Hello and welcome to today’s blog post, which is an easel fun fold card featuring the new Sending Smiles Bundle from the upcoming 2022-2023 Annual Catalog! This super cute bundle, which will be available May 3rd, has lots of sentiments with coordinating dies that you will be able to make a variety of cards! For my first card with this bundle, I thought I would make it a fun fold card and show you how you can not only use more than one of the sentiments, but you can “customize” a sentiment with the framelit die to stack them together. Of course, I just had to use a couple of the new 2022-2024 In Colors to make this bright and cheerful fun fold card!
For the card front, you will use this design from the Heart & Home DSP, cut at 4” x 5 ¼”:
For the rest of the card front, you will need:
1. Use the fourth largest layering Stitched Rectangle Die to die-cut from Vellum cardstock.
2. Use the Sending die to die-cut from the mirror finish Silver Foil Specialty Pack, placing a piece of Adhesive Sheet on the back of the silver foil piece first. Note-there is a dot for the letter i, I left it in the die so I wouldn’t lose it, lol!
3. Stamp the small sentiment in Versamark ink on Sweet Sorbet cardstock, the medium sentiment on Orchid Oasis cardstock, and the large sentiment on Mango Melody cardstock and all three are heat embossed with White Embossing Powder. For the small sentiment on Sweet Sorbet cardstock, I customized the die-cut by using the shorter framelit and partially die-cutting one end and lining up the die with the opposite end of the sentiment to complete the die-cut. I repeated this process for the sentiment on the Orchid Oasis cardstock using the longer framelit and the sentiment on Mango Melody cardstock fit perfectly with the longer framelit. Note-partially cutting is lining up the die with the sentiment and only placing the top cutting plate over half of the die/cardstock when running it thru the cut & emboss machine.
4. On Basic White cardstock, stamp the stem stamp in Old Olive ink, the flower petals in Orchid Oasis ink, and flower center in Mango Melody ink, then use the coordinating dies to die-cut out.
5. Use the small double flower die to die-cut from Sweet Sorbet, Orchid Oasis, and Mango Melody cardstocks, placing a silver Metallic Pearl in the center of each. You will use one Orchid Oasis and Sweet Sorbet and both Mango Melody for the card front, the rest will be used for the inside.
I first adhered the die-cut heat embossed sentiments along the bottom of the die-cut Vellum cardstock, starting with the longer sentiment in Mango Melody, centering the Orchid Oasis on top of the Mango Melody, and centering the Sweet Sorbet on top of the Orchid Oasis. I removed the adhesive backing to the Sending die-cut to place over the die-cut sentiments and used glue dots to adhere the die-cut flowers in the two corners as shown. I placed adhesive behind the die-cut sentiments and glue dots behind the die-cut flowers on the back of the Vellum cardstock to adhere to the DSP base layer. I then adhered this piece to a 4 ¼” x 5 ½” Basic Gray cardstock and used dimensionals to adhere the die-cut flower as shown (cutting one in half to place behind the leaves):
The card base is Basic Gray cardstock, cut at 5 ½” x 8 ½” and scored at 4 ¼” and 2 1/8”, and place adhesive on the bottom scored panel for the card front to adhere the completed 4 ¼” x 5 ½” card front panel:
For the inside, cut a piece of Basic White cardstock, stamp the sentiment in Orchid Oasis ink, adhere a ¾” x 5 ¼” piece of DSP along the bottom, stamp the three additional flowers in Orchid Oasis and Mango Melody ink on Basic White cardstock and die-cut out with the coordinating dies, use dimensionals to adhere them along the bottom as shown, and use glue dots to adhere the remaining two die-cut small flowers as shown. This will serve as your “stopper” for the easel card:
For the coordinating Basic White envelope, I stamped the flowers in Orchid Oasis and Mango Melody inks and the leaves in Old Olive ink:
I absolutely love how Orchid Oasis and Sweet Sorbet pair with Mango Melody and Old Olive! Now I know I could have used any one of the colors for the cardstock, however, I wanted to keep the card base and DSP very muted so that the colors would really pop and Basic Gray worked perfectly for me. This also is a great way to show you how some of the retiring or soon to be retiring products can be used with the soon to be released new products!!
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