Stripey sentiment card

Posted by TheDocraftsTeam, 12 Jun, 2017

Craft a simple-yet-striking notelet with core cardstock and script dies. Your guillotine, Xcut Xtrim Lite or handy craft knife is about to be your very best friend! This clever technique of adhering paper to achieve a stripy effect is super-easy and enables you to make your very own backing design. Snip a sentiment in the centre and your work is done!

1. Select several colours of paper or cardstock (we opted for four different shades). Use your favoured paper trimmer to cut a pile of strips, varying from 0.5cm to 2cm wide. Make sure that you have even amounts of each colour, unless you wished to feature one hue more than others.

2. Find an A5 sheet with a sticky backing – the chalkboard, metal effect, wood effect and pearlised Xcut Xtras sheets are all brilliant for this purpose, if you have any in your stash. If you don’t have any of these to hand, trim a sheet of paper to A5 and cover the back with an adhesive. This could be a thin layer of Anita’s Tacky Glue, many strips of double-sided tape or a Stick It Glue Stick. 

3. Start to fix your strips to the adhesive, starting from the bottom left-hand corner of your landscape sheet and positioning diagonally. Adhere them all side-by-side, ensuring that there are no gaps in between them. Cover the whole A5 page and don’t worry about the overhanging paper. When fully covered, flip your panel over and trim all the excess strips off with a sharp pair of scissors or your choice of trimmer. 

4. Position the script sentiment dies to spell out ‘Congrats’ in the middle of your panel, to get an idea of the spacing. Stick a little craft tape over the ‘C’ and remove the rest. Run through your Xpress machine. Cut the rest of the letters one by one, making sure that they match up evenly. Keep hold of the centres from the ‘O’, ‘G’ and ‘A’ and discard the die-cuts (or save for another project).

5. Select a white A5 card blank and emboss with the confetti folder, matching up the pattern as you work across the card front. Trim your stripy panel down to measure 8 x 19cm and adhere on top with 3D foam tape, positioning it just around the edges so that it frames the sentiment. Select the centres of the letters you held on to and fix tiny 3D foam pads to the backs. You may need to snip your foam pads into smaller pieces for some of the shapes. Insert into the gaps of the die-cut letters.

6. Die cut a small bottle cork from an adhesive cork sheet, using the die from the Xcut Champagne Celebration Dies. Peel off the sticky backing and attach to the top right-hand side of your card front.

Project and how-to instructions by Lorna Slessor. Project originally published in the December issue (77) of docrafts Creativity magazine. 

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