Friday, 27 August 2010

Questions and Answers


Hi! Love this card. Do you find that the cardstock used is thick enough to make the card base? I have some MME doublesided 12x12 cardstock and feel that it is not strong enough on it's own. Would be interested to know what you think. 
The ideal weight for Gap Cards, I would say, it is between 220gsm-240gsm, not too thin not to thick, if it is too thick or heavy then the elements will struggle to hold it together, if it is too thin then the whole card will be flimsy.  



Bazzill and Coredinations weight is around 220 gsm. Actually it is harder to make gap cards with heavy cardstock- anything over 270gsm. but it all depends also on the size of the card and the weight of the gap elements. My Minds Eye papers are not always the same weight.  




The weight of the My Minds Eye varies depending on collections. Some of them, such as Pretty Please, Bloom, Grow and Be Loved, are around 160 gsm give or take, and that is indeed too thin to make the blank card base. My favorite papers are from the Penny Lane Collection and the Quite Contrary as well as some old collections such as Wild Asparagus, all of which are much thicker, around 210-220gsm, and they are absolutely fine for those cards even the gear one which is 5 x 6" when finished. 



So, here you another sample of a Gap card using as base a Quite Contrary paper from MME. 




This time the Gap follows the pattern of the paper at an angle. The B is from the Serif essentials and the branches are from the Flowers, Branches and Leaves Sizzlits set. I would like to point out that die cuts as intricate as those branches are not a good idea for the Gap card unless they are just decorative, i.e. what holds the card together in this one is the monogram which is strong enough. The branches only reinforce the structure, on their own this card would not be possible.

8 comments:

patriziawithaz said...

I love this unusual gap card Paula and thank-you for all the information you have given regarding paper weights and everything. It makes me feel as if even I might try one soon xx

Fiona said...

Thank you so much for answering my question so quickly! I'm away to have a look at my cardstock now and maybe try my hand at a gap card. x

Susan said...

Gorgeous, I love your gap cards!

nikkib said...

Wow, love this Gap card and its going to be the first thing I try when I've got my craft room sorted...., it's so unusual...

Fiona said...

This is beautiful Paula, I like that the gap is diagonal. Inspired by one of yours I actually made one of these for my nephew's birthday but forgot to photo it. Hope to see you next weekend at the GP.

Momiji said...

I love your gap cards too and have enjoyed having a go myself with flowers.
the diagonal gap is most unusual..and the one with the cogs a great male design card.

ytramm said...

thank you Paula for the help in putting these gap cards together and the card to use. i really like the concept so am going to give it a try myself and see how i get on. best wishes, Yvonne
ps beautiful cards as ever

cathinka said...

This type of gap card is so unusual- it looks really arresting, grabs attention, then the branches register...well done!
The Serif initial is really nice, is it also the same paper/ collection? or chipboard?
Amazing- one to be really pleased with, Paula.
Thank you-
Cathy

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