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Monday, November 22, 2010
Trophy Card: Large
Today is Monday, November 21, 2010, and I have been officially busted. So...way back a couple of summers ago, when I first started creating my Vee-dios, I promised to post the measurements for my large Trophy Card and the small one too. I never did. Please forgive me.
I had a viewer emailing saying that she'd tried to find that post and it was NO-WHERE to be found. When I went to look in unpublished posts, it was not there. Yikes.
I promised that I would get that information to her and here it is. Thanks, you know who you are, for asking. You can watch the Trophy Card Vee-dio at the end of this post. So here goes. You will need cardstock, Scor-Pal or trimmer that has a scorer, craft knife, glue and embellishments. Let's go have some fun.
To begin you will need a sheet of cardstock cut to 6x12. Make sure that you cut your sheet so that your folds will go with the grain. See my Vee-dio on paper cutting for more help: Learning Lab Episode 11 Technique: Paper Cutting.
Place your sheet on your scoring device and make the following score lines. 1 1/2"--- 3"--- 4 1/2"---6"---(6" will be a cut line leaving 1/2" to 3/4" uncut on both ends)---7 1/2"---9"---10 1/2"
Prior to creasing your folds you need to make your slit at the 6" mark leaving 1/2 inch to 3/4 inch on both ends. This will allow the slit to accommodate a 4x6 inch card.
Once you have scored all of your lines, make valley folds beginning with the the score line closest to the 6" cut line.
This will allow your creases to be made much easier and the paper is working with you and not against you as you make your way to the last fold line.
Turn to the other side and repeat. Your final scoring will look like this.
To ensure that your card is nicely lubricated, roll in the fold lines and your card should easily fold together. This is the bottom. The photo to the right is the top--the one with the slit. You have pretty much constructed your card at this point. If you want to decorate it, let's keep going.
Ok, call me a bit overzealous if you like, but I truly believe in waste not want not. Now this next part might be something that you already do or it never occurred to you. To minimize paper waste and extra cutting, I know that I want a 1/4" border all around my matting so I will cut my paper to size.
I removed 1/4" from the long side of the paper. Since I started with a 6x12" sheet, this leaves me with a piece that is 5 3/4" x 12".
Now, I am ready to make three cuts. I want to remove 2 3/4 x 5 3/4" from that piece--this will cover the top panel, also cut two 1 1/4" x 5 3/4" pieces--these will fit the side panels. Since I have precut my paper to 5 3/4" I only need to foucs on the 2 3/4" cut and the two 1 1/4" cuts.
Once all pieces have been cut you should have enough paper remaining in the correct dimensions to make another card.
I put this piece of Bazzill bling cardstock through with a cuttlebug folder and then used my brayer to ink the raised portions. Adhere all of your decorative pieces to the three faces.
Next, you will need to reopen the slit at the top of the base. Turn it over and use your craft knife to do this.
Take your piece of 4x6 card and deocrate it as you please but leaving at least a 1 1/2" undecorated border. That leaves you a decorating space of 4 x 4 1/2".
Now you are ready to place your card into the base.
Slide your card into the slit and place glue on the bottom inch only. Fasten it to the base and then repeat on the other side. Remember not to glue beyond 1 1/2 inches otherwise your adhesive will be exposed and cause the card to stick to itself. Fold down the flap and adhere. Repeat on the other side.
Once you have done this last step squeeze the base together and run your bone folder inside if necessary to make sure that the card is firmly attached to the base. Your results should be one of the cutest cards you have ever seen.
If you plan to use these for Christmas cards start with a collection of cardstock that complements each other. The Holiday kit by Echo Park and available at CropChocolate.com is fabulous. Just make an assembly line for yourself. Decide which sheets will be cards and cut to 6x12 and then cut each strip into three pieces. Use one side for a typed or handwritten greeting and the other to showcase a small holiday photo of you and your family.They will be completed before you know it. Since everything starts out at 6x12" mix and mingle to your heart's desire.
I can guarantee that this one will have a permanent place on the mantle and will be brought out every year so don't forget to add the date.
Have loads of inky fun. Oh, by the way I do have a trophy card reloaded, so stay tuned. Until then.