I have been playing with the Stampin' Up! Circle Card thinlits die that makes the creation of 'flip' cards a lot easier. I find the basic card cut with the thinlits die a bit skimpy when it comes to writing your message, so the extended version with the fold in panel is much better. It also gives you more scope for decoration as well.
For me, these cards really become something special when you add some extra layers and embellishment. This takes more effort, but well worth it for a special occasion. I have 3 cards here showing some different options for embellishment.
This first card was created for a recent class. It is bold and bright and perfect for a special occasion, although I have kept the sentiment fairly generic. It has the added benefit of a gift card pocket on the fold in flap, which keeps it secure. I like the belly band on this to keep it all tucked in, as there is a bit more bulk with the gift card pocket.
The 2 1/2" circle punch creates the perfect mat for the circle on the card and the gingham circle from the 'Kind and Cozy' stamp set fits the bill perfectly, to frame your sentiment.
The next one has the exended fold in flap, but without the gift card pocket. I have seen the writing panel on the fold in flap, but I prefer it in the centre, leaving the end panel for further decoration. I have used some of the extra dies (chevrons and 'hi') that come with this die set for embellishment. You can't beat the classic black and white combo for a fresh looking card. I've heat embossed one of the silhouettes in black from the lovely 'Serene Silhouettes' stamp set for the front circle. I was glad to see this set carry forward into the new Annual Catalogue.
Another of the silhouette images has been heat embossed in white on the fold in panel for a strong contrast.
This last card was made for a lovely friend's birthday. I have added plenty of bling on this one with the silver glimmer paper added to both sides of the circle. To cut the glimmer paper circle (there is no punch or circle die the exact size), I trimmed a piece of glimmer paper to 2 3/4" square and then put it over the circle piece of the die and ran it through the Big Shot. It leaves a small piece on both sides to cut with scissors on the embossed line, so it is pretty easy.
The large image from the 'Regarding Dahlias' stamp set has been heat embossed in white on Wisteria Wonder. I used a Stampin' Write marker and blender pen to add some highlights to the flower and punched it out with the 2 1/2" circle punch.
I have stamped the flower image in craft white for the inside back panel to continue the theme. The sentiment from the new 'Amazing Birthday' stamp set has been heat embossed in white for the inside circle.
If you would like to make this project, I have created a tutorial that provides 3 sets of measurements for the layers on all of the panels of the card and instructions for how to cut these layers. You can find it here or click on the button at the bottom of the post.
1st card -Polka Dot Pieces, Kind & Cozy, Papillon Potpouri, Afterthoughts (retired); 2nd Card - Serene Silhouettes; 3rd Card - Regarding Dahlias, Amazing Birthday, Papillon Potpouri
|Card stock & Papers||Whisper White, Basic Black, Melon Mambo, Brights DSP Paper Stack, Neutrals DSP Paper Stack, Wisteria Wonder, Glimmer card, In Colour DSP Paper Stack|
|Ink||Memento Tuxedo Black, Melon Mambo, Versamark, Craft White|
|Accessories||Basic Rhintestones, 1/4" White stitched ribbon|
|Tools||Circle Card Thinlits die, Perfect Polk Dots EF, Big Shot, Bitty Butterfly punch, 2 1/2" Circle punch, Small heart punch, 2 3/8" & 1 3/4" Scallop Circle punches, 3/4" & 1" Circle punches, Dotted Scallop Ribbon Border punch, Itty Bitty Punch pack, Heat gun, black and white embossing powder, Stampin' Write marker (Wisteria Wonder), Blender pen, Dimensionals|
Thanks for looking!