antennae until it reaches another straight cut (in this case, the wings.)


My antennae are now “free” but unfortunately the photo does not show that I continued the cut around the head of the bug to the area where the wings intersect the bug body.

Now, use your paper snips to free the paper, cutting from the top of the wing, down to the area adjacent to the bug head and body.


Success… and Antennae en tact! 

On to the alternative bookmark card instructions.

The reason I originally designed this card for my club meeting was that many of the club members love to read… so it just seemed an appropriate card for them to learn how to make. Last of all, most of them don’t want to make cards that require additional postage due to odd envelope sizes not accepted by the USPS.

I’m told that Bookmark cards are all over the web now, I’m certainly not the first one to come up with this.. I actually made my first one about 6 years ago with students at a local school for exceptional students… LOL, but I wasn’t writing tutorials back then... AND I’m absolutely certain that even then, I was not the creator of the concept!!

Here’s my CAS card front design…DecoupageVasebySharonField2

Do you ever make cards without greetings or sentiments on the front?  I do all the time.. I get so caught up in the design of the card, I forget that there is actually another purpose, LOL!  Today’s Bookmark Card uses the wonderfully fun Fabulous Florets stamp set from the Summer Mini Catalog.

Offset with color coordinating blocks of Pacific Point and Wild Wasabi Card Stock, the focal image is also framed with Beyond the Garden Designer Series Paper and a taffeta ribbon bow.

On the interior of the card, we used the Hostess Level 1 Stamp Set “Swirls & Curls” along with more images from Fabulous Florets.


The bookmark used big shot magnet sheets, the same way we did in a past Super Saturday Bookmark Card tutorial a couple weeks ago.. key, here is making sure that the poles match (i.e.. magnets attract…) before attaching the pieces to your card.  Card stock cutting and scoring are the only changes to today’s alternative card.

Alternative A2 Bookmark Card Cutting and Scoring Directions:

Begin with a piece of cardstock measuring 5.5” x 10.25”, and score at  1-3/4” and 4.25”.

Turn the card so that the short side is along the rail in your paper trimmer, and score at  3/4”.  This will later become your bookmark’s magnetic flap.

Use a bone folder to crease all but 3/4” scored line.

Now, use a cutting mat, ruler and the perforating tool on the Stampin’ Up! Cutter Kit to perforate along the 1-3/4” scored line.

Cut two pieces of magnet sheet to 1/2” x 1.5” and place faces together so that poles align and attract. 

Remove the protective paper layer from the back of ONE of the magnet sheet pieces, and press into place approximately 1/8” below the 3/4” scored line.

Now, remove the protective layer from the second piece of magnet sheet and flip onto the second half, approximately 1/8” above the  3/4” scored line.

Stamp and decorate your card…  If you want your bookmark to protrude from the book when put in place, add a cut out image or punch to the top of the bookmark so that it extends past the 3/4” scored line… but NOT past the perimeter of the card (LOL, or it won’t fit in the envelope!)


On my bookmark, I did not have the flower extend beyond the scored line… the perforated line (tear away portion) is at the bottom edge of this photo.  When the card is open, the bookmark will be seen on the inside/front flap of the card front.

Hope you enjoyed today’s double up feature… and hope you find the bug antennae tips and tricks useful for your summer card making and scrapbook projects.

See you tomorrow with something my friends are always looking for… a couple simple cards for guys!


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nana_cindy42 said...

Thanks for the 'double scoop' today! I love 'bookmark cards' and this is one of my faves. Beautiful!!!

lisa808 said...

Thanks for the double feature. I had a laugh over the bug exhumation operation.