Friday, 13 July 2018

Pull Up Lantern Card

I am most grateful to Sue Ralph for sharing her version of this card.  Her instructions are fantastic and easy to follow (see HERE).  This is my variation; I added some extra layers to the base.

I cut a base layer 6.25" x 6.25", a smaller mat (6" x 6" of dark grey), a piece of patterned paper (5.75" x 5.75") and a ciece of cream card (5" x 5") for the bottom of the card.  I also cut all the pieces for matting and layering up the sides: 20 pieces of silver grey (1.75" x 1.75"), 16 pieces of patterned card (1.5" x 1.5") and 4 pieces of cream card ready for stamping (1.5" x 1.5") .  I also got the two cross pieces for the top of the card ready (3.5" x 0.75").
For the side pieces of the lantern, I cut 4 strips of dark grey card (2" x 12") and scored each one at 2", 4", 6", 8" and 10".
I then matted and layered the pre prepared card onto the sides, leaving the bottom section blank in each case.  The pieces of cream card were stamped in Onyx Black Versafine ink, using three stamps from the Imagine set (Die-sire Sentimentals) and one of the Woodware Salutations set.
Taking the dark grey base piece (6" x 6"), I drew pencil lines across the bottom at 2", 3" and 4" to use as a guide and added the bottom section of each of the concertina strips as shown.

To add a verse to the base plate, I used the Martha Stewart punch around the page leaf punches to go round the edges of the cream card and stamped a Claritystamp verse onto the panel using Onyx Black Versafine ink.
The two narrow strips of silver grey (3.5" x 0.75") are glued to form a cross shape and a hole punched in the centre.  The cross is laid onto the middle of the dark grey card. I unfolded the strips and folded the strip back after the third square from the top. This makes it easier to get the cross positioned correctly in the middle of the card.  I glued all the strips into position, but it would have been easier to complete the card if I had left two unglued at this point.  The lantern sides were extended to allow me to finish matting and layering the base with the patterned paper and cream verse layer. 

The whole base was then added to the 6.25" x 6.25" piece of silver grey card.  I punched a daisy out of the patterned card and the silver grey card using the 1.5" Woodware punch (using my Crop-a-Dile II to add a hole through the middle) and a 1.5" scalloped circle out of the silver grey card.  A piece of narrow black satin ribbon was threaded through the cross and the daisies and affixed underneath using strong tape.  The circle was added below to cover the ends of the ribbon and neaten everything.
The whole card folds flat and will fit in a 7" x 7" envelope for posting.
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