Saturday, August 27, 2011

Side Step Gift Card Holder

Welcome!  Today’s Super Saturday Tutorial is for a Side Step Card which holds a secret inside… It’s also a Gift Card Holder! I’ve also added several Tips for Success to ensure that your card turns out just as you want it to!

But let’s not just stop there… It’s also a new product sneak peek from the Holiday Mini Catalog too!  If you haven’t received your Holiday Mini Catalog, be sure to use the Contact Me tab at the top of this page to send me your snail mail address and catalog request! side_step, gift_Card, sharon_Field, holiday_mini, Precious_butterflies, Simply_Scored, Score_board, punches, butterflies, fence, triple_doily, tutorial

The faux fence was scored with a brand new product from the Holiday Mini Catalog:  Simply Scored!  This new score board includes two score place markers… so you don’t have to remember measurements when scoring multiples.  It also has storage for a bone folder, and includes a double ended ball stylus, which scores in front body of the board too!

Here’s a photo of the inside, with a special writing place and a gift card holder too!side_step, gift_Card, sharon_Field, holiday_mini, Precious_butterflies, Simply_Scored, Score_board, punches, butterflies, fence, triple_doily, tutorial

The “With Love” sentiment is also from the New Holiday Mini Catalog.  It is from the “Hand Penned Holidays” sentiment stamp set, which also includes the greetings “Happy Halloween”, “Give Thanks”, and “Merry Christmas” in beautiful calligraphic script.

Stamps and Supplies for Today’s…

Side Step Gift Card Holder:

Stamps: 

Hand Penned Holidays* Precious Butterflies

Card Stock: 

Daffodil Delight Cajun Craze
Pear Pizzazz Whisper White

Designer Series Paper: 

Beyond The Garden

Classic Ink: 

Pear Pizzazz Pumpkin Pie

Punches:

Open Scallop Border Large Oval
Scallop Oval Triple Doily

Accessories:

Simply Scored® *

Basic Jewel Pearls

Snips

Stampin’ Dimensionals

Regals Buttons

White Gel Pen

Mat Pack

Paper Piercing Tool

Brushed Silver Brads

Bone Folder

* Available in the Holiday Mini Catalog beginning September 1st.

Card Stock Cutting:

Daffodil Delight Card Stock:

  • 5.5” x 8.5” scored at 4.25”
  • 1-3/4” x 2-3/4” to punch and score faux fence
  • Scrap to punch decorative trim for gift card holder, and (3) triple daisy punches

Cajun Craze Card Stock:

  • 2-7/8” x 4-1/8” for card front
  • 2-1/8” x 2-3/8” for inside card
  • Scraps to punch(3) solid triple Daisy Punches and (3) Oval Scallop Punches

Whisper White Card Stock:

  • 2-3/4” x 4” for card front
  • 2” x 2-1/4” for inside card
  • 2-3/4” x 5-1/2” scored at 1.5” to form long, tall pocket for gift card pocket (4” x 2-3/4” when folded).
  • Scraps to punch large oval and scallop oval sentiments, and to stamp and cut out butterfly layers (2 medium, one small)

Pear Pizzazz Card Stock:

  • 1/2” x 2-7/8” scrap for grass along edge of fence

TIPS for Success:

Before we start today’s Super Saturday tutorial… I’d like to share a couple tips I’ve learned through “creative opportunities” i.e. mistakes I’ve made when cutting and scoring side-step cards.

  1. If there are any scored lines that will go completely across the card, score them first but do not fold or crease them.  Trust me, this will eliminate a lot of problems, LOL!  You can see in the card stock cutting directions shown above, I’ve already had you score the 4-1/4” fold of the card base for today’s tutorial.
  2. Whether you are using a score board such as Simply Scored, or a paper trimmer with both cutting and scoring blades, check to see that all card stock corners are squared, and butt the top edge of the card stock snugly against the rail at the top of the board/cutter.
  3. Check and re-check to make sure additional cuts and score lines are on the correct side of the card, that you have the proper edge aligned top and right so your pop-out area (steps) are on the correct side of the card too.
  4. If you’re using an older paper trimmer, you may want to cut and/or score from the bottom edge of the trimmer where the numbers are still visible and less worn from wear.
  5. IF you are scoring or cutting from the bottom of your paper trimmer, double check the length of your ruler.  My Fiskars Paper Trimmer guide is 12.25” long, not 12” long.  So… to begin cutting at 1”, I would need to align my cutting blade at 12.75” to account for the extra 1/4” length in the ruler/guide.  This also changes my stopping point for the cut as we must account for that extra 1/4”.
  6. When using a “ball stylus” such as the one included with the Simply Scored product, use the smaller ball tip to score card stock and/or Designer Series Paper.  Reserve the larger ball tip for heavier materials i.e. sticky sheet and chipboard.
  7. If you do not have a scoring blade, a bone folder or an old gift card or credit card will also do a good job of scoring in the channel of your paper trimmer.
  8. After ALL cutting and scoring has been done, use a bone folder to make solid creases. This will help the card move and pop correctly when you want it to stand up for display purposes.

Step By Step Side Step Gift Card Holder Tutorial:

Note:  For steps ONE and TWO you will be given THREE options for tools used to complete these steps.  Choose the one that works best for you, given the tools you own, and then proceed to the next step.

  1. Making that first cut:
    • From the BOTTOM edge of your Trimmer. 
      1. Use the prepared Daffodil Delight card base (5-1/2” x 8-1/2” scored at 4-1/4”) place in paper trimmer with the 5-1/2” edge butted into the stop rail at the bottom edge of the trimmer.
      2. Align the left edge of the card stock at the 3” mark.
      3. Using the numbers on the right side of your paper trimmer clear guide to determine both stopping and ending points, press down with your fingertip, and make one solid, long cut from the 11.75” mark to the 6” mark (2.25” from the top edge of the card).  side_step, gift_Card, sharon_Field, holiday_mini, Precious_butterflies, Simply_Scored, Score_board, punches, butterflies, fence, triple_doily, tutorial
    • Cutting from the TOP edge of your trimmer:
      1. Use the prepared Daffodil Delight card base (5-1/2” x 8-1/2” scored at 4-1/4”) place in paper trimmer with the 5-1/2” edge butted into the stop rail at the bottom edge of the trimmer.
      2. Align the left edge of the card stock at the 3” mark.
      3. Using the numbers on the right side of your paper trimmer clear guide to determine both stopping and ending points, press down with your fingertip, and make one solid, long cut from the 2-1/4” mark to the 7-1/2” mark.side_step, gift_Card, sharon_Field, holiday_mini, Precious_butterflies, Simply_Scored, Score_board, punches, butterflies, fence, triple_doily, tutorial
    • Cutting with a metal edged ruler and hobby blade (exacto knife):
      1. Use the prepared Daffodil Delight card base (5-1/2” x 8-1/2” scored at 4-1/4”) place on a self healing mat to protect your table top. 
      2. Use the grid on your self-healing mat to help you align the paper so that it is square.  You may want to use blue painters tape or architectural tape to hold it in place.
      3. Place any old ruler horizontally butted to the bottom edge of the card stock, and the left edge aligned with the left edge of the card stock.
      4. Position metal edged ruler vertically at the 3” mark so that the narrower edge and zero point butts into the first ruler.
      5. Holding the metal edged ruler firmly in place make a vertical cut along the right side of the ruler using a hobby blade,  from the 1” mark to the 6” mark.
  2. Scoring your card:
    • Using a Simply Scored (score board):
      1. Your cut line divides the card stock into two portions, one measures 2-1/2” from the cut, and the other measures 3” from the cut.
      2. Position your card stock so that the narrower 8.5” edge is butted to the top rail of the board with the 5-1/2” edge against the left rail of the board.
      3. BEFORE you score, check to make sure that this first score is also the begin point of the cut line, i.e. 2-1/4” from the left edge of the board.  If it is not, stop and flip the card stock completely upside down so that it is correctly aligned.side_step, gift_Card, sharon_Field, holiday_mini, Precious_butterflies, Simply_Scored, Score_board, punches, butterflies, fence, triple_doily, tutorial
      4. Place your markers and score to the cut line at 2-1/4”, 4-1/4”, 6-3/4” and 7-1/2”.
    • Using the BOTTOM edge of your trimmer:
      1. Your cut line divides the card stock into tow portions, one measures 2-1/2” from the cut, and the other measures 3” from the cut.
      2. Position your card stock so that the narrower 8.5” edge is butted to the BOTTOM rail of the paper trimmer.
      3. BEFORE you score, check to make sure that this first score is also the begin point of the cut line, i.e. 2-1/4” from the left edge of the board. If it is not, stop and flip the card stock completely upside down so that it is correctly aligned.
      4. Align card stock at the 2-1/4” mark, and score from the cut line to the bottom edge of the card stock.
      5. Because there is no ruler extension for the bottom edge of your trimmer, you will need to flip the card stock in order to complete the final score.
      6. With the narrower 8-1/2” edge aligned and butted at the bottom of the trimmer, align at 1” and score from cut line down to the bottom edge of your card.
      7. Repeat the last step, moving card stock and scoring at 1-3/4” and 3”.
    • Using the TOP edge of your trimmer:
      1. Your cut line divides the card stock into tow portions, one measures 2-1/2” from the cut, and the other measures 3” from the cut.
      2. Position your card stock so that the narrower 8.5” edge is butted to the TOP rail of the paper trimmer.
      3. BEFORE you score, check to make sure that this first score is also the begin point of the cut line, i.e. 2-1/4” from the left edge of the board. If it is not, stop and flip the card stock completely upside down so that it is correctly aligned.
      4. Align card stock at the 2-1/4” mark, and score from the top edge of the card stock to the cut line.
      5. Continue scoring as in step four, at 5-1/2”, 6-3/4” and 7-1/2”.
      6. side_step, gift_Card, sharon_Field, holiday_mini, Precious_butterflies, Simply_Scored, Score_board, punches, butterflies, fence, triple_doily, tutorial

  3. The diagram above shows scored lines with --- and the cut line ___ for your reference.
  4. Beginning with the 1” scored portion, fold the score line backwards and use your bone folder to crease the scored line.  Continue creasing all scored lines, working in a zig-zag, mountain/valley or forwards/backwards pattern.  side_step, gift_Card, sharon_Field, holiday_mini, Precious_butterflies, Simply_Scored, Score_board, punches, butterflies, fence, triple_doily, tutorial
  5. Make the Gift Card Pocket:side_step, gift_Card, sharon_Field, holiday_mini, Precious_butterflies, Simply_Scored, Score_board, punches, butterflies, fence, triple_doily, tutorial
    • Use your bone folder to crease the 2-3/4” x 5-1/2” Whisper White cardstock along the 1.5” scored line to form pocket.
    • Stamp “With Love” sentiment from Hand Penned Holidays on the front of the pocket (1-1/2” x 2-3/4” portion).
    • Punch a scrap of Daffodil Delight card stock with the open scallop border punch, and glue to inside edge of pocket.
    • Use the mat pack and paper piercing tool to position brads approximately 1/8” from upper/outer pocket edges, and glue to inside of card as shown in sample.
  6. Stamp, assemble and glue smaller writing block pieces to the left of the pocket.side_step, gift_Card, sharon_Field, holiday_mini, Precious_butterflies, Simply_Scored, Score_board, punches, butterflies, fence, triple_doily, tutorial
  7. Stamp and decorate the front of your card.P1040809
  8. Create an open scallop border fence for the front of your card:side_step, gift_Card, sharon_Field, holiday_mini, Precious_butterflies, Simply_Scored, Score_board, punches, butterflies, fence, triple_doily, tutorial
    1. Punch a 1-1/2” x 2-3/4” scrap of Daffodil Delight Card stock using the open scallop border punch.
    2. Score at 1/4” increments using scoring tool of your choice.
  9. Make the grassy edge along the bottom edge of the fence using a 2-3/4” x 1/2” scrap of Pear Pizzazz card stock, and snipping into the long edge every 1/16” or so.  After gluing to card, fluff with fingertip to add dimension.side_step, gift_Card, sharon_Field, holiday_mini, Precious_butterflies, Simply_Scored, Score_board, punches, butterflies, fence, triple_doily, tutorialAdditional photos:side_step, gift_Card, sharon_Field, holiday_mini, Precious_butterflies, Simply_Scored, Score_board, punches, butterflies, fence, triple_doily, tutorial

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side_step, gift_Card, sharon_Field, holiday_mini, Precious_butterflies, Simply_Scored, Score_board, punches, butterflies, fence, triple_doily, tutorialHope you enjoyed today’s Super Saturday Stair Step Card Tutorial!  Whew… this was a long post, sorry! Tomorrow’s post will be short and sweet with a quick technique and a Halloween Card too!

Hugs,

Sharon

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7 comments:

Anonymous said...

Sharon,
Thanks so much for the excellent tutorial. I really like the side step card and you have turned it into a magical surprise.
Thanks again and I love your Blog.
SIU,
Seletta

Fabiola said...

wouah! très jolie et superbe tuto, biz

Charlotte said...

LOVE this tutorial. Love cards with different folds, and LOVE the addition of the gift card holder in this one! It makes a wonderful presentation. Thank you for taking so much time to write out the tutorial for us! It is much appreciated.

Linda H said...

Sharon, I really love Your tutorials they make it easy even for a beginner to make these wonderful cards. Thank You for sharing, this is going to make a great card!

Patti said...

I haven't tried the side step yet but you offered up a great tutorial. And I like the fact that it is a gift card holder too.

lisa808 said...

Awesome tutorial!

nana_cindy42 said...

Super tutorial! Really clever. It's taking forever to get caught up on email etc.