Sunday, February 20, 2011

Scissors Sunday - Tiled Card

Hi all, Sarah here and I want to share one of my absolute favorite techniques to use on a card. I used it fairly often as a rubber stamper and think it works well in the world of hybrid as well.

The card I'm sharing today is really a fairly simple card. I started by opening an 8.5"x11" canvas. First I decided on a background paper. I make my cards A2 size so the purple background here is sized 5.25"x4". I then decided I wanted to use this cute topsy turvy cake as my main image for the card so I layered it on a paper (2.5"x5" in this case but a lot will be dependent on the image you choose) that would contrast with my background paper and the image of the cake (I also wanted to note that I used no shadows on the cake, I wanted to make it look like it was a part of the paper). The last thing I included on my canvas was a word stip that says happy birthday.

Once I printed my project I cut out all the elements, the background paper and the paper with the cake image with my paper trimmer. I just used my fine tipped scissors to cut out the happy birthday sentiment, but you could definitely use a craft knife as well if you are more comfortable with those.

Next I began cutting .5" strips widthwise and then slicing those sections into 1" strips, making sure to lay them out in the correct order as I cut them (note that since my paper was 2.5" there are some .5" squares...I just switched up the sides that the smaller cut was on so that I could do a offset brick look to my image)

I started building in the center, since I had 9 rows I grabbed the first tile in the fifth row, found the center of my background paper and glued it down. I built off of this original tile for the rest of the image.

Here's the card on an A2 card (I love this size since you can make 2 out of a standard sheet of 8.5"x11" cardstock) made with kraft cardstock. I love the tiled look ( i even through in a few extra .5" pieces since my vision of the card changed as I was working on it..I love how it turned out so it's all good) and I think the wordstrip sentiment was just the right touch to finish off the card.

Another way to do a tiled card would be to do squares or rectangles that align, I especially love doing the squares vs the offset tiles for florals and food items because it reminds me of a backsplash in a kitchen that way. This technique also works really well for stamped images and there are lots of great digital stamps out there as well as brush sets you can use to stamp digitally.

Thanks so much for stopping by. If you decide to create a tiled card we'd love to see it. Have a great rest of your Sunday!


Anonymous,  February 20, 2011 at 10:14 PM  

Just a quick note to let you know that a link to this post will be placed on CraftCrave today [21 Feb 12:00am GMT]. Thanks, Maria

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