Don’t you love interactive cards? Amazing Paper Grace has added the Garden Shutters Collection for another fun element of motion. It creates a beautiful card and with one pull of a tab, the shutters open to reveal a delightful surprise sentiment on the other side! There are two card base sizes, A2 and 5 x 7-inch, to choose from. Each card base set has all the elements you need to assemble and embellish a card! Which catches your eye?
Today's projects were created with dies provided by Amazing Paper Grace.
My Project for Today
This sweet interactive card was such a joy to create. It's my first time creating a flip card, and I look forward to making more of these fun cards. This interactive design is so clever and easy to use!! The butterflies, sentiment, and base are all included in the S6-183 Butterfly Bliss Garden Shutters 5x7 Card Base set and the flowers are from S5-484 Primrose Heart Facade. Of course both of these gorgeous die sets are in the new Garden Shutters collection.
The butterflies and flowers are a great way to use up those paper scraps we all have on hand and had me thinking spring, so I went to my paper stash to find delicately patterned papers in spring colors. Purples, yellows, and greens are so beautiful together.
These little butterflies include multiple die cut pieces so that they can be layered for dimension and to vary the colors on the fluttering wings. I inked to soften the edges and give a shabby feel to the design. I bent the wings upward for even more dimension. I also added a couple rhinestones to each butterfly for a bit of sparkle.
There are three different blossoms with stems and leaves included in the Primrose Heart Facade die set along with a scrolled heart and the fabulous decorative piece you see here below the butterfly panels, along with another sentiment and pull tabs. I die cut the petals, then inked them before shaping and putting these gorgeous blossoms together. The stems extend from the flip panel to the card base, so I snipped each stem where the panel meets the base, so that this interactive card can turn smoothly. I added more inking to the leaves, stems, and decorative piece.
Designer Tip: My flip panel ended up not being perfectly centered. It looks great visually, but cutting the top panel turned out to be a little tricky since it was slightly off center. I came up with a quick and easy solution. Cut the front panel to 5 1/2 by 7 1/2 inches (instead of 5x7"), cutting out the center panel right in the middle of this larger sized piece. Once cut, center the opening over the flip panels and hold it in place with repositionable tape runner. Turn it over and use a pencil to mark the edges of the card. One it's marked, remove the piece and use a craft knife and ruler to trim the edges. Now the flip panel is perfectly aligned with the front panel and it can be permanently adhered to the card.
Top panel: The scrolled pieces are inked around the edges as well as the edges of the card base.
Flipped Sentiment: You may have noticed some of the other Creative Team members used one more word on the top panel to say "But What If You Fly?" When I added a border to the panels, both words didn't quite fit, so I took out the word "But" and think it works nicely. If you like the full sentiment, just eliminate the border and it fits perfectly.
These dies and plates are available from Spellbinders right now! Click here: Garden Shutters Collection.
- Blue Fern Studios: Déjà Vu; Autumn Anthology; Courtship Lane
- Ranger ~ Distress Ink: Dusty Concord; Brushed Corduroy; Fossilized Amber; Peeled Paint
- Want2Scrap ~ Say It With Bling - Purple Rhinestones
- Red Line Tape
- Helmar ~ 450 Quick Dry Adhesive
- Spellbinders ~ Platinum 6 Die Cut Machine