April 21, 2014

Criss Cross Card with Stand

Hi, everyone.  It’s Charlotte C.  Thank you, Sheila, for inviting me here again this month. 

For my daughter and son-in-law's anniversary I knew I wanted to make a black and white criss cross card, but getting it to stand was the dilemma.  Thank goodness for Youtube.  Check out Greeting Card Stands by Christina Griffiths for a few examples of stands. 

If you’re not familiar with that type of card, I’ve drawn a little diagram to show the fold and cut lines.  I started with two pieces of 6 x 12 off-white card stock, but I would suggest 5 ½ inches so you can use a regular 6 x 9 envelope.  Anyhow, because of the size, I couldn’t get the whole two pieces into my camera frame, so I just drew a little sketch for you.
 I used a CTMH retired paper pack called For Always for the designer paper.  I cut one piece of 6 x 6 DP diagonally for the sides and another piece just under 6” square which I adhered to the inside center.  I added some lace along the diagonals (purely optional), then folded in the ends using red line tape along the bottom only.
   When it's folded and taped you'll have something that looks like this
 For the insert, I stamped and typed the sentiment on off-white card stock, matted it to a piece of DP that's about 1/8th inch smaller than the base center so it would pull out easily, punched a hole and added some ribbon for the pull.  On the front, I used a lace die cut (Anna Griffin) and adhered a stamped and colored image to it (so cute). 

 Then you just pull the ribbon to read the entire greeting and sign the card.

 The stand I chose to make was simple.   It's 3 x 5 1/2 in matching card stock.  I made a template sized at 2 x 4 1/2, centered it on the 3 x 5 1/2 piece, and cut around the template in two "U" shapes, as you see here.

 Here's what the stand looks like once it's attached to the back of the card.   

 The glue hadn't quite dried clear and smooth when I took the picture, as you can see.  Just come up about 1/2" from the bottom of the card.  (I used removable tape to be sure I had it in the right position before I glued it on.  My card's kind of heavy and I wanted to be sure it stood up straight.  If I put it up too high, the card kind of leaned back too much.  Just a tip to test placement before gluing.)

 This card really goes fast so I hope you try it.  Thanks for being here today and have a great week.

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