Here are the two tutorials I promised! Remember, you can ALWAYS ask questions so if something isn't clear, please send me an email and I will answer your question the best I can! I made another card similar to my card from May 12th. Here is the end result ~
The card base is Whisper White and is 5" square. The decorative papers are from Melissa Frances and can be found HERE! The way I did the scallops on the bottom was to first cut the decorative paper with my cheap old scalloped scissors and then cut a piece of Basic Black with the same scissors. When I adhered them together, I offset them. The ribbon is light blue satin with grosgrain edges and the black white polka dot ribbon is May Arts and was in Lindsey's store but it looks like she is currently sold out. I used my horizontal slot punch and then tied the ribbons on. Here is how the focal image was done!
Step 1 ~ I used a 3 1/4" square of Whisper White cardstock, stamped my image a little high, not centered so the sentiment can go underneath.
Step 2 ~ Use a 1 1/2" square, line it up ON THE BACK of the focal piece and centered. I held my stamped piece up to the light and could see the image through, held my template in place on the back and then made pencil marks in each corner. These are the points you will want to score from. Here is what it looks like~
Step 3 ~ Use your scoring tool (I used my Scor-pal) and score from pencil mark to pencil mark to make a square. I then scored another square just outside my first square by using my first square as a guide. You don't have to do this of course. Here is a picture of what it will now look like ~
I again lined the bottom dots up with the score line as well as the dots I had already embossed. When you run this through the CB, it will smash a few of your dots down but don't worry, we'll fix those in the next step! Here is my next side ~
Here comes the technical part!!! LOL!!! If you are fortunate enough to have the dots line up (so far this has not happened for me!) then you are in luck but if you aren't, this is how I did the final embossing ~
Line up your dots as you would AS IF you were going to run this through the CB but instead of running it through you are going to press the folder together MANUALLY (this means use NO tools, just your hands!! LOL!!!). Only press where you want the dots to fill in. You do have to press pretty hard and I am sure you could even lay it down on the table and use the palm of your hand but you don't want to overlap the dots on the right side so be careful of where you are pressing. This is how it will look when you are done ~
Step 5 ~ Take this piece, turn it over on top of a cushioned mat and then take the small end of your stylus and emboss the polka dots on the back a little deeper to have them show up more. I also used the stylus to poke the dots out that got flattened. When you look at my piece closer, you will see that the bottom dots do look different but it isn't too apparent. Here is a close ~ up of that ~
I will try the table thing next time. I didn't want to chance screwing this one up since I was taking pictures and knew that doing it by hand definitely worked! OK, on to my next tutorial!!!
You will need 4 pieces of cardstock that measure 5" square. Score each piece in half at 2 1/2". This is how the first 2 pieces will be laid out (you will ultimately be making a cross with these 4 pieces) ~
You can check out how I decorated the inside by going HERE!
Don't forget, if you have any questions, please don't hesitate to ask~!