According to the Days of the Year Calendar the 20th of March is Hufflepuff Pride Day. So the challenge this Saturday is to create a card inspired by Harry Potter. This could include using stamps of the characters, using colors from any one of the four houses of Hogwarts School of Witchcraft or anything else that inspires you from this famous series. I chose the house of Gryffindor. This house’s colors are red and gold. Here are the steps to make this card.
Step 1: I started by cutting 1″ strips of red and gold card stock. Next I put the strips together alternating the colors. I used 8.5″ x 11″ card stock and cut on the short side to have strips that measure 1″ x 11′. Note: precision cutting is important.
Step 2: Tape the strips together on both 8″ sides. The picture below shows how you will cut the mat for the card. Sorry I forgot to take a pic before I cut the mat. But this sort of shows you why you need to cut all of both colors of card stock. You will need a large rectangle of taped together strips to cut a rectangle die on the diagonal so the mat will have diagonal stripes.
Step 3: Make a base card from 8.5″ x11″ white card stock and score at 5.5″ on the long side. Fold over for a tent fold card. Trim to 5.5″ x 6.5″.
Step 4: Now you want to use a rectangle cutting die and tape it on the diagonal across your assembled, taped together strips, as shown above. Note: Once you have the die placed on diagonal, lay down a layer of clear tape on all four outsides of the die. That will at the same time serve to secure the results of the cut and hold the strips together when you run this through your cutting machine. Before you remove the die, carefully turn the die, still attached, over and add Clear Double sided adhesive tape on all four insides of the die. Add a couple more strips of the adhesive through the middle. Now remove the die.
Step 5: For the Owl I used Karen Burniston’s “Poppy the Owl”, a retired set but you might find it on EBay. The same goes of Poppy’s hat and broom which is Karen Burniston’s 1204 – Props 9 – 6 die set.
Step 6: The Happy Birthday sentiment is Elizabeth Craft Designs: 1161 – happy birthday – 2 . I cut once each with black card stock and gold mirror card stock. I also added a gold mirror card stock flourish at the end of Poppy”s broom to make it more magical looking using Elizabeth Craft Designs: 1034 – Flourishes & Branches
Step 7: To assemble the completed card. Take your taped together, diagonal striped rectangle and on the underside (where you added clear double sided adhesive) add a little dot of glue to one short side of this piece on every stripe. Now turn over, and center the rectangle on the base card. Let the glue set up a bit. Then carefully remove the backing of the double sided adhesive on that same side. Doing this stabilizes the rectangle so you can finish removing the rest of the tape while adhering the rest of this mat.
Step 8: Add the rest of the elements as shown below. (Glue the black and gold Happy Birthday sentiment together, offset slightly). Now add Poppy the owl and his flourished broom. I used Elizabeth Craft Designs Peel Off stickers in gold to add to the edges and that’s it!
Thanks so much for having a look! I appreciate your time! Please join the fun challenge this week as this week’s challenge would make a great card for any Harry Potter fan! Use the link below:
Other Products Used:
Elizabeth Craft Designs: Clear Double sided adhesive 10mm
Michaels Craft Store: Red and Gold Card Stock
Sizzix Big Shot Plus
Beacon’s Kids Choice Glue
CutterPillar Pro paper cutter