I get a weekly newsletter and it had a really neat card in it. So I sat down made one for my mother in law for her birthday. It looks like it is complicated but it really isn't! It is called a criss cross card because the two front pieces criss cross each other. To make it you need solid card stock, patterned paper, stamps and embellishments if you want, along with ink, adhesive and your favorite method of paper cutting.
You need to cut your two pieces of solid card stock to 4 1/4" x 11"
You will also need to cut a 4" x 5" piece of patterned paper if it is double sided paper. I did not use double sided paper so I cut two 4" x 5" pieces.
For the inner piece you need a piece of paper that is 3 3/4" x 5" this is the base piece so use something sturdy
Then a piece that is 3 1/2" x 4 3/4" this is the piece that you will put your sentiment or whatever on.
Score your 2 solid card stock pieces at 5 1/2" then you want to cut them diagonally. Cut one from the bottom left corner to the center top portion, then cut the other piece from right bottom to the top center. Put adhesive on one of the rectangles pieces of card stock and then put the other piece on top of it, making sure that the angled pieces are both on the bottom.
If you use double sided paper, cut this in half on the diagonal and you have your two layer pieces for the front of your card. If you use 2 pieces of paper cut them the same way you did the card stock so that you end up with two pieces to layer that are the correct angles. (I goofed on the first try lol!) Adhere your pieces to the front of your card base. Now you want to put a line of adhesive at the bottom of the rectangle so that when you close it, it forms a sealed flap. Next put a little adhesive along the edge of the corner of the flap that will be on the front, close it and seal it. You should now have a pocket.
Take your next 2 pieces, I suggest decorating the piece that you are going to decorate before you adhere it, because if you goof it up you can cut another one and not ruin the layering piece (ask me how I know lol!). After you have done that, adhere it to your layer piece.
Now you have a couple of options you can cut a strip that is 1 1/2" x 12 and decorate it and place it as a band around the card. I just folded mine once and put adhesive on the inside of the fold and a little on the card to make sure it stayed in place. I stamped one of the Running Stitches stamps on the paper and then punched a hole with my Crop a dile and attached the flower and the sequin with a brad.
I toyed with using ribbon but I wasn't sure about gluing it because it can look a little bumpy, I also looked at it without the band and decided that the next one I make I am going to decorate the front before I adhere the last flap and skip the band!
Everything used is a TAC product, Running Stitches, Spring Dreams & Wishing You are the stamp sets, I used Palette Inks Belle Rose and Toile Pink, Bazzill paper and the Bella Flor paper. The flower and the sequin/brad are from the catalog as well.
So there you have it. A really neat card that looks hard but is sooo easy!
Till next time,
Happy Stamping and Scrapping!