Friday, 23 February 2018

Fancy Fold Friday Tutorial for Large Square Pop Out Swing Card - The Fully Opening version...

So having re-made some Pop Out Swing cards... or Lever cards as they are also known... for class projects last month... I went back to the drawing board ... as my original design does not fold out flat when assembled... and you know that I prefer a card that opens out fully! And I also wanted to have apertures in different shapes to the standard square too...

So here is the first... in quite a long series of card shares over the next few weeks...

And seeing as it is Fancy Fold Friday today... here is the step by step tutorial for you... for the Large Square (5 1/2" or 14cm) Pop out Swing Card (Fully Opening!) In both centimetres (metric) and inches (imperial)...
But I will admit that getting these to fully open was a real tweak with the measurements!  Which is code for some precise cutting and scoring dimensions being required! Thank heavens for the Personal Trimmer to make it all easy! 

Also slightly different mat size increments compared to my standard 5mm/ 1/4" ones...

PS If you prefer it to not fully open...  and/or you prefer simpler scoring/cutting measurements! Click here for the original 14cm/5 1/2" Square Card tutorial...  Or click here for the 6" Square Card from 12x12 cardstock... both with a standard square aperture...
Craft Spa Recipe
Card Blank - Cardstock Thick Whisper White 28 x 14cm (11" x 5 ½" )
Insert - Cardstock Powder Pink 20.4 x 13.6cm (7 7/8" x 5 1/4")
Tabs - CS Thick Whisper White 2 x 13.6cm (3/4" x 5 1/4") (x2)
Paper for Front of Card 13.2cm Square (5" Square)
Paper/Card for Inner Panel 6.4 x 13.2cm (2 3/8" x 5")
Card for stamping front centre panel 8 x 9.9cm (3 1/4" x 4")

Papers- Springtime Foils... Available exclusively and for free during the Sale A Bration promotion
Dies - Cafe Builder

Note that normally I would have added a Powder Pink mat to the front of the card... but the metal dies will not fit through 3 layers of card and paper to cut the aperture in one go... so I didn't! As I sadly couldn't! And lining up this die shape twice on separate pieces of card/paper would definitely have been too hard!
Craft Spa Instructions
1. Score LANDSCAPE larger (white for this card) card blank panel at 14cm (5 ½”) Bone Fold.
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2. Score smaller (Powder Pink for this card) insert panel at 6.8 & 13.6cm (2 5/8" & 5 1/4")
3. Bone Fold as concertina/Z-fold ( ie one as mountain & 1 as valley fold)
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4. Score 2 smallest (white) panels at 6.8cm (2 5/8")

5. 
Adhere paper to front of card blank...
6. Die cut Aperture in card blank front  …
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7. Adhere Z folded panel to RHS of open card blank (note: valley fold of Z Fold panel to LHS when stuck )
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8. Fold over front of card blank. (with Z folded panel folded)
9. Apply glue through aperture to top of Z fold panel ( ie to RHS of aperture) Note I have used Sticky Strip just so you can see where the glue needs to be…..
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10. Adhere stamped and die-cut wreath through the aperture (making sure it can swing through the aperture)
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So now for the Tabs to attach it all together….. and allow it all to pop out and swing…

10.Open up Card blank. Open out Z folded panel to the right.
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11. Apply Glue to one side of the 2 Tabs
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12. With folded edge of Tabs to outer/RH edge of Z panel - adhere one side of Tabs to top and bottom of Z fold insert panel  (ie above and below the die cut panel) ensuring that these tabs are clear ...

(a) above and below the aperture shape
and
(b) the Z fold insert panel LHS score line.
Trim if necessary
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13.Fold top layer of Z Fold panel back over & open the Tabs out towards the central score line of the card blank.
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Check that the Tabs will clear the central score line of the card blank.
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Trim if necessary
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14. With the Tabs opened out, apply glue to top side ( ie facing you)
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14. Fold front of card blank shut to close down onto tabs
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And there you have it…one safely attached swing out card mechanism….
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Now depending on the colours you have used for the card blank and the insert panel... some of you won’t like the fact that you can see the Tab on the back of the white Z folded panel…
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3 ways to work round that …
(1) have the card blank and tabs in the same colour (as I have with this card) so that you can't see the colour difference when you open the card... 
(2) have the card blank and Z folded insert panel all in the same colour ... so no colour difference anywhere!
(3) cut two extra 2 x 6.8cm (3/4" x 2 5/8") Tabs in the same colour as your Z Fold insert panel…and just stick over the top!
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Look vanished! 

So there you have it… finish off your decoration to the front section… and you have a simple looking card with a WOW on opening… and it is simple to make too… especially by the third run...

Thursday, 22 February 2018

Springtime Foils Double Gatefold Card & Tutorial

Such a simple card... but everyone loved this one...

Thanks to the wonderful Springtime Foils foiled papers that can be yours exclusively for free during Sale A Bration... one pack for every £45 ordered...
And a quick tutorial for you... well actually three versions... from A4 card, US Letter card...and then from the easier for us all 12x12 card...

Note that I trimmed a small amount off my A4 card length as I didn't want to have to tell everyone to do 1/2 mm (1/32"ish) line ups on their trimmer in class!!
Note that these 2 papers are actually Rose Gold foiled... but I find that the Copper Embossing Powder is similar in colour... though I would not have been so happy to use the Copper Foil with it... 
Springtime Foils Specialty Designer Series Paper
Craft Spa Recipe (A4 card)
A4 Pink Powder card 29.4 x 9.8cm (or whatever colour you fancy!)
Paper Dots 4.5 x 9.3cm (x4)
Paper Flowers 9.3cm Square
Thick Whisper White 6 cm Square (x2) for die cutting
Stitched Shapes Framelits
Perennial Birthday (greetings)

Craft Spa Tutorial (A4 card)
1. Pink card LANDSCAPE (ie long side along top)
2. Score at 4.9, 9.8, 19.6 and 24.5cm
3. Bone Fold Mountain/Valley/Valley/Mountain

4. Die cut 2 of the second largest Stitched Squares
5. Copper emboss greetings

6. Adhere papers
7. Adhere one Stitched Square (Tip - think where you DON'T want your glue!)
8. Open and reclose your card blank so that the stuck on Stitched Square frame is behind half of your card blank
9. Adhere other Stitched Square lining up perfectly over first one... (Same tip re glue!)

10. Colour and fussy cut a flower (I used Stampin Blends dark & light Pink Pirouette here)
11. Adhere...
And for my US Followers... from US Letter sized cardstock... although it would be a bit smaller than mine... I would do... 

Craft Spa Recipe (US Letter)
US Letter Pink Powder card 10 1/2" x 3 1/2" (or whatever colour you fancy!) 
Paper Dots 1 1/2" x 3 1/4" (x4)
Paper Flowers 3 1/4" Square
Thick Whisper White 2 1/2" Square (x2) for die cutting
Stitched Shapes Framelits
Perennial Birthday (greetings)
Copper Embossing Powder & Versamark

Craft Spa Tutorial (US Letter)
1. Pink card LANDSCAPE (ie long side along top)
2. Score at 1 3/4", 3 1/2", 7", 8 3/4"
3. Bone Fold Mountain/Valley/Valley/Mountain

4. Die cut 2 of the second largest Stitched Squares
5. Copper emboss greetings

6. Adhere papers
7. Adhere one Stitched Square (Tip - think where you DON'T want your glue!)
8. Open and reclose your card blank so that the stuck on Stitched Square frame is behind half of your card blank
9. Adhere other Stitched Square lining up perfectly over first one... (Same tip re glue!)

10. Colour and fussy cut a flower (I used Stampin Blends dark & light Pink Pirouette here)
11. Adhere...
Or of course... it would actually be easier for us all with 12x12" cardstock... with the card being slightly larger than mine! Think my next class prep will be using this version if I can get enough of the 12x12!

Craft Spa Recipe (12x12 card)
Pink Powder card 12" x 4" (or whatever colour you fancy!)
Paper Dots 1 3/4" x 3 3/4" (x4)
Paper Flowers 3 3/4" Square
Thick Whisper White 6 cm/2 1/2" Square (x2) for die cutting
Stitched Shapes Framelits
Perennial Birthday (greetings)

Craft Spa Tutorial (12x12 card)
1. Pink card LANDSCAPE (ie long side along top)
2. Score at 2", 4", 8" & 10"
3. Bone Fold Mountain/Valley/Valley/Mountain

4. Die cut 2 of the second largest Stitched Squares
5. Copper emboss greetings

6. Adhere papers
7. Adhere one Stitched Square (Tip - think where you DON'T want your glue!)
8. Open and reclose your card blank so that the stuck on Stitched Square frame is behind half of your card blank
9. Adhere other Stitched Square lining up perfectly over first one... (Same tip re glue!)

10. Colour and fussy cut a flower (I used Stampin Blends dark & light Pink Pirouette here)
11. Adhere...

Wednesday, 21 February 2018

Basket Weave Part 2... the Small Basket with Tutorial

Following on quickly from yesterday's post with the Large Basket...

Here are a couple of the small baskets... which  fit a couple of Creme Eggs perfectly... or in my case Caramel Eggs... as they are my son's favourite!

Though I will pop some Ready Shreddie in the bottom when gifting to lift the eggs up out of the basket... as yes Creme Eggs and Caramel eggs are definitely smaller than when I first designed this basket...
One embossed using a Soft Suede inked Basket Weave folder before assembly...
And the other faux stitched with a white gel pen...
Click here for the Tutorial for these Small Baskets... you can make two from a piece of A4 cardstock...

See all the details on this Sale A Bration promotional embossing folder and its co-ordinating stamp set, Blossoming Baskets in yesterday's post... as well as more decorative details for this set of baskets...

And here is a group shot of all three baskets...

Tuesday, 20 February 2018

Basket Weave Part One... The Large Basket with Tutorial

With the Sale A Bration 2nd release comes the new Basket Weave dynamic embossing folder... which is just fabulous... perfect excuse for re-producing a couple of projects from a few years back...

So first up... my Large Easter Basket... for which you will find the tutorial by clicking here... 
Bear in mind that this is a pretty large basket... standing at over 3" tall (plus handle)... over 5" wide and 2" deep.... 

So room for lots of chocolates for someone special... or you can always add some Sweet Soiree Ready Shreddie if you want to be tighter with your chocolate! I think it would fit 8ish Creme Eggs as a guide... you can see how lost my couple are!
Very simply decorated... as it was a last minute class add-on! As it did just have to be done when I saw the embossing folder... 

Embossing folder inked with Soft Suede before embossing my Crumb Cake cardstock... which completely brings that basket weave to life!

Flowers from the Sweet Soiree Embellishment kit... plus a Tutti Frutti sequin... with a die-cut Stitched Shapes circle with silver embossed greeting... which is from the now long retired Easter Blossoms stamp set out of my stash... 

But back to the Basket Weave embossing folder... and some more information for you... as well as a product video link at the end of this post...

(1) It can be earnt for free... along with its co-ordinating stamp set, Blossoming Basket (available in both wood and clear  mount)... with a £90 order... from now until the end of March during the Sale A Bration promotion
Blossoming Basket Clear-Mount Bundle
(2) It is a Dynamic embossing folder... ie a thick one! With just one cutting plate required in your plate sandwich... This gives a more pronounced 3D effect than the standard ones...

(3) The embossing folder will become readily available on its own with the new 2018-19 Annual catalogue come 1st June... but you will have to pay for it then... and can you wait? Easter will be over!
(4) Want to see more of this lovely Blossoming Baskets & Basket Weave bundle... then click on the icon below to go straight to the product video shared by Shannon in the Home Office...


Monday, 19 February 2018

Petal Passion meets Stitched Squares

Same layout and recipe as this card... but using the Petal Passion papers instead... with the leaves coloured using the light Old Olive Stampin Blend... and the white papers stamped with Pool Party flowers...
Finished off with the lovely stamped, die cut & Blends coloured rose image from the Petal Palette bundle & Stylised Birthday greeting

Plus a stamped mat on the inside...
Sorry for such a late... and quick... post today...  needs must!

Sunday, 18 February 2018

Charming Cafe Wreath Card... and a colour challenge...


A quick little share of a card made for a Team Colour Challenge... though I didn't think I would get time to create anything as I am on a 4 class creating marathon this week...

But the colour combination was too good not to play... Night of Navy, Soft Sky, Chocolate Chip, Crumb Cake and Tranquil Tide... completely "up my street"...

Though some of you may spot that I did actually forget to use Tranquil Tide and Chocolate Chip!! I blame the fact that I was using Stampin Blends and so had to use Memento Black Ink... though that is a white lie... as I did just forget!
And I do have to laugh at myself... 3 stamp sets on such a simple card!!!  

I had made and coloured the Charming Cafe wreath parts and Lots Of Happy flowers & leaves earlier in the week... and then I used my "chopped up" Perennial Birthday greeting stamp when pulling it all together today... as that happened to be out looking at me... 

More details on my greeting stamp "chop up" here...
Oh and I also forgot the Soft Sky bit too... and popped my panel onto a Pool Party card blank at the very last minute! 

In fact it was a bit of a comedy of errors... as I made another minor mistake too... but I will admit to that when I create what was intended... as I am being quite picky with myself... 
Luckily I love my simple little card! Mistakes and all... So I am quite happy for a quick re-make along the same lines...