Wednesday, 6 April 2016

WWC62 - Life is a Beautiful Ride!

Watercooler Wednesday

I'm so excited about this week's challenge!  Why?  Because I really enjoy Tic-Tac-Toe Challenges.  They allow so much freedom of choice but there are still guidelines.


For me, the hardest part of doing the Tic-Tac-Toe challenge is making the choice.  Just like in the game, one has to choose three across OR three vertically OR three diagonally.  After a lot of deciding and changing my mind, I finally cried "halt!" and stopped the madness.  My final choice was the first diagonal row or, in other words, Flower, Watercolor, and Fun Fold.  It was easy after that.  Can you tell I'm lousy at decision-making?

For my fun fold I decided to use a design which I had found back in 2012, made by Vrena Heukske.


I discovered today, however, that the page for the card doesn't work any longer.  But I kept the measurements and template which I had adapted to fold into a 5 1/4" x 5 1/4" square card.  (The original was a much larger European card.


What I love about this fold is that it  has a pleat on each end, one in the outside frame and one in the inside frame.  The result is that the card stands up beautifully.  For writing, there is the whole of the centre back which is enough for a good length of note if that's what you want.

This is the closed card.

This is the watercoloured panel inside.

And this is the open, standing card. 

I've used Soft Suede as my base cardstock and then added a frame of the Botanical Gardens Designer Series paper.  My main colours are Soft Suede, Old Olive, Marina Mist, Watermelon Wonder and Hello Honey.  The centre panel is watercoloured using my Aquapainter on Whisper White cardstock.

I've used several stamp sets for this card:  Beautiful Ride, Pedal Pusher, In the \Meadow and Botanical Blooms.  

I hope you'll check out the cards created by the other Watercooler Artists at the Watercooler Wednesday Challenge this week.  Better still, find the direction you want to go in the Tic-Tac-Toe choices and link up your own card.



20 comments:

  1. Lovely card; would it be possible to clarify the cutting/scoring. Is it 1 1/4 down as well as 1 1/4 across to the red line? Can't quite figure it out from the template sorry.

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    1. The scoring is shown with the broken lines and the cutting is shown with the solid red lines. As long as you remember that, it is really easy. If you're unsure, use a piece of typing paper for your test run. A cheap way to see if you're doing it right plus it gives you a physical template for future cards.

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  2. This card is amazing! Just got to try that fold, and looks like I also need the stamp set 😊 thanks for sharing, as a newbie I love seeing all reservations great designs

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    1. Thanks, Clare. You can make wonderful scenes with other stamp sets as well, although I happen to love that Beautiful Ride set. Well---all of the ones I used. :)

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  3. Beautiful card...lovely scene you created. Thank you for sharing your template...I will try it out!

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    1. Thanks, Cami. Enjoy the template. It's a simple but fun fold.

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  4. Thanks for sharing Heidi, I saw this on stampin' cafe and went and found your blog straight away. Thanks for the measurement to make the card.

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    1. Thanks, Helen. It's really a simple fold. You just have to make sure the fold lines don't extend past where I show them or the cut lines, either. But it's such a showy fold even though it is so simple.

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  5. Hi Heidi! I have a question: do I score 1-1/4" from the sides and also 1-1/4" from the top and bottom? Thank you!

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    1. Hi Cami, no the line from the top and bottom is solid and red. My key at the top right indicates that is a line which you cut. Be careful only to cut where that line is red.

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  6. Heidi...you really outdid yourself on this one!!! I just love the fold! Thanks for the directions! And the watercoloring & fussy cutting & flowers on the edges!! Wonderful card!

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    1. Wow, Cheryl! Thanks for the wonderful compliments.

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  7. Heidi - I'm speechless....this is such an eye catcher!
    Thanks for the template!
    Regina

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    1. Thanks so much, Regina. Enjoy the template.

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  8. Another stunning card Heidi. Thanks for sharing the template!

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    1. Thanks so much, Marie. Let me see your creation if you use the template.

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  9. Heidi, A simply stunning card! Thank you for the direction on this special fold. I'll have to give it a try in the future. Thank you for your inspiration for my Tic Tac Toe challenge this week. -Leanne

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    1. Thank you so very much, Leanne. It's an easy but very showy card. I'm sure you'll enjoy making the fold. Your choices for the Tic Tac Toe were great.

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  10. Holy cow!!!! This is amazing Heidi! It's clear you put a ton if time and effort into this card!!! Your ability to magically weave all these different stamp sets together is incredible! Well done!

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    1. Thanks so much, Jenny. Surprisingly the card came together easily once I had decided what to do. It's a showy but very easy fold.

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