Today I'm blogging on the Elizabeth Craft Designs blog with the November Designer Challenge, which is to create monochromatic cards in either all-white, all-red or all-blue. The rules state that they can mix in a little neutral into the cards as well. Make sure you click over to the ECD blog to see all the amazing projects by the Designer Challenge Team and our guest designer and find links to their blog posts, where many of these cards have additional photos, supply lists and instructions.
For my project I am teaching a technique for doubling the Pivot Card dies so they become 4-panel accordion-style cards. This technique works with any of the Pivot Card Dies, and to prove it, I've created video tutorials for three different pivot card dies. I wanted to keep up with my amazing designers, many of whom made a card for all three color schemes, so I did, too!
All-White Card: Double Evergreen Pivot Card
To make the structure for this card start with a 12" x 5.5" strip of cardstock. Score at 3.5", 6" and 8.5", measuring from the left edge. You'll end up with an accordion card with 4 panels. The outer two panels will be 3.5" x 5.5" and the inner two panels will be 2.5" x 5.5"
One thing that ended up on the cutting room floor was the step where I took a Sharpie white paint pen and highlighted the silver bows and transparent glitter dots. This was my attempt to keep the card mostly white, not silver, to meet the challenge requirements.
ECD Supply Links for the Double Evergreen Pivot Card: (FREE SHIPPING THROUGH NOVEMBER 14, 2014 ON CONTINENTAL USA ORDERS OF ANY SIZE AND INTERNATIONAL ORDERS OF AT LEAST $50)
All-Blue Card: Double Katie Label Pivot Card
To make the structure for this card start with two 5.5" x 8.5" strips of cardstock. Score 0.5" from one end of one strip to make a hinge. Use strong tape to hinge the two pieces together. Score from the center hinge 3 5/8" in both directions. After die cutting, trim the card, in the closed position, to 4.25" wide.
ECD Supply Links for the Double Katie Label Pivot Card:
Other Supplies: Powdered Blue Shimmer Cardstock – TPC Studio, Grasscloth (stash item), “What’s the word?” stamp – Texana Designs, “Just Popping Up” stamp – Rubbernecker, black ink
All-Red Card: Double Heart Pivot Card
To make the structure for this card start with a 7.5" x 5.5" piece of patterned paper. Score 0.5" from each end to make hinges to attach the patterned paper to two 5" x 5" squares of cardstock. Score in the middle of the patterned paper.
One of the tips I mention in the video is that you can use decorative twine (use a needle) to tie the top of the heart to the card so that if your pivot point ever tears, the hearts will still be connected and pivot using the twine. This is a great tip for when you want to make pivot cards from patterned paper but are worried about durability.
ECD Supply Links for the Double Heart Pivot Card:
Other Supplies: “Merriment” Paper Stash – Advantus, Metal heart charms (stash item), Bazzill Pomegranate Cardstock, red brads, baker’s twine
Feeling inspired to make your own Double Pivot Card? You've seen three versions done in these videos, but this technique will also work with the other pivot cards. Here are links to the other two styles of Pivot Card die that would work with this technique:
Ready for more monochromatic inspiration? Check out the Elizabeth Craft Designs Blog Post.