I hope that you are well, and I realise you may be wondering what exciting content I have for you today! We did the latest card class in June, and the focus was the brand new Daisy Lane stamp set from the new Stampin’ Up! Annual Catalogue. I wrote this post just after the class, but for some reason I never posted it, so here it is, finally! So let’s start off with a visual for you:
Each month in our Deep Blue Crafting Classes we are focussing on a particular style of fancy fold as well as a number of different designs of more simple cards. That’s not to say that the fancy folds are difficult, though – I don’t do complicated with my cards!! Life is too short for making things complicated when there are so many straightforward options out there! You can totally get an effective and “wow” effect without it taking a long time or a lot of effort and energy.
Diorama box card
The fancy fold this month was the diorama/ box card. It folds beautifully flat to send in the post without extra postage cost, and this design is actually a surprise for the recipient as it pops up when they open the card. Always a bonus! Let’s have a look:
This card, as with many of the cards I like to make, is seriously easy to create, and just requires some measured scoring. Firstly, you cut the card to a height of 14.9cm, maintaining the full A4 length. Then along the length you score it at the following distances: 10, 19, 20, and 28.8cm. Cut or punch the window through to the back panel in the final piece before the short flap, and then decorate the card. Fold the card flat to stick the flap onto the “spine”, and the box will pop up when the card is opened with no indication of the surprise on the front panel!
The Daisy Lane stamp set includes two sizes of daisy stamp, and these each coordinate with an available punch. There is the existing Daisy punch, and the new Medium Daisy punch which has been released with the new Stampin’ Up! annual catalogue this month. The Daisy Lane bundle includes the stamp set and this new punch size, saving 10% on the individual item prices.
In this class we made use of the Daisy punch, as the Medium Daisy would not have been available in time to arrive to use for the class. Having the two sizes of punch will allow you to layer the flowers in different combinations, and to produce even more variety of flowers than we have done on the class cards.
The dark-based card actually used a retired colour for the card base, but our class attendees used either Crumb Cake or Night of Navy to create their version. I am not prescriptive over the cards we make in class, and all attendees are welcome to use their supplies to mix up the card designs to suit themselves! This month we found that the ladies really inspired each other by incorporating their own ideas and creativity! So feel free to go “off-piste”!
The class this month is on the 17th of July, and the subject is Christmas in July. I am really excited about what we are making, and I adore the stamp set and punch which is the focus for the class. So why not come along and join us, or arrange a small group of friends and have your own private event on a date to suit you?! Give me a shout to arrange that.
Have a great week.