I’ve made a few slimline cards but I’m pretty sure I’ve always taken the easy option of using 12″ x 12″ paper. However today I decided to try make this simple Sunday project using paper that’s pre-cut at 6″ x 6″. Whenever I design a card I always decorate the inside and the accompanying envelope, and doing all that with one single 6” x 6” sheet of paper would be a challenge. I managed it though and the result was this birthday card using the Celebrate With Tags Stamp Set.
6×6 PAPER CHALLENGE
So my first task was to work out how to cut the 6″ x 6″ paper. I’d decided to use a pretty Soft Succulent pattern from the Lights Aglow Designer Series Paper (DSP) pack. The pattern was one that had no definite direction which would make my job a lot easier.
I began by cutting the DSP in half to give me two pieces, each one 3″ x 6″. Then I cut one of these pieces in half so I now had two 1-1/2″ x 6″ strips. Next I took one of these new strips and cut it in half to give me two pieces 1-1/2″ x 3″.
Finally I took one of these small pieces and it that in half diagonally. To make sure it would fit my planned design I took care when cutting this last piece. So I placed it on my Paper Trimmer so I could see the gold foiled pattern and with the short side at the top. I lined up the strip with 1-1/2″ mark making it look as if it had just been cut and, while keeping the top right corner of the DSP level with the cutting track, I gently moved the bottom edge of the paper until the bottom left corner lined up with the track. Then when I cut I had two equal-sized triangular pieces.
I had just one more cut to make and for that I picked up the remaining 3″ x 6″ piece created at the start. This time I flipped the DSP over, measured 2-1/4″ from the top, down the right-hand edge, and marked it with a pencil. Then on the left side I measured up 2-1/4″ from the bottom before joining the two pencil marks. After cutting the paper along this line I was ready to move on to the next stage.
For the mat layers I cut two 3-1/4″ x 8-1/4″ pieces of Basic White Card, followed by a 3-1/8″ x 8-1/8″ piece of Succulent Card.
CELEBRATE WITHOUT TAGS
Of course I still needed to create the card base and layers so I did that next. I began cutting a 7″ x 8-1/2″ piece of Soft Succulent Card. Then with the short side at the top I scored it at 3-1/2″, folded it along the scored line and sharpened the crease with a Bone Folder.
Before assembling the pieces I still needed a sentiment. Today I decided to go with the bold but simple “Happy Birthday” from the Celebrate With Tags Stamp Set. So using Evening Evergreen ink I stamped it onto a 1″ x 3″ strip of Basic White Card.
Now, because I’d prepared all the various pieces first, assembling the project was a really quick process using just Multipurpose Liquid Glue (Tombow).
First I glued the two small triangle pieces onto one of the Basic White layers. Then I fixed the assembled piece inside the slimline card base.
Next I took the 1/2″ x 4″ piece of DSP and glued it to the the flap of a Soft Succulent Slimline Envelope. Then I trimmed off the excess DSP with Paper Snips using the edge of the flap as a guide.
Now I only had the front of the card to assemble beginning with the angled pieces of DSP and the Soft Succulent layer. I glued one of the angled pieces towards the top of the layer with the angle going from left to right. The I took the other angled piece and glued that at the bottom of the layer with the angle in the same direction.
Of course this left a small gap between the two pieces. So I found the 1-1/2″ x 3″ piece of DSP and flipped it over before gluing it in place over the gap. Then I glued on the stamped birthday sentiment. Finally I glued the piece to the second Basic White layer, then added it to the front of the card base. Job done.
For some other projects using the Celebrate With Tags Stamp Set see these earlier blog posts:
BUNDLE BONUS – I bought the Celebrate With Tags Stamp Set and Celebrations Tag Dies (not used today) as a “bundle”. Buying these two coordinating items using the single “bundle” item number saved me 10% off the cost of buying them separately. I’ve included both options below so you can compare them if you wish.
WEEKLY DEALS – FYI the Slimline Envelopes are on on sale in this week’s September Weekly Deals. These end on September 14th. If you want to take advantage of these discounts make sure you place your order before then.