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Thursday, March 24, 2016

Another Two-Technique Easter Card!

Well, I guess you can tell I was being truthful when I said I was enamored in my last card post. . .so I had to try one more Easter card using the Dahlia-Fold Cross and the Braided Edge.  This one I'm making in purple because my daughter-in-law loves all things purple.

I tried some lace to set off my cross, and I even colored it with Copic markers so that it matches my patterned paper more closely.  I like the lace, but I've decided I would have liked the end result better if it was not so wide.  My previous card used a 7/8" ribbon, and I've decided this horizontal ribbon or lace should not be wider than one inch.

Another thing I learned on the Braided Edge, is that if the "V" that you cut off the bottom is not long enough reach the top edge of your card when it is re-positioned to the top and also have its point buried the same depth as all of the others in the braid, you can cut a longer one from cardstock by:
  • Cut a 2" x 3" rectangle of white cardstock.
  • Score it vertically in the center down its 2" height.
  • Fold on the score line.  Note: The remaining instruction are carried out with rectangle folded on the score line.
  • With the scored fold on your left, measure at the top over 1 inch.
  • With pencil, lightly draw a diagonal line from the tip of the fold at the bottom of the fold up to this 1 inch mark.
  • At the top, measure to the left from the pencil line over 3/8" and mark with a dot.
  • From this dot, lightly draw another line to the fold.  The two lines drawn should be exactly parallel and 3/8" apart.
  • Cut along both lines to form your new "V" for the top of your card braid.  Note: Erase all pencil markings. 
I admit, I'm a perfectionist so it bothered me that this top "V" did not exactly match all the others in the depth of its "V" point and its legs did not reach the top edge of my card perfectly.  I think this may be a problem if you like your cards to be larger than the standard 4-1/4" x 5-1/2" A2 card size, as the template was designed for this that standard sized card.  Below is my finished card:



And the final step is now complete. . .finishing off the inside of the card with coordinating embellishments and a verse to please!

Recipe:  Stampin' Up Products: Cardstocks--Whisper White, Perfect Plum; Pattern--2013-2015 Regals DSP Stack/ Perfect Plum (retired).  Stamps--Delightful Dozen (retired), Indescribable Gift (2016 Occasions).  Ink--Perfect Plum + Memento: Tuxedo Black.  Punch: 2" Circle, 2-1/2" Circle, Curvy Corners (inside).  Sizzlit Die: Lots of Tags (retired).  Something Borrowed Rhinestone Embellishment (retired).  Stash:  1-5/8" Lavender Lace, 5/8" Variegated Sheer, Flower Rhinestones (inside).  Techniques:  Braided-Edge (aka Basket Weave); Dahlia-Fold.  Size: 5-1/16" x 5-7/8". 

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