3D and Cute – Vintage Stepping Back in Time


Mother’s day sparks vivid memories for me of my great grandmother and grandmother…  they always had a hankie tucked into their sleeve and the hankies were so beautiful and delicate… I wanted to play around with seeing if I could make a beautiful and delicate step card that fit into a 5 1/2″ x 4 1/4″ clear envelope.  I immediately grabbed my ruler, pencil and paper trimmer to come up with a step card template that would fit into the envelope…. and … then grabbed my three all time favorite stamp sets:  Artistic Etchings, Best of Flowers (march’s stamp set)and Tea Shoppe.

I had a few challenges with the step card because the card was smaller than the regular step card.  The two sides of the step card are really narrow and trying to find a stamp that would act as a balancing agent was most important. I wanted the eyes to focus more on the middle of the step card where all the action is…

Here’s the result… again I love vintage and these stamps sets when combined correctly do vintage very well…

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psl Step Card Open

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This card is really pretty in the 5 1/2″ x 4 1/4″ clear envelope too!!!  Here’s the picture:

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psl step card closed

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This card does take a little bit of time to make and this is an advanced card in that you just need patience a bit to pull everything together.  So put the tea lights on and some soft music and let’s get started….   I am going to walk you through step by step how make the base of the step card.

Make the Base of the Step Card:

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Step Card Step 1

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1. Cut pink pirouette  cardstock 5 1/2″ x 8 1/2″….

2. Using your Paper Trimmer, cut two 6 1/2″ slits in the card  – one at 1 1/2″ and one at 4″.  The slit starts at the 1″ mark and stops at the 7 1/2″ mark.

3. Now let’s make the steps in the Step Card.  Take the front of the card and score only the middle section of the card.  You will score at 1″, 2″, 3 1/4″, 6 1/4″.

4. Now let’s score the card in half so that you can fold it and place the card in an envelop.  Score the card at 4 1/4″ – make sure you score all sections left side, middle section, right section).

5. Now fold the middle section of the card…  the score at 1″ folds down (Mountain fold),  the score at 2″ folds up (Valley fold), the score at 3 1/4″ folds down (Mountain fold), the score at 4 1/4″ folds up (Valley fold), the fold at 6 1/4″ folds down (Mountain fold).

6. The left and right sections score at 4 1/4″ fold down.

Don’t worry if you are confused… I was too!  Just take your time and if this is your first time making a step card… make two bases – one for the card and one for a template and write down all the measurements on your template…

Ok moving onward!!!  Now we have to decorate our base… I am going to treat each area of the step card as if I am creating a small tag.  This way I don’t get overwhelmed.  We will be making five small tags… two for the left/right side panels.  One for the middle front.  One that goes in the middle step of the card and One taller tag that goes in the back step of the card.

I am not going to walk through how I made each tag – I think all of you could figure that one out… but I will give measurements of how to cut the cardstock.

To make these smaller tags that we will fasten onto the step card base in various places, you will need:

1 – 8 1/2 x 11 ” sheet of basic gray cardstock.

1 – 8 1/2″ x 11″ sheet of whisper white cardstock that has been sprayed with a shimmer spray so it shimmers ( you can substitute and use shimmer paper)

1 – 12 1/2″ length of 3/8″ Pink Pirouette Taffeta Ribbon.

1 sheet of basic pearls

Dazzling Diamond Glitter Glue

Stampin’ Dimensionals

Mini Glue Dots

Snail Adhesive

Tea Shoppe Stamp Set

March Best of Flowers Stamp Set

Artistic Etchings Stamp Set

Basic Grey Ink Pad

Pink Pirouette Stampin’ Write Marker

Old Olive Stampin’ Write Marker

Marina Mist Stampin’ Write Marker

Primrose Petals Stampin’ Write Marker

Itty Bitty Punch – Flower

Paper Snips

To Make Side Panel Tags:

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step card side panel

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1. Cut two 1 1/4″ x 4″ basic gray cardstock panels.

2. Cut two 1″ x 3 3/4″ whisper white shimmer cardstock panels.

3. Decorate the whisper white shimmer cardstock Panels: I used the Small Medallion Stamp from Artistic Etchings and basic gray ink pad to decorate this panel… I also created a little dimension by punching out the medallion portion of the stamped image and attaching to panel with a stampin’ dimensional.  You can also use pink pirouette ribbon on top/ bottom corners.  Add pearls to each side.

4. Center horizontaly and vertically the whisper white shimmer cardstock on the basic gray cardstock and attach with mini glue dots.  Do this step twice for each Panel.

5. Attach the side panel tags to the step card by centering each panel onto the pink pirouette panels.

To Make Front Center Tags:

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step card middle tag

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1. Take the scraps from the whisper white shimmer cardstock and using basic gray ink and the Tea Shoppe Stamp set stamp the oval with the rose twice and then cut each out.  Color both cut out images with old olive and pirouette pink stampin’ write markers. Using dazzling diamond glitter put a dot on the peony on the stamped image and spread around the flower evenly with your finger. Attach a stampin dimensional between both cut out images.  Add two medium sized pearls to the cut out image.  Attach to step card base front middle.

2. Stamp the right most tea cup using old olive ink twice on the scraps from the whisper white shimmer cardstock using basic gray ink.  Cut out both images and sandwhich a stampin dimensional between them. Using Dazzling Diamond Glitter Adhesive, spread the adhesive so it is evenly spread on the cup.  Let dry and then attach to the back of the peony image in step 1 of this set of instructions.

To Make Middle Center Tags:

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step card center

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1. Using the whisper white shimmer cardstock cut a rectangle 2 1/4″ x2″ and set aside.

2. Using the basic gray cardstock cut a rectangle 2 1/4″ x 2 1/2″ and attach the whisper white shimmer card stock to it so that it is centered horizontally and vertically.

3. Using whisper white shimmer cardstock scraps, stamp the rose flower bouquet from Best of Flowers stamp set twice.  Color in the flowers with Pink Pirouette and Primrose Petals Stampin’ Write Markers.  Color the leaves using old olive Stampin’ Write Marker.  Cut out the first image.  Then only cut out the rose and large leaf from the second image.  Attach the rose and large leaf to the cut out image using a stampin dimensional.  Sandwich a stampin dimensional between the flowers.  Center and attach to the whisper white shimmer cardstock rectangle with a stampin’ Dimensional.

4. Attach the whisper white cardstock rectangle to the based gray cardstock rectangle making sure it is centered horizontally and vertically.

5. Using the Dazzling Diamonds adhesive, cover the rose flower using your finger to spread adhesive evenly.

6. Attach the pearls to the right top of the tag and to the rose middle.

7. Attach tag to the middle step in the step card.

8. Attach a pink pirouette 5/8″ Taffeta bow.

To Make Middle Center Tag:

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step card back center

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1. Using the whisper white shimmer cardstock cut a rectangle 2 7/8″ x 2″ and set aside.

2. Using the basic gray cardstock cut a rectangle 2 1/4″ x 3 1/8″ and attach the whisper white shimmer card stock to it so that it is centered horizontally and vertically.

3. Using whisper white shimmer cardstock scraps, stamp the tea for two saying from the tea shoppe stamp set twice and cut out the both images    Sandwich a stampin dimensional between the two images.  Center and attach to the top of the whisper white shimmer cardstock rectangle with a stampin’ Dimensional.

4. Using whisper white shimmer cardstock scraps, stamp the remaining two tea cups from the tea shoppe stamp set… using pink pirouette stamp’ write marker and a marina mist stampin’ write marker.  Do this twice and carefully cut out the tea cups – you should have four of them.  Sandwich the like colored tea cups together with a dimensional and the attach to whisper white shimmer cardstock.  Add pearls to embellish.

5. Attach to whisper white cardstock on tag as shown above.

6. Take a 2″ pink pirouette ribbon and arrange inside the Tea for Two images as shown above.

7. Attach tag to the back step in the step card.

Inkspirations:

– Try different stamp sets with this step card.

– Add a saying such as Happy Birthday to the top middle tag.

Enjoy and hope YOU can try this one… it is very fun…

Marie Signature

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Comments

  1. Chris Hnatiuk says:

    Oh my,this is just such a wonderfully feminine card–soft, pink and soothing! Fantastic job, Marie!

  2. Beautiful card, thanks for sharing it with all of us.

  3. Shirley Baker says:

    This is unbelievably beautiful. Thanks for sharing how you made it.
    Blessings,
    Shirl

    • Oh gosh thank you… I had so much joy making this card I couldn’t not share! I hope if you do try this one that you too will have joy! Isn’t that what life is about?

      God Bless,
      Marie

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