Thursday, August 21, 2014

New way to make a Folded Cards

Quarter Fold Card

by Jana O’Brien
From Split Coast

Create a unique card with a box-top closure.


  • Paper trimmer
  • Scoring tool
  • Cardstock (2 sheets in coordinating colors, and smaller pieces for layering)
  • Glue
  • Other supplies as needed to complete the card


  1. Step 1

    Trim a piece of cardstock to 4 1/4" x 11".

    This will be the back piece of the card.
  2. Score along the long side at 2 3/4" and 8 1/4".

    (Alternative: score at 2 3/4" then turn cardstock and score at 2 3/4" from the other end.)

    Score again slightly outside the 2 score measurements on both pieces of cardstock for a better fit.
  3. Step 2

    Trim the second piece of cardstock to 5 1/2" x 8 1/2".

    This will be the front piece of the card.
  4. Score along the long side at 2 1/8" x 6 3/8".

    (Alternative: score at 2 1/8" then turn cardstock and score at 2 1/8" from the other end.)


    Make this piece a lighter color so it’s easier to stamp or write on the inside of the card.
  5. Step 3

    Adhere the 2 pieces of cardstock together, lining up edges with score lines.

    Use a liquid glue to allow for adjustments in placement.
  6. Fold both ways at each score line. Folding toward the opposite color first will give the panels enough room to close well without interfering with each other.
  7. Step 4

    Fold the card closed as you would close the top of a packing box. Fold in the left side, fold up the bottom, fold in the right side, then tuck the left corner of the top flap underneath the left side panel.

  8. Step 5

    The folded card should lay flat and look like this.

    Decorate the front of the card as desired. The card can be horizontal or vertical.
  9. To make layers for the four quarters cut 2 pieces of cardstock to 2" X 2 1/2" and 2 pieces of cardstock to 1 7/8" X 2 5/8". Cut a 4" x 5 1/4" panel for the inside if desired.
  10. Step 6

    Complete the card.
  11. Decorate the inside if desired - maybe tuck in some cash or a handful of confetti!

    Finished card fits in a standard A2 envelope.


Something new to try with stamps

Stamp Etching

by Lydia Fiedler
From Splitcoast

Use a fine-tipped black pen to give your stamped images the look of classical etchings.


  • Open line-art stamp image (Stampin' Up!'s Blended Bloom used here)
  • Black marker or pen with a fine tip
  • Cardstock (a smooth cardstock is best)


  1. Step 1

    Begin by stamping an open line art stamp in black ink on smooth white cardstock.
  2. Step 2

    Using a fine-tipped marker, begin to make tapered lines within the stamp image with a light flicking motion - lifting the pen off the paper towards the end of your line. The line should be thinner at the end than it is where it started.
  3. Practice by drawing a straight line on a scrap. Put your pen down on the line briefly and then as you draw a quick line, lift the tip of the pen up off the paper towards the end of the line.
  4. Step 3

    To add a little shading, do a second, shorter group of lines at the base of the first.
  5. Step 4

    Continue until your image is completely filled.
  6. Step 5

    For variations on this technique, try cross-hatching...
  7. or stippling.
  8. Step 6

    Use your image on a finished project.
  9. Try this technique on colored cardstock, too.


Friday, August 8, 2014


by Allison Cope

Color and shade an image using tiny dots.


  • Sturdy, smooth cardstock
  • Printed digital stamp, or rubber stamp image stamped with dye ink (Power Poppy digital stamp used here)
  • Markers (Copic alcohol markers used here; water-based markers may also be used)


  1. Step 1

    Print a digital stamp image, or rubber stamp an image onto some smooth, sturdy cardstock.

    Use a dye ink for stamping any image you are going to color with alcohol markers. Memento brand is recommended.
  2. Step 2

    Gather a minimum of three markers to color the image with. Five Copic colors were used in this example (lightest to darkest: Y19, Y17, YR12, Y38, YR18) . Try using a light, medium and a dark tone of the same color.

    Beginning with the lightest color, hold the marker straight up and down and apply small dots to the image. For more concentrated color, apply the dots closer together. For a lighter or highlighted area, use dots applied wider apart. Let each layer of dots completely dry between applications so you do not blend them together.
  3. Step 3

    Grab the next darkest color of marker and begin to overlap your dot application. You can use different sizes of dots to get the desired coverage of your image, but try to keep them fairly small.
  4. Step 4

    Apply the third color. Begin to deepen the color of the areas that appear shaded.
  5. Step 5

    Apply the fourth tone of marker. Concentrate these darker shades of color in the areas of shade and shadow. The more dots you apply to one area, the richer and darker the tone will appear.
  6. Step 6

    Apply the final and darkest color of marker. Try using a cluster of many tiny dots to allow your lighter shades of color to show through if desired.
  7. Step 7

    Continue coloring using the concepts shown above.
  8. Step 8

    Decorate the card as desired.


From Splitcoast