I designed this card using the Design Studio software and the George cartridge. The card is sized to fit a regular A2 envelope - the body of the card is an inch shorter than a regular A2 card due to the "ears."
The card is very simple - I used just a few basic shapes from George. George is a very useful cartridge because it has such a high concentration of basic shapes - along with some "not so basic" shapes that are fun to use too!
If you don't have George, you can substitute shapes from other cartridges, for example, there is no triangle on Plantin but you could use the diamond shape to make the ears.
The file is set up with the base card on the first page and the cat's face features on the second page. This gives you the option of cutting the card base and then layering the face pieces on top. If you want to cut the pieces in different colors you can copy and paste the shapes and move them into separate areas of the mat to cut all paper colors at once. There is an additional page with the card base pieces in exactly the same positions but unwelded so you can experiment with colors in the previews - DO NOT CUT from this page (it is marked "preview only").
To cut the card like my sample, cut page one and then click the tab for page two and cut page two (do not unload the mat between cuts). Above you can see the mat after lifting the card. You can save the face cuts to adhere to another card where you cut only the base on the first page of the file.
Score the card at 4. 1/4 inches. I use a ScorPal to do all of my scoring - it is one of my favorite tools because it is so easy to use and it makes my scores and folds look very professional. Remember to score on the top side of the card and then fold toward the "mountain" for the neatest fold.
The card needs a liner to fill in the face and to provide a lighter background for a note or message on the inside. Cut a piece of contrasting cardstock at 4 inches by 8 1/4 inches. To score at the center for the fold you should position your cardstock at the 1/8 inch mark on the left side and score at the 4 1/4 mark again.
Adhere the liner to the back of the card making sure that it is centered top to bottom.
Here is how the card looks with no embellishing - just the two paper layers. Now the fun begins - you can add pen stitching, doodles, or - my favorite - Stickles!
I used Orange Peel and Black Diamond Stickles to give my cat a sparkly and scary look.
Fold back the liner and back of the card and put some scrap paper below the cut out front of the card to add the Stickles. (I am still recycling my Creative Memories custom framing order forms - of course, I had just ordered supplies a few days before they told consultants that the framing business would be discontinued so I have lots to use up).
It takes a steady hand to outline the shapes - there will be some overlap on the whiskers and , if you have the patience, it is better to wait for one color to dry before adding the second color. While the Stickles are wet there will be some rippling of the paper (particularly if you used a lighter weight cardstock) but they will dry flat.
Here is a closer view of the Stickles after they have dried. Usually the paper will flatten upon drying, but you can press the finished card under a heavy book or two to "iron" out any rippling.
If you download the file and make the card, I'd love to see how yours turns out!
Halloween Cat Card