I LOVE cards with unusual folds. So when I found these Outer Stair Step Cards from The Paper Cut, I just had to have them! These are die cut and scored cards that fold in an interesting way that allow me to add all sorts of stuff to "junk it up" as my friend Cathy would say.
If you can't find these cards or you prefer the challenge of cutting and scoring your own stair step cards, just Google "stair step cards" and you'll find tons of on-line tutorials.
I had a pile of Valise paper scraps left from my banner project at the beginning of the month that I thought would work perfectly to cover the cream card front and add interesting details and dimension to the steps on this card.
- Papers: Valise--Bill of Sale, Rustic, Keepsake, Tickets Please, and Bauble 12X12 scraps
- Ink: Brilliance Pearlescent Chocolate
- Stamp: C212 Happy Birthday
- Stamp: C1373 Happy Birthday Candle (candle on the side)
- Stamp: B1359 Very Best (bird on the side)
- Stamp: A1707 Little Banner
- Adhesive: Glue Glider Pro with Perma Tac
- Punches: Paper Shapers 2" and 3" scallop circles; Marvy 2" square
- Other: Mizuki Cord, gold; Karen Foster mini-charms--School
Start by covering the card front with a piece of kraft paper and ink the edges. I used the back of a piece of Bill of Sale.
Add a decorative piece of paper to the tall rectangle on the card front.
Cut out and ink the edges of a number of tickets from Tickets Please and journaling blocks from Keepsake papers.
Punch scalloped squares and circles from Bauble and Rustic papers, ink the edges, and layer onto tickets and journaling blocks.
Stamp sentiments on paper scraps, trim, ink edges, and adhere with pop-dots to card elements.
Attach one ticket to the front of the first step. Add another to the second step. And place the tallest one on the third step.
To add a little more interest to the card front, I created a mini-banner. Stamp A1707 Little Banner a number of times on scrap Bauble and Rustic papers. Cut out (I cut off the tiny scallops) and adhere back-to-back pieces over a short length of Mizuki cord. Tuck one end behind the card front and secure it with a piece of heavy duty tape. Put a pop-dot behind one banner pennant and adhere that to the card front.
Because this card is going to a guy who is an architect, I tied on the pencil and compass charms with a scrap piece of twine. I'll add his name to the sentiment block on the tallest tag and numbers for his birthdate to the front under "May" to finish the card before mailing it.
Think about Stepping Up your card-making and include some stair step cards in your repertoire! Just change the sentiments and this could become a card for any number of occasions--thank you, thinking of you, anniversary, Father's Day, or whatever!