Returning to my theme of getting the most out of my pretty paper, today’s project is one that really does have year-round appeal. The starry patterns in the O Holy Night 12” x 12” Designer Series Paper (DSP) pack are definitely not just for Christmas. So as part of last month’s ‘24 cards in 24 hours’ marathon I created this card with a simple angled layer. The “you are so kind” sentiment is from the Timeless Arrangements Stamp Set. This is another set that works well without the coordinating dies.
Having chosen the starry paper I first cut a piece 4″ x 5-1/4″. Then for the mat layer I cut a 4″ x 5-1/4″ piece of Night of Navy Card. This might seem odd but I wanted a really narrow (1/16″) border and this was easier than lots of tiny measurements! Next, I mounted the DSP onto the card using Multipurpose Liquid Glue (Tombow) but slid the paper over to reveal a narrow border along the bottom and right-hand edges. Obviously this meant there was a bit of excess paper on the top and left-hand sides but that would be dealt with later.
Now I needed my A2 card base, so using my Paper Trimmer I cut a 5-1/2″ x 8-1/2″ piece of Thick Basic White Card. Then with the long side at the top I used the scoring blade to score it at 4-1/4″. After folding the card along the scored line I sharpened the crease with a Bone Folder.
Picking up the layered DSP I was ready to create the angled layer and it really couldn’t have been simpler. With the fold of the card base at the top I rested the assembled layers on the front. Next I slid the layers over towards the left-hand edge making sure the card mat was just over the edge. Then with my thumb holding the bottom left corner in place I started to push up the bottom right corner of the layers until it was about 1″ above the bottom edge of the card base.
Now while still holding the layers in place I carefully flipped everything over. Then using a pencil I marked the back of the Night of Navy mat using the edge of the card base as my guide. Now all I had to do was cut along the two pencil lines and I had my angled layers without any real measuring.
Before attaching the layers to the card front I wanted to add the sentiment from the Timeless Arrangements Stamp Set. So I rested the angled layers in place on top of the card front. Then using Night of Navy ink I stamped “you are so kind” directly onto the card base, following the angle of the layers.
With that done I wrapped some white twine from the Baker’s Twine Essentials Pack around the top of the angled layers and secured it on the back with Mini Glue Dots. Then from another piece I tied a simple bow and fixed it to the twine on the front.
Finally, after lining up the top and left-hand edges, I attached the completed layers to the card front using Stampin’ Dimensionals.
To decorate the inside of the card I decided to mimic the angled DSP. So I cut a strip 1-3/8″ x 5″, along with a 4″ x 5-1/4″ piece of Basic White Card. Then using the same process as before I created an angle and trimmed off the excess DSP. From there I glued the DSP onto the card layer, before fixing it inside the card base.
Finally I cut a 2-1/4″ x 6″ piece of the starry paper and glued that to the flap of a Basic White Medium Envelope. Then I simply trimmed off the excess DSP with Paper Snips, using the edge of the flap as a guide.
In a matter of miunutes I’d created a simple card with an angled layer but without any complicated measuring required. I hope you’ll give this easy method a try.
BUNDLE BONUS – I bought the Timeless Arrangements Stamp Set as the ‘Timeless Arrangements Bundle’ which includes the Timeless Arrangements Dies (not used today). Using this single item number meant I saved 10% off the cost of buying the two products separately. I’ve included both options below so you can explore them further if you wish.