Edisto Island collection from SVGcuts.com. It is such a beautiful project! It definitely took some extra time to figure out how the design works. When it was all said and done, I made 2 design changes to create the card you see above:
- In order for the house and tree embellishments to stand erect, you need to use a heavy weight cardstock for your base card. Unaware of this, I had used a standard weight cardstock so my step card did not hold its' form well. I supplemented by making a second step card out of thin chipboard and adhering it underneath the cardstock which worked very well.
- I also added extra leaves to my trees so that the brown of the tree trunks was not so dominate.
|I gave this card to a dear friend for her 40th birthday.|
Once I had the hang of the design and a sense of its' structure, I started on Aidan's graduation card. I cut my step card using my Cricut since the Edisto Island already has the cut. I was grateful because it was late and I didn't have the mental energy to do any measuring, scoring or manual cutting.
First, I enlarged the SVGCUTS step card template to 11.45" wide so that I was able to use the entire sheet of 12 x 12" paper. I wanted to direct you to a Cricut Template for the card, but I could not find a step card file on ANY of the Cricut cartridges. Have no fear because you can cut one by hand, easy peasy. It is not at all the headache I thought it would be! There are loads of websites that have templates and instructions. Here are a few:
Krafty Hands Online -for fantastic templates and a video tutorial.
Practical Publishing Australia - An article on 47 stepper card templates!
Once you have your card, the next step is deciding on what embellishments you want to add. I used 2 Cricut cartridges for mine- Locker Talk and Recess. I tinkered with the colors to better suit the design and added a thick strip of paper to fill in the negative space on the front panel. We will write a sweet message on the back.
NOTE: I adhered my layered cuts like the school and computer onto heavy cardstock "tabs" (for lack of a better descriptive word) and then glued those tabs directly onto the fold ridges so that I could stagger the heights of the die cuts and prevent them from falling forward or backward.
I think this is a viable solution for just about any embellishment you want to stand vertically rather than lay backwards or fall forwards. Of course there is a bit of a slant which part of dimensional impact but nothing is being tugged by gravity which was a problem with my first card.
I think Aidan will treasure this card as he is very sentimental and the embellishments are exactly what he is associating with middle school right now...especially the laptop!