Wednesday, October 23, 2013

Interlock Magic Thanksgiving Card

Recently I checked out of the library "Handmade Greeting Cards" by Maureen Crawford. When I was looking through the catalog there was no image of the book cover but I didn't think I had checked it out before. I had not and although it is a thin book less than 100 pages it is full of ideas and tips. The interlock magic card is one card featured in the book. I looked at the diagram and although I never took geometry in school figured I could make my own cutting file of the semi-circle one. The interlocking jigsaw one might be a little more challenging but I think I can do the Christmas one in the book.
 This is the inside. . Notice the quarter circle on each end. That is what allows the card to interlock. I went ahead and stamped with gold ink the edge on the cut side. The stamp is "Five Bold Leaves" by Hero Arts. I just bought it last week at a thrift store for $1. Along with some single Hero Arts Leaf stamps for the same price each. :-) They are probably retired stamps but that is all right with me.

I used double sided card stock I bought at Dollar Tree last year. I love the tapestry look of the elk image. Alas though it has a large white area where  there had been a border. Although Dover Publications also had it with the border I did not care for the border. With the knife in Studio I cut off as much of the white that I could without cutting off the bottom elk. I was left with a small rectangle of white. I used the offset function in Studio to make the frame.

With the knife I cut the Happy Thanksgiving off of a page of graphics to make the tag which covers the rectangle. I drew a round corner rectangle around the image and then did an offset. For some reason Cameron kept cutting things off. I ended up having to place the elk image clear in the middle of the page to get it to cut right. After trying to cut the tag out five times and it not cutting right I hand cut it. Think it is time to roll back to a previous version of Studio where I did not have this problem. After the tag was cut out I inked the edges with red gold ink.

 I decided to go ahead and glue the tag so that it was off the image to add a little more interest. I pop dotted the image with tag onto the card base. Then I went ahead and trimmed the tag flush with the card. In graphic terms it is called bleeding.

 Good thing I'm a patient person because not only did I have to print and cut the images several times but I also had to take the picture of the outside of the card several times before I got both a good picture of the elk image and the gold stamped leaves.  Of course I'm looking at this image thinking it would make a nice masculine card for other occasions. :-)

One Thanksgiving card done and a few more left to do. Good thing Thanksgiving is going to be late this year. LOL!

Thank you for stopping by. Do come back as I plan to be making more cards using the ideas from this book. As well as perhaps make some decorative papers and cards from a couple of other books I checked out.

Wishing you Happy Frugal Crafting till we meet again!


  1. My dear Myoriah, Not only are you a patient person making cards but also taking the time to find such gorgeous stamps at a thrift store. I don't think I have ever seen any in our thrift stores. Great tutorial. You make a good teacher.
    LOVE YOUR CARD and you have done a beautiful job on it.
    Our Thanksgiving is all over with.
    Going to have to check out that book.

  2. Myoriah is there any chance I could buy the cut file from you. I love the card you created,my email is
    Blessings Jocelan

  3. What an interesting card. Lucky you for finding the book at the library and for finding stamps at the thrift store.


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