This is our final paper entry post before sharing the full details on the Summer Solstice Challenge Grand Prize winner’s projects. (What a mouthful!) If you’ve been following along, you are sure to be feeling an inkling of the struggle the judges had in making a decision. Please be sure to stop by the project you liked the best and leave words of encouragement for these artists!
This paper project is an elegant card, with very amazing and fine details.
Nona describes this project in great detail:
The project I have made with my KNK Zing 3-Wheel Die-Cutter is a card celebrating the 50th wedding anniversary of my friend’s parents. Because of the significance of the event, I wanted to produce a card that went outside the bounds of traditional anniversary cards. Moreover, the card had to convey my respects, my well wishes, and feelings of my celebration to the recipients.
1. I began by selecting a basic rectangle shape from the Make The Cut Basic Shapes gallery, which I duplicated twice more for a total of three rectangles of uniform size and shape.
2. I then laid these rectangles end to end across the mat workspace, enlarged the center rectangle (both height and width), and then welded (Edit > Shape Magic > Weld) the three rectangles together. The two end rectangles would form the basis for the card’s “gates”. The enlarged center rectangle was a place-holder for the card’s message.
3. A Half Round Red (Generic) shape from the Basic Shapes gallery was rotated a quarter turn (so that the flat edge faced downward) and placed (and welded) at the top center of the center rectangle.
4. I then took a Half Circle (Generic) shape from the gallery, rotated it a half-turn (again, with the flat edge facing downward) and duplicated it. These two Half Circles then were placed and welded on either side of the rotated Half Round shape at the top of the rectangle, so that the total width of the three shapes exactly spanned the length of the center rectangle. Three more Half Circles, rotated to the same angle, were reduced in size and then placed and welded so that their total width spanned the arc of the Half Round Red.
5. Next, I selected the Heart 1 (Generic) shape from the Basic Shapes gallery, reduced the size, then place eight of these heart shapes along the outer edges of all five Half Circles. All shapes were then welded together.
6. Again, I selected the Heart 1 (Generic) shape from the gallery, reduced it size (even smaller than the hearts already placed on the edges), and centered this smaller heart inside one of the hearts along the edges. I then duplicated the process for all the hearts along the edges.
7. I used the Magic Shape tool to join the two groups of hearts (the original hearts along the edges and the smaller ones inside them) and cut out the smaller heart from each edge heart.
8. The hearts were then welded to their respective Half Circles.
9. I selected the Scalloped border from the gallery, reduced the border size, and placed one along the center of the bottom half of each outer Half Circle (the ones at the tops of each of the outer two rectangles).
10. Three hearts – two upside down and one right side up – with smaller hearts inside them and cut out using Magic Shape (see Steps 6 and 7) were then added to the bottom of each of the two Half Circles below the scalloped border. Because the hearts were spaced equidistant, edge-to-edge, the space between them was treated as white space and automatically cut out by the program.
11. I selected the Dove shape from the Basic Shapes gallery, duplicated it once, then flipped the second Dove horizontally so that it mirrored the first.
12. I reduced both Doves in size and welded them, respectively, to the left and right sides of the card.
13. I had the program cut out two copies of the card, because I wanted to salvage parts from the second card to embellish the first.
14. I used scissors to cut the two doves from the second card and laid them over the doves on the first card, with gold vellum between the two.
15. The six flowers on the card were placed on the card with gold vellum sandwiched between flowers and card.
16. I painstakingly added liquid pearls to select areas of the card – this step took the longest amount of time, about a day between adding and letting the pearls dry.
17. I added a real pearl to the center of each of the six flowers.
18. I added a rectangle of gold vellum as a backdrop for the greeting onto the center of the central rectangle.
19. I added 50th Anniversary 3D Embellishments (Kay and Company) to appropriate areas of the card.
20. I printed the card message onto white cardstock, cut it out with a paper-cutter into a rectangle smaller than the gold vellum rectangle in Step 18, and affixed this to the gold vellum rectangle.
21. I used hand scoring tools to score the card in four places so that it would fold properly (quad- fold).