Monday, June 9, 2008

Card to share with a Tutorial!

First let me say that after one week of dieting I have lost 5.5 pounds and I am really happy about it. I did not reach my goal to exercise last week (remember the three days that I had no energy?) but I am definitely starting that program this week. If all works out with my call schedule, I will join my mom at the Gym in the morning!

We had a very productive weekend. Saturday we spent the whole day cleaning Tom's house where his dad lives. His son recently moved out, so the spare room really needed to be cleaned! It was nice hanging out with his dad also because our time with him has diminished since Tom moved in with me after he broke his leg back in January! Tom and his dad are considering renting out a room in their house to help defer the costs of us keeping up with both houses. At least now it looks clean and ready to advertise for a roomie! If anyone knows of a responsible, stable, middle-aged person who would enjoy a Master bedroom with bathroom and Living room to themselves, with a kitchen and pool to share, feel free to contact me at Thanks!

Sunday Tom was supposed to fish, but none of his buddies could go with him and Ricky was at his dad's house. So he scrapped the idea. When he does fish, it gives me a guilt free day in my scraproom with nothing else to worry about. But since he knew I had a bunch of cards to make for our family this week, he was OK with me spending most of my day in my Studio! I got six cards completed, some of which need to go out early this week!

I eventually will share them all with you, but there is one in particular that I made that I want to share the particulars about making it with you.This is the card that I cased to make mine from! I apologize for not knowing whose card this is, so if any of you know, please leave me a comment so I can credit the designer!

Here is a picture of my completed birthday card that I made for Tom's mom. I love the way it turned out. She is always so complimentary of the cards I make her and she keeps them all out on display for everyone to see! She is so sweet, I love spending the time to create one of a kind cards for her!

Step by Step instructions to make this card:

Supply List:
Four coordinating papers (I used three solid colors and one PP)
Paper Cutter
Scoring device
Scalloped Rectangle cutting file from WBW
White opaque writer
Monogram Letter
Sentiment Stamp or computer printed sentiment

Step One:

Cut your papers using the following dimensions to make a completed card that when folded closed is 5x7, and when opened is 10x7.

CS 1- (Card Base) 10 inches wide, 7 inches tall.
(Scalloped Rectangle) Use the appropriate sized cut line to extend beyond the edges of the monogram when placed on the card. I used the royal blue cutline from the WBW Nesting rectangles (small) but then resized it to 3.25 x 4.5. Doing that slightly alters the consistency of the scallops on the side that was adjusted, but not really enough that it is noticeable!

CS 2- (Inside card accent) 4 3/4 inches wide, 6 3/4 inches tall.
(Optional mat for monogram) Cut to size of monogram plus amount of mat you desire.

CS 3- (Inside panel for sentiment) Cut to the right size so that is hidden underneath your Monogram without showing. Mine is cut 2.5 inches x 3.75 inches.

Accent PP- (Front panel) 2.5 inches wide x 7 inches tall

Step Two:

Score the card base (10 inch length of the card at the top of the scorer) at the 2.5 inch mark (peak fold) and at the 5 inch mark (valley fold).

Step Three:

Attach your front panel (PP) to the front flap of the base card. Open the card all the way and on the right hand side of the card, center the inside card accent (CS 2) onto the base.

Step Four:

Mat your monogram or accent piece if desired. Adhere this piece to the front flap so that when the card is closed, the Monogram is centered on the right hand side of the card.

Step Five:

Stamp or print the sentiment onto the inside sentiment panel (CS 3) and adhere it to the scalloped rectangle being sure to center it. then place this matted sentiment panel so that the scallops show around the monogram when the card is closed and the sentiment panel is hidden under the monogram. This is where you will want to write any additional notes and sign your card so that it is not visible from the front of the card when closed.

Step Six: (Optional)

Optional- On the inside flap I chose to hand write words that start with the letter "M" that describe Tom's mom and their relationship. You can add your own touches here, or you can also use this space for more journaling.

Step Seven:

Embellish the front panel of the card as desired.

Wallah!! Your done!! Enjoy your creation.

To purchase the bucket of Nesting Rectangles from the Wishblading Well, click on the link and go to the Buckets section. This bucket sells for only $4.99 and comes complete with 12 nesting sizes. Other Nesting buckets are also for sale for $4.99 that compliment this one. I have found these nesting shapes invaluable to use for my card making and scrapbooking! I think you will too!

Hope you like the little tutorial! If you happen to use it to make something... please share your creations with me. Just leave a comment with a link to the picture or email it to me! I would love to see your take on this type of card!

I'll share more of my card creations tomorrow! For now I am off to work!

Have a wonderful day!

Kelly :-)


RSMobley said...


Love your card, that is just beautiful. Love the colors, and the tutorial it great.


Monica said...


You did a fabulous job on the card and on the tutorial on how to make it!! I'm going to give it a try this week and will email a picture to you! I just got a bunch of new stamps from Gina K and MFT and SU!! My plan is to make cards this week!

Sue S. said...

Gorgeous card and wonderful tutorial! I'm going to have to try this one! ALL your cards are wonderful and I'm so jealous of your creativity. LOL

Congrats on the 5.5# gone! I still don't think you need to lose weight seem to!

Glad you got to spend some time with Tom's Dad even though it was work.

Sorry Tom couldn't go fishing but you seemed to have a very understanding and loving fiance that doens't mind when you just have to be in your Studio!

Love your blog! You're a natural!

Nancy Abair said...

Beautiful!!! Of course, you know I printed the tutorial. How neat that you can go to the gym with your Mom. Enjoy.