Sunday, June 16, 2019

Give a Poem a Home - Father's Day 2019

Hi Crafty Internet!
Happy Father's Day to all the dad's, grand-dad's and guardians out there. For my dad this year, I made an interactive handmade card. I've seen these referred to as flip it cards and also as Swing Cards, but there are other kinds of swing cards out there now.

The interactive part comes from a shape cut in the front. You fold the card front one way and the shape the opposite way so that, when you open the card, the shape rights itself into a flat sheet of paper, revealing the back side of the shape.

So, on the front, my card says "You're out of this world." On the back, it says: "Happy Father's Day."

Most swing cards do not have the extra flap. But I didn't like the idea of squishing my sentiment behind just 1 half of the shape. So, I put a flap on mine so I could fit a larger sentiment. I used Lawn Fawn's "Open Me" stamp on it so that my dad will know it's a tri-fold card.

The inside reads:
With lots of love
And happy thoughts
We hope you know
We love you lots!

Have a very
Happy Father's Day!
We hope good things
Will come your way!

I made the galaxy background on the outside and framed it in my hexagon nesting dies from Marianne Design. (Purchased from Ecstasy Crafts online store.) If you would like to see, I made a video of my galaxy background process on YouTube. I didn't have a big enough Father's Day sentiment stamp, so I dug out my old Quickutz Empire font dies to make this one. I used a star embossing folder instead of patterned paper on the outside. The rocket is a die cut that I cut from some self-adhesive silver metal sheets (also from my very old Quickutz stash.)

I worked out the dimensions for 4 of these flip it cards:
  • A6 (4.75 x 6.25 inches) in portrait and in landscape (portrait one shown here)
  • A2 (4.25 x 5.5 inches) in portrait and in landscape
Actually, I discovered the pattern for making these so that you can make this kind of card in any size. All you really need to know is the starting point and that number is one half the width of your card front.

I had an urge to make a girly version of this design, so I made a birthday card.

I used no patterned paper again. I use more of my galaxy piece and I stamped the pattern. I didn't have the right pink colour for cardstock, so I made it by inking white cardstock with pink ink and added some iridescent acrylic medium to make it sparkly.

I also made the sentiment area so that you can slide the sentiment in or out in case you mess up and need to turn it over or cut a new piece and start again.

These little critters are stamps from Hello Bluebird that I coloured with my Copic Markers. I think they are sweet.

Have you made Flip It cards before? What's your favourite kind of interactive cards?