Warning: This is a super long post with two tutorials and photograph heavy. Grab your favorite beverage and get comfy!!!
I found this card on Nancy's blog, Artful Notions, and fell immediately in love. While I love Papertrey Ink, it was this particular card that "forced" me to buy the Polka Dot Parade #1 set and the Polka Dot Parade #1 die set. I must admit, I have little will power, and with stamp set that only costs $5.00 and die set only costs $3.00, how can you go wrong?!
So, I decided to use Nancy's card and some test tubes I had in my stash. These particular test tubes are flat on the bottom and have a silver screw on top. This is what I came up with:
Now, I generally like all of the stuff I make, but there is something about these that I really love.
Here is a quick tutorial to make the actual card.
Cut a piece of cardstock 8 1/2 inches by 5 1/2 inches. Using a Scor-Pal, score at 3 1/2 inches, 4 1/4 inches and 5 inches.
Fold the card in half at the 4 1/4 inches.
On the folded edge, score at 3/4 inches, 1 1/2 inches, 4 inches, and 4 3/4 inches.
Cut out the center between the score lines all the way to the main score at 5 inches.
When you open the card up, it should look like this:
The test tube will just slide in the card.
I don't have a basket die, so I decided to improvise by using two oval Nestabilities dies. I used the largest and next largest oval die, the tan embossing pad, and a scrap of paper.
First, cut a large oval out.
Now, put the large oval on the cutting platform on the die cutting machine. Lay the embossing mat about half way down on the oval. Then, layer the smaller oval die on top.
Run the oval through the machine. It will stop when it hits the embossing mat. Back it up and this is what you will get:
If just flipped it over and folded the part of the small oval that cut back and adhered it to the back of the basket.
Then, I just trimmed the bottom of the basket to give it a flat bottom.
You can decorate your card front and inside, fill it up with some jelly beans and viola you have a great Easter treat. To make it even more special, you can just put a gift card in the inside pocket. This was a great project to use up lots of little scraps of paper you may have saved for a rainy day.
Special thanks to Nancy, for the wonderful inspirations for this project!
Stamps: Papertrey Ink-Polka Dot Parade #1
Paper: Echo Park, My Mind's Eye, American Crafts, Recollections, Bazzill
Misc: Test tubes, pop up dots, Polka Dot Parade #1 Die set, Nestabilities, paper punches, half pearls, paper shred, candy, Martha Stewart Doilies, Papertrey Ink Fillable Frames #5 Die, pom poms, Scor-Pal, Quickutz Doily Die, Papertrey Ink Mat Stack #3 Die, Cuttlebug Swiss Dots Embossing Folder
If you need the test tubes, I have some listed in my Etsy Shop, so just hop on over. If you use another type of tube, you will need to adjust the size of your score marks to accomodate the size of the tube.
Thanks for stopping by,