I love the Elegantly Said stamp set and the coordinating papers called Simply Elegant. The papers have foil accents in silver, gold and copper. It's so shiny and, well, elegant. I love it with a bit of gold shimmer ribbon and gilded gems. This fold is called a Center Step Fold. I've included directions below so you can make this card at home.
To begin, cut an 8 1/2" x 5 1/2" card base from Basic Gray card stock and follow the diagram for cutting and scoring.
First cut the two vertical lines. Place the 5 1/2" side of the paper along the top of your trimmer and put the edge on the 1 1/4" mark to the right of the cutting guide. Then LIFT the cutting guide and slide the blade to the one inch mark. Cut from 1" to 5 1/4". (A narrow piece of white paper under the edge of the cutting guide will help you to see the numbers and lines easier.)
Then FLIP the paper over and repeat that cut. Make sure your cutting lines are both 1" from the top.
Now move your cutting blade down to the bottom of the cutting guide. Place the 8 1/2" side of the card base along the top edge of the trimmer with the cut lines close to the left edge of the paper. Place the edge at the 1" mark on the left of the cutting guide this time and score from the top edge to the cut line. STOP. Pick up the scoring blade and lower it to the second cut line and score from the line to the bottom edge.
Repeat this at the 2" mark and 5 1/4" mark. (The 5 1/4" mark should line up with the other end of the cut line.)
Now move back to 4 1/4" and score the middle section of the card base only. Score just in between the two lines you cut earlier.
Fold on the score lines so that the 1st and 3rd lines are mountains and the 2nd score line is a valley. Also fold on the 4 1/4" score line.
That's the toughest part of making this card. Once you do this cutting and scoring the first time, it will be much easier.
Now cut your patterned paper and do your stamping.
You will need the following sizes of paper:
Adhere the patterned paper to the sides and the front/bottom. You can make the long rectangle for the front the same as the sides or a piece of coordinating Simply Elegant paper. As you'll see in the photos below, I matted the scalloped circle on a slightly larger Basic Gray card stock circle for several of the cards. The Gold Shimmer ribbon ties a beautiful bow and a few Gilded Gems adds a bit of sparkle. Your card is now complete.
I hope you will try making a Center Step card and share with a special someone. Remember to Hop on over to another blog to see more beautiful Thank You cards and to be inspired!
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