1. For the base, cut a piece of card 4¼” x 11”. Stamp at this stage if desired
5. Cut a piece of decorative paper 2½ x 5” and mat onto card you have just cut
6. Now back to the base card. Apply double-sided tape, or glue to the right side of the two 1” end sections. (One strip next to score line, and one at the edge). It is important to get this in the right place, as it will hold the tag in place. See steps 8 & 9
9. Press on to tape or glue to secure.
10. Congratulations, your card base is now complete. At this stage your card will fold flat to fit it in an envelope, however if the embellishmentsare bulky you may need to make a box for it to stand in.
11. I used Prima hydrangea flowers; I also punched out flowers using an EK Success Retro Flower medium punch, that I shaped with a ball tool, and ready made paper roses. I used a Martha Stewart butterfly punch to make the butterflies
12. The tufts of grass were made by colouring ordinary copy paper then cutting slits along the length to make a fringe. The top was randomly shaped, then pieces cut off and added to the design where required.
There are many different options and themes you can use. Just let your imagination run riot and have fun producing something truly unique. I chose to do a butterfly theme so this is my Magnolia Butterfly Card
STAIR STEP FOLD CARD
6. To keep your Stair step fold card closed - there are many pretty ways to do this by adding ribbon detail. My example below is done simply by folding a piece of ribbon right around the closed card and marking with 2 pins where the ribbon joins at the rear. I then stitched it on the sewing machine and added a pretty bow to the front. This now slides off completely to allow the card to be opened, but can be fully closed and held in place by the ribbon band
Hope this gives you enough detail to create your Stair Step Fold card - I have given a detailed breakdown on the make-up on this card on my blog if you need more information
Have fun, Ann xx
COLOURING STRAIGHT HAIR WITH COPIC MARKER PENS
To really get nice looking hair you have to understand a few things about hair:
• Hair is not all one color
• Hair catches light in small clumps, not flat
• Healthy hair is shiny, and shiny things have more contrast
• Hair has layers, a front side, a backside, and it curves around your head
When coloring hair, keep in mind:
• ALWAYS color in the direction the hair grows
• Streaks are OK, and the back of the paper doesn't need to be soaked.
• Try lots of different color combos until you get the look you want
• Pay attention to where you put your shadows.
• As you layer colors, leave bits of the base color peeking through to give your hair dimension.
As you begin coloring hair you should practice on some scratch paper to get the technique down. I've noticed in my classes that a lot of people have trouble with basic feathering using the brush nib.
This technique is useful for feather blending, making grass, and other basic coloring so if you are not comfortable with feathering I urge you to practice, practice, practice!
I feather by holding the brush at a slight angle and lifting up at the end of each stroke. Consistency is the key. I want each stroke to start in the right place and lift up in the same place as well.
To make the hair appear shiny I am leaving highlights along the sunny front edge of the hair, and along the top of her head where the hair curves down to hang straight. The hair will be slightly darker on the shadow side of her head and down behind her head along the back of her neck. Now I can accent her hair and darken it up by adding streaks of Y28. To get thinner streaks I hold the marker more vertical and use only the finest tip of the brush. I deepen the darkest shadow areas by letting the base colors dry then adding another layer of color. Always color in streaks and leave some of the lighter areas show through. This keeps the hair from looking too flat.
Notice how the darker yellow really tones down the hair. Now it looks more believable as a hair color and you can see shape of her head better. I hope this helps you as you color. Have a great day!
We hope that you enjoyed the tutorials this week, and remember you can print of the Tutorial section in isolation if you want to refer back to them as you create your card and colour your images.