I decided to revisit the era of templates (pre-die) and create the stair step card base. This Video of Stair Step Card Base is a demonstration of the actual card base. Little discussion is given on how I created the embellishments, so this post will give those instructions.
Once the base is prepared, it is just a matter of attaching the papers and focal image.
So lets start with the basic info:
Card base: 6"X 11".
Make a cut 1" from Top and Sides 51/2" long. Do this on both long sides. See video to watch how this is done.
Score on edge, along long side at 1", 2", and 6.5".
Lastly score in middle between the cuts at 5.5" (Center).
Fold along score lines to create the Card Base.
Now onto the fun part.
Let's start with the sides. The sides measure 1" x 4.5". I cut a solid paper 1/8 inch smaller all around, so: 7/8" x 4 3/8". I cut 2 of these. Then I fussy cut the strip, so I had 2 sections that were identical and trimmed them to 1/4 inch smaller than the mat, so: 5/8" X 4 1/8".
The strip in the front measures: 6" X 1" so, solid was cut at 7/8" X 5 7/8". The heart paper measures:
5/8" X 5 3/8". Pay attention to the direction of the hearts or other directional paper.
Center panel: is 4" x 5 1/2". Solid measured 3 7/8" X 5 3/8" and Strip was cut at 3 5/8 X 5 1/8". Rounded the corners with a corner rounder.
All of these were layered and glued together. I used score tape, but an ATG or wet glue would be fine.
To embelish: I prepared glitter paper with score tape on the back and die cut several heart shapes, including a heart banner.
A white mat was cut. I chose a mat that was slightly smaller than the center panel and adhered it onto the panel. I used a square die as the center is nearly square.
For the Bird: Using Tim Holtz Crazy Bird stamp and dies, stamped, die cut and colored the bird using distress markers and wink of stella. The heart candy box was also from the Crazy Things set and was also colored with distress markers. This was fussy cut, placed onto 3D foam squares, added a bit of DMC gold thread and attached to the corner of the card. The bird was mounted using mounting tape. I chose 2 different mounting mediums as they are a different height and gives some additional dimension.
The sentiment was stamped using versa fine black Onyx and heat embossed with clear embossing powder. This was cut out using my trimmer and attached with mounting tape.
Finally the hearts were added and as a final touch, Dew Drops in Red and Siilver were added as well as a bow that I made from Seam Tape and dyed with Candied Apple distress re-inker.
This seems like a lot of fiddling but the end result was worth it. I love this card. The Bird and the papers are perfect.
Supplies and Links: Visit: Robin's Nest for Dew Drops and Paper
Valentine Stripe Paper
Valentine Heart Paper
Metallic Silver Dew Drops
Primary Dew Drops
Gold Glitter Cardstock
Neenah Solar White card stock and Ranger water color paper
Distres Markers and Ink
Wink Of Stella, clear
Crazy Birds stamps, Dies and Crazy Things, this link is for Amazon.
Assorted dies from Various Manufacturers and Sentiment Stamp: Gina K designs.