I received no less than five separate swap cards with this Ascending Rectangles layout when I went to Convention this summer, so I think you guys are going to like it as much as I did and everyone else did, too, apparently! Enjoy this quick photo tutorial--FREE AS ALWAYS--of a cool and easy card layout.
You will need the following: card base and two mats in one color (I used Crumb Cake), measuring 8.5 x 5.5, 3.25 x 4.5 and 2.25 x 3.5; and neutral mats in another color (I used Very Vanilla), measuring 4 x 5.25, 3 x 4.25, and 2 x 3.25; repositionable adhesive such as Dotto; and your stamps, ink and embellishments.
It is kind of a lot of cutting, but it is WORTH IT! Cut enough for a bunch, because you are going to LOVE this layout and use it over and over again. Here we go!
Cut your layers as above, then layer only the Very Vanilla pieces centered on top of each other. Set the Crumb Cake mats aside for right now. I use Dotto repositionable adhesive to keep the layers from moving while I am stamping them.if you don't have Dotto, you can use a tiny bit of SNAIL adhesive in a pinch.
Next, stamp your card as desired, making sure to position some of the stamps across all three layers, as it looks really cool when the mats are added back in. I used The Open Sea stamp set with Crumb Cake and Early Espresso inks, but I think this layout would look FABULOUS with snowflakes or flowers, too. I can't wait to experiment with it!
The photo above shows the layers separated out again after all the stamping is finished. These look cool just by themselves... but we're going to start assembling the card and adhering the Crumb Cake mats back in between the Very Vanilla layers.
There you go! Isn't that just the spiffiest? I remember looking at those swap cards and thinking, "how did they get the images lined up so perfectly across all those layers?" And I figured out the trick and now YOU know it, too! It's actually ridiculously simple, when you think about it!
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