It’s Christy with my first Cutcardstock design team project. So grateful for this opportunity and happy to be included in this term! The theme for this project is Spring, and Chicago (my city) has battled consistent snow, ice and frigid temps. I wanted to make something that I could hang in the studio to remind me that better (warmer) days are coming! The Daylight Savings switch this past weekend helps.
This tutorial combines great stock (Curious Metallic is on sale through March 2014), calligraphy lettering and a hanging mechanism. Let’s get into it!
|Clockwise: 1.) Measure and draw lines for squares 2.) Trim squares 3.) Gather your squares
4.) Start prepping for mounting and embellishment.
2. Mounting squares and adding embellishments. This is the fun part. You can really go crazy here. I kept it simple and used a circle punch, along with a hole puncher (I used a couple of decorative stamps on others as well, you will notice it on the final piece). All of the circles were affixed with the glue dots. I kind of decided as I was going along how they should be combined. Really no way to go wrong here. Using some Spring “greens” I chose Curious Metallic Lime cover stock 111# and Botanic 111#. I also later decided to change out some of the white squares to lime as I thought the varying colors looked more interesting together.
3. Creating the garland. Now its time to finish up the decorating and create the garland! You should have six squares, ready for lettering**. Once that’s done you can add glue dots to the ribbon. I like adding it to the ribbon because you have more control when positioning the squares. Just keep going until you are done…
**Note: If you are not savvy with a calligraphy marker, a shortcut is to print letters out on a printer (choose an italic font) and rub the back of the printout with a pencil. You can then lie the stock on top of your square (pencil resin side down) and trace the outline of the letter, pressing firmly. You will then successfully transfer a light rendering of the letter to the card and then you can just fill it in with the fine tip side of the pen.
4. All done. The garland is ready to hang. I love vertical garlands, but you can also do this horizontally. I have this hanging in my studio now. Spring weather can’t come quickly enough! Take care and see you guys next time!
CutCardStock products used in this project:
Design Team Member – Winter/Spring 2014 Term