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Wednesday, August 21, 2013

Tutorial - Friendship Flip Card Using Thinlet Dies

Today I want to share a tutorial with you on this Flip Card I've made using the new Label Card Thinlits Dies.  The theme for this card is friendship and what could be more friendlier than a tea party!

Supplies Used:

Stamp Set:    Tea Party 129138
Card Stock:   Crisp Cantaloupe, Calypso Coral and Very Vanilla
DSP:             Venetian Romance 
Ink:              Calypso Coral 
Tools:           Big Shot Machine, Magnetic Platform, Label Card Thinlits, Labels Collection Die Cuts (the smallest label), Elegant Butterfly Punch, Perfect Polka Dots Embossing Folder, Oval from Oval Framelits.
Accessories:  Basic Pearls, 3/8 Ruffle Stretch Trim in Crisp Cantaloupe, Sticky Strip, Snail Adhesive, Sponge Dauber

Cutting Out the Card Base:
I personally like the look of the Flip Card when you use 8 1/2" card stock  instead of the recommended 5 1/2 x 6 size.  I like having the extra 2 1/2" of card stock to write on and when the card is closed, the message area is hidden behind the extra fold.  For me, that's really cool and I think it adds even more of a "wow" factor.  


Cut a 5 3/8 x 8 1/2" piece of Crisp Cantaloupe card stock.  With the cutting edge of the Thinlits Die facing down, insert the card stock under the flip part of the die and extend the additional card stock over the top of the die.   
TIP:  Just a note about the width of the paper for this version of a Flip Card. if you have difficulty fitting it through the die, it may be just a smidgen too wide.  I found that when I cut my card stock at 5 1/2" and tried to fit the card stock through the die, it was crooked and wouldn't lay flat.  To remedy that and make sure that the finished card base was aligned properly with the die, I cut an additional 1/8" inch off the width.  As soon as I did that, the card stock fit perfectly through the die, and all was well.  So experiment with the size before you start on your actual card to make sure you have the right cut.

In this view you can see everything aligned perfectly, before I roll it through the Big Shot.  Make sure before you do any cutting on the new Magnetic Platform and on the regular platform, that you put down a standard plastic cutting pad.  Your sandwich from the base up should be:

1.  Magnetic Platform/or regular platform
2.  Standard Cutting Pad ( a flat one works best)
3.  Thinlit placed over single piece of card stock
4.  Standard Cutting Pad (a flat one works best)
When you take the card stock out of the Big Shot it will look like this. Although the picture is faint, you can see the fold lines for the flip portion of the card quite clearly.  There is also a fold line, albeit a faint one, 2 5/8" from the right side of the card.

Fold the right hand side toward the center of the card and using your bone folder make a crease. Later on you'll add some card stock and designer paper to make this side of the card look terrific.

Fold the left side of the card towards the center from the second fold line and use your bone folder to make a crease.

Finally fold the first fold towards the card center and use your bone folder to run a crease down the fold.  The flip portion of the card will fold towards the center.

This is what your card will look like when everything is folded together.  It will be a perfect A2 size card.  Wasn't that easy?


Here are the basic elements for decorating this card.  You will need to cut a 2 1/2 x 5 2/8" piece of Calypso Coral card stock and a piece of Venetian Romance Designer Series Paper 2 1/4x 5 for the panel on the right hand side of the card.  Stamp the images from the Tea Party set in Calypso Coral ink on Very Vanilla card stock.  You'll need to cut two labels in Calypso Coral ink using the smallest label in the Label Collection Framelits.  Before assembling these pieces I used a sponge dauber to distress the edges of all the design pieces.
I embossed both side folds of the card with the Perfect Polka Dot Embossing Folder and left the center part of the card plain except for the stamped image of the teapot which is in Calypso Coral Ink.  In this view you can see the small label attached to the swing or flip part of the card.  I used the smallest label from the Label Collections Framelits set.  It fits perfectly. 

In this view I've attached the You're Just My Cup of Tea stamped image from the Tea Party set with dimensionals to the back of the Flip.  The image was stamped in Calypso Coral on Very Vanilla card stock.  I added a single basic pearl to the center of the flower at the top of the image.  Wow this card is really starting to come together!

In this view you can see how I've added the designer paper and Calypso Coral card stock to the front right fold.  I also added a strip of 3/8" Ruffle Stretch Trim in Crisp Cantaloupe. Before attaching the trim I ran a strip of Sticky Strip down the outside edge of fold.  This ribbon is so gorgeous and on this card adds just the perfect feminine touch.
I stamped a piece of Calypso Coral card stock with the Tea Party image before cutting it out with the Elegant Butterfly punch.  Four small basic pearls were attached in the center.  Before mounting the butterfly  to the front of the card, I used the bone folder to give some dimension to the wings.

In this picture you can see the front Flip with the Tea Party image added on top of the Calypso Coral label.  I cut this image out using the second oval in the new Ovals Collection Framelits........ perfect!  To add some interest I actually stamped this image twice and then hand cut out the Tea Party banner part of the image and attached it with dimensionals to the face of the image.  Three small basic pearls were spaced along the banner to emphasize the words. 

To finish the card I added a small strip of Calypso Coral card stock on the front left hand side of the card.  I think it adds some balance.

And that's all there was to assembling this very feminine friendship card.  I hope you enjoyed it and learned a little more about using the Label Card Thinlits.  

I'd love to hear your comments.  Thanks for dropping by! 


Diane Ison said...

Awesome card, Penny!! Thank you for creating such a detailed tutorial, I think I'll be showcasing it on my blog for Friendly Friday.

paper bag create said...

Fabulous tutorial and I LOVE your card!!! Smiles. :)

Carolee said...

Very nice card. Great tutorial.

Anonymous said...

Love the card & great tutorial!

Janet Strain said...

I just googled "how to write a message in thinlet card" and your post popped up. I am ECSTATIC that you've shown how to alter the card so it has a true "inside" where you can write a message! Now I truly have no excuse NOT to buy the thinlet dies!