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Monday, December 17, 2012

Joy Flip Flop

This fun card was inspired by what was called a flip flop card demo - which I saw here.  In order to make this card exactly, you'll need a wider bodied die cutting machine than the standard Big Shot because the card has to be inserted width-wise - and this one was 7" wide.  I used the Grand Caliber because I started with a base card that was 5" x 7".

With the card open, I placed the die on the card front where I wanted the design (note I used a die from Spellbinder's Holly Motifs and had it a bit towards the top of the card), taped it in place, and scored the card front above and below the die - right at the center of the die. This score line is where the card front is folded back in the picture above.

Next I carefully placed my card and die in my die machine sandwich, taking great care to line things up so the first part of the card and die was hanging outside the sandwich, and the sandwich was aligned with the score line.  I ran this through my machine so only the right side of the die was cut (the part in the sandwich), leaving the other part intact. Then, put it all in an embossing sandwich so the entire design was embossed - that which had been cut AND that which hadn't.

Next I took a piece of red paper, and cut out the die in such a way that I could glue it to the card as shown - leaving 1/8" card around it for a mat, and giving me the little pieces needed to fill in the filagree design.  I stamped a sentiment in the center and added a bit of pizazz with gel pens & Stickles.

I cut out a second die piece from similar card stock, and lined it up with the first, gluing it to the inside in such a way that it isn't seen until you open the card.  This gave me just a little bit of room to write my message.

I finished by cutting a border strip, coloring it as I did with the focal, and then snipping it into pieces to add to the card.

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