Tuesday 1 April 2014

Buckle up!

Hello lovely people,

Today I have TWO projects to share with you and look what is first up...

Yep, that's right, I'm super excited to be doing a guest DT spot at  Top Tip Tuesday and the theme this time is...


I was asked if I would do a tutorial and I knew straight away that I wanted to share how to make a buckle card.
I first saw this type of card here on Lyndsey's blog and just had to have a go myself, so here's a little look at what the finished card looks like...

And here's how to make it...

Cut a 4cm strip from the front right hand side of a 145cm square base card and save the offcut strip for later

Cut a panel of patterned paper to fit the front of the card and 2 panels to fit the inside of the card, leaving a small white border.  If desired, ink and stitch round the edges of all the panels

Glue the patterned paper panel to the front of the card

Take the offcut strip from step one, round the corners at one end then score and fold at 9cm from this end. This will form the 'buckle' strip.

Cut a small panel of patterned paper to fit the front of the buckle leaving a small white border, inking and stitching edges if desired.  Glue panel to buckle strip.

Inside the card mark out a slot roughly 4mm wide on the left hand side 4cm up from the bottom and 3cm from the left hand edge and cut out with a craft knife; the exact size and placement of the slot is not crucial and can be adjusted to fit where you would like it underneath the image

Attach buckle strip to right hand side 4cm up from the bottom so that the fold line of the buckle lines up with the right hand edge of the card and will fold neatly over the front of the card when closed

Glue patterned paper panel to right hand inside to cover the buckle

Stamp and colour image, trim to size and mat onto a piece of Kraft card. Cover back of image panel with foam pads or tape except for where the buckle will pass behind it; you can mark out where the slot will be by placing the image panel on the front of the card and drawing through the slot you have cut out

Cut a 4x6cm piece of white card and attach to the back of the image over where the buckle slot will be; just glue at the very left hand edge and allow it to hang over the foam pads but don't take the backing off the foam pads just yet!

This is the tricky stage; remove the foam pad backing from the image panel and poke the card strip on the back through the slot whilst you stick down image panel on front
This is what it now looks like from the front;

Glue the end of the small piece of card down inside - you can make the card without this little strip but it does allow the buckle to slide in and out much more easily without catching

Glue patterned paper panel to left hand inside to cover the slot and tab

Decorate the front of the card as desired; I have added flowers and tied some twine with tags round the buckle strip.

Here is the inside of the card and you can see that I added a white panel inside to write the greeting on.

I couldn't finish without a close up of the gorgeous little princess Tilda with a touch of Glamour Dust on the stars.

Card recipe;
Image: Tilda catching stars - Magnolia
DP: Sofiero - Maja Designs
Dies: Lavish branch - Memory Box

Copic colours;
Skin: E0000/000/00/21/11
Hair: E50/51/53/31/43
Dress / crown: RV000/R81/83/85
Wand: E31/43 & RV0000/000/R81
Socks: RV000/R81/blender
Shoes: W00/0/1/2/3
Ground: W00/0/1/2

This card was made for my niece's birthday; I hope she is still into pink!

Thanks very much to the Top Tip Tuesday team for letting me join in and do pop over to see all their lovely creations :-)
The challenge is being sponsored by the very sweet Sami Stamps so I do hope you can join in for a chance to win.

Thanks for visiting and I really appreciate any comments that you leave,

Kat xx

Challenges I am entering;
1.  Cute Card Thursday (floral delights)
2.  Sweet Magnolia (girls only)
3.  Tilda's Town (flowers)
4.  The Ribbon Girl (Magnolia only - girly)
5.  A Creative Romance (spring flowers)


Christine L said...

What a fabulous card Kat... such beautiful colouring in our favourite colour (of course).. but then.... this wonderful tutorial!! I've pinned it straight onto Pinterest so I can give it a go in the near future! Thank you for sharing - and also congrats on your GDT spot!!

Big hugs
Christine x

Squirrel x said...

This is simply gorgeous hunny! And thanks for a great tutorial (will save for reference). Awesome as always sweetie. Hugs xx

Sue said...

Congrats on your GDT spot Kat.
Your card is gorgeous, such a wonderful design, pretty papers and cute image.
Thank you for sharing your fabulous tutorial, I will definitely be popping back for another look.
hugs Sue xx

Rainey's Craft Room said...

What a fantastic card and a very well explained tutorial with great pictures to help, I'm going to give this a try, thanks.

Rebecca Bradshaw said...

Love your fabulous buckle card, this is such a different idea! Super cute Tilda too and your colouring and added sparkle are perfect!

Teresa said...

Absolutely beautiful card Kat, thank you so much for joining us at LHOSM.
hugs Teresa x
PS. thanks for the tutorial too, must try this one :) xx

Teresa said...

Absolutely beautiful card Kat, thank you so much for joining us at LHOSM.
hugs Teresa x
PS. thanks for the tutorial too, must try this one :) xx

Teresa said...

Hello again Kat, 2 comments in one day eh? Amazing! This is gorgeous though, so worth many more comments :)
thanks so much for sharing with us at A Creative Romance.
Hugs Teresa x

Jennifer said...

Oh Kat, this is stunning, gorgeous, beautiful (need I say more). Your niece will almost faint will delight...what a lucky girl she is to have such a talented aunt!

Your tutorial is fab, and congrats on your GDT spot.

Jennifer. x

Unknown said...

Christine pinched my lines!! LOL
She's absolutely tight too. This is on MY Pinterest too. Gotta try it now you've explained it and shown us the gorgeous results. Fabulous colours and colouring as per usual! xxx

Anonymous said...

Supercalifragilistic!!!! with Brass bells on! Kat I was soooo pleased you said yes to being our special Guest I knew you would make something fabulous and I was not wrong your card is brilliant and the tutorial is super perfectly cute! and your Niece will adore it even if like me shes not into pink anymore I LOVE it and she will too!

THANK YOU for being a great special Guest!! hugs me!!

ps when can you do another??
tehehhehee xx

Faye Wynn-Jones said...

Sooooo pretty and what a great tutorial x

Elaine said...

Ohhhh this is just stunning Kat!
I love this Tilda...you're colouring is superb..and I also love the buckle card, fab tutorial.
(should your niece not be into pink anymore then please send it to me!)

Big hugs
Elaine xxx

Unknown said...

What a superb tutorial Kat. Clear and precise instructions so you're not left guessing halfway through ( remember my recent craft day with you?!!). I definitely fancy a go at this. Mum x

Louise said...

Beautiful card, fabulous tutorial as well. Thanks for joining us at Tilda's Town for our challenge
hugs Louise

Babi Kind said...

Beautiful card. Love the soft colors. Thanks for the nice tutorial and for joining us at Tilda's Town. Hugs Babi

Ribbon Girl said...

really nice card Kat and a great tutorial too! Thanks for joining in with the Ribbon Girl challenge, Mary x