Did you think this day was EVER GOING TO COME?!?!?!?
Well, me neither. I have been SNOWED UNDER by all kinds of loose ends from Christmas, children's needs, husband's needs, household needs, NEEDS, NEEDS, NEEDS!!! What about ME?!?!? LOL!
Actually, I was also kidnapped by the urge to knit and knit some more. My knitting urge comes and goes and for the past two years, it was mostly gone, but finally kicked in before Christmas and I've been knitting steadily ever since. It's been cool.
But the other thing that I have been dealing with was a humongous case of Swapitis complicated by Mojo-a-GoGo. I had two swaps I signed up for, both using the same new set from the Spring/Summer 2009 Idea Book and Catalog called "Petal Pizzazz". And, as so often happens, once I chose a set to swap with and received the set, I found I couldn't think of a blessed thing to do with it1 Why? Why does this happen almost every stinkin' time?!?!?!?
Sigh...so I, of course, being the procrastinator that I am, decided to leave it until inspiration struck or until the last minute, whatever came first. Guess what came first?
Finally, I got down to work this week and made the one due first and got it out of the way, then made the second one and mailed it out yesterday. Phew!
So today I went to clean the stamp room and take the photographs for this tutorial. And I have a nice clean stamp room and now maybe you all will
get off my back and leave me in peace be really happy! So here it is:
The Hidden Message Card Tutorial
- 5 1/2" x 8 1/2" Real Red
- 1 7/8" x 5 1/4" Bashful Blue
- 1 5/8" x 5" Kiwi Kiss (2)
- 1 5/8" x 5" Whisper White
- 1 1/8" x 1 7/8" Whisper White (3)
- 1 1/8" x 1 7/8" Kiwi Kiss (2)
- 1 1/8" x 1 7/8" Pumpkin Pie (2)
- 1 1/8" x 1 7/8" Bashful Blue (1)
- 2 1/8" x 5 1/2" Summer Picnic (2)
- Bashful Blue
- Pumpkin Pie
- Old Olive
- Real Red
- Basic Black
- Paper scorer
- Paper trimmer
- Photo Corner Punch
- My Way Punch
- Sponge Wedges
- Black Ginham ribbon
- Chocolate; that is, if you are not staring with dismay at the scale and wondering how you managed to gain THAT much weight over the holidays. You will notice a conspicuous ABSENCE of chocolate in these photographs, but I will leave you to draw your own conclusions about that, i.e. either it was the former possibility or that I have no more chocolate left or BOTH. You decide.
Now, I'm not going to do every step for you, just the tricky bits. Watch carefully:
Take the Real Red piece of cardstock and score in the following places from the short edge:
- 2 1/8"
- 4 1/4"
- 6 3/8"
If you are using the Score Pal, you can use the marks that are there for gatefold cards, plus the 4 1/4" mark in the middle.
Now take your paper trimmer. Your are going to cut the following slits from the 2 1/8" score line, crossing the 4 1/4" scoreline and ending at the 6 3/8" scoreline:
- 1 3/8"
- 2 3/4"
- 4 1/8"
It looks like this:
Now you need the two pieces of patterned paper.
Start on the left side of the center portion with all of the slits you cut. You are going to weave the paper, starting by going OVER the top left rectangle, then under, then over and then under again.
Slide it all the way to the left, then take the other piece of patterned paper:
Now weave starting UNDER the top rectangle, just like you used to make those paper mats when you were in kindergarten. Remember those? When you are done, it will look like this:
Now it's time to fold on the score lines:
Do a mountain fold on the center score line.
Search for your bone folder, cursing softly as it seems to have disappeared. It probably went where the chocolate went.
Now fold the left and right score lines as VALLEY folds.
Ah, there's that pesky bone folder!
Too bad there wasn't any chocolate where I found the bone folder. Fold the other side the same way.
Now you've got a W shape, see?
If you turn it over, it's an "M".
This is the back. If you do this right, it will continue to look just like this. The back doesn't get decorated.
Now, you're going to turn it back over and open the center up to reveal what will become the front of the card:
Pinch the two points of the W together. Now it looks like a T that fell over on its head...maybe from eating too much chocolate.
When you do this, you'll see the center starting to separate. But it still will be sticking together, at least the first time.
Now put your fingers in the gap between the center bits and pry the two layers apart.
This is the front of the card! It's now a K lying on it's back, maybe because it hasn't had ENOUGH chocolate. One can never tell, because cardstock doesn't talk. If it does, then maybe you've had too much chocolate yourself.
Decorate this part as shown here:
When you want to switch back to the inside of the card, pull gently on the two back pieces of the K and reveal the inside, which you will decorate like this:
It's one of those things that you will not get until you try it. Really. I promise it will work. Just try it...eat some chocolate first though.
Well, I gotta go get in line to pick up children. Enjoy trying this card...you might want to start on a piece of old, crappy cardstock first, just to see if you can do it (I know you can, but you might not be feeling confident. Chocolate helps with that.) Ta!