Tutorial: DSP Accordion Card

I came across this fancy fold online recently and had to try it out. It is *perfect* for using up your retired or retiring Designer Series Papers, because you will get to use a full sheet of 12×12″ paper to make two cards – and get to see both sides of the beautiful paper, to boot!

Start by cutting 1″ off your DSP sheet, so that it measures 12 x 11″ (if your DSP has a ‘right side up’, cut the inch off the top or bottom, not the sides).

Now score your DSP along the short side at 2, 4, 8, and 10″.

Next, cut your DSP along the long side at 5.5″ so you are left with two pieces, each measuring 5.5 x 12″.  Follow the steps below to turn each piece into a card.

Make the following marks with a pencil:
– On each side, 1″ up from the bottom
-At the top of the two centre scorelines

Line up each pair of pencil marks in your trimmer, and trim diagonally.

Burnish all your scorelines so your DSP can stand up on its own, as shown below.

All that’s left to do is add a white cardstock insert (4 x 5.25″) to the centre, and decorate the outside of your card as desired.

Here are some more cards I’ve made with this fold!

Do you have a favourite fun fold to use up your DSP stash? Share them in the comments below! I love to see your creations!

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Tutorial: Fun Flap Card

My friend and teammate Alanna gave me this beautiful fun fold card quite a while ago, and I’ve been meaning to figure out how to re-create it. I’ve finally done it! I don’t know what this fun fold is called, so I’ve just called it the “Fun Flap Card”!

You will need the following cuts of cardstock and Designer Series Paper:

Cardbase: 5.5 x 10”, scored at 4.25 & 8.5”
Same colour cardstock: 3 x 6”, scored at 3”
(these two can be cut from one sheet of 8.5 x 11” cardstock)

White insert: 4 x 5.25”
White cardstock: 2.75 x 2.75” (2 pieces)

DSP: 4 x 5.25” (2 pieces)
5.25 x 1.25” (2 pieces)
2.75 x 2.75”

You’ll also need some ribbon.

As you can see, I’m using the Berry Delightful Designer Series Paper, which, along with the Berry Blessings stamp set, is a Level Two reward item during Sale-a-Bration. You can earn these products FREE with your $120 purchase until February 28th – don’t miss out, you’ve only got a few more days to get these exclusive items!

Once you’ve scored your cardbase, you can stamp on your white insert and adhere it to the card as below.

Next, adhere DSP panels on either side of your white insert.

Flip the card over to decorate the front with DSP panels as well.

Here’s what your card looks like when “closed”.

Set your cardbase aside for now, and let’s use these smaller pieces to create a mini-card. The thing to remember about this mini-card is that unlike most cards, it opens on the LEFT side.

Stamp as desired on your two white pieces. One will be the front of your mini card, and one will be the inside.

Now adhere your pieces to THE INSIDE ONLY of your mini card. Don’t attach the front yet.

Attach your mini card to the large card as below.

Now lay your ribbon around the two cards so that both ends of your ribbon are towards the left side.

You can finally attach the stamped white piece to the front of your mini card, on top of the ribbon.

Add some Tear and Tape to the back of your cardbase to keep the ribbon running along the centre back of the card, and tie a bow to keep your card closed.

Here’s how it looks with the mini card open:

And the full card open:

Have you made any cards with this fold? Share them in the comments below! I love to see your creations!

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Video Tutorial: Double Oval Punch + Punch Party Stamp Set

This week’s Stampin’ Sunday video will show you how to make a quick and simple card using the new Double Oval punch, the newest layering punch from Stampin’ Up!

You’ll need:

Card base: 5.5 x 8.5”
Contrasting cardstock: 3.25 x 4.75”
DSP: 4.5 x 3-1/8”

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Once you’ve made your own card with the Double Oval punch, don’t forget to share a photo in the comments below! I love to see your creations!

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Tamara’s Half-Sheet Wonder (Six Cards)

Last week was Vancouver Island’s once-a-year snowstorm, and I was all too happy to cozy up in my craft room to make some cards.

I used a fun layout I learned from fellow demonstrator Tamara, who showed me how to make six cards with a half-sheet of Designer Series Paper! (Note – direction matters: the photo below shows the DSP in the correct orientation).

Start by cutting along the long side of the DSP at 1.75″ – do this twice, to get two strips that are 1.75″ wide.

Then, cut the last piece in half at 1.25″ wide.

Now you have two pieces that are 1.75″ wide, and two pieces that are 1.25″ wide.

Cut the two wider pieces at 4.25″ long. Cut the two narrower pieces at 3.75″ long. You’ll get two cuts out of each strip of paper.

Now you have the following:
six pieces – 3.75 x 1.25″
four pieces – 1.75 x 4.25″
two pieces – 1.75 x 3.5″

To finish your cards, you will need:

Six cardbases (8.5 x 5.5, scored at 4.25″)
Cardstock mats:
(6 pieces) 4 x 1.5″
(4 pieces) 2 x 4.5″
(2 pieces) 2 x 3.75″

Six white (or vanilla) layers, 4 x 5.25″, embossed if desired
Ribbon/embellishments
White shapes for stamping sentiments

Put your DSP pieces in pairs – whatever sizes look good together to your eye. Flip one piece in each pair so that you have two different patterns.

And finally, turn all these magic ingredients into cards! Choose whatever sentiments you like, assemble, and embellish as desired. Easy peasy!

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Video Tutorial: Twisted Gatefold Card

This week’s Stampin’ Sunday video will show you how to make a twisted gatefold or diagonal gatefold card. I’m using the beautiful Designer Series Paper “Paper Blooms” which you can find on page 3 of your Sale-a-Bration brochure. This paper is a Level One reward, meaning you can get it FREE with your $60 purchase until February 28th!

You’ll need:
One full sheet of cardstock to make two cardbases – I’ll show you the scoring and cutting in the video.
DSP: 2.25 x 4-7/8 (2 pieces same pattern)
Cardstock: 2.5 x 5-1/8” (2 pieces)
White: 2-5/8 x 5-3/8”
one additional piece of DSP measuring 2.5 x 5-1/8”

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Tutorial: Reverse Pleated Gatefold Card

Thanks for stopping by my blog today! I’ve got another Fun Fold card tutorial to share with you. My friend and fellow demonstrator Carolyn was kind enough to share the measurements with me. I hope you’ll enjoy this super easy card!

You will need the following cuts of cardstock:

Cardbase: 5.5 x 8.5″
scored at 2, 3-1/8, 5-3/8, 6.5″
White insert: 2 x 5.25″

Mats in a contrasting colour:
2 pieces – 1.75 x 5.25″
2 pieces – 1 x 5.25″
1 piece – 2 x 5.25″

Then you’ll need some Designer Series Paper:
2 pieces – 1.5 x 5″
2 pieces – 0.75 x 5″
1 piece of 1.75 x 5″

If you like, you can play with the idea of cutting all your DSP pieces so that the pattern continues along the panels. I did this somewhat, but because I was using 6×6″ paper which wasn’t quite wide enough for all the cuts I needed, I had to cut the last piece from a second sheet – so there is a small section that repeats. I still think it looks pretty neat, though!

Mount all your DSP pieces to the co-ordinating cardstock layers.

Burnish all your folds on your cardbase so that it stands up like this:

Attach all your framed DSP pieces to your cardbase.

Here’s what it looks like when folded:

Attach your white insert to the back of the card. Stamp on it if you like!

The final step is to decorate however you’d like.

And that’s how easy it is to make a Reverse Pleated Gatefold Card! It’s a real WOW card that doesn’t take all that much effort … and you could use so many different themes or products to decorate. As you can see, I’ve used the Whale Done bundle and the beautiful Whale of a Time Designer Series Paper to create this adorable Valentine’s Day card. The Whale Done stamp set is the featured product for February’s Creativity to Go! This stamp set is charming for kids and adults alike – great for cards showing love, congratulations, pride, gratitude, and more. For $29 (including tax and shipping), you’ll receive the stamp set along with prepared supplies and tutorials to create five terrific cards. You’ll also have access to an optional Zoom meeting where we’ll assemble the cards together! Best of all, because it’s Sale-a-Bration this month, you have the option of adding $37 in product to your order and earning a free Level One reward item! Subscribe from anywhere in Canada by February 10th!

Have you made any Reverse Pleated Gatefold cards? Share them in the comments below! I love to see your creations!

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Video Tutorial: Berry Blessings Bundle

This week’s Stampin’ Sunday video will show you how to make a fun and simple card with the Berry Blessings bundle. This is a Level Two reward item from your Sale-a-Bration brochure, meaning you can earn it free with your $120 purchase from the annual or Spring Mini catalogue – but only until February 28th!

You’ll need:

Cardbase: 5.5 x 8.5”
DSP: 4 x 5.25”
Mat layer: 4.25 x 2.25
DSP: 4 x 2″
And a white circle (or other shape) for stamping your sentiment.

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Remember that the Berry Blessings Bundle is a Sale-a-Bration reward that you can earn for FREE with your $120 purchase! Don’t wait to place your order, Sale-a-Bration products are only available until February 28th or while supplies last!

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Tutorial: Bay Window Card

Remember back in October when I asked you to vote on which tutorial I should include in my newsletter – the Double Fan Fold card or the Bay Window card?

Well, once I counted all the votes, the Double Fan Fold card won, and I shared that tutorial in the November newsletter (and later, here on the blog). But some of you were clever enough to guess that I might share the Bay Window card tutorial the following month, and you were correct – so here it is!

Here is the cardstock and paper you will need:
Card Base:  4.25 x 11”
White insert: 4 x 5.25″
Mat (contrasting colour): 4 x 6″ (see note below)
DSP: 3-7/8 x 5-7/8″

Note: Because I chose cardstock and DSP that matched so closely, I chose to put a layer of white in between to add contrast. If you are using DSP and cardstock that have a good amount of contrast, you could skip the middle layer and cut your DSP to 4 x 6″.

Score your cardbase along the long side at 3/8”, 1-7/8”, 3-5/8”, 5-1/8” and 5-1/2”. Burnish your folds and start to create the bay window shape.

With your DSP (or mat layer, if using), trim along the short side at 1-3/8”, 1-5/8” and 1-3/8”. You will be left with four pieces; if your DSP has a continuing pattern, keep your pieces in order as you cut, so you can attach them to the cardbase in order.

(If you’re using a mat layer, your DSP cuts will be 1.25″, 1.5″, and 1.25″. Go ahead and attach your DSP to your mat layers.)

Attach your white insert to the inside of your card.

Your fourth panel of DSP will attach on top of the white insert.

Put a strip of Tear and Tape adhesive in the smallest section between the score lines – just to the left of the white insert.

Peel the backing off the Tear and Tape, and close the card to adhere.

The step below is optional, and depends on what colour cardstock/DSP you are using. If you like, you can “trim” your window by attaching two small pieces of contrasting cardstock that measure 4-1/8 x 1/4″. Attach these to the small sections at either side of your bay window.

Now attach your three DSP panels, in order so that the pattern is continuous across the card.

Stamp your desired sentiment and punch out. Use dimensionals to attach. I found it helpful to attach the dimensionals on the right side and middle of the punched shape; that way, the front card flap could slide underneath the left side of the punched shape before stopping at the dimensionals in the centre.

Finally, decorate your card as desired!

Have you made any Bay Window cards? Share them in the comments below! I love to see your creations!

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Video Tutorial: Teabag Fold Christmas Tree

This week’s Stampin’ Sunday video will show you how to how to make a teabag fold Christmas tree card (and no, I have no idea why it’s called that!).

You’ll need:

Card base: 5.5 x 8.5”
White layer: 4 x 5.25”
DSP (to contrast with green): 3.75 x 5”

And then several squares of green DSP. These could all be the same pattern, or a variety of them. You’ll need one of each of the following sizes:
1.5”
2”
2.5”
3”
3.5”

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How does she do it?! Tips for Mass Card Production

Earlier this week, I had my biggest Mailout Monday EVER, sending out over 130 handmade Christmas cards!

As you can imagine, it took a long time to gather everyone’s mailing addresses, sign all the cards, and get everything labelled and ready to mail. But believe it or not, it didn’t take all that long to make all the cards.

I know!! Shocking but true. I thought that this year, I’d take you behind the curtain and show you a little bit about how I manage these mass productions, and at the same time, bid a fond farewell to some of this year’s retiring holiday products. Even if your mailing list isn’t as enormous as mine – perhaps you only need to send 5 or 10 cards instead of 130  – I hope you will find these tips helpful!

Tip One: Never Make Just One Card
If you’re sitting down to make a birthday card for a friend, why not make two – or five or six? You’ve already designed the card and inked up the stamps, so make the most of those efforts and prep a few more to have on hand. You can always leave the sentiment off until you know what you’re using the card for, but that way you won’t be caught short if something comes up and you don’t have time to start from scratch.

Tip Two: Make the Most of the Christmas Spirit
At this time of year, you likely already have Christmas stamps, paper, embellishments, and cardstock on hand. Rather than putting it all on the shelf to gather dust until next year, spend some time this holiday season crafting, creating, and using up that stash. Choose your favourite designs from the cards you’ve made recently to get the most out of work you’ve already done – especially, choosing cards that were quick to mass-produce. Got half a pack of Snowflake Splendor DSP left? Choose a few favourite designs and spend a day getting a start on next year’s holiday cards. Your future self will thank you for it!

Tip Three: Shop the Sales
Moreover, if you’re not quite ready to say goodbye to that beautiful paper yet, get an extra pack of it at a discount! Many of the holiday papers are available at 10-50% off, only while supplies last. If there’s paper you love that you are already confident crafting with, pick up an extra pack and craft the wintry days away!

Tip Four: Embrace Versatility
When you get to the point where you’re sure you have WAY more Christmas cards than you’ll ever need – or maybe, you feel like if you see one more Christmas card, you’re going to sprout a red reindeer nose – consider other uses for your holiday paper and products. For example, you can use Brightly Gleaming to make a batch of masculine cards, and there are plenty of other uses for In the Pines stamp set, too.

Tip Five: Have Fun with Fussy
You know those cards that are a little bit fussier to make? Maybe they require a lot of die-cutting, or a stampin’ technique that’s several steps long. Sometimes those cards feel like they’re more “worth it” if you’re making twenty of them instead of two. Some good examples are heat embossing, watercolour backgrounds, baby wipe technique, double-stamping with Stamparatus … etc.  I feel way more motivated to haul out my specialty tools if I’m making a whole batch of cards instead of just a handful – and it’s nice to have some WOW cards in my stash!

Tip Six: Plan Your Die-Cutting
Speaking of die-cutting, I try to have two or more dies in place with every run-though on my machine. This might mean that I’m cutting white circles for sentiments on one batch of cards, and stamped flowers for another batch of cards, and red rectangles for a third batch of cards – all at the same time. Once I finish the die-cutting, I’ve got the shapes to finish all three batches of cards at once, in one-third the time.

Tip Seven: Use Those Scraps!
Once you get down to the itsy bitsy bits of your DSP, it’s time to make some scrappy strips cards! Be sure to check out all these other fun layouts for DSP, as well!

What’s your favourite tip for mass production? I’d love to hear about it in the comments!

Don’t forget that many of the products in today’s post are retiring soon and are only available while supplies lastContact me today to order yours, or shop 24/7 at my online store. Happy Stampin’!

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