August 2, 2011

Happy Birthday Tri-Fold Card

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Good Day! This is Sheila and today I get the privilege of sharing with both you Bugs Byte and She's A Sassy Lady followers.
Ever since Provocraft came out with the E2 I have been fascinated with the Tri-Fold Card. I quickly decided not to use up a couple of months of my scrap budget to purchase the E2 however I had to have that Tri-Fold Card!
The card presented some interesting design challenges for me yet I am getting pretty good at altering my template and quickly coming up with a new design for any given occasion. I did just that with this card but ran into a few challenges along the way in cutting and thought I would just go through those, so as you make your cards you can hopefully alleviate those same mistakes and whiz through your card.
Look at these yummy papers I picked out. Only the bottom sheet was a full sheet of paper and it was from K and Company. The rest of the papers were all left over pieces from various vendors. I was so happy that I had so many sparkly piece left.

I just love this base paper and it really made all the colors of the card come together.... this was my blunder though.... I forgot that we are looking at the inside of the card in this photo. That is how I designed the card so when you are laying out your mat remember you are looking at the inside. See I had a perfect cut but I forgot to flip my paper and the opposite side was too pink for my elements so I had to re-cut the base of the card.

I thought I would show you how some of my other elements were laid out. this however was my second mistake. I mixed paper depths and that created a problem as it didn't cut through on the center piece so I had to run it through again. Because I was using scraps another design had to be used. Again remember to plan carefully.

See how only parts of the cut made it. Now I must caution you if this happens you can always take off the other elements and re cut just remember DO NOT SAVE the work or they will be gone.

Then I scored my card and folded the flaps. Now you need to know I did not make score marks but you can easily see where the sections meet, score and fold there.

I have a busy schedule this week getting ready for out of town guests so I placed each card and all the pieces in a little Ziploc bag so nothing would get lost while I was waiting for a few extra minutes to put this together.

The first thing I did was put the elements together. After adhering the pieces of the cupcake together I stickled the frosting to make it look like sprinkles.

I put the little pieces of the hat together. I cut it and the horn out twice so it would be thicker. Now I did all the dots as I had gold speckled paper and didn't want to loose that sparkle effect. If I was using a plain paper I would cut the holes to have 2 colors. Cut for your preference and adjust accordingly.
I then adhered the tassel at the top of the hat. Isn't this paper awesome?
Then I put together the little horn. After it was dry I stickled the paper part that would move when you blow with pink stickles. This gave it a polka-dot effect and made it sparkle too like the rest of the paper.

I then proceeded to put the card together. And this was so simple after all the elements were together. I adhered the Happy Birthday first and then moved on piece by piece until the card was complete.

 Look at how this just shimmers, don't you just love the paper on this?

Thought you might like to see the card straight on with both flaps closed, don't you just love that layered look? I like that it gives plenty of opportunity to write on the inside.

 Even when it is laying down this card looks good. Don't you just want to pick it up and look on the inside?

I hand cut the sentiment area the same and attached to the inside of each flap. This offers plenty of room to get personal and write a special note. I also thought that for the right flap you could turn it in to a little pocket to hold a check, cash or a card.
 Just another close up of the card.

That hat is so unique with this paper.

And one more glimpse of the completed card. I sure hope you liked today's project. If you would like the free Gypsy file, just click HERE.
I just love these Tri-Fold cards and hope you enjoyed learning a little more about them. Thank you for your sweet sweet words of encouragement. Your comments continue to inspire me to share with you.
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