Welcome to another Cardz 4 Guys challenge. It’s my turn to pick the theme, and I chose black and gold or black and silver. I thought those two options lent themselves to New Year’s Eve cards, so that’s what I did.

Here’s my card:

Here’s the inside:

Yes! It’s a twist and pop card!

I haven’t made one of these since May, so I needed to go back to my go-to for a twist and pop card. Mary Deatherage from Stamps-n-Lingers has a fabulous step-by-step video, which you can find here.

I do need to figure out how to use my phone stand before I go back to work in a week so I can make my own videos. My first three tries haven’t turned out well at all so I need to practice more.

What I Did

  • I used Basic Black for the base, cut to 4-1/4 by 11 inches, scored at 5-1/2 inches.
  • The DSP papers all come from retired sets, but you can use any kind of paper. I trimmed the front gold and white piece to 4 inches by 5-1/4 inches.
  • After I decided to use the silver glitter ribbon, I thought I really needed to use some silver on the front. Therefore, I trimmed a piece of the silver foil DSP to 4-1/8 inches by 5-3/8 inches. In order to keep the bulk of the card down at least a little, I cropped a rectangle out of the middle of the silver. Every little bit helps with this bulky card.
  • To give you an idea of the bulk, when I took this card to the post office this afternoon, the clerk at the counter did not believe me at all that there was only a card in the envelope. She must have asked me at least 4 times if I only had a card in it. I almost pulled out my phone to show her the pictures.
  • I used the Playful Alphabet dies for the “HAPPY” on the top of the inside. The black and gold striped paper is retired, and it’s from the Golden Honey DSP from the last Sale-a-Bration.

What I Won’t Do Again!

  • When I first started this card, I decided to use a template from Pinterest using the rectangular shapes instead of squares. However, I realized the rectangle panels cause a problem. The left rectangle rubs as the card opens and then needed to be helped a bit to close. I’d already put the whole card together when I saw that there was an issue. I couldn’t get it apart to start the center panels off the working mechanism. I really loved the DSP pattern combinations for this card, and I wouldn’t have had enough to start over again.
  • My advice: use the measurements Mary Deatherage used. I’ve used those five or six times and the whole card works wonderfully.

Finishing Up

After adhering a piece of the gold and white checked DSP to the envelope flap, I’d finished this coordinated card/envelope set.

For about nine months, I’ve been sealing envelopes with adhesive because of that which shall not be named. Then I needed to write “no saliva was used to seal this envelope” on the back of the envelope.

However, when trying to seal the Thanksgiving cards I’d made, I figured out a trick to seal the envelopes. I’ve been using my 1 inch circle punch to punch coordinating DSP circles. The 1 inch size means I can run them through my XYRON create a sticker 150 little contraption. I really like sealing envelopes with the circles, and it looks so much better than me writing about saliva on the back.

I’d love to hear what you think, and greatly appreciate and respond to comments.

Have a Peachy Day!


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