ID: MC Feb16 - Pyramid Gear Card - ECD Laugh, Celebrate - Happy Birthday card
size: 5"w x 6"h (card closed)

Created: February 13, 2016

OK, so I loved making yesterday's pyramid card (which you can see HERE) that my mind started percolating... and I made a guy card BIG GRIN. It's almost that time again where I need a couple.

I mentioned in the previous post the card I had published in Vamp Stamp News - July 2011. You can see that card HERE 

I'm using a bunch of the NEWEST "A Way With Words" dies from Elizabeth Craft Designs  ("Laugh") & ("Celebrate"), designed by Suzanne Cannon (also available  HERE, & HERE). 

I'm also using a sentiment & an altered quote stamp from Quietfire Design  

("Happy Birthday Plain and Simple" 7pce set); ("Home - Congratulations" 5pce set)


I scored and folded my deep brown textured cardstock (see cutting/folding image below). 

I created the background pieces with a wax crayon resist technique. Inked a piece of white cardstock, direct to paper, with Distress "Salty Ocean", ran through my embossing machine using Sizzix "Blueprint" for side 1; "Gears" for side 2; & "Steampunk" for side 3. Kept the cardstock on my embossing folder and used a white wax crayon (any wax crayon will work depending on the look you want) and hit the high points here and there. Removed from folder and used Distress stains "Vintage Photo", misted with water, smoodged with my finger a bit, then went here and there with "Tea Dye", dried. Adhered to card sides. On side 1 I cut off one leg and adhered to the under piece so they matched up. Love the distressed look it gives.

Created eCut files for the gears (Gel A Tin "Shifting Gears") and also die cut one of Tim's "Gadget Gears". PS you can use any gear images you have either die  cut or stamped and fussy cut, or even electronic images. Just get a nice assortment in small to medium sizes. Inked the stamps with Versafine Black Onyx and embossed with a mix of embossing powders. A touch of "Kettle Copper", a touch of "Chic Camo" and a touch of "Turquoise Shimmer". All these are Emerald Creek Hot Stuff embossing powders. I did this on a piece of scrap paper leaving the powders on the sheet to press the other gears into, adding powder as needed. Love the verdigris/rusted kind of look.

Side 1

Stamped the "Happy Birthday" with the ocean and embossed with the turquoise. Die cut with Spellbinders "Grommet Tags", sponged some brown around the edges, removed from die and sponged "Old Paper" lightly all over to tone down the white. 

Added a screw head brad in the gear center.



Die cut the lower case letters for "Birthday" (Elizabeth Craft Designs "Alphabet 2 - Lower Case) from various decorated scraps. Adhered to card.

Stamped the quote, minus the word "Home" using the black and clear embossed.

Added an adhesive backed Velcro closure.

Side 2: 

Die cut the word "Laugh" from white cardstock, inked with the ocean and embossed with the Turquoise shimmer. Adhered to card.


Side 2


Side 3

Side 3:

Die cut the word "Celebrate" from white cardstock, inked with the ocean and embossed with the Turquoise shimmer. Adhered to card

PS the card folds flat to the shape of one of the triangle sides.

Pyramid Template (sorry this template was for the previous card, but is basic for any size you make...)

 Start by finding the mid point on your long side. (it can be any size you want). For this card it's 9"w with a mid point of 4.5".

Measure from the mid point to the end (A1), Then place a tic mark on the side edge (A2) using the same measurement (mine is 4.5"). 

Score from those 2 marks. Repeat on other side.

Along that score line, use the same measurement as for A2, starting from the mid point (A3). Repeat on other side.

Using a quilting or right angle ruler, lightly draw a line to connect and create your bottom point. This should be a square shape.

Now draw a line to connect your outside edges to the center square and cut along that solid line.

Score down the middle

You are ready to fold and decorate.


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