Tuesday, August 13, 2013

"Time to Cut Corners" Technique

Happy Tuesdee, Bloggers!

So, I made a card for today's blog, but I just couldn't bring myself to post it. It was bad. It is now in my circular file.

But then something cool happened. I was a little inspired to create a card with four pieces of paper attached at an angle.

I snagged my tray of Equestrian papers and stamps, and here's what I did:

1. Trim Ivory to 5.5x8.5 and fold in half to make a card. Cut a 4x5.25 Dark Brown panel. (Do not adhere to the card base.) Trim four other rectangular panels at random sizes to fit onto the card. I did not measure. I know . . . this is very strange.

2. Adhere the four panels onto the Dark Brown panel at the same angle with offset corners meeting somewhere in the middle of the card. Be careful where you put the adhesive.

3. Use a craft knife, ruler, and cutting mat to remove the portions of the panels that extend beyond the edge of the Dark Brown panel. Do careful work so the removed pieces remain in tact. (I didn't realize I was doing that at the time.)

4. Finish the card by adding a stamped, matted quote with some foam adhesive.

(This is the part where I noticed something cool about the leftover pieces and I asked myself how I could use them on another card/project.)

5. Use the panels you trimmed away to create a fun look by re-assembling on a 12x12 layout. 

Do you have Equestrian papers just begging to be used? I'm sure they'd feel very handsome if they had the opportunity to try this technique! Speaking of handsome . . . I plopped a photo of my husband in the middle of the four panels. All I need to do is add a few more embellishments, a title, and a bit of journaling and consider it done!

Give 'er a go, yah?



  1. TRICIA!!! How cool is that?! Love that you made use of the angled leftovers for the layout, YOU'RE A GENIUS! Love it WOOT!

  2. two for one, way to go

  3. What a great tip/tutorial. Thanks for sharing.

    hugs, keti

  4. I have Equestrian papers....but they are so yummy, I'm not sure I could put them on a card and give them away! Is that so wrong? (say that last bit with Italian NJ accent...), But...wouldn't that make a yummy Xmas card? Hmm...

  5. Love this simple but cool card! Thanks, Tricia!

  6. Clever is the perfect word. Thanks for another great idea!

  7. Oh my heavens! I think I love the "left overs" idea as much as, if not more than, the original!!! Either way, How Cool!!!! Gonna have to use BOTH of those techniques!!!!

  8. Glad I'm not the only one who occasionally makes these that end up in that file! But this is great!

  9. This technique has lots of potential.
    I'm thinking that I can try this with POPs for both cards and layouts.
    Thanks, Tricia!


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