I recently saw something online about a ‘Quadrilateral Card’. I’m not sure if this is a universal name, but I don’t know what else to call it. What I especially love about it is that it maximizes DSP with zero waste, and that is typically really hard to do with angle cuts. There is waste with the embossed cardstock, but that doesn’t feel as bad to me for some reason. For this card I used some long-ago retired patterned paper called Autumn Spice. This paper is 12″ x 12″, so I cut it into 4 sections of 6″ x 6″ – this means that 6″x6″ paper packs are perfect for this cutting technique, too. I was able to create 16 cards with one sheet of the patterned paper. Here is the method for cutting the patterned paper:

  • Use a pencil to mark 1″ from the top left corner of the patterned paper
  • Rotate the paper 90° and mark 1″ from the top left corner of the patterned paper
  • Repeat until you’ve marked each of the 4 sides
  • Cut from one pencil mark to the pencil mark on the opposite side of the paper
  • Use low-tack tape to hold the paper in place as it was before it was cut (so it’s back to it’s 6″ x 6″ shape)
  • Cut from an un-cut pencil mark to the pencil mark on the opposite side – this creates the 4 sections
  • You will have 4 equal pieces that you can adhere to the upper left of a 5 1/4″ x 4″ pieces of cardstock

The embossed cardstock is a 2 3/4″ x 4 1/4″ piece of Cajun Craze, and I used the Leaf Fall 3D embossing folder to add some dimension and texture. I lightly rubbed a Whisper White Craft ink pad over the embossed images to slightly highlight the embossing. My ink pad is pretty dry, so it’s easy to get a light ink application. If your ink pad is juicy, then I suggest using a brayer or sponge dauber to lightly add ink. Once the cardstock is embossed and dry, then I glued it to the 5 1/4″ x 4″ Crumb Cake cardstock layer with the bottom edge even with the bottom edge of the patterned paper, and the left edge meeting the right edge of the DSP. I used the edge of the 5 1/4″ x 4″ layer as a guide to trim the portions of the Cajun Craze layer that extend out. I added a thin Early Espresso strip to create a border between these two papers and the rest of the Crumb Cake layer. This is something that I added that wasn’t in the other samples that I saw online. I think it makes a clear divider between the upper layers and the stamped section of the Crumb Cake layer.

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