Here is the tutorial that I promised to share with you on how to make your very own Flower Pot Card.
Making Flower Pot cards are really very simple. They are fabulous cards to give for any occasion. I especially like them for Mother's Day coming up next week. I have made so many of these cards over the last week, I certainly have plenty of cards to choose from to give away on Mother's Day.
When deciding on what colors to use for the card, I found it easier to take some Designer Series Paper that you really like and start with that. Look at the colors in the paper and pick out 2-3 accent colors and a neutral color for the pot portion of your card. You don't have to use Designer Series Paper on your project if you don't want to though. You can pick three of your favorite colors along with a green and one neutral color for the pot. The pot colors that I like to use are: Sahara Sand, Chocolate Chip, Close to Cocoa, Really Rust and Kraft.
You will also need to have a variety of flowers to use to add to your card insert. I LOVE using my Big Shot and a variety of flower dies that I have in my stamp studio to create my flowers. You could also make them using stamped flowers that you have cut out or from a variety of punched flowers.
Now onto the instructions...
You are going to start off with your neutral piece of cardstock that will be the "pot" portion of your card cut at 3 1/2" x 9". You will then score that piece of cardstock at 2" and 5 1/5". Holding your cardstock with the 2" scored portion on top, fold that 2" section toward you then fold the 5 1/2" section away from you. The 2" section is the lip of your pot so that will be in the front of the card and the fold of your card will be at the bottom of your pot with the back of the card folded up in back.
It is now time to trim your 2" section of your pot by using the Scallop Edge Punch (the eyelet border punch also works nicely). I start by putting the cardstock into my punch and centering it on the pattern guide on the punch. That way I will be sure to have even scallops on both sides of the cardstock.
Be sure to keep the lip of the pot up in the air and not folded down in place for this step in making the card. You are going to line up the scoreline of that 2" lip into the "track" of your Fiscars paper cutter. Keeping the base of the card folded you will then line up the bottom right fold line to the 1/2" measure on your paper cutter. Take a quick look before you make your cut to be sure you have the BOTTOM of your card lined up at the 1/2" mark and the top score line (under the lip flap) lined up in the track. Doing this will make sure that you have the angle on your pot cut correctly. Go ahead and cut your cardstock being sure to put a little extra pressure on your blade to cut through two layers of cardstock.
Repeat the same process on the other side being sure to have the bottom of the pot on the 1/2" cutting line and the top score line by the lip lined up with the blade cutting track on your paper cutter. Now your card base cutting is complete.
You can either leave the base of your card plain by using only your neutral colored cardstock or you can jazz it up a little by adding a piece of coordinating Designer Series Paper. I then your card over and cut the overhanging Designer Series Paper on an angle using your already cut cardstock base as a guide. (Note: I turned the side of the DSP that I would have used on the top of my card over so you can see it better in this photo. The backside of this DSP happens to be brown. The red and pink side showed up better for the purpose of this photo.)
Do not use adhesive on your card other than to add your Designer Series Paper to the front of your pot and to adhere the 2" flap down on your pot to create the lip. The back of the card that folds back up should NOT have adhesive on it. You will hold your card together by tying a piece of ribbon the lip portion.
You will need a 2 1/2" x 4 1/2" piece of cardstock that either matches the color of your pot or one of your coordinating colors for the backing to your card insert. The layer on top of that color would be cut in white or other neutral at 2 1/4" x 4 1/4".
One of the most important things is to make sure that you have a Stampin' Up! medium sized (or A2) envelope with you when you make your card. You need to be sure that when you are assembling your card that you stay within the confines of your envelope. This will ensure that your card will actually fit inside of the envelope once it has been completed. (NOTE: the card used in this photo is another version of a card I created that added gel pen and Stampin' Write Markers to the edges of the flowers.)
If you would like, you can also add another contrasting punched border just underneath your originaly punched edged on the lip of your card (as shown on the first photo on this post). If you are using the Eyelet Border Punch, you can also take that tiny little strip of paper that remains when you are done punching and add it to the bottom of your card to create the "dish" under your pot. I just add my strip so that it overhangs both sides of the bottom of the card and cut at an angle the distance I like it to end on either side of my card. I really like this little addition to my cards. It was purely accidental when creating a card one day that I looked down and had one of those punched scraps sitting on my crafting table looking up at me asking not to be thrown away:)) It was a perfect addition to this card.
White gel pen, buttons and brads are just some of the fun ways to accessorize your card...
I hope you enjoyed today's tutorial. Why don't you grab a cup of tea and head off to your craft area to make a Flower Pot Card of your own? Please leave your comment or question at the end of this post. I would love to hear how your projects came out and to help you with any questions you may have about the project.
MORE TUTORIALS...I have many surprises in store for you next week when I can finally share some projects I was holding for presentations I have had over the last month. Saturday is the final day for "hiding" these projects so next week I will finally be revealing them on my blog along with some more tutorials to go along with them. Be sure to stay tuned. You certainly won't want to miss these project ideas!
Thanks so much for stopping by today and I look forward to seeing you all back here tomorrow when I announce the winner of my Blog Candy that I offered on the Blog Tour yesterday.
Lynn Larson - www.learntostampandscrap.com