Last Friday I made mention that there might be a tutorial in the works… here it is!
I went to a Stamp Camp last weekend and had a great time! While there, we made these adorable little cards. They pop open to stand on their own, and fit in an A2 envelope. That same night, I came home and reworked the pattern a bit to make something that works better for me. This is what I came up with…
It doesn’t open like a traditional card does, but I thought that it was so much fun!
Here it is on its side so you can see the dimension.
Now, the one we made at the Stamp Camp did fit in an A2 envelope, with room to spare. But I wanted something that was more typical card sized. So I tweaked the design a bit, changed the measurements, and boom! Perfect!
The “card” lays perfectly flat and measures 4.25″ x 5.5″ inches. When you take it out of the envelope, you push the sides in a bit, and it measures 4.25″ x 5″
Please keep in mind, this tutorial was a quickie. I wasn’t really planning on doing a full tutorial when I was taking pictures, it was intended to send to a friend. But I figured that others might enjoy my take on this fun card as well, so here you go!
- 2 sheets of coordinating cardstock, both cut to 5.5″ x 4.25″
- Scrap piece of cardstock, same color as your background piece
- Circle Collection Framelits
- Strong adhesive! (Fast Fuze or Tear & Tape work well here)
- Liquid adhesive
- Embellishments, whatever you would like to use
- Paper trimmer
Score each piece of cardstock at .25″ and at .5″, on each end. Each piece of cardstock will then have 4 score lines total.
Mountain fold at the .25″ score line, valley fold at the .5″ score line, on each piece of cardstock.
Close up of the folds for you
Choose which piece will be the top layer. You will then cut out a circle using the 2.75″ circle die. Make sure it is centered and in the top 2/3 of the cardstock. I highly recommend using the magnetic base plate here. If you don’t have that, a piece of washi tape or painters tape will hold the die in place while you cut it.
Save the circle that you cut out and set it aside. You will be using it again in a few minutes.
Using a scrap piece of cardstock that is the same color as your back panel, you will be cutting out a frame. Nest the 2.75″ circle die inside of the 3.5″ circle die, making sure that it is carefully centered inside, so that your frame will be even. Again, the magnetic plate is your friend here 🙂 So is washi tape!!
Use the circle cut from inside the frame to cut yet another circle. This time use the 1.875″ circle (1 7/8″). No need to be perfect here, we just need the inside circle.
Adhere your thin circle frame around the opening on your top panel (no picture of this. Uggg… sorry).
Now, stack your top and bottom panels together, making sure the edges meet up. Put adhesive on the back of the large circle that you cut out first from the top panel, and fit it into the opening of the top panel, adhering it onto the back panel.
Doing it this way assures that it will be placed exactly where you need it, so it is even when the whole thing is put together. You can see how I did that in the photo above.
Next adhere the small circle to the inside of the one on the back panel.
Once again, I don’t have a photo of the next step. Well, I do, but you can’t see the adhesive at all, so I will do my best to explain!
Using your strong adhesive, apply it to the back panel, on the first 1/4″ section, that faces up. I “drew” a red line exactly where you will put it to make it easier to understand 😉
Then sandwich your top panel to the back panel, carefully to make sure everything lines up. I found it easiest to first line up and adhere one side, then do the other side.
Your card should now stand up on its own!
Obviously, this tutorial is very basic, just to give you the basic “how-to”. If you will be doing any stamping, do it before you adhere everything together, including the frame, the 2 circle pieces, etc.
Using DSP is a great way to do these quickly, with minimal effort, as I did with my completed example. When you get the hang of these, it takes 15-20 minutes tops to complete one!
To mail, just gently pull at the sides and flatten it out then slip it in an envelope. No extra postage needed 🙂
If there are any questions, leave a comment or feel free to email me at InkItAll@yahoo.com
Have a great day!!