All about Mom Stamp-Off Challenge
Welcome to another Stamp-Off Friday Challenge! This week, it’s all about Mom.
With Mother’s Day just around the corner, it would make sense to create a Mother’s Day project, but I like to give my mom and dad cards all year long – for no reason except that I love them. They have always been such amazing influences in the lives of my brothers and me, as well as our spouses and children, and I love them both so much.
I wanted to do a fancy fold for Mom. Let me give you some “history” on this one. There’s a card trick called the “HyperCard.” I don’t know why it’s called that, because the card isn’t hyper – and neither is the trick, really. As card tricks go, it’s actually quite simple. But it’s a fun optical illusion that has been turned into a greeting card. Here’s the trick.
Cut a playing card three places – from the center of one long side to the center of the card. And then, on the other side, make two cuts to center. They should be the same distance from the edge on both sides, but it’s not rocket science. It can be a little off and still work. Just be sure you go all the way to the center or the card will tear.
Next, with the side with two cuts at the top, simply spin the right hand side back, so you get this.
Fold the center flap back and score, then fold it forward and score, being sure to match the edges of the cards. It looks like you’ve cut chunks out of the card, but you haven’t. Pretty cool. (You can watch a video of this here.)
That’s all there is to the card I made. In craft circles, it’s called the Impossible Card, perhaps because it’s impossibly easy! So here’s my card for Mom.
I used the Share What You Love Designer Series Paper and the Love What You Do and Make a Difference Stamp Sets. The stamp sets are available in the “A Little More, Please” and “Gotta Have it All” bundles in the Share What You Love Early Release. The Share What You Love Specialty Designer Series Paper (SWYLSDSP) is available in the “Gotta Have it All” bundle. You can order these bundles through May 31 during the Early Release of this suite and receive free gifts. After that, you can order the items individually in the Stampin’ Up! 2018-19 Annual Catalog, but you won’t get the freebies. View the Early Release here.
Here’s a side view of the card that shows the fold a little better.
Now the details. I used the HyperCard technique for the cuts. Even though the SWYLSDSP is thick (and gorgeously pearlized!), I still wanted to mat the card and I didn’t want to cover the front of that beautiful paper, so my SWYLSDSP layer is 4″ x 5-1/4″. My cuts are at 1-1/8″ from both sides at the top and at 2-5/8″ on the other side. Here’s a photo of my template.
After I had the card cut and folded, I adhered it to a 4-1/4″ x 5-1/2″ Mint Macaron Cardstock base. Be sure you do not put adhesive on the back of the “pop up” flap, but you want everything else glued down. The pop up will lie flat in the envelope, then pop up when it’s pulled out. (Hence the name, “pop up.” But I’ll bet you already figured that out.)
I kept my decorations very simple. I stamped Mom on Whisper White Cardstock in Tranquil Tide Classic Ink using the letters in the Make a Difference Stamp Set. Then I inked I’m Lucky To Have a and Like You from the Love What You Do Stamp Set with an Old Olive Stampin’ Write Marker. Stampin’ Write Markers aren’t ideal for photopolymer stamps, but since I have a Stamparatus, it was easy to keep stamping until I got the depth of color that I wanted. (So there’s another reason to add a Stamparatus to your first Annual Catalog Wish List!) It fit around Mom perfectly! I punched with the Everyday Label Punch, then sponged the edges with Pineapple Punch Classic Ink. Pineapple Punch is one of the 2018-20 In Colors, and you can order it now in a bundle during the Share What You Love early release.
My “bridge” is a flower from Garden in Bloom and some Tranquil Tide punched leaves. I stamped the flower in Basic Gray Archival Ink on Whisper White Cardstock, then colored with So Saffron and Pineapple Punch Stampin’ Write Markers. (Unless you’re a demonstrator, you can’t get the In Color Stampin’ Write Markers until June, but you can use a Blender Pen and the Stamp Pad that you can order in the bundle.) I added a Gold Faceted Gem to the center of the flower.
If I can wait a week to give her this, it will be Mom’s Mother’s Day card. If not – I have a card ready the next time I want to send her one “just because!”
Thanks for stopping by Stamping with Buffy. Have a lovely day!