Thursday, 29 December 2016

CWC Guest Blog

Hi all

I had a lovely surprise recently when Jennifer Kray (Fab  CWC DT member) messaged me asking if I would like to do a Guest Blog for CWC!!!!  Would I like to......I'd LOVE to :-)  So I got my collections out and had  look through, and decided I would do a Quad easel card using the Birds & Bloom kit.  This is one of my faves as I love the colours, and the images - simply stunning!

To make the card you will need

  • ·         Kraft card
  • ·         Birds & Bloom paper pad
  • ·         Birds & Bloom toppers
  • ·         Wet glue & Candi Fix foam pads
  • ·         Paper trimmer & scoring board
  • ·         Bone Folder
  • ·         Scissors

Cut kraft cardstock to the following measurements – 1 piece at 15.5 cm x 15.5 cm, 4 pieces at 15 cm x 7.7 cm and 4 pieces at 7.7 cm x 7.5 cm.

Select your chosen patterned paper from the pad and cut 8 pieces measuring 7.3 cm x 7 cm.

To form the quad easels take the four pieces measuring 15 cm x 7.7 cm and score in half. Next score the top panel diagonally from the top right corner, to the bottom left corner, and crease all folds well with a bone folder (See pic below).

Using a wet glue, stick the first easel base, as in the image above, in the upper left corner of the 15.5 cm x 15.5 cm square. Take the next easel base, rotate 90◦ clockwise and stick this one in the upper right corner. With the third easel base rotate 180◦ clockwise and stick in the lower right corner. For the final easel base rotate 270◦ clockwise and stick this in the lower left corner. I find it helps to try positioning prior to using any glue to ensure all folds point in the correct direction as shown in image below. I always make sure that when folded over they make an image of a rhombus like in the picture below.

 Once you have done this, select your patterned paper squares and stick these to the base of the four quad easels.

Next, glue the patterned paper to the four squares which will form the easel part of your bases, then stick these squares to the easel mechanism with wet glue. Glue should be applied to the easel mechanism rather than the back of the easel as glue is not required over the whole back. The picture below shows where you need to put the glue to allow the easel to open and close.

Using scissors, I cut out elements from four toppers (see pic below), and using Candi fix foam pads I stuck them to each of my four easels. I also selected four sentiment toppers and stuck these to the easel base with foam pads.

  Being a lover of a bit of sparkle I finished off my card with some Star Dust Stickles.

Here are a few photos of the finished card both closed, and open.

I love making Quad easel cards - they're fab cards to give to someone for that special occassion as they really do give that WOW factor.  If you have any questions please do get in touch.

Thanks and crafty hugs
Lorre-Anne x