Splitcoaststampers-The Stamper's Community

Issue #636 September 12th 2018
Gift Card Wallet  
Guest tutorial author Chris Slogar uses a punch board to create two versions of this adorable gift card wallet.
Supplies you'll need for this project
  • Double-sided paper
  • Envelope punch board
  • Adhesive
  • Scissors
  • Embellishments
    Our Artist in Residence answers your questions
    Q: Judith asks: "I am a newbie using watercolor paper. Can you give some hints for a beginner about the best way to use it?"
    A: Because watercolor paper is more absorbent than other papers, it does its best with techniques where water is used, though it's often used for colored pencil work as well! If you search our resources section HERE you'll find over 70 ideas for using watercolor paper! If you're going to be stamping on the paper, be sure to choose hot press paper - it has a smooth finish that takes ink very well. The textured surface of cold press or rough paper makes stamping a little more difficult. Also, be sure your stamping ink is waterproof if you want to preserve it when you paint or add water to your image - a solvent, archival, or hybrid ink is best. For cards, I use Fabriano Studio Hot Press paper, and I buy the larger size (11"x14"), which can cut into 4 A2 bases and 2 5.5" squares. The best strategy for learning is to just play and experiment, and then practice practice practice!
    Feedback From Past Tutorials
    Beverly has a tip for the Bench Fold Card: "I modified the directions to fit 8.5 x 11 paper. It's easier for me that way since I don't keep a lot of 12 x 12 around. Finished and closed the card measures: 4 1/4 x 5 1/4 (so it's 1/4" shorter than a normal A2). Modified dimensions for starting with 8 1/2" x 11" paper:
  • Card base: 4 1/4" x 11"
  • Coordinating Color for Wainscoting: 2" x 7 1/4"
  • Counter Top: 3 1/4" x 3 7/8"
  • Brace: 4 1/4" x 3/4" (doesn't show, but is mounted to the base)

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