Happy Birthday Gorgeous

Hello Stampin’ Friends! Today I want to share a fun fold card idea with you. It’s called an Easel card. Definitely an oldie but a goodie! I created this card for a demonstrator swap that I participated in. The card showcases products from the Foil Frenzy Suite and the Happy Birthday Gorgeous bundle. My inspiration for this card came right from the pictures in the annual catalog!

Easel cards are pretty simple to create. This fun fold is very similar to a z-fold card, the only difference is that you are adding an extra piece of cardstock which allows your card front to stand up like it’s on an easel.  The card easily folds down flat so it’s the perfect fun fold card for mailing.

To create this card start with a 4-1/4 x 11 inch piece of Soft Sky cardstock for the base of your card. On the 11 inch side, score the cardstock at 5-1/2 and at 8-1/4 inches. Cut another piece of Soft Sky cardstock at 4-1/4 x 5-1/2 inches as this will be your card front.  Here is a side view of how to fold the 4-1/4 x 11 inch scored piece of cardstock.

The 4-1/4 x 5-1/2 inch piece of cardstock should be adhered to the bottom part of the fold on the card front. In this picture, it is the fold that is pointing downward towards the bottom of the card. To adhere the piece, lay the card flat and apply adhesive to the lower part of the card front, under the fold line. Then simply lay the 4-1/4 x 5-1/2 inch piece on top to secure it. It should look like the picture above when complete.

Once you have created the easel card, then decorate it any way you like! I used some of the fun products from the Foil Frenzy Suite. One little tip about the easel card is that you will need to adhere something to the inside, on the bottom, of the card in order for the easel card to stand up and stay open.  For this card, I simply cut a 4-1/4 x 1 inch piece of the polka dot foil paper and adhered it to a 4-1/4 x 1-1/4 inch piece of Rich Razzleberry cardstock.  I took this piece and adhered to the inside of the card base, on the bottom, using a few dimensionals. When the card is opened in the easel position, it provides a “resting” area for the front of the card.




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Polka Dot Pieces ~ Circle Thinlit

Well it has been awhile since I shared a fun fold card with all of you….so today let’s look at a fast and easy way to create fun fold cards. Stampin’ Up has a wonderful product line available to us called “thinlits.”  These amazing little tools work with your big shot embossing machine to complete all of the fun fold scoring and cutting for you! Yes, I did say it’s all done for YOU! 🙂

To make this card, start with a piece of hello honey cardstock cut to 5 1/2 x 4 1/4 inches. using the circles thinlit, cut out the fun fold design. The circle thinlit will cut and score the cardstock for you.  Just a little tip…to make a regular sized card, don’t lay the thinlit directly on top of the cardstock…instead, lay the circle part of the thinlit on the cardstock and bring the other part of the cardstock up and over the bottom part of the thinlit. You want half of the cardstock under the thinlit and the other half resting on top…anything under the thinlit will get cut and scored and anything on top of the thinlit will not. To get a better idea of how to position your framelit, check out this example http://bit.ly/1nTbrp4. Cut a 1 3/4 x 5 1/4 inch piece of designer paper…in this case I used the new Park Lane DSP. I also cut a 1 x 5 1/4 inch piece of sahara sand cardstock and ran it through the big shot with one of the finishing touches edgelits (to get the fancy edge). Secure these two pieces together on the inside flap of your card as shown. For the finishing touches, I simply decorated up the front of the card and the circle with images from the Polka Dot Pieces stamp set and cut them out with the coordinating punches. Using these new thinlits provides a quick way to make some fun folding cards. Give it a try!

Mother’s Day ~ Card in a Box

Have you seen the latest crafting craze called pop up card box or card-in-a-box? If you are on Pinterest, then you have probably seen a number of different card-in-a-box designs. It is a super cool card that has a variety of fun images tucked into the box which pop up when you open it. Plus…the card folds down nicely to fit into an envelope for mailing! There are some great tutorials out there on how to make these adorable little pop up cards…so just Google card in a box and you find a bunch!  The pop up cards are fun to put together but it does take a bit of time to cut, score, stamp and put everything together.

I finally decided to take the time to put one together thanks to instructions from one of my team members, Debbie Jorns. However, I decided to change up the instructions a bit so that I could make a beautiful fenced-in flower garden. So here is how I did it…I made mine a little bit smaller by cutting a piece of soft suede cardstock down to 5 1/2 x 10 1/2 inches. I stamped the hardwood image across both sides of the cardstock using early espresso ink. Next, I scored the 10 1/2 inch side every 2 1/2 inches (at 2 1/2, 5, 7 1/2 and 10). There will be a little 1/2 inch flap left that you will use to hold your box together. 

Next, you will cut down the fence so half of it measures 5 1/2 x 5 1/2 and the other half measures 3 x 5 1/2 (see pic). Use your score lines as a guide to cut down the fence to 3 inches high. Be sure to also cut down the little 1/2 inch flap to 3 inches so that you can secure the box together. Take a triangle punch and snip out little pieces on the top of the fence, as shown, to achieve the dog eared fence look.  Fold on your score lines and secure that little flap to the inside of the box using a strong tape such as sticky tape.

Cut 2 pieces of the soft suede cardstock to 1/2 x 3 (you can use the 1 /2 piece left over from when you initially cut down the 8 1/2 x 11 piece of cardstock. You will score these 2 pieces 1/4 inch on each end and fold to form a z pattern…secure them to the inside of the card box as you will be attaching your images to them. I cut a few 2 1/2 x 2 inch pieces of old olive cardstock and sniped the ends with my fringe scissors to make it looks like grass.  I secured these pieces throughout the inside of the box. Next, I stamped a bunch of tulips and cut them out by hand…securing them to the little z fold pieces on the inside of the box.  I also cut out a few butterflies, secured them to clear window sheet pieces and then attached them to the z fold pieces inside the box. For the final touches I embellished the box with a bit of ribbon and a nice little mother’s day sentiment.  

Just a little tip…as you are securing pieces to the inside of the box, make sure that your box will fold down nicely.  I also recommend that you check out a few video tutorials on pop up card boxes so that you get a feel for how everything fits together. Enjoy!

Watercolor Wonder ~ Circle Thinlit

Have you seen the Stampin’ Up! thinlits that came out last year?  They came out last summer but you won’t find any information in the annual catalog about them…at least not yet anyways.  There are two different styles of thinlits:  Circle and Label. These little thinlits are perfect for making fancy fold style cards! No measuring, scoring or cutting required..these thinlits do all of that for you so that you can focus on decorating!

To make this card, I simply took a 5 1/2 x 8 1/2 inch piece of pink pirouette cardstock and a 1 3/4 x 5 1/4 inch piece of Watercolor Wonder Designer Paper (DSP). Adhere the DSP to the left side of the cardstock and place it into the thinlit die.  There is a trick to using this die if you are wanting to make a regular sized card. Place one half of your cardstock underneath the circle part of the die  and bring the other half through the center so that it rests on top of the other half of the die (see pic above…note I am showing you the technique on the labels die but it is the same technique whether you use the labels or circle dies).  If you do not bring this piece up through the middle, you will still have a fancy fold card…it will just be shorter because the thinlit will cut anything that is underneath it (except for the circle…it will score  and cut out around the circle).  Run your cardstock through the big shot and fold on the score lines.  Then simply decorate your fancy fold card anyway you like!  I added a few petite flowers,a butterfly and a little hello sentiment. I also did a bit of paper piercing on the circle…by the way, the 2 1/2 inch circle punch fits perfectly on this circle thinlit!  Check out Stampin’ Up’s video tutorial!

Fancy Fold ~ Butterflies

I think this is my favorite butterfly card…well for this month anyways. 🙂 I really love the elegance of butterflies.  They always provide just the right touch to any card I seem to put together.

For this card, I wanted to use the yellow roses from the gorgeous Afternoon Picnic Designer Series Paper (DSP). I also wanted to design some type of fancy fold card. So I cut a 5 1/2 x 12 inch piece of whisper white cardstock and scored the 12 inch side at 4 and 8 inches. Using the large scalloped edge framelit, I cut the top and bottom edges of the card base. Next, I cut a 5 1/2 x 3 inch piece of the DSP and secured it to the front of my fancy fold card. Using the large oval punch, I cut a little window in the top of the card and stamped a little “thanks” right through the window and onto the inside flap of the card (see pic below).

Next, I cut a little purple scalloped circle to matte out my oval window.  To do this, take a piece of wisteria wonder cardstock and cut out the oval first…then take the scalloped circle punch, line it up over the oval hole you made and punch out your matte….secure it to the outside of the card around your oval window.  For the butterflies…simply stamp them using soft suede…sponge a bit of wisteria wonder and so saffron ink onto them. Punch out the butterflies and adhere them to the front of your card.  To make them sparkle…simply add a bit of pearls and dazzling details.  I am pretty sure the ladies are gonna love this card at our next class!

Eastern Elegance Trifold Card

Apparently I am on a trifold shutter card kick!  This time I used the gorgeous Eastern Elegance Designer Series Paper and some of the new colors like Costal Cabana, Smoky Slate and Crushed Curry!

Start by cutting a piece of cardstock at 6 x 12 inches…this will serve as your base.  Score the 12 inch side at 2, 4, 8, and 10 inches.  Then turn the card to the 6 inch side and score at 1 1/2 and 4 inches!  Using your paper cutter, cut the 1 1/2 and 4 inch score line 2 inches in…cut to the opposite side of the card leaving 2 inches.  This way the center of the card pops out (see above).  Then, just decorate and embellish with your favorite products! 

Trifold Shutter Card

I have been wanting to make one of these trifold shutter cards so bad…and, well, now I have! And I am really excited to share it with all of you!

So…the first thing you need are the dimensions for the card!  Cut a piece of cardstock at 6 x 12 inches…this will serve as your base.  Score the 12 inch side at 2, 4, 8, and 10 inches.  Then turn the card to the 6 inch side and score at 1 1/2 and 4 inches!  Using your paper cutter, cut the 1 1/2 and 4 inch score line 2 inches in…cut to the opposite side of the card leaving 2 inches.  This way the center of the card pops out (see above).  Then just decorate and embellish any way you like!  I know…you need a video tutorial on this, right? 🙂

Secret Garden ~ Swap

Here is an adorable little fancy fold card I received at the 2013 Stampin’ Up! convention designed by Sharon Tong-Robinson.  I am always on the lookout for fancy fold cards as they tend to WOW the card recipient!

To make this card, start with an 8 1/2 x 4 1/4 inch piece of pear pizazz card stock. Score the 8 1/2 inch side at 3 inches and emboss the 3 x 4 1/4 inch flap with your favorite embossing folder…in this case, we used the polka dots. Cut a 5 1/4 x 4 inch piece of whisper white cardstock for the inside of the card.  Randomly stamp the secret garden images along the right side of the cardstock. For this card, we used pear pizazz and calypso coral inks. The hello sentiment is stamped on one of the apothecary framelits. For a bit more pizazz, Sharon added one of the flowers from the Flower Shop stamp set but you could certainly use all of the flowers in the Secret Garden set to embellish your card.  Remember, the secret garden stamp set comes with coordinating framelits so you don’t have to cut the images out by hand.

Great card design!  Thanks for sharing with us Sharon!

Waterfall Christmas Card

Loved making this card!  This is what is commonly referred to as a waterfall card.  It actually looks more complicated than it was. You start by cutting out several pieces of garden green cardstock to the following lengths:

  • Cut 1 piece at 5 1/2 x 2 (score the 5 1/2 side at 3/4″).  This serves as your base for the waterfall.
  • Cut 3 pieces at 2 3/4 x 2 (score the  2 3/4 side at 3/4″).  These pieces will be secured to the larger piece.
  • Cut 1 piece at 2 x 2 (serves as your top piece…the one I stamped with merry christmas and tidings of joy)
  • Cut 4 pieces of white cardstock at 1 3/4 x 1 3/4 (you will stamp your images on these pieces).
  • Cut 1 piece 1 x 4″ of garden green cardstock (used to secure the waterfall to the card…this is the piece with the buttons on it).   

Fold all of the pieces on their score lines. Start with the largest piece (5 1/2 x 2)Secure a 2 x 2 3/4” piece, at the score lines, to the largest piece (so you are taping the 3/4″ sections of one piece to the next). Take the next 2 x 2 3/4 piece and secure it under the last (at the scored section).  Do this until you have secured all 3 pieces.  The 2 x 2 piece serves as the top of the waterfall and is secured as shown above.

Once the waterfall is put together, you can stamp your images on the white cardstock and secure one image to each section of the waterfall card.    The 1 x 4 piece of garden green cardstock holds the waterfall together on the card.  I used sticky strip to adhere each side of the 1 x 4 piece to the card.  Side the waterfall base (5 1/2 x 2″ piece) under the 1 x 4″ piece. Secure the very last piece of the waterfall (the one with the gingerbread man) to the 1 x 4 inch piece.

Well now that I have typed out all of the instructions, I realized it probably would have been easier to do a video 🙂  I hope you enjoy this card!

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