Monday, 24 September 2018

Concertina Cards for men

Hi Crafters,

Over the next few weeks I'll be making cards for men and boys. The last few months of the year tend to be dominated with birthdays leading up to Christmas. September is my husbands, October my dads, November my brother-in-law and nephew, December my son-in-law and 2 grandsons ... and that's just the boys! So I'm always on the look out for something different, especially for my dad who makes all his own cards. I love to give him something special so he can turn it over and over working out how I did it!!

I've always found male cards to be a bit hard to design. They don't want all the pretty frills and glitter you can throw at female cards. I'm hoping these cards fit the bill. I was inspired by some made by a fellow Stampin Up demo here in the UK - Donna who creates under the name Kevonacrafts. Donna is in the same little team as me. She went to some team training with Julie Kettlewell, another UK demo, whose extended group we are also part of. Donna showed us a concertina card she made there and I decided that would be my project this week.

The first one was made using the gorgeous Broadway Birthday designer series paper. I made the box using the same dsp. 

Broadway Birthday is quite thick designer paper, more thin card really, so decided to try a thinner paper for my next card. I went to the Best Route designer paper pack and it worked a treat! In the video below, I show how I made the card. Its a Part 1 video with the making of a box for the card in Part 2, which I'll add later.

You will need:
12" x 12" DSP of your choice. Cut into 4" panels
10 coloured card panels each measure 3 1/2" x 2"
10 White panels each measure 3 1/4" x 1 3/4"

Either large letter dies or stamps

Length of ribbon approx 12"

YouTube video for CARD:

BOX 1 (yellow)

Card measuring 7 1/2" x 6 1/2"
Score long side: 2 2/3"; 3 1/2"; 6 1/4"; 7
Score short side: 7/8"; 5"; 5 7/8"
Scrap white and coloured card stock
Ribbon/twine of your choice

BOX 2 (candles/red)
Card measuring: 7 1/4" x 4 3/4"
Using a shim, score long side: 2 3/4"; 3 1/2"; 6 1/4"; 7
Using a shim, score short side: 3/4"
DSP measuring: 7 1/2" x 3"
score as box base without using a shim

YouTube video for BOX: 

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