Thursday, May 23, 2013

Blueprint center panel step card

I saw this design for a Center Panel Step Card posted via the Splitcoast Stampers site. It was done as a 5x7, so the center panel was quite large, This is done as an A2 size, but still offers a lot of room for embellishing!

I used watercolors & perfect pearls on watercolor paper to work with the oak leaf blueprint stamp by Tim Holtz.

I made this layering piece from Glassine paper. I used Distress Paint in Antique Linen for the base, misted it with water and dryed it. Then I placed a stencil on top, spritz with Terra Cotta ink from Tsukineko and Funky Fushia Dylusions sprays. I also went over it with Teal Tattered Angels.
I crumpled up the paper after I had dried it, hit it with a little water, recrumpled & dried it. It looks so cool in real life and has a different feel to it!

I used various Washi Tapes, a library card cut up and made a metal specimen tag to add to it.
The card offers quite a bit of space to embellish and folds flat for mailing.
This card is also known as a Front panel step card.
Here are the dimensions so you can give this a try!
Start with a piece of cardstock 8.5 x 5.5"
Cut 2 slits parallel to the long side of the card stock :

Mark your paper 1" in from the right edge, 1" in from the left edge,
Begin the cuts 1" from the bottom/short edge cutting to the 5.25" mark.

on the OUTSIDE PANEL (1" wide panel) at:
1" (mountain fold)
2" (valley fold)
5.25" (valley fold)

on the INSIDE/CENTER PANEL (3.5" wide panel):
score at 4.25" (mountain fold) (score ONLY the center panel, NOT onto the 1" side panels)

The CENTER PANEL is 3.5" wide x 4.25" long
Each SIDE PANEL is 1" wide x 3.25" long

MAKE a prototype with copy paper first. Do this once, and it will all make sense!

To see other ways of creating this card to include a greeting, go to

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