Sunday, 29 July 2012

Tutorial for my Star Card of Garden Scenes

On Friday I posted this card and promised a tutorial on how I made.  This is the first time I've written a tutorial, so let me know if there's anything that isn't clear and I'll edit it accordingly!

I will give the supplies list that I used, but I do understand that you might prefer to use other products.

Stamps: Autumn Days, Nature Walk, Lovely As A Tree, All A Flutter, Faith in Nature
Ink: Bashful Blue, Wild Wasabi, Early Espresso, Crumb Cake, Always Artichoke, Basic Black, marker pens in Perfect Plum, Old Olive, Bashful Blue, Riding Hood Red, So Saffron, More Mustard
Card: Whisper White, Very Vanilla, Forest Green (non-SU)
Paper: Everyday Enchantment Designer Series paper
Other: Simply Scored board & metric board, Lacey Leaf border punch (non-SU), Whisper White 5/8" Organza Ribbon, sponge daubers

Right, let's get cracking:

Cut out five pieces of white card measuring 17cm by 10cm.

Using your preferred means, sponge on a pale blue ink for the sky and a green for the ground.  You will have to come quite far down the card (about half way) with the blue ink.  I used sponge daubers to ink with as I find them very easy to use, together with Bashful Blue and Wild Wasabi ink.

Once you are happy with your inking, here is the fun bit!  Collect together your foliage stamps and ink them up in your chosen colours.  Don't feel you have to ink up the stamp every time you stamp with it: stamp two or three times gives a good sense of perspective to your scene.  I stamped the wheat stamp from Autumn Days in Crumb Cake, the longer grass stem from Autumn Days in Early Espresso, and the silhouette type grass from Autumn Days in Early Espresso and Always Artichoke.  I added in just the top of the pine tree stamp from Lovely As A Tree in Always Artichoke as it works great as a general foliage stamp in this way.  I stamped the wild grass stamp from Nature Walk in Old Olive and Perfect Plum (colouring in the stamp directly with my marker pens).

Add in some insects into the scene: I used the bees and the smaller butterfly from Nature Walk and the big butterfly from All A Flutter.  These were stamped in Basic Black and then coloured in directly with markers, or with my blender pen and markers (the colours I used were Riding Hood Red, So Saffron and More Mustard).

Cut five pieces of green card 20cm lengthways x 10cm high.  Score and fold these down the halfway point (10cm).  Also score and fold the stamped scenes you've just made down the halfway point (8.5cm).

Cut a sixth piece of green card measuring 21cm x 10cm and score and fold at 10cm, 10.5cm and 11cm.

When your cat decides it's bedtime, make sure you give him/her plenty of attention and obey immediately.

You will make him or her very happy!

Start again the next day.  Cut out five pieces of Whisper White card measuring 15cm x 10cm.  (If you use another brand of white card, make sure it's not too thick.  Remember it's going to be folded in the middle of the book.)

Measure 2.5cm down from the top and draw a pencil line.  Do the same 1.5cm up from the bottom edge.  Draw your curtains so they are relatively equal on either side.  I did this by making a pencil mark where I wanted them to start and end on each side and drawing free hand.

When you happy with your window, cut out the middle and use it as a template for the other four pieces of white card.

Cut out five lengths of 15cm x 1.5cm of Very Vanilla card.  Stick to the bottom length of your white base pieces.  (I forgot to do it in this order which is why the photos seem a bit out of sequence!)

Use one of your windows as a template to draw out your curtain shapes onto patterned paper.  I used this lovely sheet of Everyday Enchantment because it coordinates well with the colours in the garden scene.  You will need five left curtains and five right curtains. You might want to ink the edges a little depending on the paper you use.

Cut out five pieces of Very Vanilla card, measuring 15cm x 2.5cm.  Then cut out five pieces of the same patterned paper, measuring 15cm x 2cm.  Punch down one edge with a border punch.  Adhere the patterned paper to the Very Vanilla card, and then stick onto the white base piece.  Do this for all five pieces.

Stop for a snack.  I recommend homemade white chocolate and summer fruits cheesecake. ;-p Yum!

Put double-sided tape down the edges of each of the five green pieces of card and adhere the stamped scene in place, taking care to line up the edges carefully.  This is crucial!  You are not sticking down the whole thing!

Do the same thing with the window panel.  You are only adhering the very edges.  I used the really thin strips of double-sided tape for this bit.  Do this for all five panels.

Adhere ribbon securely with tape onto the back of one of these panels.  Cut off a good length of ribbon.

Take your front cover piece (the green card measuring 21cm x 10cm).  Line up the window panel you've just stuck the ribbon to with the front cover and stick together (the whole thing this time, not just the edge).  As you have three scored lines on the cover and it is 1cm longer than the other panels, it looks like it will stick out by 0.5cm in the centre - that's OK! - you need the extra length to work well as a cover for the book when it's closed.

Repeat this to secure the ribbon to the back of the cover and stick in another of your window panels.

Now it's a case of sticking in your other window panels.  I do like double-sided tape as it's a strong dry adhesive and holds the panels in place, but use the adhesive you prefer.

Your book will now look like this:

Cut a piece of Very Vanilla card, measuring 9cm square.  Stamp your front panel.  I did mine by colouring in the quotation from Faith in Nature in Old Olive and Perfect Plum markers, adding in the wild grass stamp from Nature Walk in the same colours.  The butterfly, also from Nature Walk, was stamped in Basic Black, and I coloured it using my blender pen and Riding Hood Red and So Saffron.  Attach to the front of your book.

In the photo above, you can see why those extra scored lines and extra 1cm are so important for the front cover.

When you undo the ribbon, you can pull the front and back covers round to create a star shape:

See the original post for more close-ups of the stamped panels.

Voila!  Of course you might want another snack by this point and your cat will almost certainly want some attention!

Hope this is relatively clear, but do let me know if any of it is confusing.  If any of these supplies have caught your eye, please do not hesitate to get in touch either by phone on 07977 141605 or by email.  I'd be delighted to assist you with your crafty makes and place an SU order for you.  If the patterned paper has caught your eye, it's limited edition and you only have until Tuesday to order it, so don't hang around!

If you make a star card using this tutorial, I'd love to see what you make, so do post your link in the comments.

Thanks for visiting and well done for surviving a very very long blog post!


  1. FABULOUS tutorial and very clear. I understood everything WAHOO! I particularly like the snack breaks mentioned!

    Seriously Victoria . . . the end result is totally amazing and now I could go and make one.

    If I could be bothered.
    I mean . . . I'd REALLY have to LOVE the person I made it for to go to all that trouble! I wouldn't want the recipient to throw it out afterwards!!!!

    Sarn xxx

  2. That is a super tutorial Victoria. Well done! The project is gorgeous. Loved your cake & cat breaks too. A beautiful keepsake for someone.

    Aileen x

  3. I agree with everything Sarn says (above)....the end result is truly lovely and you really are very good at the ol' tute bit...even I could understand it.....but if I made one, I would have to attach something to say that I expect the recipient to treat this as a family heirloom....and have it insured!

  4. Sarn's right - excellent tutorial and very clear.
    If I made one I don't think I could give it away except maybe to my Mum or Niamh as I know they'd treasure it (but still only a maybe!!)
    The cat and the cheesecake are obviously necessary to success.
    It is truly beautiful.

  5. Hi Victoria

    What a fantastic tutorial .. .. you have done a brilliant job.

    The end result is amazing and a real labour of love. You must be so pleased with the finished project. It's fantastic!!

    Not sure I would be able to give it away LOL!!!

    Hope you have had a good weekend.

    Love Jules xx

  6. Wow! What a fantastic project Victoria and great tutorial, you didn't have to make me feel hungry though - that cheesecake looks so yummy!

  7. Great tutorial there Victoria. As for stopping to make cakes and give the dog some attention, it would take me ages. Perhaps you might like to pop down and make the cakes for me!
    Well, just have to tuck into my home made rhubarb crumble! Nom Nom Nom!

  8. Thanks for taking the time to do this fantastic tutorial! I don't know if I'll have enough patience, but I'd love to do this. Yours is amazing!

  9. Lol at the cat and cheesecake looked yummy. Great tutorial love the idea, will have to put that into the file of things to make. Sandy :)

  10. Victoria this is absolutely splendid. I appreciate the tutorial. Wonderful card with tutorial - wonderful cat and what a great looking snack!!

  11. Such an excellent tutorial--I think I could actually do this. I love it so much. LOVE stars and things with stars. But even more than that, would love a slice of that cheesecake, and a cuddle from your most adorably, sleepy kitty! I can almost hear a purr! What a cutie.

  12. Absolutely gorgeous star card and tutorial Victoria - thanks so much for sharing. I've made "normal" star cards in the past but must say I prefer your take on them.


    Karen x

  13. A brilliant, brilliant tutorial, definately a labour of love.
    Maybe Socks could get into the act later with a bit of stamping ????
    Gorgeous mouthwatering cheese cake.

  14. Fabulous tutorial Victoria, and such a beautiful card! A little masterpiece :o) Hugs, Lisa x

  15. It's so beautiful I nearly fell over Victoria! Any chance of one of your brilliant tutorials on how to make that yummy looking cheesecake too?!! Vicky x

  16. WOW!
    What a lovely project and a fabulous tutorial. Just love the touch of humor too. Wildflower stamps are one of my favorite to work with too.

  17. Great tutorial and project. I will try to make one soon and add some pictures to make it an album. Great job. NancyD

  18. I'm excited to see the tutorial and will be trying this when I have a minute!

  19. PINNED! ;D This is amazingly stunning, Victoria! :)

  20. Absolutely FA-BU-LOUS ! I like ! It's very original. Thanks for all these explanations. Bravo !

    Hugs from France.

  21. Wow this looks brilliant and what a very different card to send to someone :0)
    Particularily like the snack times dotted in the method...haha :0)
    Jenny x

  22. hi Victoria just going some old emails and found this great post among them really great use of the stamps . love the scene, Shaz in Oz.x


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