Technique Tuesday-Side Step Card

Before I talk about my side step card, I wanted to take a moment to welcome a new Bloglovin subscriber, SiskiyouSue!  Thank you, Sue, for joining us.  You will now be included in the drawing for a card bundle when I reach 100 e-mail subscribers.  When I reach that milestone, all subscribers including Bloglovin and Networked Blogs will be included.

Last week I shared how I made the center-step card.  Today brings the second in the step card series and we’ll be taking a closer look at the side-step card.  Here’s the card I made for the June Technique Blog Hop:

Hey Cowboy Side-Step Card 1

The concept is the same as the center-step card, but here the cuts and folds are asymmetrical.  Here’s a side-view of the card to give you another look at the cuts and folds:

Hey Cowboy Side Step Card 2

Let’s take a closer look at how the base was cut to create this fold.  It looks involved, but it’s pretty simple.  You can also find this on the Hints, Tips & Tutorials page, full-sized including mats as well.

Side Step Card Template Version 1

Side-Step Version 1 Picture-Full-sized template on the Hints, Tips & Tutorials Page on my blog

So now about the specifics of the card, using Stampin’ Up products unless otherwise stated.  I cut the base from Crumb Cake card stock while the mats were made using You Can Be My Cowgirl digital patterned paper from Sweet Shoppe Designs.  I sponged the edges of the card and mats with Soft Suede ink to give it a distressed look…perfect for the cowboy theme.

I used components from a Jamie Lane Design cut file I purchased in the Silhouette store but I cut the card base using the template above.  The cowboy, greeting and wagon wheel were cut from a scrap of Bazzill textured brown card stock.  The file included the large cactus, which I duplicated and reduced in size to add to a bit more of the Garden Green color.  I mounted the cowboy on an Action Wobble Spring so he looks like he’s riding a real bucking bronco.

Hey Cowboy Side Step Card 3

I created the “Hey Cowboy” medallion by cutting a 1 1/4″ circle from Brushed Gold card stock (sadly SU no longer sells this, so I’m looking for a new place to purchase it.  If you happen to know an outlet, I’d appreciate it if you shared with me). Then I created the 1″ medallion with a star, color matched to the patterned paper and the greeting using the Cambria Math font, in brown.

For the inside, I used the same font in the same color to create the sentiment.  I used the cactus, after converting it to print only, as an embellishment to tie it together with the front.  I sponged it with Soft Suede as well.

Hey Cowboy Side Step Card 4

And that’s it for this card, but I have another card for you with the cuts and folds reversed as is the theme as this is decidedly feminine.

Absolutely Fabulous Side Step Card 1

This card is actually a mash-up of the center step and side step card.  It took a few attempts, but I finally got the scores and cuts in the correct places.  To spare you the hassle, I’ve shared the template with you here and on the Hints, Tips & Tutorials page under templates, full-sized, including mats.

Side Step Card Template Version 2

Side Step Card 2 Picture. Full Size Template on the Hints, Tips & Tutorials on my blog.

Although the card base is my design (I’m sure many others have done the same thing and I wish I could have found a template), the remaining components are from Shirley’s Cards…I used pieces from several different cards to get all my “merchandise” for this boutique.  Here’s another look at the card from the side so you can see the cuts and folds more clearly.

Absolutely Fabulous Side Step Card 3

I used Stampin’ Up card stock; Apricot Appeal, Basic Black, Lucky Limeade and Whisper White.  I also used Silver Foil for the “mirror”.  The patterned paper is from the Garden Party digital kit from Sweet Shoppe Designs.  I color matched the shoes and purse to this paper in my Silhouette.  The hat was free clip art I found by doing a simple search.

I did something a bit unusual with the greeting on this card.  I originally had it on the front of the card in the fold behind the dress, but you couldn’t really see it.  So I took advantage of the corresponding rectangle on the inside of the card.  Here’s what I mean:

Absolutely Fabulous Side Step Card 5

And here’s the sentiment.  To add a little accent, I used a Sarah Bailey cut file I purchased in the Silhouette store, but I converted it to a print only, color matching it to the patterned paper.

Absolutely Fabulous Side Step Card 7

So now you see two way’s to create a side-step card…there are many more.  I hope I’ve inspired you to try making a side-step card if you haven’t already done so.  If you make one after reading this post, please send me a picture and I’d be happy to showcase it here on my blog.

I also entered the following challenge:

Double D Challenge – All About the Boys


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  1. nclights7 says:

    Great cards! I love the sentiment on the last one- it’s always fun to shop! 🙂

  2. Louise says:

    Totally awesome cards, love the cowboy one. Your folds are fantastic.

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