Someone with whom I have worked for the last 17 years or so has decided to leave our community. Therefore, I needed to create a card with enough room on which my group chat members can write. Since our school colors are black and gold, and our mascot is hornets, the Golden Honey suite is perfect. I purposely kept this SAB suite from because it matches our community so well.
In order to create what I needed to accomplish, I flipped the Fab Friday #193 sketch and did a mirror image. I hope you can see the sketch in my fun fold card below:
Here’s the challenge banner:
Things I Know for Sure…..
If I had to pick a product that was very important while creating this card, I would put repositionable/temporary tape. It is much, much easier to dry-fit a card with all these pieces and flaps using the removable tape. Moving things around and trying out ideas wasn’t as difficult as it could have been. The removable tape really, really helped when trying to figure out the best placement for the ribbon pieces. When it came time to permanently adhere the pieces using liquid adhesive or dimensionals it no longer mattered where I’d used this tape. If any of the removable tape does show, a rubber adhesive eraser works like a charm!
Another thing I know for sure is that I know that it would be extremely confusing to try to explain the pieces and the cuts I made. Therefore, I cut out a second set of everything, wrote down the measurements for each piece, then took pictures.
Here are the main cuts and score lines I made:
So much easier to do it this way. Now, I feel like I can explain my final process! You really don’t need to know my trials and errors. Again, the removable tape is your friend.
Basic Directions for the Fun Fold Card.
- I wanted the gold/black hexagon pattern DSP to stand out against the black cardstock base. Therefore, I used the Delicata golden glitz ink pad and tapped each side into the ink. This ink is very delicate, so I needed to tap, tap, tap the ink, let it dry, and repeat the process until I achieved the look I wanted. HINT: don’t adhere this DSP to the cardstock yet.
- Next, I used some tear-and-tape to adhere the flap to the inside of the card. If you put the score line directly at the edge of the cardstock, the flap won’t close properly.
- Then I adhered the two pieces of 4-1/8″ by 5-3/8″ of white cardstock to the inside of the card.
- From my dry-fitting, I knew that the front of the hexagon DSP looked like something was missing when the first flap opened. Since I knew that the whole stitched nested label would not fit under my flap, I played around with the placement. I decided I liked the way the left triangle of the label shows when the flap is closed, so that’s what I did.
- The front of the flap was next. I wanted a dark sentiment for which I could use clear embossing powder. My Stamp-aratus allowed me to stamp the sentiment in black multiple times without a problem. When I was happy with the sentiment, and while waiting for the black ink to dry, I cleaned off the stamp (don’t remove it from the acrylic). After the black ink dried, I used my embossing buddy to clean the cardstock then restamped the sentiment twice using VersaMark. I carefully spooned clear embossing powder over the sentiment, then set it with my heat tool. I’ve found that the embossing results are much better if I use my Stamp-aratus for the sentiment because I can stamp it multiple times with the VersaMark.
- For the front sentiment panel, I used dimensionals under the sentiment and the bee.
- Time for the ribbon. I strongly suggest using tear-and-tape to adhere your ribbon in place because it will get a workout opening and closing this card. The point in the gold foil nested label gave me a good starting place for the ribbon. Using an 8′ piece of ribbon, I adhered 4″ of it to the base of the card. Now I could adhere the hexagon DSP to the base of the card, and over the ribbon.
- Next, I cut a 7″ piece of ribbon and used tear-and-tape to adhere 3″ of it to the back of the cardstock sentiment panel. Then, I put dimensionals under the black cardstock panel but over the ribbon. This way, the ribbon is securely attached and the black cardstock piece isn’t sitting directly on the flap.
- Now, the card is ready for your embellishments, depending on your desired outcome.
- Finally, I adhered a coordinating piece of DSP to the envelope flap and trimmed it down. I also added a beehive and small bee to the front, bottom, left-hand corner of the envelope.
While the directions appear to be lengthy, the whole process for this card took me about an hour. I spent the majority of that time figuring out the logistics of the card. Now that I have the measurements and process all figured out and written down, creating another card like this will be a piece of cake.
I hope you try to create your own fun fold flap card! I’d love to see your results, so include a picture or two in the comment section below. Happy, cutting, cropping, stamping and adhering!
As always, thank you so much for stopping by my blog today. I’d also love to hear what you think, and greatly appreciate every comment.
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