Monday, November 10, 2008

Stair Step Card

I made this card for the featured stamper challenge at SCS yesterday and for a challenge Jessica issued at Paper Craft Planet to make a thank you card. The feature stamper this week was Wendybell and, wow, does she have an amazing gallery.

This is the card I chose to use for inspiration. We were to change at least four things on our card. I changed the following...

Reversed the layout
Used different leaf stamps
Added punch swirls
Sponged background
Changed colors

To make the stair step card you need to start with a piece of card stock cut to 5 by 10 1/2 inches.

Then score at 1 1/4" - 2 1/2" - 4 1/4", 6" and 8 1/4." Then fold in a zig zag pattern to create the steps. It is also nice to use images that you can cut out to add some dimension to the card.

I decided to add some sponged panels to my card. I cut three pieces of card stock.

The first piece I cut to 1 by 5 inches, the second to 1 3/4 by 5 inches and the third to 2 by 5 inches. Then I sponged with So Saffron, Creamy Caramel and Chocolate Chip inks.

I ran each panel through the Birds and Swirls embossing folder in my Cuttlebug and then adhered them to the card. I added a ribbon to the bottom panel.

Then I just added my cut out images and punched swirls. One thing I did to add a bit of stability to the butterfly is stamp the image a second time on brown card stock and cut it out. Then I glued the colored image to the solid image. This made the antenna and wing tips a bit sturdier.

Stamps used - leaves from Botanical Dreams and Autumn Leaves (Gina K), butterfly from Butterfly Beauty (Unity), sentiment from So Grateful (Gina K)

Ink - So Saffron, Creamy Caramel, Chocolate Chip, Black Stazon.

Card stock - Creamy Caramel, Chocolate Chip, Whisper White, Black

I hope you have a wonderful day!


Helena said...

WOW! This is beautiful! You must have so much patience :)

Annie said...

I think this is bee=u=ti=full! Might just have to CASE it. I love the embossing and the cutouts/punches. Thanks for sharing.

Daniel Askeland said...


Learned something today..

Have never even thought that you could distress the paper BEFORE you emboss it.. :S

Greetings from Daniel

catdidit said...

This is just stunning Theresa! WOW!! awesome creation! Love all the distressing and the butterfly..just WOW! You never cease to amaze me!

6 wacky women said...

WOW!! Just awesome, Theresa. I love the rich colors and your perfect details. I love it.

Bouncy, Flouncy, Fun,Fun, Fun said...

WOW! This is stunning! I love the rich colors!

Whoopsie Daisy! said...

The colors are amazing! Gorgeous and rich fall colors! Another WOW! card, Theresa!

I'm off to go check out Wendybell's gallery. I have to admit I'm not very familiar with the "featured stamper" challenge. I didn't see Jessica's challenge on PCP either. :) Just a day behind on everything these days! lol!

Jami {sgtStamper} said...

Love that butterfly Theresa - what a great tip to double it up for stability!! Beautiful!!
hugs, Jami

Donna said...

this is so gorgeous! I love the autumn feel (hope to try this technique some day)

fishlips said...

What a card....Your blutterfly steals my heart every time....Stunning!!!!

Curt in Carmel said...

I made these cards for Halloween. Yours is simply stunning! I love the embossed panels and the distressing you did. And that butterfly is gorgeous! Best, Curt

Rhonda Langley said...

Love that butterfly!! All the details in your cards are awesome!

Elena said...

Gorgeous card! Thank you for the tutorial! Really, I learn a lot from you!

Lee (LuvLee on SCS) said...

What a beautiful combination of colors and images!! And I wish I'd have thought of that........I had to score and fold double thicknesses since I layered my card first!!! LOL I love your way of assembling this stair step card!!

CraftyC said...

A stunning card and great colour combo!

Shirley said...

Your card is just elequent! I love the tutorial, the colors, the images, etc. I have one of these folds done and just haven't done it. This inspires me to no end!