- I received a nifty card in the mail from a Club Scrap member. I stared at it for a while and thought, “How'd she do that?”
- Tried to make the card but lost patience and decided it's for another day.
- Found a totally nifty sketch on Pinterest created by cardmaker Marcy K of Canton Ohio. The blog at Operation Write Home really helped break it down.
When I saw the sketch, the smarticles started buzzing. (Smarticles, according to the urban dictionary, are the particles in your brain that make you smart.)
Here are the assembly line card making instructions to create the nesting panels and card bases for two complete tri-fold shutter cards. And you will also need your smarticles because the trimming process is
a pain a little challenging. But you can do it. You really can.
You need four sheets of paper, and it's ideal if they are all different colors. Incidentally, all Club Scrap collections have at least four coordinating colors and stamp images, too! Use lighter colors for Papers A & B.
- Trim 8.5x11 Papers A and B horizontally at 9.75, 8.5, 7.25, 5.75, 4.25 and 2.25”.
- Cut the 2.25x8.5 horizontally at 8.25, 5.75, and 3.25”.
- Trim the 2x8.5 horizontally at 6.25, 5.25, and 3”.
- Cut each 1.5x8.5 horizontally at at 7.75, 6.5, and 5.25”.
- Trim two 1.25x8.5 strips horizontally at 5”.
- Cut 8.5x11 Paper C and D
vertically at 5.5”.
- Trim the 5.5x11 horizontally at 10.5”.
- Cut the 3x11 horizontally at 9.75, and 6.5”.
- Trim the 3.25x3 vertically at 2.5 and 1.25”.
- Cut the 1.25x3 horizontally at 2.25”.
Once everything is trimmed, your work table will be full of tiny pieces. It helps to set aside the scraps (marked with an "x" on the diagram) during the trimming process so that you don't have to sort them later. Then, interchange the nesting panels and lay them onto the card base according to the original diagram. Stamp and decorate your card as you like.
I used Dream in Color papers and stamps from past special edition collections that haven't seen the light of day in a while.
If you plan to send your cards to Operation Write Home, be sure to read their blog for more information about how they'd like these cards prepared.
And now, if you've read this far, thanks for hanging in there! I cling to the firm belief that no matter how difficult something seems on the surface, just about anyone who puts their mind to it can do it, step by step. Best wishes in your crafting endeavors this week!