I’m sure this style of card has a particular name but I am naming it “Lock and Key” as the two parts fit together just so!

I needed to make a card for a teacher at school who needed a little love after a difficult week. Sometimes it’s nice to just let someone know how special they are and how you value them by sending them a handmade card.  I had this teacher in my heart and wanted to let her know that I had been thinking of her.

It was a good opportunity to use the Stamp set of the week but I was too emotional at the time to photograph the process so I will share the card I made and then give you a step by step with another card.

The DS paper is from my stash but I loved the way it worked with the tree leaves. My message was simple “Sending you love”. Sometimes that’s all we can say.

Deep breath and on to the tutorial 🙂

I used my Color Coach by Stampin’ Up! for some inspiration in picking the colours. I picked Not Quite Navy and added More Mustard and Cherry Cobbler.
For background detail I used Designer Series Paper stack in the Regals Collection. The page I picked has fine print of Shakespeare’s 83 Sonnet. Amazing what a Bing search can teach you!

The premise of the card is simple. You interlock the 1 3/4″ Circle punch and the 2 3/8″ Scallop circle punch. Attach one to the left and one the right and Job is done 😉 But just for you I shall do it step by step.

I initially left the card long – but then changed my mind and made it shorter. So to make the finished sample cut cardstock 28cm x 12cm.
On the 28 length score a line at 7cm and another at 21 cm. Fold in and smooth out with your bone folder. This creates a double door effect.
Cut DS paper to 6cm x 11cm to create an inlay on each door.
To create the Scallop frame there are a number of techniques you can use – I shall describe the one I used tonight because after trial and error it’s what works for me! Punch a 1 3/4″ circle in cardstock of choice. Then slide Scallop circle punch over the hole in the cardstock so you can align the frame to have the circle in the centre. Punch out your frame.

Glue the frame to the left hand side of the card leaving the right glue free and unattached!

Design the image you wish to place in the frame. The circle is punched out with the 1 3/4″ circle punch in Very Vanilla. This is the background for my image.  I have stamped a Balloon from the beautiful Up, Up & Away stamp set on Very Vanilla cardstock and cut it out free hand. I used Cherry Cobbler and More Mustard inks. I then raised it up on Stampin Dimensionals so it floats above the birds and clouds also from Up, Up & Away. This stamp set is so versatile and I love the way you can create really different themes using different inks on the balloons.

This circle needs to be glued to the right of the card. Be sure when you position it that it fits neatly within your scallop frame,All that’s left is to add a greeting – I used a new Hostess set called Perfect words. A hostess set can only be earned by someone who hosts a Stampin’ Up! party. Always nice to have an exclusive:)
I chose BIG {HUG} as I wanted to use this as a Thank you card. I stamped the wording in Cherry Cobbler on Very Vanilla and double mounted them on More Mustard and Cherry Cobbler.
Again be sure to only stick the wording on one side of your card so it can still be flapped open!

And then – just because I can – I stamped the inside of the card!

It looks really cute and because they are stamped in Versamark I can still fit a message in over the top. ( Over the Top – that’s me!)