The Child by Fiona Barton

This book was not one of my favorites.  It is a mystery that centers around four women:  a reporter, a mother whose baby was abducted twenty+ years ago, a very broken young woman, and a selfish, love-starved older woman.  The remains of a baby are found on a construction site and the four women’s lives intersect.  My biggest complaints were that the characters are not likable and there were few happenings until the end.  It was a book that made me want to quit it at page 10, at page 30, at page 50, etc…  Unfortunately, I have a hard time quitting books.

The card I chose to make hints at the mystery and possibilities using the childhood card game of Concentration.  I made a birthday card with flaps that a person could open and try to find the matching saying.  The hardest part was figuring out the cuts for the openings.  My brain still hurts!

This is a 5″x7″ card (to make more room for the flaps and sayings) so the Blackberry Bliss base measures 10″x7″ with a score at 5″.  The DSP is a retired pattern because it was the only one I had that was 12″x12″.  I cut it to 4-1/2″ x 6-1/2″.  The same with the Lemon-Lime paper.

Using my paper trimmer, I cut the flaps.  With the short side at the top of the trimmer and the far left side at 4″, I punctured and cut from 3/4″ to 1-3/4″ then 2-3/4″ to 3-3/4″ then 4-3/4″ to 5-3/4″.  This means each flap will measure one inch long and 1-1/2 inches wide.

The next set of cuts is made at 2-1/2″.  I used the same punctures and cuts as the first time.  The next set of cuts is made at 2″ because there is 1/2″ between the two sets of flaps.  The final set of cuts is made at 1/2″.  I used some washi tape to hold down the card so it wouldn’t slide while I was puncturing and cutting.

I flipped the paper to the long side and started at 5-3/4″.  Punctures and cuts were made from 1/2″ to 2″ and 2-1/2″ to 4″.  Slide the paper to 3-3/4″ and finally 1-3/4″.  I had to push out the cuts a little where they weren’t exactly perfect.  Using a bone folder, I opened the flap and made a crisp fold.  Then I bent a little corner and used the folder again.

I glued the DSP onto the Lemon-Lime cardstock.  I stamped the saying AFTER I glued because I didn’t want to spend the time trying to line things up and then glue.  I then attached the this piece to the Blackberry Bliss cardstock.  The sayings I used were from a variety of stamp sets.  Two of them are retired and the other is from Jars of Love.  I just looked for sentiments that would fit in the 1″ wide by 1-1/2″ high boxes.

I am planning to ‘flap’ open another book and ‘concentrate’ on another card, so see you soon!

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1 thought on “The Child by Fiona Barton”

  1. I have never seen a card layout like this! Really fun, and I like the ‘mystery’ of it! Remind me not to read this book, however! Beautiful cards! Can’t wait to see the next one.

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