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Thursday, May 10, 2012

Perfect For A Reader!

This card was made especially for my niece, who LOVES to read. When I saw a card similar to this on Pinterest, I knew I had to make one! This would also make a great gift card holder for a book store gift card.

  • Real Red card stock - 5 1/2 x 8 1/2 (fold for card base)
  • Whisper White card stock - 4 x 5 1/4
  • Variation of Real Red Designer Series Paper - Each piece started out 5/8" x 4 3/4", I used the 1" circle punch to round the edges as pictured below. I varied the length of each book, so there is no need to measure!
  • Soft Suede ink - beside stamping the sentiment, used for sponging all edges of books, and also with a blender pen to create a base for the books.
  • White Baker's Twine (124262)
  • Jewelry Tag Punch (117190)
  • Fabulous Phrases stamp set (117002 wood/ 120501 clear)
  • Blender Pen and Sponge

Baker's Tips:
  • After sponging all the edges of the books, adhere them to a scrap piece of card stock behind them to keep them together. Do not allow the scrap to show. This will make it easier to tie on the Baker's Twine.
  • To thread my tags, I use a paper piercing tool or 1/16" hole punch to create a hole. Then I used a needle threader (found at your local sewing or craft store), to help me guide the ribbon through. I LOVE having a needle threader. You will not regret the purchase!
  • Estimate where you will be placing the books, and use the blender pen to create a surface.
  • Adhere your book assembly to the card base.


seralewis said...

Not sure how I missed this when it came out, but it's GORGEOUS. I need to steal it. I mean, CASE it. Thanks for posting on Pinterest so I could stumble over it there!!

Cindy said...

I just made this card in Rich Razzleberry for our pastor who is leaving to head the library at one of our seminaries. It's perfect! TFS.

Deena Boos said...

Oh good! That sounds like the perfect occasion!

Colleen McCloskey said...

I swore I commented the other day but don't see it.

I planned this card for a card making party. I couldn't get a good shadow with ink plus blender pen. I could easily do it with a watercolor crayon but those are retired. Do you have a trick you use with the ink?

Deena Boos said...

Hi Colleen! I squeeze a spot of ink into the lid of my ink pad. Then I pick up the ink with the blender pen. It usually has way too much ink on it, so before I put it on my card stock, I wipe some off on a piece of scratch paper, until the ink looks pretty light. I start along the edge of the 'books', so it's dark near the books, and then I work sort of fast in a back and forth motion, moving downward as I go. If it's too light, I add a little on top, close to the books. I have also done a lot of shadowing with Sahara Sand.

Also, your blender pen can't be dry.I hope this helps! Send me an email if you are still having difficulties. dboos@nc.rr.com

Bruxa said...

I loved!
So cute!

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