Feeling festive and in the mood for crafting? Angela joins us today with an easy-to-make flip card featuring two new stamp sets from the Essentials by Ellen winter release.
Hi friends! Today I’ve got a holiday card to share that’s a little different to your standard A2 format. Lately I’ve been experimenting with interactive and 3D designs, as well as flip cards. I’ll start by saying that everything I know about flip cards was learned from the incredible Jennifer McGuire, and when I made my first one last month, I used her video here to learn. I’ll walk you through the process, but for full details including measurements and other specifics, I highly recommend watching her video.
To get started on this design, I created a white card base, starting with a piece of cardstock that measured 5.5″ wide by 8.5″ tall. Using a pencil and ruler, I drew a subtle pencil line at 2 1/8″ from the left side. Next, I picked 2 dies from the Essentials by Ellen Essential Circles dies – one to stamp my little mug, candy cane, sprig and sentiment on, and the other just one size bigger for some partial die cutting into the card base. I cut one full circle with the larger die to use as a positioning tool, and this helped me ensure that the half circle cut into the front of the card, as well as a few other elements, lined up perfectly. (You’ll see Jennifer do this, and create that simple partial die cutting, at the 5:00 mark in her video.) Once the semicircle was cut into the card base, I scored and folded the along that 2 1/8 pencil mark line, above and below the circle. After erasing the pencil line, I also scored at 4 1/4 inches (half way along the length of the cardstock) and folded in in half to create the card base you see here:
On the smaller die cut circle, I used the Cup of Cheer stamp set to create a little scene and sentiment for the front of my card. I colored in the images with Copics in R37, R35, R20, G28, G17 and G12, and created a second scene on the inside of the card – mostly because I really wanted to use that eggnog carton! Once assembled, the carton and mug would be on the opposite (flip) side of my ‘Have a Cup of Cheer’ piece.
Hot tip: If you give this a try, be sure to keep any coloring inside the card within that circular area. If you stray outside of it, you’ll risk the ink bleeding through to the front panel. Ask me how I know!
The next step was to create the kraft background panels, which I did using the Falala background stamp and gold embossing powder. You could create any background for this, but I think kraft cardstock works great with holiday cards and traditional Christmas colors. I trimmed the embossed panel to 4.25″ wide x 5.5″ tall – the same size as the card front. Next, I sliced it in half down the middle, and using that same Essentials Circle die that I did my partial die cutting with, I cut another semi-circle into the left falala panel. (Again, check out Jennifer’s video at the 8:00 mark to see her tricks for ensuring this cut happens in exactly the right spot.)
Finally it was time for assembly – all of which was super easy! I adhered the falala embossed panels as shown in the photo below, then used foam tape behind the sentiment circle on the front of the card for more dimension. I wanted to add a little more color at this point, so I used some Concord & 9th cardstock strips in Cranberry and Evergreen to line the card along the edges of the kraft areas. To finish, I popped on a few gold metallic pearls for an extra festive feel.
There are so many other possibilities for this type of card design beyond the circular die cut on the front. You could also use the Essentials by Ellen Essential Arches, Rectangles, Hexagons, Stars, or whatever shapes you like best! The same process still applies, and personally, I’m excited to extend this beyond the holidays with other stamp sets in my stash. I hope you feel encouraged and inspired to give it a try for yourself. Until next time, happy crafting!