Monday, October 11, 2010

Techniques, Tutorials and Tips - Side Step Card!

Happy Monday, everyone! Hope your weekend was blessed! This week we are introducing a new topic, "Techniques, Tutorials and Tips", which will alternate with Product Reviews on Mondays. So many of Our Daily Bread designs' customers frequently ask, "How did you do that?", so we will be covering quite a few techniques in the future.

This week's Technique Tips tutorial is on the "Side Step Card", which is a creative evolution of the Stair Step Card. Now, don't get intimidated just is pretty simple, pretty quick, and very easy to do. Just follow along and you'll be rushing to your studio to try it right away!

You will start out by cutting your 8-1/2 x 11 cardstock in half, so that it measures 8-1/2 x 5-1/2. The diagram below shows where to cut and where to score for folding.....the solid line is a cut line and the dotted lines are the score lines.
Place your cardstock in your personal cutter as shown with the 8 1/2 side up and down, with the inside edge at 3-1/2. You will cut only from the 1" line to the 6-3/8" line.....the center of the orange cutting blade points to the correct measurements on the ruler for you.

Next, using your Scor-Buddy, Scor-Pal, or personal cutter with your scoring blade, score the cardstock following the measurements on the instruction diagram. I flipped the cardstock upside down in order to begin my score line at the 1". Score each line only as far as your cut line, except for the 4 1/4 line which you will score all of the way down since it is the center fold of the card.

After cutting and scoring, this is what your cardstock should look like.....I placed the scoring tool through the cut line to make it more visible in the photo.

Carefully fold the scored lines as shown below. Note that the center score line is folded opposite from one side to the next.

Use your scoring tool (or bone folder) to get a crisp fold on each section.

Ta-da! Now wasn't that easy?! Now it's time to decorate any way you like!!!

To finish my "Side Step Card", I have used a new set by Our Daily Bread designs, called "Randi's Song". The Ecclesiastes verse fit perfectly on the tall section and the sentiment was perfect for the tallest step. The leaf was stamped twice, cut out, colored with sponges, and embellished with Ranger Glossy Accents to resemble dew droplets. The May Arts satin ribbon was tied with a Bow Easy, and there are several layers of "Irridescent Gold" Glimmer Mist for a shimmery finish.

Here is a close-up of the Glimmer Mist and Glossy Accents on the leaf....I love this stamp!!!

For more samples of "Side Step Cards", check out these gorgeous cards from some of my fellow "Breadsticks":
Dawn's "Never Thirst"
Julie's "Bird Song"
Grace's "He Watches Me"
Dawn's "Chickadee"

Now, are you ready to give it a try? You don't have a scoring tool, you say? Well, have I got news for you.......the
Scor-Buddy is our Super Special Sale Item this week, 15% off until Saturday, October 16th at midnight EST! (Sale price will show in your shopping cart.)

We can't wait to see your Side Step creations! If you upload to
SplitcoastStampers or Christian Paper Crafts' gallery, make sure to use ODBD as a Keyword so that we can leave you some love!

Happy scoring and have a blessed week!!!

Product Review Writer


Pati said...

WOW is this beautiful, so cool!! Thanks for the tutorial! What a beautiful new stamp set too.

Natalie said...

Angie, that is so cool! Thanks for the dimensions and instructions. Your card is beautiful!

Christy Farneth-Kerr said...

What a great idea. I can't ait to learn more. Thank You

Lin said...

Beautiful cards! And thanks for the little tutorial, too - these make a very impressive presentation!

Wendy said...

Fun tutorial Angella!! Getting started NOW!!!

Grace said...

Great post Angie! You make this look so simple and I know it really is so thanks for letting everyone see step by step how they can achieve this really cool card!!

Marian said...

How lovley! I'm wanting to try some new techniques finally. It took me a couple of tries (good thing I used cheap cardstock first), but it's lovely. Very happy for my Scor Buddy too for the 1/8 increments! Now I'm searching for the stair steps :).
Thanks so much

Janaria said...

Beautiful card! Love the colors and the sparkle and your tutorial is great! It's so clear and easy to follow! Love that ODBD will be doing this EOW. . .great idea. Thanks, Angie!

Dawn said...

Excellent tutorial! Love this step card- and such clear and precise directions.
Thank you for sharing

peacefulgardens said...

Thank you so much for these tutorials. Their so helpful and give us such great ideas. I'm new to stamping so I can use all I can get.

Chris Olsen, Glowbug said...

Great tutorial and stunning stair step Angie!! I love it!!

Francie G. said...

Wow! Angie, fabulous tutorial. Beautiful creation! TFS!

Cindy Coutts said...

Thanks for the instructions and tutorial. I like this better than the stair step card. It adds just a little something extra classy to it.

Conniecrafter said...

Gorgeous card!!

A Cards Delight said...

God bless and thank you for the tutorial!

Gloria Westerman said...

Thank you for this tutorial....You make it look so easy.....well it really is ...isn't....

Becky said...

what a beautiful card and what a great tutorial.

Sue said...

Such a versatile card for any occasion, thanks so much for the tutorial, the stamps are lovely the way you have placed them together.

Cheryl said...

thank you so is beautiful...i am having to learn on my own...and the xmas you print,emboss, and then run it thru the cuttlebug with the heirloom dies??
thank you so much for your inspiration, and instructions..
thank you so very much,

Lowri said...

Gorgeous card and fab tutorial! Thanks for sharing
Lowri :-)