This card was made as an inspiration card for Try Stampin' on Tuesday Sketch Challenge #479. An optional part of the challenge is to create a rocker/Schommelkaart card.
I'm into my annual fall Christmas card creation mode now, so knew right away I wanted to make a holiday card. I have some beautiful gold foil embossed specialty paper from Stampin' Up! (SU) that features stars, so using that as my starting point, I pulled out my new SU "Stitched Stars" die set.
The trick to creating rocker cards is to arrange you embellishments on the card front so they balance when the card is set down in its open format. So that means both for the sketch and for balance, I needed a card element on the bottom left balanced by a card element on the upper right. I didn't want to do a heavy element above the fold line so the half-circle outline wouldn't be distracted by it.
A rocker card is basically a circle that has been folded in half, then themed elements added to the front. I started with a 5-1/2" dark navy circle to which I glued a 1/4" wide gold rim that measured 5-1/4" in diameter. On top of this I glued a 5-1/4" circle cut from the gorgeous stary navy speciality paper. Since none of my circle dies are this large, I used my Brother ScanNCut CM350 digital cutter to design and cut the circles in the sizes I needed.
The central star was die cut using the beautiful SU "Stitched Stars" die set that includes both plain and ornate star shapes, as well as a really pretty stary swoosh shape. I cut both the stars and the swoosh twice (the second whoosh was cut from the back side of the gold cardstock so it would mirror the first), and glued them together so the card would look nice from both the front AND the back.
The sentiment from SU "Merry Patterns" stamp set was a two-step stamp. First I stamped on white using the dark navy ink, then after letting it thoroughly dry, I used Versamark ink and gold embossing powder to add the inside of the word "season". I used my SU stamp positioner tool to stamp the inks 2 or 3 times, and to position the inside of the letters perfectly. After heat setting the embossing powder, I die cut the rectangle die, then glued it to the card front.
I next glued on the star swoosh to balance the rocker half circle so it was pretty well even. You can use repositionable tape to trial run placement for perfect balance. Last I glued on the gold star element in the center.
I am rating the difficulty of this card as a "3" out of a possible "5" due to the need to double die cut the elements and glued them back-to-back without making a mess as you align them. If you use more simple shapes, and dies instead of a digital cutting machine, the difficulty would drop to a "2".
|Stamps: SU Merry Patterns|
|Paper: SU Brightly Gleaming Specialty DSP, SU Night of Navy, SU Whisper White, Recollections Gold Foil Cardstock|
|Paper Size: A2|
|Ink: SU Night of Navy, Versamark|
|Accessories: Recollections Detail Gold Embossing Powder, SU Embossing Buddy, SU Stitched Stars Dies, SU Rectangle Stitched Rectangles Dies, Tombow Multi Liquid Glue, SU Stamparatus, Heat Tool, Brother ScanNCut CM350|
|Techniques: Rocker Card, Schommelkaart, Die Cutting, Heat Embossing|