Thursday, April 12, 2012

Bra Card and Tutorial

Here is a fun card for today!
                      Stamps: Fine Flourish 
                      Paper: Blushing Bride, Basic Black, Whisper White 
                      Ink: Versamark, Pretty in Pink 
                     Accessories: White Embossing Powder, Heart Framelits, Pinking Hearts Border Punch,
                                Crimper, Sponge Dauber 
                     Techniques: Bra Card, Heat Embossing 

I have seen several examples of bra cards over the years, and to be perfectly honest, I thought they were cute but something that I would never need to make. As it turns out, I had a perfect reason to make one. My friend, Kristin, is a young woman currently battling breast cancer. Her age (late 20’s) and the type of cancer that she has, meant that she needed not only chemo but a complete mastectomy to prevent the cancer’s return. In her incredibly brave and optimistic spirit, she decided that she was going to celebrate the fact that she was getting new boobs in any size she wanted! So this card is for her, I hope it brings many a smile to her face!

The design is not something I had a pattern for; I just kind of made it up as I went along. So I wrote up this little tutorial for you. This isn’t my original idea, but I have no clue who came up with it first!

Bra Card Tutorial

1. You want a template that is heart shaped. I don’t have anything that was large enough, so I used the largest heart framelit (the one with scallops) to trace out a shape. If you trace along the inside of the framelit, it is the perfect size to fit into a standard A2 envelope. After I traced the shape onto a piece of copy paper, I cut it out straight along the edge of the scallops to give a nice rounded heart shape.

2. Cut out a card base of Blushing Bride cardstock. Trace that shape onto the base, so that the top of the heart is on the side opposite the fold.

3. Cut out your shape, this will be your card base.

4. Optional – If you would like, you can add a little cleavage using classic ink and a sponge dauber. I used a little Pretty in Pink ink here (I tried Blushing Bride ink first but for me it was too dark.)

5. Using the large scalloped framelit from the Hearts Framelit set, cut out a piece of Basic Black cardstock for your bra cups. (I cut it really crooked here, but that is just my own carelessness and not necessary! J) You can cut out the entire heart or just the top two-thirds. You will be trimming it down in a later step.

6. Cut the black scalloped heart down the center to separate the two bra cups.

7. Stamp a lacey image on the bra cups in Versamark and heat emboss with white embossing powder. I used the Fine Flourish stamp for this card.

8. Punch a long narrow strip of white cardstock with a border punch to use for the bra ruffles.

9. Use a crimper to ruffle the border punched strip.

10. Put a piece of sticky strip on the back of the bra cup along the ruffled edge. Gather your crimped border punched strip along the ruffled edge to add “lace” to your bra. Trim off any excess ruffle when you get to the end of your bra cup.

11. Attach bra cups to card front.

12. Open up the card and looking at it from the inside, trim off the black cardstock along the edge of your card base.

13. No you can see that you have shaped the bottom of your bra cups.

14. Punch a strip of Whisper White cardstock down both sides and run it through the crimper. Attach it with sticky strip or multipurpose liquid glue above the bra cups to create the straps. Trim it off at the top of the card (the fold). Here’s your finished product.

15. Tip - I don’t have a photo of it, but I used the largest non-scalloped heart it the framelits pack to create card liner for inside my card, it works perfect!

Thanks for reading my tutorial. As always, I love comments!

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