Friday, January 27, 2017

Technique of the Week: Let's Mix it Up by Pam Nelson

This week’s card is quick and easy.  I decided to mix things up this week and use a gate fold on the card, just to provide a bit of extra interest.  It also features two new Hero Arts products that were released during the holiday season – the Star Confetti Fancy Die (DI331) and the Ribbon Messages Stamp and Cut (DC184). 

To begin cut a piece of 110# white card stock to measure 8 1/2” x 5 1/2” for my card base.  Score it at 2 1/8” from each end. 
Fold each side in so they meet in the center, creating an A2 card that measures 4 ¼” x 5 ½”. 

Cut a second piece of white 80# card stock to just slightly smaller than the A2 card, approximately 4 1/8” by 5 3/8”.  Die cut using the Star Confetti Fancy Die. 
To easily remove the die cut from the die, leave the paper in the die and lay it paper side down on a soft cloth.  Use the brush end of the Tool ‘n One all over the back of the die.  This releases all of the little stars from the die and they’ll remain on the cloth.  These stars will make great filler for shaker cards.   
Put the die cut face down on work surface.  Cut a piece of Scor-Tape the same size as the die cut and place it on the back of the die cut. 
Turn over the die cut and cover it liberally with Elizabeth Craft Cool Diamond Silk Microfine Glitter.  Burnish the glitter well to press it into the tape.  Return the excess glitter to the jar and wipe the die cut with a Swiffer cloth to remove the extra glitter.  Cut the die cut in half lengthwise.  Remove the cover sheet from the back and adhere each half to the front of the card.

Select a sentiment from the Ribbon Messages Stamp and Cut.  This set has several sentiments and two banner die cuts in different sizes.  The example uses “Happy Birthday” and the small banner die cut.  Use a powder tool on a small piece of So Silk Paper.  Stamp the sentiment using VersaMark ink and then emboss with Judikins White Opaque embossing powder.  Use the appropriate banner die to cut out the sentiment.  Adhere a small strip of Scor-Tape to the back of the left side of the sentiment and adhere to the left side of the card. 
You can see this card in person at the store.  While you are there, check out the Hero Arts catalog for more of these fabulous Confetti dies.  In addition, we are expecting a HUGE order from our supplier on Monday.  We'll be restocking all of the basic items like inks, adhesives, glitters, embossing powders and more.  We are also expecting an order from Memory Box that contains their newest dies for your Valentine's Day and spring cards.  All of us at Art 'n Soul look forward to seeing you soon.


  1. I think the instructions for cutting the initial cardstock is wrong. You state using a 4 1/4 x 11 paper but I believe the photo shows 8 1/2 x 5 1/2. Took me a couple of tries to finally get the initial piece of paper the correct size with the fold. Love the idea though!

    1. Thank you for catching my typing error Julie! You are absolutely correct about the dimensions of the card base and I've corrected the blog post. I'm glad you gave this technique a try. Thanks again!


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