Thursday, June 30, 2011

Chris' Fab Five

No matter what project I do, I know at least one of these products will be used: Scor Pal or Scor Buddy, Scor Tape, Graphic 45 paper, Tim Holtz Distress Ink, and a Spellbinders die. To make this easel card I used all five plus some Stickles (another go-to item).

The card is a 5.5-inch square, which means I cut the easel base at 5.5 x 11 inches, and scored the base at 5.5 and 2.75 inches. I used the Le Cirque Graphic 45 for all the embellishments and fancy cut the majordomo, the Le Cirque banner, and the clown with my Cutter Bees. All edges were rubbed with distress inks (either Aged Mahogany or Black Soot). I cut the aerialist out ((2.75 x 3) and layered her over a 3.5 x 3 inch rectangle (red paper) and a 3 inch square (yellow paper). I covered the front part of the base with another Graphic 45, layered on the clown, and then attached the top square to my base. (Of course, I used Scor Tape to adhere everything.)

The top was trimmed that with Golden Rod Stickles and the yellow square with Black Diamond. (Some day I will develop a steady hand so it goes on perfectly straight!) I also added dots of Golden Rod Stickles on the background to glitz it up some more. Setting that aside to dry, I worked on my Kusudama flower (an origami floral shape). I started with five 2-inch squares and followed a tutorial by Folding Trees, inking the paper edges with Aged Mahogany and Black Soot Distress Inks. When the flower was done, I needed to trim off the bottom so I could have a flat surface and used my Fiskars finger tip blade to slice it. I covered the center with a button and two gems over the thread holes.

The next piece I made was the sentiment and for that I used Spellbinders Fancy Tags 2. I printed the sentiment (a quote from Water for Elephants) on cream cardstock and then ran the cardstock through my Xyron Sicker Maker. I adhered the sentiment to a piece of blue foam and then ran both through the Xyron together. I then cut the tag, inked it with Aged Mahogany and Black Soot Distress Inks and laid it over the cut out clown.

The banner was folded along the lines of the image to give it a bit more of a realistic look and attached with Pop Up Dots. I decided the Majordomo needed his own piece of pizazz and attached him with an Action Wobble. I know you can’t see it in the photo, but boy does he look great when he wobbles--looks like he is really drawing your attention to the aerialist! To finish the card I cut a square of Scor Tape and used it to adhere my flower as the stopping point inside the card. While it took me a while to dream this card up, it was probably one of the easiest to put together. Now I just need to make a box to deliver it in.

What are your Fab Five products? I bet you can find them at Cutters Creek!


  1. What an awesome card! You explained how to create this so well...I'm totally impressed!
    You go girl! Diann

  2. Wow Chris, This is such an amazing card my friend! *Hugs*

  3. Absolutely gorgeous, Chris..Love it..


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