Tuesday, March 22, 2011

Sweet Stamps Challenge 7 - Center Step Card

Today is our seventh challenge on the Sweet Stamps blog.  Anyone can enter, but if you use a Sweet Stamps rubber stamp you get two entries into the challenge for a chance to win a $20 shopping spree.  Our challenge this week is a to make a Center Step Card.  I hope you will play along with us.  Here is a template to make an A2 center step card.

For my card, I decided to adapt it to a 6" square card.  Mostly because I wanted to use paper from my KaiserCraft Gypsy Sisters Collection 6" paper pad.  I love these rich and elegant papers.

Using a mix of papers from the collection, I created the front of the card.  The panel behind the oval die cut had teal distressing around the edges of the 6" square paper but because I had to trim it down, there was not any left on two of the sides.  So I simply airbrushed some B06 around those sides to make it match.  I stamped this gorgeous Lovely Roses image with Memento Tuxedo black ink onto Cryogen paper.
Copics used:
Roses - R81, R85
Leaves - YG45, Y17, YG41, R85
Shadow - E51

I used my Nellie Snellen Oval Multi Frame die to create the teal oval.  For the patterned paper panel behind the image, I traced the next smaller die from this set and hand trimmed it to fit.  I popped the image up using Foam Dots.  I added some gold pearl accents using my Viva Decor Pearl pen.

For the inside of my card, I trimmed another sheet of DP from the collection.  Also included in this paper pack are borders and die cut panels suitable for adding sentiments.  I added a piece of border across the top and then used one of the die cuts adding this great sentiment, "Hope your day is full of smiles!"

Be sure to visit Sweet Stamps blog and see what the rest of the team has created for you.   And please join in on the fun!

I was asked the dimensions for making a 6" square Center Step card.  I make my base 5 7/8" x 11 3/4" for a 5 7/8" square card, it will fit perfectly in a 6" square envelope.  So here is the template to create this card.  You can vary the size of the side panels, I made mine 1" to accommodate the die cut oval.

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Tamara Morton said...

Hi Sandy a gorgeous card again, I love your colours, stamps and well... everything!
Thank you for the brilliant template too!

Karen W said...

Beautiful, bold brilliant colors, really pops!!!

Anonymous said...

Very bright and colorful. Like the way you've done the fold also. Edna

jonim52 said...

Oh Sandy,
I love the dp that you used and the flowers are gorgeous.

Whimcees said...


Very beautiful - very exotic! Love this card!

Wishing you a good week!

Barbara Diane

Mary Frances said...

Sandy, thanks for the step fold layout! Great choice. Your card is so pretty! I love your coloring and paper choices :)

~ Kendra ~ said...

Beautiful card Sandy!! Love the colors and paper you used! Beautiful coloring of the image!! Thanks for the templates! I'll be making more of these! So fun!!

Anonymous said...

Absolutely adorable.

Thanks for joining us at SFC, good luck.

Huggies Angel

Anne said...

Gorgeous card Sandy, those roses are beautiful.
Try as I might, I can never get these stepper cards right:(
Anne x

shaz earl said...

Fabulous card, thanks for joining us at SFC this week good luck in the draw.

Bon Bob’s Delights said...

Love the 6" square center step card. Your coloring is beautiful and the DP's are gorgeous!!

Unknown said...

Hi Sandy,
Gorgeous card, fabulous papers. Thanks for the dimensions too hun - I will definitely be using those. Thanks for sharing with us at DCD and OLL this time.
Dawn x

Sandy Fredrick said...

Sandy, I love the coloring on the roses and those papers are wonderful. Everything is so bold, I really like this one.

Jackie Randolph said...

Sandy - one word for your card- *GORGEOUS*

Really liked this center step template!! Thanks for all you do to make our team so Wonderful!

Stacey Adams, SweetStamps.com said...

Stunning card Sandy. I love the bold, vibrant colors and the DP you used are gorgeous! Awesome coloring on the roses too!

dmbennett said...

Beautiful Card Sandy. Love the colors you used and that rose stamp. Thanks for picking this center step card for our challenge this week. It was fun to do. I will do more like this in the future.

Dawn B

Jacqueline L. Challiss Hill said...

Absolutely gorgeous! Those papers are so pretty... love it!

Leah l'Orange said...

gorgeous! thank you for the template - i'll definitely save this one, and hope i can create something as lovely as your card! thanks so much for playing along at Make it Colourful - the leaves, while subtle, have just that little pop of yellow, making them so much more realistic. lovely!

Wendi said...

Wow gorgeous card amazing colouring and colour combo
Thank you so much for sharing with us at ooh la la this week

Lesley said...

Beautiful card! Thanks for joining us at SFC xx

Dragonlady said...

Beautiful centre stepper Sandy, thanks for sharing at DCD.

Hugs Ali x

Dawnll said...

I love all the wonderful papers you used to highlight this wonderful stamp...yummy!
Wonderful job with this center card sweetie