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My daugh­ter just passed her piano the­ory test and I want to make a card for her. Do you have any ideas?

Cardmaking and Papercraft - - Crafter’s Q&a -

… tools for your Cri­cut?

Cri­cut Ba­sic Tools set, £18, www. hob­by­craft. co.uk Anna Daven­port, Bris­tol Ruth says: Con­grat­u­la­tions to your daugh­ter! A pop-up piano card would be a su­per idea. I’ve made a 150mm square card and dec­o­rated it with Trim­craft’s Sweet Noth­ings pa­per and Tonic Studios Con­grats and Mu­sic dies at the top. I made the key­board by scor­ing a 145x120mm piece of white card at 10mm, 90mm and 110mm on the 120mm length. Each key is 19mm wide with a 2mm slit be­tween. I folded the 10mm ends and at­tached to the in­side of the card with dou­blein sided tape. Each of the five black keys is made from a 15x140mm piece of black card scored and folded at 10mm, 65mm, 75mm and 130mm. These were glued to the cen­tres of the white keys and the back of the card. Then just dec­o­rate with the pa­pers and die-cuts to fin­ish!

…an a-maze-ing Maze Shape?

If you're look­ing for some­thing a lit­tle dif­fer­ent in your card­mak­ing then look no fur­ther than the ex­cit­ing Maze Shapes from My Fa­vorite Things. The durable 3D Maze Shapes, avail­able in black and white, are made to nes­tle in­side the My Fa­vorite Thing Cir­cle Shaker Pouches to cre­ate a fan­tas­ti­cally fun and in­ter­ac­tive de­sign! My Fa­vorite Things Maze Shapes (pack of 5), £5.75, www. sev­en­hillscrafts. co.uk The Cri­cut Tools Ba­sic Set is all you need to achieve the pro­fes­sional re­sults you're long­ing for with the Cri­cut Air. Each set in­cludes a spat­ula, scraper, scis­sors, tweez­ers and weeder, too. De­signed to help you at ev­ery craft­ing step, you'll be able to tweeze and weed, cut and scrape your way to a set of sim­ply per­fect Cri­cut pro­jects! I’ve seen dry em­boss­ing, where the raised, em­bossed part of a de­sign is white, but the rest of the card is coloured. Do you need a spe­cial kind of card to get this ef­fect? Rachel Brown, Por­tishead

Si­monne says: There are a cou­ple of dif­fer­ent ways to achieve this ef­fect. The first is to use a spe­cial­ity card that has a dif­fer­ent coloured core. Once you have dry em­bossed this card, sand the raised de­sign to ex­pose the core. Core’di­na­tions is prob­a­bly the most well-known brand for this type of card, and I have used one of the colours from their ColorCore range to cre­ate my card. Core’di­na­tions has also pro­duced sim­i­lar card with a kraft-coloured core (Kraft-core) as well as black card with a coloured core (Black Magic), but these are not as widely avail­able as their ColorCore range. The tech­nique of sand­ing the raised de­sign will only work with this type of card since nor­mal card does not have a dif­fer­ent coloured core.

The sec­ond way to achieve this ef­fect is by us­ing the faux let­ter­press tech­nique. Sim­ply ink one side of the em­boss­ing folder with pig­ment ink be­fore in­sert­ing your piece of white card into the folder and run­ning it through the die-cut­ting ma­chine. The ink will colour the ‘back­ground’ of the de­sign whilst the raised part re­mains un-inked.

A fold­able 3D card is per­fect for mu­sic-lovers!

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