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November Guest Artist – Melissa Baldwin of The Stamping Studio

Stamper's Quest is pleased to feature artist Melissa Baldwin as our Guest Guide for November. Melissa's art has been featured in multiple magazines including The Rubber Stamper, Stamp and Scrap Arts, and a variety of Somerset publications.  Melissa made four appearances on the Carol Duvall show highlighting a series of techniques.

Melissa owns "The Stamping Studio," a mostly on-line stamp and scrapbook store that features exclusive rubber stamp art from a half dozen designers, including Melissa herself.  Those who live in Georgia and neighboring states can also enjoy Melissa's  monthly classes in her Lincolnton, GA studio.

We are excited about the cool project Melissa shares here, knowing that SQ readers will enjoy creating these unique cards for themselves.



Spring Card Fold Project

When displaying my card samples lately, people have been going crazy over this Spring Card fold card design and thought you all might like to try one too. 

  1. Start with a piece of 10.5x5.25 piece of cardstock or pattern cardstock.
  2. With the pattern side up fold it in half. Nice crisp sharp creases will really help make this card work well.
  3. Open it up and then take the right side and fold it to your first fold.
  4. Open it up and take the top left corner and fold it to the right fold at an angle.
  5. Open that up and do the same with the other corner.
  6. Here is what your folds should look like.  You will have no folds on the left side and that is the side we will work on next.
  7. Take the side with no folds and find the center and mark it.  You can do this with a pencil and ruler, or you can use a creasing tool like I did.
  8. Line the score that you just made in the middle, up on your scoring tool, and then also line up the fold at the top and score across the corner.
  9. Do the same on the other corner.  You will then trim these corners off.  You can use your cutter or just a pair of scissors.
  10. Now you have just made a spring card... you are so talented!
  11. This is how you will fold the card up.  Push the sides in, and mash down.
  12. Voila!
  13. To complete the card I used a scallop circle and a slightly smaller white cardstock circle.  These are Nestabilities dies that I use with my Cuttlebug machine.
  14. Let's do some stamping!  Go ahead and stamp your main image (Coffee Bird) onto the white cardstock circle and also some pattern paper.
  15. Color in using chalks and a pom-pom.
  16. Cut out the Coffee Bird from the pattern paper, and also cut some white eyes out. We can't have pattern paper eyes can we?
  17. Here it is all glued together and embellished.  The front of the card reads, "Do you know why I mailed you this card?"
  18. The inside reads "because you are contagious!  Get well soon!"  I love that!
  19. I got creative and glued two Spring Cards together to make this number.
  20. This one has aliens on the front and reads, "You know you are getting older when...  You are abducted by aliens"  "but immediately returned in favor of a living specimen.  Happy Birthday" Ha!
  21. Here is a wonderful fall owl.
  22. This one reads, "Owl are you?"
  23. Here is a fun Christmas card with a fun Cow on it, and I turned it into a Christmas design by adding a red glittered stocking cap with a pom-pom.  This one reads "Merry Christmas".

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5 Responses »

  1. Thank you for your feedback and compliments everyone!

  2. Melissa
    I always enjoy looking at beautiful art.....Joe

  3. such a fun design that can be used so many ways!

  4. Congratulations Melissa on being this months Guest Guide! Love the cards!!

  5. What a great example! I forgot all about that fold - thanks for sharing your talent and for the timely reminder!!