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Saturday, October 2, 2021

It’s World Card Making Day!

Hello crafty friends. It’s ReNae and Kristine, and we’re here with something very special for you today. To celebrate World Card Making Day, we are having a card making challenge. We hope you will be inspired and join in the fun. The challenge “rules” are simple, yet there are so many possibilities!

Challenge Rules

There are so many possibilities when you have an entire coordinating collection of papers. We want to show you how different two cards can look, even when using the same exact papers. For this challenge, each designer will create one card of any size, but the designer must use the following:

1. Only the four selected papers from Graphic 45 Ephemera Queen may be used on the cards. The papers are “Simply the Best,” “Les Chapeaux,” “String of Pearls,” and “Oh Happy Day.” The papers may be from the 12” x 12” collection pack or the 8” x 8” paper pad (designer choice).

2. In addition to the papers, the cards may include ribbon/twine, choice of bling (pearls, gems, sequins, etc), and choice of chipboard/stickers from the collection.

3. The designer may use any metal die set (from Graphic 45 or otherwise).

4. Each designer may choose the type of adhesive, dimensional elements (tape, pop dots, etc), ink, and cardstock for the base of their cards.

A Brief History of World Card Making Day

World Card Making Day is celebrated annually on the first Saturday in October. This great creative holiday began in 2006 and was created by Paper Craft magazine as a way to encourage crafters to get a head start on the upcoming holiday season. Now cardmakers from all over the world make and exchange cards as a way to inspire each other and share ideas and techniques!

And again this year with Covid 19, it seems that now more than ever it is important to reach out to our fellow crafters, cardmakers and friends not only to inspire, but to encourage each other. So let’s make a card!

Kristine’s Z-fold Card

Ephemera Queen Card

To make the card base, I am using “Simply the Best.” First, I cut my paper down to 6” x 8”, and scored at 4” and 6” to make the z-fold. To do this, fold in half at 4” and then fold the 2” section back toward the 4” fold. Ink the edges, including the folded score lines. Then, I cut three pieces of “Simply the Best”to place on top of the yellow. Two pieces are cut to 1 3/4” x 5 3/4” and the third is cut to 3 3/4” x 5 3/4”. I am using Vintage Photo distress ink for all of my edges. Glue the pieces to the center of each section on the yellow card base.

To make the small z-fold, I cut a piece of “Les Chapeaux” to 3” x 8” and scored at 4” and 6”. Ink the edges, including the folds from the score lines. Fold in half at 4” and then fold the 2” section back toward the 4” fold. Next, cut one piece of “String of Pearls” to 2 3/4” x 3 3/4” and two pieces to 1 3/4” x 2 3/4”. Ink the edges and glue the papers to the front (striped side) of the z-fold.

Fold the card base so the z-fold is on the left and the 4” section is on the right. Then, add glue to the bottom half of the first panel and attach the 4” section of the small z-fold. The middle portion of the z-fold will not have any adhesive to allow the card to fold. Next, add glue to the 2” section of the z-fold and line up with the bottom and right side edges of the card base.

Graphic 45 Ephemera Queen Card

Decorating the Card

To start, fussy cut an image from “Oh Happy Day.” This was a scrap so I only had half the woman’s image, but it was the perfect size for my card! Then, use the Graphic 45 dies to cut three layers of “hello” and “friend,” and glue together with the yellow layer on the top. Next, use the Graphic 45 flower dies to make three yellow flowers. I added small pink pearls to the center of each flower and used Stickles to make them sparkle.

Starting with the fussy cut image, glue the left half of her body to the front of the z-fold. I did not glue her hair so it can be popped up for dimension. Then, add the words “hello friend” below the image. I added a section of pink lace to the left panel of the card and glued a string of pearls down the edge of the paper. Next, select a piece of chipboard and glue it to the bottom section and add the flowers. I also added two loops of pearls below the large flower. Glue the third flower to the top right corner of the card base.

front of z-fold card
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For the small panels, fussy cut images from “Oh Happy Day.” Ink the edges and glue to the card. Then, use the “treat yourself” sticker for the middle panel. Finally, cut out one of the labels or the small journaling card from “Oh Happy Day” to add a sentiment to your card.

Next, we will take a look at ReNae’s card to see how different two cards can be from the same collection.

ReNae’s Shutter Card

First, I selected the double-sided “Simply the Best”paper for my card base. Then, I cut it measuring 10” x 7”, and put a score line at 2 1/2” and again at 7 1/2”, folding the score line and burnishing it to create a gatefold card. From the same paper, I cut a rectangular panel measuring 8” x 3 1/2” and made a score line at each end 1/2” from the edge. Using a die from my personal stash, I cut a window in the center of the panel. Next, I cut two shutters from the “Les Chapeaux” paper (8 x 8 pad). The shutters measure 2 1/2” x 6 1/2”.

Next, I made a 1/2” score line on one side of each shutter, folded and burnished it. Then, I adhered each shutter to the card using score tape. Next, I adhered the bottom of the window panel to the center of the base. From the chipboard pack, I selected a floral chipboard piece that fit perfectly inside the window on the panel. Then, I adhered it to the base centering that inside the window. I then added embellishments to the shutters with a die from my stash. I added two blue pearls to the chipboard piece, then adhered the top of the window panel to the top of the card making sure that the shutters were inside and under the panel.

Adding Embellishments

My card needed a place for a sentiment, so I created a pocket on the back of the card by adhering a large journaling card to the center of the card back. I adhered it on three sides with Scor-Tape. Then, I created a little journaling tag by punching slots on one end of a small journaling card where I tied a pink ribbon into a tiny bow. The final step to my shutter card is the belly band! This pretty rosette was embellished with blue pearls and a floral sticker from the collection.

the finished Shutter Card
Graphic 45 Ephemera Queen card
Inside the Shutter Card

We hope you will take part in our World Card Making Day challenge. It has been so much fun creating these cards, and seeing just how different they look! If you participate in our challenge, please post pictures on Facebook and Instagram. Don’t forget to tag FotoBella so we can see what you made! From everyone at FotoBella, have a fabulous World Card Making Day!

~ReNae and Kristine

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