Saturday, February 24, 2018

A Tip O' the Hat

Hi!  It's Kim from Katydid Cards.  For my project this month, I decided to make a St. Patrick's Day card using a technique I've never tried previously.  Here's the flying easel card I made using the Leprechaun Hat

But before I share my card, though, I want to remind you about the Freebie of the Day at Miss Kate's.

I must have been feeling a little too confident because I decided not to consult any sort of tutorial before making this card.  My thought being, "I've made easel cards hard can this be?"  Well...turns out I learned a thing or two from my mistakes.

I cut the opening and sized my Leprechaun hat to fit.  I ran a piece of clear thread side to side through the center.  Mistake #1.  I should have run the thread top to bottom for two reasons.  First, the weight of the hat pulls down on the thread so the hat is lower than I wanted.  Second, the hat isn't balanced so it wants to tip backward.  I had to add some additional cardstock to the bottom back of the hat as a counterbalance.

But let's talk about the hat for a moment.  There are lots of luscious layers to this, giving it great depth and dimension.  I used four shades of green cardstocks, complemented nicely by the digital patterned paper.

Here's a picture of the card, folded for mailing...and a confession of yet another mistake.  Mistake #2.

When I cut the opening, I didn't give any thought to what you would see through this case the greeting and sentiment.  As I didn't take that into account, I had to add a separate piece of cardstock.

Here's the card opened, so you can see both the greeting and sentiment matted and attached to cardstock, embossed with the Simply Charmed embossing folder.  I accented the bottom of the card and the hat with Pearl Bling and a bit of Glossy Accents on the hat band buckle.

If I were smarter, I would have watched this video before embarking on this card making endeavor.  Live and learn.


  1. wow Kim! Your card is super ! I love the "floating" hat...(even though you said it was difficult to get it right; you did wonderfully !!!)

  2. OMG Kim I love this card...and now you should do a tutorial so I can make one

    1. LOL, you should probably follow a tutorial for one that was made properly!

  3. Such a clever card Kim - thanks for sharing your process.

  4. I LOVE YOUR CARD!!! Thanks for sharing the tips also! I can't wait to make one of my own!!

  5. Always an adventure! I love it though! And I would have never known you struggled!! It's that great!

  6. LOVE your card! You creations are always fantastic.