Friday, March 15, 2013

What's Your Angle?

Friday again and another new challenge over on The Daring Cardmakers

This week it's Lythan's turn and she says:
".... we want to see some sharp shapes. 
Geometry is all the rage in cardmaking so we would like to see geometric shapes in play as you
Make a cute angle
 its a play on words really - "a cute angle" is like "acute angle" get it? Or perhaps not...
 If you can make your acute angle cute then that would be fab too
However you interpret the dare we would love to see the results. Here is the team's take ..."
Something I've seen, but never felt inclined (incline, angle, pun!) to make is a Pyramid-shaped card - but I reckon a challenge is a challenge and why not add something extra into the mix - like learning to do something a bit different,
I had a hunt around on the net and found a few Pyramid cards - most were the decoupage style thing where you use ever-decreasing sizes of the image so that looked at from the side it's a bit like a stepped pyramid.  Not what I was after.
I also found some that were like a triangular exploding box which are cute, but not really a "card".
The style I went for in the end is such a neat idea and even though the finished card forms a 3D pyramid, it actually still folds (relatively) flat for posting - clever, eh?  
Even better, there are no complicated shapes to cut or folds to make.  It starts our life as 3 equal squares - you fold each on the diagonal, stick them together and as if by magic you get a pyramid!  It's the way you stick them together that makes it all happen.  There are several tutorials and videos available - THIS is the video I use to learn the technique

You end up with 3 faces to decorate - but as the third one has the extra fold to flatten the card for posting down the middle I left that unadorned for now - I think this would be the perfect place to make an area for adding your "to and from" bit
Materials and Tools
White Bazzill for the 3 card squares
 (my usual card would be too thick for this sort of card)
Papers: "Blue Hill" MME 12x12 collection pack -the swirls are also from the pack and the flowers were cut from one of the papers
Tiny clear gems, Ice Stickles, Glossy Accents, Seed Beads, Velvet ricrac braid
Die: Spellbinders 
Craft Robo: I used the Spellbinders die to make a "stretched" version to add behind the the main label
Paint Shop Pro: sentiment 
More cut out flowers and stems used on face 2 of the pyramid
I must admit that in the past I thought pyramid shaped cards were a bit naff and not my thing at all - but I surprised myself  by how much I enjoyed making this.  I must have, because I've another almost finished sitting on my desk!  The other thing I enjoyed about making this card was using some papers I've not looked at for ages - it's such a joy to rediscover forgotten favourites and wonder how come there is still so much left in the bag when the papers are so lush and should have been all used up by now!
Anyway, that's all for today, I hope you like the card and if you follw that link and make one yourself, I'd love to see it
Don't  forget to visit the Daring Cardmakers BLOG to see what other angles the team have taken this week.


Debbie said...

Wow Kathy this is incredible.Always wondered how to make this type of shaped card so I will be watching the video - hope it's not too hard to do.Fab colours and papers.Hugs Debbie x

Lythan said...

that is not just a card - it is also both a geometrical feat and a work of art!

Adele said...

Absolutely fantastic! How clever is that!!!!xx

Angelnorth said...

Looks fabulous Kathy, that bit different without being massively complicated to achieve!

Traceyr said...

I love the beaded centres on those flowers Kathy and what a great shape for a card. Glad you found those papers too they are gorgeous.


Karen said...

ooo what a fabulous idea, especially as you say its fairly simple to achieve haha! It make a gorgeous little card sweetie!

I am loving seeing your little quote book build have to be the Queen of Maze books :D

I really ought to remember to make scraplings but I never do until someone like you makes one up. This is gorgeous! xxx

Miri said...

That's amazing, Kathy! What a little geometric paper miracle =)

Hazel said...

Just been catching up on what I've missed recently. This card is superb - I love the shape, but I also love the fact that it folds down so neatly. I also love the spring scrapling below - very attractive xx

Svenja said...

Kathy, that card is way cool! I hadn't realised that it stands on it's own like a pyramid.
But seeing just one of the sides I think the shape has a real rock-star feel to it. Can you hear the sound of my air-guitar?