Friday, April 10, 2020

Z-Fold Sketch Inspired Card

Hello! I created this card to join the Newton's Nook Challenge Blog using a sketch. When I saw the sketch and how most of its elements are to the right side of the card, I immediately thought about creating a Z-Fold card. I watched Jennifer McGuire's video to refresh my mind on how to create this card. I then looked at my Newton Nook stamps to choose which stamp I will be using for my card. I chose this Koala bear from the Pina Koala mini stamp set. I also chose my paper and settled with the Pebbles Chasing Adventure collection. I thought I have a pineapple themed patterned paper but it was not a part of the paper pad that I have. No worries! I still have other papers to chose from anyway.

I stamped the Koala bear on Strathmore Bristol paper with Lawn Fawn Jet Black ink. I created a mask for the pineapple since I am going to use a pineapple shaker sticker from the Pebbles Chasing Adventure collection instead. I stamped the other hand of the Koala bear as well. I colored the Koala with Zig Clean Color Real brush markers. I tried Karin markers on this paper but the pigment was not blending so I switched to Zig which is already tried and tested on Bristol paper. I fussy cut the image leaving a white border around it. I did the same thing with the hand. I adhered the shaker sticker to the Koala bear, then adhered the Koala hand to the pineapple. I set this aside.

I cut a 8 1/2" x 5 1/2" Neenah Solar white card stock. I scored this at 4 1/4" on the long side to create a side folding card. I marked the front of the card at 2 1/8". I taped a circle die with a non-tacky tape, centering this on the front of the card. I partially die cut the circle, positioning the cutting plate on the fold side with the edge on the pencil marks.

I die cut the same circle on a green patterned paper. I trimmed two pieces of yellow paper at 3 1/2" x 4 1/4". I blended Hero Arts Butter Bar dye ink on one of these pieces using NND Sunscape Stencil. The right side of my paper is longer than what the stencil covers. I rotated the stencil, lined it up with the already inked sun rays so I can extend the rays as I blended ink. I used the Picket Fence Life Changing Brush to blend the ink.  I trimmed this paper and the other yellow paper at 2 1/8", trimming off a sliver on one side of each panel.

Somehow, I feel there is something lacking on the card, specifically the top and the bottom areas of the card. Looking through my stash, I found the Ink Blot Shop Botanical Borders stamp set. I used a gray ink to stamp this on the top and bottom areas of the card.

I die cut half of the circle on one of the plain yellow papers. I adhered these yellow panels to the Z-fold card base. I added embossing to the patterned paper strip. I traced the wave line with a glue pen and poured Ranger Verdigris embossing powder to it, then heat set it.

For the sentiment, I used one of the die cuts from the Pebbles collection. I traced this on a kraft card stock to make this sturdy since this sentiment strip will be extending beyond the circle, and will be part of the Z-fold. I traced the letters on the sentiment strip with a rose gold marker. I embellished the circle patterned paper by adding glue to the dots and pouring Wow! Pearl Silver embossing powder to this, then heat set it.

I adhered the kraft colored strip to the white circle base, adhere the circle patterned paper next, then the sentiment strip. I adhered the koala with foam adhesive.

Thank you for visiting my blog. Have a SAFE, blessed, brilliant and creative day!

Maria Giselle B.

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  1. VERY CLEVER!!! Thanks for joining us at Inky Paws!!

  2. Making a Z-fold card using the sketch is a fabulous idea! The little pineapple shaker is a nice touch! So glad you shared this with us at Inky Paws!