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Get the Knowledge with Debbie Olson   Thursday, November 17, 2011
by Guest Author   Post Type: Card

Welcome! I am Debbie Olson, a member of the Spellbinders™Paper Arts Blog Team, and today I'm privilaged to share a post on Spellbinders Edgeabilities® Classic Postage Stamp.  I have two pieces to share, one a traditional Thanksgiving card and the second a bit offbeat - perhaps a birthday card for a teen!

Debbie Olson Spellbinders give thanks card

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Ink, cardstock, seam binding, markers, rhinestones, foam tape, sewing machine, sanding block

Thanksgiving card Spellbinders instructions

I cut/embossed cream cardstock using the edger die template from Spellbinders Edgeabilities Classic Postage Stamp.  Next I used the hearts decorative insert to add detail to the cream strip.  I used the circles decorative insert on the newsprint patterned paper and trimmed the bottom off so that the circles could partially frame the hearts on the cream layer.

Give Thanks Spellbinders detail view

After sanding and stacking the layers, I sewed the newsprint layer to the damask layer and then stamped and cut out the leaves. Finally I added dyed seam binding, the hand-trimmed leaves, the sentiment, and the rhinestones - easy!

My second card requires some explanation.  When I started to discard the negative shape from Spellbinders Edgeabilities Classic Postage Stamp, it reminded me of a zipper.  I just couldn't get it out of my head until I tried it on paper!

Debbie Olson Spellbinders Zipper Card

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cut images of Debbie Olson Zipper card

I started by cutting/embossing silver cardstock using the edger die template from Classic Postage Stamp. If it looks a little different here, it's because I used the cut that you might normally discard.  I cut a long rectangle for the zipper pull, and then used the smallest square die template from Classic Squares SM to cut a square from both ends of my zipper pull. I used the smallest die template from Labels Twenty-One, as well as a square from Classic Squares LG to be part of my zipper mechanism.

detail debbie olson zipper card

This is what the zipper pull looked like after I put it together with foam tape.  You can also see how I am going to assemble the zipper part.  I stitched the edge of the denim paper to the zipper.

zipper card detail

When I cut my denim patterned paper, the right side had some nice detailing that looked like wrinkled jeans, but the left side did not.  I used markers followed by pencils to add some wrinkle character to the left side as well; you can compare the two photos above to see what I added.

debbie olson zipper card detail

I cut the card base large enough to be able to have a pocket inside to hold a gift card or check.

detail debbie olson zipper card

The trickiest part of this card was trimming it when I finished with the front! As you can see, the zipper is particially open.  That meant that my denim front that had started as 5 3/8 x 4 1/8" was now wider at the top and narrower at the bottom.  I square up the bottom edge and proceeded to square the other edges from that.  My resulting card is slightly smaller than 5 1/2 x 4 1/4" after my squaring-up process, but it's close enough that no one would notice without measuring.

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