The April Challenge is now up and running! Create a card or paper craft project using any Beccy's Place image and upload your creation before midnight on the 30th of April (AEST). Click here for all the details on how to enter.
It's been a while since I posted a card fold technique and I promised the next tutorial I did would be for a peek-a-boo card. These are wonderful cards that have a sliding section that moves when you open and close them. They're not easy to make though and require careful measuring, cutting, folding and stamping to produce a smooth sliding movement with everything lined up correctly.
1. Start with two pieces of light coloured cardstock, one measuring 51/2" x 11" and the other measuring 51/2" x 61/8". (The reason for using light coloured cardstock is that you are going to be stamping straight on to it. Other tutorials add little pieces of stamped cardstock but I found this to be the easiest way to keep the card sliding smoothly.)
2. Lay the long sheet of cardstock horizontally on your score board and score at 31/2" and again at 7".
3. Lay the shorter piece, which will be the card front, horizontally on your score board and score at 41/4".
4. Fold the cardstock along each score line as shown below. You can see how the two pieces will fit together to create the finished card.
5. Now you are going to punch your first window. The window you create must sit right beside the folded strip on the card front, and it must not be wider than 13/4", which is about the same width as the strip. If you make a window that is too large the strip won't slide all the way over your window and you will be able to see the edge of the cardstock.
6. Adhere the front of the cardstock to the centre part of the card using double sided tape. Place the tape on the right hand panel of the centre part of the card, which you will notice is narrower than the card front. Carefully match the outer edges and adhere together.
7. Using the previous window as a guide, punch through the second piece of cardstock. You should now have a window that goes through both layers of cardstock.
8. You need to punch one more window through the next panel of the large piece of cardstock. Again use the previous punched section as a guide to line all the holes up.
This is what your card should look like at this stage.
Sliding action as the card opens.
9. Open your card, which will push the strip across the window revealing the hidden image... this is the image or sentiment that will appear inside the card after it's opened. Use a pencil to mark around the window so you have a guide for placing your stamp.
10. Stamp your image or sentiment inside the marked area. Remember, this is the second image the recipient will see.
11. Now repeat the process through the front window of the card, stamping with the first image you want to see on the closed card. When the card is opened the second image slides forward into the window.
12. Add a strip of double sided tape along the fold between the first and second panel of the large piece of cardstock, then close the card so it adheres in the right position. This will keep the sliding section from popping out of place.
13. Time to decorate your card! I heat embossed a panel for the front of the card, added some ribbon, punched flowers and rhinestones.
14. I also added some matching stamped images to the inside of the card.
Thank you to everyone who applied for a position on the Beccy's Place Design Team, the response was overwhelming and choosing just a few people was very difficult. After a great deal of deliberation I have decided on six wonderfully talented ladies from across the globe to share their work and provide us with inspiration for our crafting. They each have wonderfully different styles and tastes from clean and simple to shabby chic. I hope you will take some time to visit each of their blogs, become a follower and perhaps leave a little comment or two.
Beccy's Place digital stamps are having a makeover!
As of April 1st, Beccy's Place digital stamps will be sold in sets containing several images along with matching sentiments. Every image will continue to have both a black and white line drawing, ready to be printed and coloured, as well as a full colour version that can be used for quick card making or as a colouring guide.
And if you don't like every image in every set... don't worry! All the images will be available for individual purchase so you can pick and choose the designs you like.
Visit the brand new Sentiments section of the store to find wording and verses for your papercrafting projects, and keep your eyes open for the Sale section that's soon to be added.
The lovely ladies over at Sparkle N Sprinkle have been busy producing lots of new rubber stamps that are perfect for seasonal cards, birthdays and Mother's Day. I happen to know there's a sale going on over there at the moment on selected rubber stamps, so it's a perfect time to spoil yourself!
When I was a child I was fascinated by the beautiful egg art I used to see in books and on television. I was amazed that something as delicate as an egg shell could be used to create such amazing works of art, oftentimes with sections of shell that were cut out or drilled. I've never tried the craft myself but I still stop to admire it when I'm at the craft conventions and I'm still in awe of the intricacy and delicateness of these beautiful creations.
I decided on a monochromatic colour scheme for my card and used lots of different mediums to add sparkle and shine. The image is layered three times to make it seem as though you are looking into an actual egg.
Annie created this beautiful Easter card with a die cut front. She decorated the inside of the card with a beautiful picture of a sun dappled meadow and then layered the image over the top.
Eret's card uses lots of gorgeous die cuts that give her card a beautiful, lacy appearance. She coloured the egg in beautiful soft blues, added some gold metallic ink on the stand and then finished with some glossy accents for a wonderful shine.
The challenge at Card Camp this week was to use a really old item from our stash that we have simply tucked away and never used. I'm proud to say that I don't have all that much that I have never used but there were a few bits and pieces that were simply gathering dust, and probably not surprisingly one of them was this little stamp of a skunk family. Although it's cute and it stamps beautifully, who would you actually send it to and what on earth would the occasion be? I purchased it way back when I was pregnant with my first child... she's now a teenager... so I'm going to use the excuse of "baby brain" for the reason behind buying it.
For entering all four challenges during the month of February, you have won 10 digital images of your choice from my online store. Please pop over to Beccy's Place Digital Designs to look through all the images then email me with your choice. Thanks for playing along!
For everyone else who entered all four of the February challenges, you have won yourselves 3 images from my online store. I couldn't let you go home empty handed after all the work you've put in!
Please select an image from my
store and email me with your choice.
Thank you to everyone who visited my blog during the month of February to help celebrate the first birthday of my online store. It's been lovely reading your comments, visiting your blogs and looking at all the lovely cards and projects you've been putting together... I've had a blast!
Now that our Birthday Bash is over and the party hats have been put away, it's time to get back into our regular monthly challenges. Simply create a card or
project using any of the Beccy's Place images, free or purchased, upload a photo
of it to your blog and then submit a direct link below. The challenge runs from now until midnight on the 31st of March (AEST).
You can enter as many times as
you like and you can submit your card to any other challenge you wish. At the
end of the month one random
winner will be chosen to receive three images of their choice from my online
store. Good luck!