Hello everyone! This week it's my turn (Helen N) to host the weekly blog project and I'd like to share an easel card with you.
Everyone knows that Little Claire is famous for excellent quality, unique stamps but have you also seen the fantastic range of die cuts on the web site? There's a great selection of images plus a wide choice of sentiments - they make wonderful cards.
The image sheets are fabulous value at £1 for a sheet of six images - there's also a special deal on the website to get 6 sheets for £5 - have a look here for more details.
I'm using two of the images from the Lovely Jubblies die cut sheet which you can find here on the website. The images are square with rounded corners when you pop them out of the sheet but they don't have to be used like this - they work really well with cutting dies for a different look.
A little tip - use low tack masking tape to keep your cutting die in place when you cut the shape. Make sure you put your tape on the die itself and then on the image panel outside the circle - that way there's no danger of the tape taking the surface off the image panel. Even if you use really low tack tape, as the die runs through your cutting machine the tape gets pressed on to the panel and there's nothing worse than cutting a perfect shape only to find the tape takes the surface off your image!
So, on to my project. Here's what you'll need:
red and navy blue card
Little Claire Die Cut Sentiments
card blank 10cm by 20.5cm
circle and scalloped circle dies
corner rounder punch
And here's what you need to do:
1. Choose two of the images from the sheet and die cut them using a circle die. Die cut a matching scalloped circle from navy blue card. Stick these together and then mat on to a piece of red card measuring 9cm by 9cm - round each of the corners on the two pieces of red card.
2. Open out the card blank and lay it flat. On the top half measure in 9cm from each side and then draw a line from the spine of the card to the top of the front panel (as shown in the photo). Cut down each of these lines and then along the spine between the lines.
3. You will then be left with a split top panel - fold each of the pieces in half as you would do to make a normal easel card.
4. Fold the two panels back and then decorate the inside of the other panel to form your easel base - I've used red and navy card and then matted a piece of red spotted paper. Then I put a strip of navy paper matted with some of the striped paper across the top layer, using the spots as a guide to get this layer straight.
5. Choose two of the die cut sentiments, colour them and then attach to the paper strip with foam pads. Attach your image panels to the top folded panels on the top of the card and then finish with white Card Candi:
And here are two more cards I've made with some of the other gorgeous Little Claire Die Cuts:
Have a look on the website to see more A4 die cut sheets and also in the 'sentiments' section to see the die cut sentiments.
And finally, a quick reminder that our latest "Jubilee" challenge is still open for entries and the prize for the winner is a set of the great new 'Dictionary Definitions' stamps - you can find all the details plus inspiration from the Design Team here
Hope you've enjoyed today's project!