If you’re looking for a quick technique to take your card making up another level without the head scratching and measuring then this card shape and this #TuesdayTip is perfect.
If you follow the post to the bottom, you might also see the first reveal of my Trimcraft Christmas 2017 makes! (You’re welcome!)
This card shape is based on a 7×5 card blank in landscape orientation. In its simplest form you need to mat and layer your papers as you could on any other card. This adds definition and helps to frame the focus of your card, whether that is a die cut shape, a stamped image or the paper pattern itself. To do this, measure and cut rectangles from two different papers. The difference in size between the two doesn’t needs to be massive as you’re only after a narrow edge to give a crisp finish to the card edges. I usually measure a quarter of an inch intervals but it doesn’t need to be precise so long as it’s straight!
The beauty of this card comes from the additional mat and layered topper. Using the same papers as you used on the main card will maintain the cohesion but there are lots of different examples in the images in this post. The topper is placed onto the card so that it sits higher than the top of the card blank. This will really make your card stand out and be just that little but more special than a regular card size.
Below I have included a few examples of cards made using this technique including a Christmas sample using the brand new Trimcraft Christmas craft stash.
The first is the card that featured on today’s Create & Craft show using the beautifully ornate Love First Edition die set. (If you didn’t see the show you can catch up here: http://www.createandcraft.com/gb/shows/trimcraft-one-time-only-2660123?channel=CC . ) There is also an example using a chipboard photo frame as the top layer and a cars using Paradise Crush papers from the First Edition paper pad with more detail on the bottom layer.