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The KEY to a Great Card

Hi! My name is Alishia and I am a KraftaholicMommy!

I am so excited to come here today and talk to each of you! Today is a bit of an inspirational project. When it comes to crafting, especially paper crafting, you have to expect accidents. More often than most may realize, but some of the most amazing inventions or creations are complete surprises. The French Dip Beef sandwich for instance is a funny story. A little mom and pop restaurant was serving a simple beef sandwich to a regular customer, when the chef dropped the sandwich bun in a pot of gravy. The customer said to just keep going with the gravy soaked bread. Years later, this restaurant is on the map, being known for one of the worlds most popular sandwiches. Most crafters tend to be secretive about admitting that how they manage a new, fun, and creative project was completely by making a mistake. I am not saying that about today’s card.

I totally made a mistake when I was working on this card. I will explain as we go through how to make this fun card. Let’s get started with supplies.

The Paper

Base Dark Brown measuring 8 1/2 inches by 5 1/2 inches scored at 4 1/4 inches

(3) Lighter Brown measuring 5 1/4 inches by 4 inches

(3) Gray measuring 5 inches by 3 3/4 inches

(3) Vanilla measuring 4 3/4 inches by 3 1/2 inches

(2) scraps of dark brown

(2) scraps of white


StaZOn Jet Black

Stampin’ Up Early Espresso


Birthday Wishes from JoAnn’s

Retired Stampin’ Up Set- Artifacts

Other Supplies

Layering Rectangle Framelits

Sizzix BigKick

Acrylic Mounting Blocks

Label Punch

Tape Runner


Bone Folder

Step one: The Base

Simply take this piece and score it at 4 1/4 inches. Fold this card and using your bone folder, really varnish that fold. This is necessary because of all of the layers that will be going on this card.

Step Two: The First Lighter Brown Layer

In my Retired Stampin’ Up Set- Artifacts, I found a really pretty, vintage looking clock. I took this stamp and using my Early Espresso ink, I stamped this image along all four edges of the card stock. I did not see a point in stamping over the entire piece because only a quarter inch will be showing. It would be a waste of ink to do any more than the edges. I did this method to every Lighter Brown piece.

Step Three: The Gray Piece

The next stamp I used was a pretty little design from the same stamp set from the previous step. I stamped this image with the Early Espresso ink along all four edges. After stamping the edges, I used my tape runner to adhere this piece to my lighter brown piece.

Step Four: The Vanilla Piece

This is the layer that I made my booboo. Let’s start with what I was planning on doing. I was suppose to take two of the vanilla pieces and stamp the pretty keys all over them. Then, I was suppose to only stamp the key three times in the bottom right corner of my vanilla piece. What I wound up doing was, stamping that last piece just like I did with the first two pieces. Then, without even thinking or paying complete attention, I took my tape runner and added that to the first two pieces and then layered them on to the card. I didn’t realize that I had done that, until I was ready to stamp my inside sentiment. I was so frustrated for literally a minute. I realized that I had just gotten a new framelit set.

Step Five: The Dark Brown Scrap Paper

In this step, I simply used my 4 3/8 inches by 3 5/8 inches scallop rectangle and ran that through my BigKick. I was not quite done with dark brown. I used my label punch on my second piece of dark brown. While I had my dark brown label piece in my hand, I used my paper snips to cut that label in half long ways.

Step Six: The Two White Scrap Pieces

I took my first scrap of white paper and stamped my “Birthday Wishes,” in StaZOn Jet Black. From there I centered my sentiment in the label I used my tape runner and adhered one of the half pieces of dark brown label to the top of the back of my white label piece. I then adhered my other half of my label to the bottom back of my white label piece. I really like how this top and bottom layered look really makes my label pop. With the second piece of my white scrap paper, I stamped with my StaZOn Jet Black the “Have a Wonderful Birthday,” stamp. I centered my rectangle framelit (3 inches by 2 5/16 inches) to my sentiment. Then, I ran that through my BigKick. I layered that new white piece to my dark brown with my tape runner and layered that to the middle of the inside of the card. The only thing that was let was putting dimensionals to the back of my label piece and adhered it to the center of the front of my card.

Once I completed step eight, I felt the card was finished. This card was actually so much fun to make. I really enjoyed all of the stamping. It truly is a treat to see just a few pieces of paper turn into something really quite amazing.

I hope you enjoyed today’s post. If you did, feel free to like, comment, and/or share this post, I would greatly appreciate it. Also, feel free to share your projects with me on my Facebook page, I would love to see what you are all working on. Until next time,

Thank you and God Bless!

Happy Krafting!


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