Nine-Patch Cards: Shimmer Sheetz Plus!
By Judi Kauffman
Just like nine-patch quilt blocks, nine-patch cards are a great way to use up scraps. In this case, it’s one-inch squares cut from alcohol ink-altered Shimmer Sheetz, embossed and embossed and sanded Shimmer Sheetz, and pieces of hand-painted and ink-altered paper and cardstock, set atop squares of solid color and patterned cardstock.
The cards are 5” x 7”, each includes a row of three adhesive-backed gems as a visual anchor.
No instructions this time! Just some tips and options to get things rolling:
It’s easier to add Clear Double Sided Adhesive Sheet or Tape to the back of the Shimmer Sheetz, cardstock or paper BEFORE cutting the squares than to back them one at a time, after they’ve been cut.
Cut a LOT of squares so you can try out a wide variety of combinations.
Go for lots of contrast in both color and texture, or not. Trust your eye, and have FUN!
Make square cards or gift tags instead of vertical side-fold style. Instead of nine squares, go for sixteen. Instead of a square ‘patch’ use rows of squares (four by six, three by seven, or whatever you like).
A single row of seven or eight squares makes a terrific bookmark; two by three works well for an Artist Trading Card!
Instead of the trio of gems, add a die cut or hand-stamped greeting below the nine-patch.
Embellish some or all of the squares with dimensional elements. For example, make a flower for the center square, the four corner squares, or the center square in each of the outer rows. Or add interesting buttons, die cut dragonflies, small shells or other low relief items. (If the embellishments are fragile, hand-deliver the card or make sure it’s well-protected for mailing!)
Elizabeth Craft Designs:
Adhesive-backed gems and/or half-pearls
Cardstock in solid colors
Hand-painted or gel-printed cardstock
Alcohol inks and applicator tool (to alter Shimmer Sheetz)
5” x 7” ivory cards with envelopes
Ruler, craft knife, cutting mat