My tutorial today is going to teach you how to create a card using gel. Yes, you heard me right..straight up, old school, clear hair gel. It will make whatever image you place behind it seem as though it's floating in water! So cool!!! It is a fantabulous card style for a fun tag plus it can be used as a nifty gift card or cash holder if you wanted to give those as a gift!!
The first thing I did was print out the template. I then scored and trimmed my paper at the measured amounts:
I then scored vertically at 5" then at 8" leaving you with 3 sections measuring 5", 3" and 2.75".
You will then score in 1" on each side and trim the 1" pieces on both sides of the 5" section and the 2.5 " section. Leaving the 1" side tabs on either side of the 3" section. (these will be your tabs that will hold your pocket in place later.) I then scored on all lines making sure that every line was nice and crisp.
There is no window yet...don't worry. You haven't missed a step. =)
Your next step will be to punch out a window. You will do this by folding the two smaller sections together. Keep your tabs out to the sides for now. Don't get them into the mix yet. Choose your punch. Make sure you use a heavy duty and good quality punch so that you can get through all layers. The reason that it's best to do all layers at the same time is to ensure that everything lines up exactly. After choosing your punch you will slide both pieces, so you'll have your decorated DP front panel as well as it's mate in the back, in your punch at the same time. Ready, set, PUNCH! =) Now you will have two pieces punched with the exact same shape.
Once your liner tape is in place you can adhere your gel pack to the inside of the card. You then want to fold up the front of the "pocket" and adhere.
adhering them. You can see in the picture above, in the lower left hand corner the tab that's wrapped around and adhered to the back.
Ahoy Sailor set. LOVE IT!! There are 11 stamps in this set. 11!! It's awesome.
When decorating my tag, I chose to use the same size punch as I did when I punched my window. That way I was also ensuring that my image would peek through the "water" aka gel window perfectly. I held everything in place before I actually adhered it to my tag JUST to make sure she wasn't crooked or tilted in any way. I colored my Bombshell using my Copics, Souffle and Sakura gel pens.
I used all manner of designer papers and cardstock that were simply lying around on my workspace. I used the knot stamp to embellish the top of my tag and added an SU! jumbo rivet to the top. I used my very last piece of vintage (true vintage) *sniff* ribbon as the pull tie for my tag. Even though it didn't "match" per say it fit this project perfectly.
If you have ANY questions regarding this tutorial, or need clarification on how to work this please do not hesitate to leave a question in the comment section and I will be sure to respond!!
I do want to thank the amazing gals at PTI for creating the template displayed above and having this great idea years ago!! I borrowed this, added my own touches and can now teach you how to do it!! =)
I hope you all have a beautiful, creative and very inspiring weekend!!