Friday, January 28, 2011

Lighthouse Side Step Card

I was commissioned to make a card by a friend.  She knows someone who is going through a very hard time and wanted a card that would be encouraging.  This is what I came up with.

  • Black cardstock 5 1/2 x 8 1/2
  • Blue shimmer paper
  • Brown shimmer paper
  • Red shimmer paper
  • White shimmer paper
  • Yellow shimmer paper
  • Computer generated sentiment
This is a very simple card.  The black cardstock is cut 3 1/2" in from 1" to 6 3/8".  It is then scored from the score mark to the edge at 1", 2", 3 1/8", 6 3/8" and all the way across at 4 1/4".  This forms the base. 

I cut the waves using the border feature on the cartridge.  The brown shimmer paper is handcut to fit the corner to give the impression of a cliff.  I also hand cut a scrap of the yellow shimmer paper to put behind the lighthouse.  Using my paper cutter, I eyeballed another bit of yellow shimmer paper to form the rays. 

I cut the birds and the base of the lighthouse out of white shimmer paper and hid the blocks in the middle of it (just to make it easier to assemble).  I cut the layers for the lighthouse out of the red shimmer paper.

Assembly is fairly straight forward.  I adhered the sentiment first and then the waves.  The border feature on the waves (at 1" I believe) is just slightly too long, but it works to the advantage that you can move the waves back and forth so they are not all the same.  So the first waves are lined up from the score mark and then they are lined up 1/4 of an inch over and so on.  I cut a total of 6 waves.  There are 3 on the back stair, 2 on the middle stair and 1 on the front stair.  I put the one on the front stair all the way to the top to leave room for the verse directly below them.  Next I adhered the brown shimmer paper to form the cliff and then the lighthouse base and the red layers and the birds.  Finally I adhered the verse at the bottom. 


  1. Very special card!
    I would be so blessed to
    receive such a beautiful card!
    Thank you for sharing.
    Hugs, Dawn V V
    PS. What cart was used
    for the lighthouse?
    Just wondering.
    Thanks again!

  2. I absolutely love this card! You did an amazing job...