Celebrating WCMD with a 6x6 One Sheet Wonder project
Hello friends! It's WORLD CARD MAKING DAY and I feel like we need to celebrate!! I put together a special video to share a fun project with you. It features a 6x6 one sheet wonder project where I show you how to make 4 pretty birthday cards using a 6x6 sheet of designer series paper. You can watch the video HERE, but if you want more information on the cutting dimensions and products I used, please keep reading. I also share below, the concept of a "BIRTHDAY BASKET" and how you can put one together for yourself, to always have handmade birthday cards ready to send... Enjoy!
So the cards I made for World Card Making Day are a celebration of the 6x6 one sheet wonder, where you take one little 6x6 sheet of DSP, slice it up a certain way and you end up with four pieces you can use to create 4 quick and easy cards. You can do this with ANY suite of product, that's half the fun! For the cards I made, I used products from the Expressions in Ink Suite, shown in the 2021-22 Annual Stampin' Up! catalog, pages 96-97. I specifically used the Expressions in Ink 12x12 DSP (cutting one sheet down to 6x6) and the Artistically Inked Bundle - the big floral bouquet die and the Happy Birthday stamp. The entire suite is gorgeous and I highly recommend it for stamping bliss.
In the video, I show you how to cut the 6x6 piece of DSP to get the correct dimensions for the cards but here is a description:
Lay the 6x6 piece of designer series paper on your trimmer at the 4" mark and cut.
You now have two pieces, one measure 4x6 and one measures 2x6. Take the 4x6" piece and turn it so the long edge is at the top of your trimmer, place it at the 3" mark and cut. You now have two pieces that measure 3x4" (these will be used on two of the cards).
Take the piece that measures 2x6" and with the long edge at the top of the trimmer, place it at 5-1/2" and cut. You'll end up with a little 2x1/2" scrap and a piece that measures 2x5-1/2".
Take the piece that measures 2x5-1/2" and place the short edge at the top of the trimmer at the 1" mark and cut. You'll end up with two strips that measure 1x5-1/2" (these will be used on two of the cards)
You'll also need two 8-1/2x11 sheets of card stock in a color that coordinates with your DSP. I chose Pale Papaya for my card bases. You'll need to cut both pieces in half to create the 4 card bases you'll need to complete your cards. I scored both sheets at 5-1/2" and then cut them to measure 4-1/4x11", creating 4, top-folding, portrait orientation base cards.
I used the big floral bouquet die from the bundle and cut the focal images from basic white card stock. These look gorgeous in GOLD FOIL too. I used a couple of strips of Polished Pink card stock for the sentiment and stamped on the Happy Birthday from the stamp set in Polished Pink ink. I then layered the DSP and the die cut image onto the base card, then popped up the sentiment with dimensional adhesive and added some sequins to decorate.
These four cards are so cheery and they came together in about 15 minutes. You could create cards like this using a variety of different suites of product to build a nice stash of cards. Speaking of "card stashes"... I wanted to share a few photos of what I call my "Birthday Basket"....
I love to send out birthday cards. I have a document I created on my computer using the free Google Docs software. I made a list of the months of the year and under each month I typed in the day, the person's name and their mailing address. I cut the sheets down to about 5x7 so they fit in my birthday basket. I just clip them together and at the beginning of each month I reference this list and write out the cards I need to send that month so they are all ready to go. I have special CELEBRATE postage from the USPS. You can order these stamps online at usps.com if your post office doesn't carry them at the counter. It just adds a special detail to the envelope. I also keep a few birthday stickers and some birthday themed washi tape to add to the envelope flap so there's a fun surprise when the recipient turns over the envelope to open the card. They're already getting a glimpse of the festive wishes inside. In a world that I personally think is moving way too fast, the kindness of a handmade birthday card (and happy mail in general) is a welcomed gift to anyone who receives it. I love putting a little "happy" into the world, especially these days.
Here is another little shot of the basket. I also keep cards for other occasions, such as congrats, get well and thinking of you behind the OTHER tab and of course, Sympathy cards, which are always good to have on hand.
I hope you've enjoyed the project for today and have some time to whip up a few cards AND SEND THEM OUT in honor of World Card Making Day, 2021!
Please share the suite you'll be using to make your one sheet wonder cards in the comments. I love to hear what you're working on!
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