Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Four-Flap Card Formula

Thanks for participating in the Cinema Blog Hop sponsored by Club Scrap!

I often discover fun techniques showcased at Split Coast Stampers, and I fell in love with the simplicity of this interlocking four-flap card design.

Naturally, it's always my goal to find an efficient way to make several at a time. This formula will make four cards. (I only made two because I didn't sketch things out ahead of time. Oops there. I should know better.) The papers for these cards came from the Cinema Club Stamp paper pack.

Here are the cutting instructions . . . 

1. Trim one 8.5x11 Text Weight Print horizontally at 8-3/8, 5-3/4, 5 and 2-1/2". Cut each 2-1/2x8-1/2 horizontally at 6-1/2, 4-1/2, 4 and 2". Trim each 2-5/8x8-1/2 horizontally at 6-5/8, 4-3/4, 3-3/4 and 1-7/8". Sorry about all of the 8ths there . . . it couldn't be helped.

2.  Score two 8.5x11 Aqua Plains horizontally at 2.75 and 8.25". Make an additional scoreline next to the initial scores to improve card functionality. (Watch video for tips.) Trim vertically at 4.25".

3. Score two 8.5x11 Wine Plains vertically at 2-1/8 and 6-3/8". Add a second scoreline directly next to the first to improve card functionality. Trim horizontally at 5.5".

4. Trim one 8.5x11 White Plain vertically at 8 and 4". Cut each 4x11 horizontally at 10.5 and 5.25".

This is how it works . . .

1.  Fold each horizontal/vertical card base along the scorelines and burnish with a bone folder.

2. Adhere a vertical card base on top of a horizontal card base. The inner scored areas will be the same size.

3. Fold in the flaps, starting with the left, bottom, and then right flaps. Tuck the final top flap beneath the first flap, just as you would if you were closing a cardboard box.

4. Nest the corresponding panels to the flaps according to size.

5. Attach a stamped, matted sentiment (from the Cinema Greeting UM) to one of the flaps.

6. Stamp the 4x5.25" White Panels and nest onto the inside of each card.

7. Tah-dah! Except you'll have four cards. I only have two and will have to endure the pain of several useless scraps of printed text weight paper. I will just sit here now and cry softly into my Kleenex.

You can transfer these formulas to past and future Club Stamp paper collections with ease. Give it a try!

The next stop will be with our Dutch friend Hetty Sanders at Craft Chaos.

Thanks for hopping!