Quilted Paper Card: This week’s Throwback Thursday project is perfect for using up your scraps. You could stick to monotones in your quilted background like I have here, but it would look just as good multi-coloured.
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Quilted Paper Card: This is one of our YouTube videos from a couple of years ago and at the time we couldn’t film the ScanNCut at the same time live (how far we’ve come!). I’ll do my best to write descriptions here for anything you may be missing in the video.
Step 1: Creating the Quilted Background
Gather your scraps and strips, mine varied in width and length so don’t feel they have to conform. Working vertically, adhere the strips using permanent adhesive – whether its a tape runner, wet glue or double sided – onto an A5 piece of kraft card. The kraft card I used is about 300 gsm; and the paper strips are about 150 gsm. You want to try to keep the gaps between such that it feels like a grid. Stagger your horizontal joins across the sheet so you don’t cause a divide in the background. Trim any loose edges and you can always use your offcuts to fill in smaller gaps in your background.
Step 2: Cutting the aperture from the Quilted Background
Apply your trimmed panel to your cutting mat (the video shows an original Artistix mat). Load it into your machine and add a basic shape to your mat of your choice for your aperture. Do a background scan and position your shape on your piece of card. So, because our card piece is going to be undulating across the piece, you need to consider how you set the blade. I would recommend using the manual blade (even on the DX machines) and setting it to the thinnest section and then up one notch (so about 7 on our blade holder, speed 1 and pressure -2). If you need additional help with the menus for this step, please refer to our Book One for Beginners.
As the video attests to, moments do happen and if it does move, pause it quickly, re-stick it to your mat, and start the cut from the beginning. As this is a throwback project, we may do an updated version of this as it was one of my favourite projects despite the machine having other ideas.
Step 3: Creating your embellishments
Recycle larger scraps into embellishments using some of the floral silhouettes already available on your machine (you could also create your own with Affinity Designer).
Place your scraps onto your mat and load it into your machine; add 2 copies of each flower you wish to use to your mat and then background scan and reposition if necessary. Avoid working too closely to the edges of your paper. Don’t forget to adjust your blade for the thinnest material and re-cut thicker shapes as necessary.
Shape your flower layers with a large embossing tool or parchment craft shader tool (also known as a hockey stick). Apply a deeper version of the colour to add shading. Work from the outside of your petals inwards to prevent tearing. Adhere your pieces together using a wet glue due to the dimension.
Step 4: Putting your Quilted card together
Adhere your quilted panel to your card blank using double-sided tape and wet glue; this gives you wiggle room while adhering accurately.
Glue your floral embellishments in place around the edge of your aperture; you need to go careful to avoid losing your aperture shape.