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: 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: Happiest of Birthdays Split Panel Card

This week’s Stampin’ Sunday video will show you how to make a Split Panel card featuring the Happiest of Birthdays stamp set. Happiest of Birthdays is the featured product in this month’s Creativity to Go – be sure to subscribe by next Sunday, January 10th to receive this stamp set plus the prepared supplies and tutorials to complete five fantastic cards!

To create this split panel card, you’ll need:

2 pieces of cardstock (same colour):
6.25 x 5.5”, scored along short side at 2”
1.25 x 5.5”
White: 4 x 5.25”

Designer Series Paper (same pattern):
1 x 5.25
1.75 x 5.25
Different, but co-ordinating DSP: 1.25 x 5.25”

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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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Tutorial: Double Fan Fold card

The Double Fan Fold card is so stunning! Not only does it make a big impression on the viewer, it also fits in a notecard-size envelope (4.25 x 5.5″) for mailing. Here’s how to make your own!

You will need the following cuts of cardstock:

Cardbase: 7.5 x 5.5″
Cardstock mats (all same colour):
2.25 x 5.25″ (2 pieces)
1 x 5″ (2 pieces)
1 x 2.25″ (4 pieces)

And the following cuts of DSP / white cardstock:

White cardstock: 2 x 5″
DSP:
2 x 5″
0.75 x 4.75″ (2 pieces)
0.75 x 2 (4 pieces)

Your DSP can be the same for all pieces, or a variety of different patterns – it’s up to you. For this card, I used one pattern for the three largest pieces, and a different pattern for the four smaller pieces.

Start by scoring your cardbase along the short side at 1.25 and 2.5″ on each side.

Next, score diagonally to create an “x” like below on each side of your cardbase.

Burnish all the folds with your bone folder, and then fold the diagonal folds into Valleys (folds pointing away from you) and the vertical folds into Mountains (folds pointing towards you).

Here is a view of the card from the back.

Another view from the back.

From the front.

From the front again.

From the back, with both fan panels completely folded.

Now it’s time to add DSP. Add one large panel of cardstock + DSP to the front of the card.

Add one large panel of cardstock + white cardstock to the back of the card. Add a stamp to decorate, if desired.

You have four small pieces of DSP and four small pieces of cardstock….

Cut two of each diagonally from the top right, and two of each diagonally from top left.

Attach the DSP to the cardstock.

These pieces will go on your side panels as shown, between the vertical and diagonal folds.

You have two tall strips of cardstock and two tall strips of DSP.

Mark each one at the centre point, and then cut from the centre point to the opposite corner to create a triangle. (I found this easiest to do by marking the line with a ruler and then cutting with scissors.)

Attach your DSP triangles to the cardstock. Note that they don’t line up perfectly, but it will still look good when the card is completed!

These two triangles attach on the outer panels of your card.

Here’s how the card looks from the front when folded.

Now it’s time to decorate!

Here’s the finished card from the front …

… and from the back.

Have you made any Double Fan Fold cards? Share them in the comments below! I love to see your creations!

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Product Spotlight: Snowflake Splendor Suite

The Snowflake Splendor suite (pages 36-38 of your Holiday Mini Catalogue) has so much to love! The photopolymer stamp set, which includes 17 layering snowflake stamps, will help you decorate any wintry card or project. The co-ordinating dies (bundled for a 10% savings) are beautiful enough to be used on their own for a no-stamping card. The stunning Designer Series Paper is full of snowy beauty in all shades of blue, and gorgeous watercolour washes on the reverse side. Then there’s the show-stopping Balmy Blue glimmer paper, the irresistible sparkle of the adhesive-backed blue gems, and the delicate shimmer of the iridescent ribbon. And don’t forget the Winter Snow embossing folder!

I’ve had so much fun creating with this suite, I just had to build a class around it. And so November’s Creativity to Go, my version of an online card class, features the Snowflake Wishes stamp set! Be sure to sign up by November 10th to receive the stamp set along with all the supplies, products, and tutorials to make five wonderful cards such as the ones below!

The Triple Cube Card is the first card I made with this suite. It started as a great way to show off the beautiful DSP, but then I started playing with layering the stamped and die-cut snowflakes, and I had WAY too much fun! You’ll see plenty more of these layered snowflakes decorating several of the cards below!

Next I tried out the Double Fan Fold card. (I’ll be teaching this one in an upcoming newsletter, so be sure to subscribe!) This is a gorgeous fold with lots of opportunity for embellishment, and it looks stunning from any angle.

These next few cards make good use of the stamps alone, without any die-cuts to distract or decorate. These simple stamping cards are none the less beautiful!

And then, of course, I wanted to play around with the reverse … lots of die-cutting and hardly any stamping.

CASE’d from Paper Daisy Crafting
CASE’d from Sarah Cade

Here’s a minimalist card that is striking in its simplicity.

CASE’d from La Fee Kiki

In the cards below, I made good use of the Balmy Blue Glimmer Paper to add gorgeous shimmer and sparkle.

CASE’d from Angela Meyer

Like the card above, the project below – perfect for holding a battery-operated tealight candle – uses the large snowflake ‘negative image’ die.

CASE’d from The Gentleman Crafters

I loved playing with the Winter Snow embossing folder to add texture to the cards, as well.

CASE’d from Heather Guerrera
CASE’d from Sarah Cade

And then I made a few fancy fold cards to let the beautiful Designer Series Paper really shine (along with those gorgeous layered snowflakes!) Here’s a centre easel card

…. an epic fold card

… a Centre Step Card ….

…. and a Double-Z fold card.

I also love the idea of playing with non-traditional, unexpected colours – so I had to try it out with this bundle!

CASE’d from Chris Smith

Even with all of these gorgeous cards, I feel like there is so much I could do with this suite. It is so fun and easy to create with! If you’d like to join me and create beautiful cards with the “Snowflake Wishes” stamp set and some of the other products from the suite, be sure to sign up for Creativity to Go by November 10th!

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Video Tutorial: Triple Cube Card

This week’s Stampin’ Sunday video will show you how to make a Triple Cube card using 8.5 x 11″ cardstock and a Designer Series Paper of your choice. The DSP sale is still on – there are 15 popular DSP packs currently on sale for 15% off! What a great time to stock up and save 😉  See the full list here!

You’ll need:

Cardbase: 8 x 8.25”.
Additional cardstock, same colour as base – 2 x .5” (2 pieces)
Another colour cardstock: 1 7/8 ” square (6 pieces)
Designer Series Paper: 1 ¾ “ square (6 pieces, matching)
Designer Series Paper: 1 7/8” square (6 pieces, matching)

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Tutorial: Easel Book Card

This Easel Book Card looks intimidating, but I promise it’s easier than it looks … and you will love the results! I learned this fold from demonstrator Barb Tripps at one of our Vancouver Island Demos’ meetings, which are now held virtually!

To make this card, you will need four pieces of cardstock and five pieces of Designer Series Paper. I’m using the Whale of a Time DSP for my card. The photo above gives you a good visual of how this card will be laid out, which might help you choose your papers, and figure out which cardstock colours you want to use with which papers. The measurements are as follows:

A:
Cardstock – 5.5 x 8.5
DSP: 5.25 x 1-7/8 (2 pcs)

B:
Cardstock: 4-5/8 x 3-3/8”
DSP: 4-3/8 x 3-1/8”

C:
Cardstock: 5-1/8 x 3-7/8″
DSP: 4-7/8 x 3-5/8”

D:
Cardstock: 5-1/8 x 7/8″
DSP: 4-7/8 x 5/8″

Once you have cut all your pieces, score your “A” piece (cardbase) at 4.25″, and then fold back one side of your cardbase to that centre fold line, as shown. Crease well with your bone folder.

Attach your two “A” DSP pieces to the cardbase.

Attach your “D” DSP piece to your “D” cardstock.

Set “A” and “D” aside. The two pieces of cardstock and DSP you have left are going to create your book. Start by folding each of them in half, and creasing well with your bone folder.

Apply a piece of Tear and Tape adhesive to the wrong side of your DSP, along the centre score line.

Attach each piece of DSP to its corresponding cardstock, only along that centre score line.

Use a pencil to curl the ‘pages’ of the DSP.

Apply three glue dots on the wrong side of your DSP to attach to your cardstock. (Glue dots don’t show up well on camera, so I’ve added red circles to show you where the glue dots go!)

Leave some curl in your pages when you attach the DSP to your cardstock.

Repeat this process again for the other pair of DSP/cardstock.

You’ll follow a very similar process to attach one ‘book’ to the other! This time, use a piece of Tear and Tape on either side of the score line.

Add strips of Tear and Tape along the top of your finished book, and attach it to your easel cardbase.

Use Dimensionals to attach your “D” piece to the cardbase.

This piece holds your book upright when the card is open.

Now decorate as you choose to finish the card!

A view of the card when “closed”. It’s not exactly flat enough for mailing, but it would fit in a large envelope!

Don’t forget that the Whale of  a Time DSP, along with fourteen other Designer Series Papers, are all on sale this month for a 15% discount! It’s a great time to stock up and save on all your favourites. See the full list here!

Happy Stampin’!

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