Thursday, February 14, 2008

Interlocking Blocks



Here's my Valentine for this week's Wednesday Stamper challenge, to create a valentine, and another for this week's Arty Girlz challenge...to stamp!

I used interlocking blocks.

Here's another, different colours, more masculine. ...I wonder if my husband will see the interlocking blocks as I intended...a subtle visual for a close relationship...hmmm...perhaps not. ;)



Here's how I created the card. You can click on it to see a larger image.

Interlocking Blocks

Cut two three-inch squares (see diagrams below) , one using patterned paper, another using a complementary solid colour paper. For the solid colour square, I used a background painted with Twinkling H2O’s, which I also used as one of the layers for the finished card, and for the punched heart embellishments.

Randomly stamp and heat emboss images over both squares (I used a fern leaf set from Hero Arts, with white embossing powder).

Turn each square over, and on the wrong side, measure 1/2" in from the edges, cut inner square with a craft knife.

Cut one side of one square on a slight angle, about 1/3 of the way up a side. Weave the two squares together in an “over-and-under” fashion. The cut in one square enables you to do this.

When you have a pleasing interlocking pattern, glue together, with the uncut square on top of the cut square, to cover the cut.

Use as you please!

For this card, I mounted the squares on stamped and heat-embossed acetate, again using the Hero Arts leaves set. I heat embossed the sentiment stamp with black embossing powder. I stamped the Inkadinkado flourish heart with Ancient Page Henna Archival Dye Ink, and mounted that inside the interlocking squares. Finally, I used pink and white cardstock and a Twinkling H2O painted layer to complete the card.




13 comments:

Stempelchaotin said...

Wow this is so pretty. Love this creation.

crissi said...

Beautiful!!! love the design
Thanks for Joining in with the Arty Girlz challenge

crissi xx

Julie said...

This is great Deborah..definitely going to have a go at this design

Thanks again for joining in with Arty Girlz :)

Angelina said...

Beautiful! Great design!

Femmy said...

Beautiful designs!

ArtKat said...

Great cards, the colors make them each look so different! :)

Jennifer said...

Your interlocking block cards are gorgeous. And thank you so much for sharing how you made them! You are the best, Ms. Deborah!

Jennifer

dutchstamptramp said...

Gorgeous! Love the idea in whole

herminesplace said...

Elegant.

Barbara Hagerty said...

What a wonderful design! Thanks so much for sharing your instructions! I love all the cards you've made with the interlocking blocks!

Lisa said...

WOW! Those interlocking blocks are SO cool! And the cards you made with them are just beautiful! Thank you so much for sharing the template, too!

bastelkueken said...

Wow this is great and so lovely...

Kathi Rerek said...

Those are all great cards. I really like that design. Thanks for the tutorial.