It's Christy with my first Cutcardstock design team project. So grateful for this opportunity and happy to be included in this term! The theme for this project is Spring, and Chicago (my city) has battled consistent snow, ice and frigid temps. I wanted to make something that I could hang in the studio to remind me that better (warmer) days are coming! The Daylight Savings switch this past weekend helps.
This tutorial combines great stock (Curious Metallic is on sale through March 2014), calligraphy lettering and a hanging mechanism. Let's get into it!
1. Trim Stock. I trimmed Cryogen White 89# Curious Metallic squares at 3" x 3". These can obviously be larger or smaller, but I thought this was a nice size. I measured the lines and used an Exacto blade to trim. Just my preference, you can use a guillotine or sliding trimmer for these. After I got all six trimmed, I started working on the squares that these would be mounted to. The size for the "backer" cards should be 3.25" x 3.25". This gives you a nice, 1/8" inch border on all sides.
|Clockwise: 1.) Measure and draw lines for squares 2.) Trim squares 3.) Gather your squares|
4.) Start prepping for mounting and embellishment.
2. Mounting squares and adding embellishments. This is the fun part. You can really go crazy here. I kept it simple and used a circle punch, along with a hole puncher (I used a couple of decorative stamps on others as well, you will notice it on the final piece). All of the circles were affixed with the glue dots. I kind of decided as I was going along how they should be combined. Really no way to go wrong here. Using some Spring "greens" I chose Curious Metallic Lime cover stock 111# and Botanic 111#. I also later decided to change out some of the white squares to lime as I thought the varying colors looked more interesting together.
3. Creating the garland. Now its time to finish up the decorating and create the garland! You should have six squares, ready for lettering**. Once that's done you can add glue dots to the ribbon. I like adding it to the ribbon because you have more control when positioning the squares. Just keep going until you are done...
4. All done. The garland is ready to hang. I love vertical garlands, but you can also do this horizontally. I have this hanging in my studio now. Spring weather can't come quickly enough! Take care and see you guys next time!
CutCardStock products used in this project:
Design Team Member - Winter/Spring 2014 Term