Sunday, 8 July 2012

H2H Challenges--July 9th--Line, Line, Circle, Square!

I was drumming my fingers for a while, thinking about how to complete this week's tricky assignment at Heart2Heart Challenges:

Use TWO lines, ONE circle, and ONE square

Then I saw this stunning entry to last week's challenge, by Amy
You HAVE to see all the pictures of her Patriotic 4th of July wreath--its amazing.  She also includes a great tutorial on how to make the rosettes and dimensional paper stars. Well worth a visit.
That set me to thinking about all the things you can do with pleated paper. I also really like that red-white-and-blue (plus "sky") colour palette found in the "Superhero" paper pack. 
THAT combo made me think about summer nights, 
and that's how the PATIO LANTERN card was born.
  • I started with a 12"x1.5" piece of striped paper with the stripe going length-wise. Depending on which orientation you cut the stripes, widthwise (see photo below) or lengthwise, you will get a starburst or circular pattern when you form your rosette. I scored the strip at 1/4" increments. Go see Amy's blog (link above) for instructions on how to make the rosette. That created my circle.
Example of a rosette with the stripes going width-wise
  • Then I cut another strip of paper at 1.5"x 6" and pleated it, but glued it to a 1.5" square piece of cardstock, so it remained square--see photo:

  • I used a Sizzix "Ribbons" die for the zig-zag hanger (Line #1) and a piece of twine for the second hanger (Line #2). I added a twine bow just for fun.
  • The greeting was heat-embossed using Versamark Ink and White Daisy embossing powder. You can create any word ("summer") using clear acrylic alphabet stamps; lining them up, and placing them in just the right place on your project is fool-proof, because they are see-through.

Its really easy to pleat paper, even if you don't have a Score-Pal or Martha Stewart Scoring Board. You can use your Fiskars paper trimmer (Z338), and scoring stylus (Z608). Simply put your paper strip under the trimmer arm, but instead of using the blade, run the scoring stylus down the recessed central track, marking a line on your paper. Move the paper along 1/4" and repeat.

See Page 86 in the CTMH Spring/Summer Idea Book for more ideas, like pleated paper flowers.

Don't forget to visit the H2H blog to enter your project in this week's challenge. Your creation must include SOME (but not 100%) CTMH products.
Happy creating!

CTMH Products Used:
SuperHero Paper Pack:  X7152B (available through the end of July)
Colours:  Moonstruck, Cranberry, White Daisy, Sky, Black
Stamps: Express Postage--D1262 (retired)
               Friendship Alphabet Small C1401 (available through the end of July)
Versamark Inkpad: Z891
White Daisy Embossing Powder: Z673

Other Products:
Sizzix "Ribbons" long Sizzlet die
Denim twine from The Twinery


  1. Nice card! Thanks for sharing your tips with us!

  2. This is such a fun and creative card! Thanks for the great tips as well!

  3. Great card Caroline! I love the medallion :)

  4. That rectangular lantern is so clever! I live this card and I need to get back to playing in the H2H challenges!


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