One of the best ways to take a card from great to amazing is to add an interactive element to the design. These elements can be as simple as you want and don't necessarily have to take forever to create! This week we are featuring MFT Stamps and their fab interactive card elements. These dies make what used to take a long time to create by hand a breeze and I couldn't be more excited!
Today my valentine card features an exciting flip flip die from MFT Stamps. They have an amazing line of them..a square, rectangle, circle, oval and now even a heart! I've included links to most of these down at the end of the post in the supplies for easy access.
While these dies don't look like much...the end product is wonderful and they are so much fun to design with! Today I'm showing you exactly how I like to use them and just how easy they are!
First of all, those little metal tabs need to be cut to make the die into two separate pieces.
Next fold an A5 card from half a sheet of card stock. I've used Solar White Card Stock and once it's been folded, open it back up again to its full 8.5" x 5.5" size. From the left edge lightly mark out 2 1/8" from the left side of the card stock. The fold should be an equal distance to the right. Mark both top and bottom of left panel.
Next use some washi tape to hold the die in place. The top and bottom bits go lined up directly on top of the marks. These sections will score the card for you. The shaped jut goes to the right and will form the flip flop flap.
Once the die is put through the die cutting machine it should look like this. Scored sections to the top and bottom of the card and then the shape cut to the right.
Fold back the left side of the card along the scored strips while not bending the shape. It should stick out. When you pull the card open by the left edge, this section will flip flop to the inside of the card so you get to see it twice!
You can then decorate the card in any manner you choose. I love to use patterned paper and here I've used the stunning Authentique Adore 6x6 paper pad. However you design the inside panel, remember that you will see almost half of it when the card is closed. My large text layer was die-cut with the large stitched rectangle from Blueprints 13 Die-namics. The dark pink/red layer was die-cut with the stitched square layer that was trimmed off the original die and the other rectangle and square where just cut on my paper trimmer.
Once the layers were all sponged with Distress Ink, I adhered them and moved onto embellishing the card. The beautiful love die-cut is from the Essentials by Ellen line, Brushstroke Love by Julie Ebersole. I've also die-cut sweet little text print leaves using the MFT Stamps Layered Leaves Die-namics set and paired them up with some sweet Maya Road Paper Flowers. As you can see the front looks so pretty...
...and it also looks lovely flip flopped to the inside of the card design.
It's a great way to make your valentines special this year...or any other card design as well!
Thanks so much for joining me today in the CLASSroom! I hope you'll have fun giving creative and interactive designs a whirl!