This project started simply enough. A customer asked me to make a wedding card and the only guidance was that she wanted me to put what she had written on the inside. Sure!
I wanted to use something that I'd not used in a while, and so picked up one of Stampin' Up!'s Thinlit flip fold style card dies. Within minutes this card had turned into one of those, "Hmmm, what if I do this?" cards. As in, every time I completed a step, I asked myself, "Hmmm, what if I…?"
There really is no point in my going into gruesome details about what came first, second, third ad infinitum. This ended up having more layers that I could imagine one of these neat flip fold card should have, and probably more embossing and embellishments than was entirely necessary. But – I had a blast making it! Best of all, my customer loved it, including that I included her wording using a color that beautifully matched the Blushing Bride pink of the card base and trim. (I erased names to protect everyone's privacy!)
I'm going to tell you what Stampin' Up! products I used in this card, but first just a reminder about how you can get this trifold effect using one of the Stampin' Up! Thinlit Card Dies. For this layout, cut your cardstock (I used Blushing Bride) 5-1/2" by 8-1/2" just as you would for a standard A2 sized card. Make that a "scant" 5-1/2" – just a teensy sliver under 5-1/2". That will allow your cardstock to fit through the Thinlit like this:
If you flip over to look at the back of the thinlit, you'll see that the cardstock fits along the left, top, and bottom edges just inside the cutting lines. The right side is not on the side where it will get cut. But it will end up having a nice crease where it should be folded to make the trifold card.
This extra section of the Thinlit Card can be folded in (as in my card) or towards the back to make a Z-fold style card.
Now for the products that I used in this card (all Stampin' Up!, of course!)
- Sizzix Dies: Circle Card Thinlits Die (Card Shape and Heart on Scalloped Heart) (Item #133480, $32.95); Secret Garden Framelits (Leaves) (Item #129372, $24.95); Hearts Collection Framelits (the White Heart on which the greetings are stamped) (Item 125599, $26.95); Hearts a Flutter Framelits (Scalloped Heart on inside) (Item #130519, $24.95)
- Sizzix Embossing Folder: Perfect Polka Dots (Item #117335, $7.95)
- Punches: 2-3/8" Scallop Circle (Item #118874, $16.95); Small Heart (Item #117193, $5.95); Full Heart (Pink Heart matting the White Punched Heart) (Item #119883, $16.95)
- Blushing Bride Candy Dots (In the Subtles Collection, Item #130933, $5.95)
- Stampin' Trimmer (to trim the white layers along edges that had circles along them and to make the scalloped mat for the inside greeting) (Item #126889, $29.95; Rotary Arm Addition, Item #129407, $12.95; Scallop Blade, Item #129410, $3.95)
- Cardstock: Whisper White, Blushing Bride, Pear Pizzazz. Inks: Blushing Bride, Pear Pizzazz. These can be purchased in several ways – let me know if you have questions.
OK – add those all up, and it's a bit much in terms of $$$. But believe me, I didn't buy these products all at once, but rather over a period of a couple of years. And I do try to buy as much as possible so I can advise you on what's best to buy. If I were to suggest two products with which to start, they would be the Circle Card Thinlits Die – it has a BUNCH of extra dies that come with it! – and the Stampin' Trimmer. The trimmer is SO versatile, and the extras, when you purchase them later, are not too much at all. The Thinlit Die actually has a scallop circle and a heart and other embellishments that I could easily have used in this project. But I did have the other products, so I figured I might as well use them. If you're frugal with your purchases, you can do better than I did with this project!
So – need some advice on what you might buy to get started without breaking the bank? I'm definitely the person to give advice – because I've tried so many things, and I know what I can do without!!! You can have fun with paper crafting on a shoestring!