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Thursday, January 05, 2012

Debbees free download.

Evening guys and girls,

well I was lucky enough to spot Debbees new Blog page, as it went live, and on her blog she has a challenge, you can find all the details Here.

So here is what I have created from the sheets debbees has kindly put up for us........

Basically I made a Gatefold pop up Easel card!

So I imported the jpegs into My Craft Studio, my Graphics program of choice, and they didnt distort, which was wonderful!! And decided which of the 4 sheets on offer I wanted to use...........That done, now to print them out, and start sticking together.

I had 2 main images, and some little people, and as I sat there looking at them it seemed to me that as one was holding a "Charge Card", that she was treating the other little person, which decided which image I was going to use.

So Images trimmed, it was time to start making the base card. (I would like to add that I would hate to post this one, as I have some wonderful Xerox card, which goes though my printer as easy as pie, so most of it is printed onto card, then mounted onto card, so the weight is a little on the heavy side!!)The images are slightly rectangular so the main image as mounted on a piece of card measuring 11 1/2"x 5 1/4", remember this is a gatefold, hence the length of the card, the second piece to form the easel measures 9 1/4" x 5 3/4".
I measured to the center of the largest piece to find the centre, using Hougie, then place the Topper on top, and measure to each side to find the score lines for the Gatefold, do leave yourself a little bit of room, just in case its slightly out, you can always trim it later. Next add the easel, I dont place YET another full piece of card behind and easel Gatefold, as it becomes quite cumbersome, though its also as sturdy as anything, so I only place enough to fix securely.
So now we have a gatefold card, with a flap that falls down when you open the gatefold. Next mount the image over the join of the card on the inside, so main image in place.

Then I wanted something a little bit different, so I cut small Rhombus shapes from some of Debbees paper, which, lucky for me, I had actually printed on paper, and made small Bunting with, which I threaded onto some invisible jewelry cord, and then added some lettered peel offs in Purple, to make the words "Happy Birthday", separated them into the 2 separate words, and leaving a bit of slack, fixed it across the gatefold, and then split the second main image in two, and mounted that over the ends of the cord. 

Next came the pop up part, this is easy as its a tube of card, in a square or rectangle shape, fixed to the back of each figure, the lengths can vary as you want to make some perspective, but make sure that it doesnt stick over the edges of the "pop-up". Then glue it securely to the front of the main image, and the floor of the easel, so it is glued in 3 places. At this point I would suggest using a wet glue, one that bonds the surfaces properly, as you dont want the bits to fall off!! (I use the My Craft Studio Everyday glue, but thats my preference, as I havent found another wet glue that works as well as yet!!, You can get that here .)

On the back of the card, I placed 2 strips of the remaining papers, and then stamped and embossed the sentiment, onto some of the remaining Easel card, and then used my Happy Cut with the Spellbinders Classic Postage Stamp edger die, around all four sides, edged it with a Pine promarker, as its just not possible to get an ink pad in those little gaps, and mounted it over the join.
Right I am entering this in Debbees January Challenge, and if I spot anywhere else on my trawl around Blog world tonight, that suits, I'll maybe add a few more Challenges to the list!!


Carol said...

Hi Lou. Congrats on being our first challenger and WOW what a start. A work of art - I love it.
I loved your comment about the fact that the images Don't distort - so true. I have been using deb's CD's for some time now and I love the way you can manipulate them. I used the same image as an ATC.
So thanks for joining us and GOOD LUCK.
Debbees Blog DT

Debbeescds said...

Oh Wow!! What a Fabulous Card! Thank you so much for joining in, and what a stunner to start the new Challenge Blog with... I love it! Good Luck in the challenge, and hopefully see you again next month!
Debs xxx

Jocelyn said...

Hello Lou. Thank you for entering your amazing card in our very first blog challenge at Debbees. I hope we will see more of your fab creations as the months go by.
Jocelyn x
Debbees Blog DT

mandisav said...

Hi Lou. Wonderful to see your very imaginative entry for Debs first Blog Challenge. Good Luck
Mandi x
Debbees Blog DT

LynCr said...

Fantastic card and entry at the Stamp n doodle Challenge. Thanks so much for sharing.

Christine said...

Hi Lou, a wonderful card to start off Debbees first blog challenge. I hope we will see more of your designs over the coming months.
Christine x
Debbees Blog DT

Vickie said...

Great card! Thanks for playing with us at Stamp-n-Doodle:)

Crafting Gill said...

wow what a wonderful card love it for joining us at Debbees challenge blog good luck

Debbees blog ET

Mandy said...

Oh wow this is fabulous Lou, I love the design and it's so cute :)
Thanks for joining us at Simon Says Stamp for our something new challenge
hugs Mandy xx

ScrappnBee said...

That is such a super cool card! I love the combo gatefold and pop up! Thanks for sharing and happy WOYWW! -Amanda 34

Katie said...

What a pretty card! Thanks for sharing!

Katie (159)

Debs Willis said...

That's a brilliant card! Love all the different folds too.

Thanks for your lovely comments on my blog


Debs xx

bohemiannie! art said...

So very wonderful!!!

Lyndi said...

What a great wee card - I love the pop ups :o)

Thanks for joining us at The Crazy Challenge this week.


Cely said...

Beautiful card! I love the gold. Please don't forget to add our badge to your side bar to be considered for prizes if you haven't already (the "prize patrol" will check!) Thanks for playing with us this week at Party Time Tuesdays!

PTT DT member

Danielle May said...

Wow what a great card! I love the pop ups and the beautiful birthday banner. Thanks so much for joining us at Party Time Tuesdays this week and sharing with us.

Danie - PTT Design Team

May said...

Love the pop-ups a fantastic card, Have a great week, Hugs May x x x x x

TangolikeRaindrop said...

Love the card :) Happy WOYWW!

Lou said...

What a brilliant card - Hope you have a great week Lou #84

Ann B said...

Just starting round two of my desk tour (I got to the mid-forties this morning) and had to tell you that card is so cute. I don't do digi images myself - takes enough time choosing from my stamps - but you have made a great job of it.
Ann B

Beckyt said...

fab cards I really love the designs brill. Thanks for sharing.

Becky :) 56#

Karen said...

WOW what an amazing card and such pretty colours :)

Have a great WOYWW, Luv Karen #80

Lunch Lady Jan said...

That lovely little card made me smile - how pretty is that? You are clever :)
Hugs, LLJ #45 xx

MaggieC said...

I love what you have created with those papers, so inventive and complicated. xx Maggie #90