This fancy fold card style has lots of dimension and extra wow! when it’s opened and the parts move. It may look a little complicated but it’s not really.
To begin, I cut my card base and a layer of DSP and cut a rectangle from the front of the pair of them, attached together with a little temporary adhesive. The piece of card base will be used later so don’t discard it!
Next, I cut the liner, which is also the mechanism to make the swing fold. Score the card at ¼, ½ and ¾ across the piece and fold ‘mountain-mountain-valley’, as shown in the photo.
Place the liner with the first ‘mountain’ fold facing up into the card front and mark the left-hand side of the hole. Remove the liner and cut away slightly bigger than the hole using either a trimmer or I used the next size up rectangle die and the partial die-cutting technique.
The liner is then glued into the card base by adhering the bit around the cut away to the back of the opening and the last quarter of the lining to the right-hand side of the back of the card base.
After gluing the DSP onto the front, I attached the swing panel, which is the section of card base cut out at step 1. Apply the glue to the swing mechanism only and attach the panel.
Lastly, decorate as you wish!
I used Stampin’ Up! Pampered Pets for my cards.
It’s also possible to make this card in landscape format too and using an oval cut out rather than a rectangle.
I think I’ll try a square version next time to give more space for writing my message.
The idea for this card came to me whilst trying to think of a quick project to make an anniversary card for Mr L. It had to be quick as we were going on holiday for our anniversary and I had to make it in the hour before the taxi picked us up and I hadn’t even finished packing! Panic crafting at it’s best!! It uses the partial die cutting technique to get the opening heart shape and would be perfect for anniversary, valentine and wedding cards. I also wanted to have a go at hand lettering for the sentiment to fill the heart spaces.
Since the card for Mr L was made in somewhat of a rush, it opens the wrong way (!) and the front heart overhangs the edge. I had thought that was an error but when I made the MkII version, I realised it was due to the card stock not being wide enough so the second version is only single fold rather than bifold. I used a heart die but circle dies would also work.
The partial die cut is made by placing the die in position on the card front, overlapping the score line, and lining the top cutting pad up along the score line.
When run through the Big Shot, the die will not cut beyond the cutting pad. I trimmed the excess off down the score line to create the heart shaped front.
I die cut a smaller heart for the front and a piece of Gingham Gala DSP for the inside and decorated them with hand lettering.
I used the cat punch and some silver glimmer paper to make the two cats for the front.
I also punched two cats from the gingham paper for the back of the cats.
I reversed the cats on this card and intertwined the tails rather than having them head to head.