Quirky Critters Fancy Fold: Flap Card

Fancy fold flap card tutorial by Natalie Lapakko featuring Quirky Critters stamps and Natrually Eclectic DSP from Stampin' Up!

Quirky Critters Fancy Fold: Flap Card

A Flap Card has a flap on the top like an envelope. In this Quirky Critters Flap Card, I used a variation of flap card that allows you to hide a surprise message on the inside. Who doesn’t love a surprise?

Fancy fold flap card tutorial by Natalie Lapakko featuring Quirky Critters stamps and Natrually Eclectic DSP from Stampin' Up!

Making and sending homemade cards is always such a treat. I love the look on people’s faces when they realize that you made their card by hand.

Anyone can buy a fancy card, but a handmade card shows that you actually spent time creating something special. Time is something that everyone has in equal quantities (you can’t buy more hours in a day) and spending time on a handmade card shows how much you value a person!

I especially love making and giving cards that pop-up or have a fancy way of opening because I love surprises! In this series of pictures you can see how this Flap Card opens to reveal a hidden sentiment.

Fancy fold flap card tutorial by Natalie Lapakko featuring Quirky Critters stamps and Natrually Eclectic DSP from Stampin' Up!

Fancy fold flap card tutorial by Natalie Lapakko featuring Quirky Critters stamps and Natrually Eclectic DSP from Stampin' Up!

Fancy fold flap card tutorial by Natalie Lapakko featuring Quirky Critters stamps and Natrually Eclectic DSP from Stampin' Up!

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Flap Card Tutorial

A Flap Card is one of the simplest types of Fancy Fold cards, but also one of the most fun! The variation I’m sharing today allows you to add a hidden image or sentiment that is revealed as the card is opened, which is a fun surprise for any card recipient!

Flap fold card tutorial by Natalie Lapakko with Quirky Critters stamps and Naturally Eclectic DSP from Stampin' Up!

Basic Flap Card Directions

This shows how to make a basic flap card that you can decorate any way you want.

  1. Cut a piece of cardstock 4-1/4″ by 11″ (10.5 x 27 cm).
  2. Crease at 4-1/4″ and 8-1/2″ (10.5 and 21 cm). This gives you two square areas, plus a flap, like an envelope.
  3. Use a circular die to cut a semicircular slit in the envelope flap. Line up the circle die so the midway point is on the crease of the envelope flap. Align the crease with the edges of your cutting plates, so only the envelope flap is cut.  Run it through your die cutting machine. This will cut out only half the circle to create a semicircular slit in the envelope flap.
  4. Using a circle one size smaller than the semicircle slit, cut two circles. If desired, also cut a coordinating scalloped circle border (or two).
  5. Decorate the inside of the card. Then, adhere one of the circles to the inside of the card on the circular cutout. This is where I put the “You Snailed It” sentiment.
  6. Decorate the outside of the card. Then while the card is closed, adhere the other circle directly over the sentiment circle, adding glue only on the bottom half (attached to the front of the card only) so the card isn’t glued shut.

Quirky Critters Flap Card Directions

This is how I decorated my flap card, if you want to make one just like mine.

Inside of card
  1. First, cut a piece of Whisper White cardstock 4″ by 4″ (10 x 10 cm.)
  2. Next, cut a piece of Naturally Eclectic Designer Series Paper 4″ (10 cm) wide. Use the pattern on the paper to determine how tall it should be. I went with two rows of the pattern.
  3. Adhere the Designer Series Paper to the Whisper White panel, then adhere both to the central part of the card interior.
  4. Then, with Lemon Lime Twist ink stamp the sentiment from Quirky Critters on a Whisper White circle one size smaller than the semicircular slit cut in the card base. (Either mask off the snail image with embossing tape or cut it apart to create two separate stamps.)
  5. Cut a corresponding sized scalloped circle from Berry Burst cardstock.
  6. Adhere the white circle to the scalloped circle, then adhere them both within the semicircular slit.
  7. Use a bone folder to curl thin strips of Emerald Envy and Lemon Lime Twist cardstock until the front and back layers can be peeled apart. Cut the ends at an angle and adhere them to the bottom flap of the card interior, fuzzy side up.
Outside of card
  1. First, cut a piece of Naturally Eclectic Designer Series Paper 4″ by 4″ (10 x 10 cm). Adhere it to the bottom flap.
  2. Next, decorate the white circle that fits within the envelope flap window.
    • Cut diamond pattern holes in a piece of watercolor paper with the Eclectic Layers Framelit Dies to make a stencil.
    • Mix Lemon Lime Twist ink with a little bit of embossing paste.
    • Apply the embossing paste to the circle through the diamond stencil.
    • Remove the stencil and let the paste dry.
  3. Cut a corresponding scalloped circle from Lemon Lime Twist cardstock.
  4. Adhere the white embossed circle to the scalloped circle.
  5. While the card is closed, adhere the bottom half of the circles to the front flap, placing the circles directly over the sentiment circle below.
  6. On a piece of Berry Burst cardstock, stamp a snail from Quirky Critters in VersaMark ink. (Either mask off the sentiment with washi tape or cut the sentiment and snail image apart.)
  7. Fussy cut out the snail.
  8. Sprinkle on white embossing powder, tap off any excess, and heat with a heating tool until the powder melts.
  9. Use a bone folder to curl thin strips of Emerald Envy and Lemon Lime Twist cardstock until the front and back layers can be peeled apart. Cut the ends at an angle and adhere them fuzzy side up to the envelope flap.
  10. Adhere the snail using dimensionals.
  11. Cut out two clouds from Pool Party cardstock using Up & Away Thinlit Dies. Adhere these to the card using dimensionals.
  12. Add wooden stars from Hearts and Stars Wooden Elements. Use liquid glue to make sure these stick and give them plenty of time to dry!

 

Fancy fold flap card tutorial by Natalie Lapakko featuring Quirky Critters stamps and Natrually Eclectic DSP from Stampin' Up!

Fancy fold flap card tutorial by Natalie Lapakko featuring Quirky Critters stamps and Natrually Eclectic DSP from Stampin' Up!

Fancy fold flap card tutorial by Natalie Lapakko featuring Quirky Critters stamps and Natrually Eclectic DSP from Stampin' Up!

Paper Inspired Color Combination

When looking for color combinations, sometimes you don’t need to look any further than your stash of Designer Series Paper. (You do have a stash of DSP, right?)

The designers at Stampin’ Up! use colors that match the cardstock and embellishments perfectly. The fact that the ribbons, embellishments, cardstock, and paper all go together takes so much hassle out of card making.

Haven’t we all bought what we thought was the perfect ribbon only to get it home from the craft store and realize that it looks terrible with our cardstock color? That just doesn’t happen with Stampin’ Up! It’s totally awesome and sometimes I forget to appreciate it.

Plus these colors are just so stylish!

Stampin' Up! Color inspiration: Berry Burst, Peekaboo Peach, Lemon Lime Twist, Emerald Envy, Pool Party, Night of Navy

Materials

Cardstock: Night of Navy, Emerald Envy, Lemon Lime Twist, Berry Burst, Whisper White (c) Stampin’ Up!

Paper: watercolor paper, Naturally Eclectic (c) Stampin’ Up!

Ink: VersaMark, Lemon Lime Twist Pad and Reinker (c) Stampin’ Up!

Stamps: Quirky Critters (c) Stampin’ Up!

Dies: Layering Circles Framelit Dies, Up & Away Thinlit Dies, Eclectic Layers Framelit Dies (c) Stampin’ Up!

Other: Embossing Paste, palette knife, white embossing powder, heat tool, dimensionals, Hearts & Stars Elements (c) Stampin’ Up!

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Thanks for visiting and happy stamping!

By Natalie Lapakko

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3 thoughts on “Quirky Critters Fancy Fold: Flap Card”

  1. I liked the basic instructions listed separately from the decorative elements of the card. Excellent idea that I have not seen on other blogs.

    1. Thanks, Carol! I find that the instructions get way too long if you try to combine them. Plus, some people like to make it exactly the same and others like to learn the fold and decorate it themselves. I’m one of those second group of people. I definitely like to do my own creative thing. 🙂

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