Hello and welcome back to the craft room and today’s Hello Friend Sheetload of cards post. It is a new month and that means it’s time for another Sheetload of Cards sketch from Alicia of Call me Crafty Al. This months sketch will yield 8 cards and, if you follow the directions as written there are no scraps. You can check out the debut video here: August2023 Sheetload of Cards. Let me show you my first card from the new sketch.
I wanted to make a special card for a dear friend so I chose to use the sketch dimensions for a single card. I began my card with a piece of 6” x 8” double sided pattern paper from the Holly Jolly paper pack by Simple Stories. Even though this is a Christmas paper pad, the page I chose has a very neutral look to it. In the image below you can see the pattern of both the front and back of that sheet.
Following the dimensions for the single card, I cut the 6” x 8” paper and ended up with 3 pieces, 2 for the card and a spare. A bit later I’ll share how using this size paper can also result in a little to no scrap project. For the card base and mat I am using Recollections 110lb card in white.
This months sketch has a portion of the design adhered at an angle with the excess material removed. Because I was unsure how much would be cut off, I made sure to apply ample adhesive with my ATG gun. Because I had adhesive on the very edge of this piece, I used a piece of parchment paper to protect my work top. This worked like a charm! After adhering the pieces together, I used my 8.5” Tim Holtz Tonic Guillotine trimmer to remove the excess paper.
For the sentiment I chose the Simon Says Stamp/Memory Box True Friend stamp set. The Hello, Friend sentiment is perfect for this card. Using my Mini Misti by Hero Arts and My Sweet Petunia, I stamped the image onto a scrap piece of white card with Ground Espresso Distress Archival Ink. This color is such a rich dark brown and matches the pattern paper perfectly.
When I added the sentiment to the card, I chose to use a little bit different placement. Rather than putting it right next to the mat, I liked it better sitting on top of it. To help keep things level, I added a small strip of card to the bottom of the sentiment strip. As you can see in the image below it added just a bit of height to the bottom of the strip. This keeps the sentiment and the angled strip of card perfectly level.
The Finished Card
Below is my finished card, and I just love how it turned out! This is such a pretty paper and being double sided really made this a simple card to put together.
With a few of the scraps left over from cutting down the main card panel I was able to decorate the inside of the card. This really elevates the card from just a nice card to something extra special.
With the 6” x 8” piece of pattern paper I was left with a 2” x 6” scrap. I decided to use this piece to decorate the outside of the envelope flap. My envelope is about 5 3/4” x 2 1/8”. I trimmed the extra pattern paper to to 5 1/2” x 2 7/8”. To cut the slight angle I measured the bottom angle at 5 1/4” and made the cuts with my trimmer. Because this card will be hand delivered I added the adhesive as close to the edge as I could. If it were being mailed, I would use my Art Glitter Glue to the very edge to ensure it would not lift in the mailing process. Another idea if sending through the postal service, add the decorative paper to the inside of the flap, tucked just below the envelope adhesive strip.
Thank you for checking out today’s Hello Friend Sheetload of Cards post. Have you used the Sheetload sketches before? If you have, I would love to see your creations. Please drop a link in comments below. I absolutely love using Alicia’s sketches. Check out some of the other cards I’ve made here: Sheetload of Cards.
I hope you all have a wonderful week and I will see you in the craft room again real soon!
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