By Judi Kauffman
It’s Judi Kauffman, back as guest designer on the blog. Today, it’s all about the ‘bling’ – a pair of cards to tell a friend ‘You R a Gem!’
I created this duo to help introduce Els van de Burgt Studio Chains 1 and Stitched Circles dies. It’s a peek at two of the sets that will debut at CHA, the annual trade show in Anaheim, January 2016.
They’re sized for a #10 business envelope; long, narrow cards, one with a left-side fold, one with a top-fold. This shape provides lots of space for chains, bracelets, and charms or a big, glitzy pendant!
Only 3 easy steps – Cut, Arrange, Embellish:
- Cut. Back Gold Metallic Shimmer Sheetz with Clear Double Sided Adhesive Tape and die cut the Chains 1 strips needed for each card and a Stitched Circle (smallest in the set) for each pendant card. Reminder: A Metal Adaptor Plate is required for die cutting Shimmer Sheetz. Review Els van de Burgt’s YouTube video HERE if you are new to this technique.
- Arrange. To make the pendant card: Position the two chains and circle on a vertical side-fold card base measuring 4.25” x 9.25”. To make the necklace and bracelets card: Position the chains as shown, on the diagonal, on a piece of cardstock measuring 9” x 3.5”. Crop chains at the edges as needed. Add the rectangle to a 4.25” x 9.25” horizontal top-fold card base made from contrasting cardstock.
- Embellish. Add assorted flat-backed gems to the pendant, bracelets and necklace. If gems are not adhesive-backed, use tiny pieces of Clear Double Sided Adhesive Tape to secure them. Complete the cards by spelling out the words ‘You R a Gem’ in fine scale curly, curvy purchased alphabet stickers. Other options: Die cut or hand-letter the sentiment.
Elizabeth Craft Designs:
Adhesive-backed gems, assorted
Solid color cardstock to coordinate with gems
Half-inch glittered alphabet stickers to coordinate with cardstock