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Cards so Nice, You Open Them Twice

I've said it before, and I'll say it again: fun fold cards do not have to be difficult. Case in point - these two I'm featuring today. They open twice! You simply need two pieces of 5 1/2" x 8 1/2", a regular card size when folded in half (in these cases Early Espresso and Tahitian Tide), and one 5 1/4" x 8" (Very Vanilla and Basic White in these samples), folded in half at 4". The full-sized piece opens the "correct" way, and the smaller one opens the opposite and nests inside the card.

For the first card, I added a 4" x 4" piece of Abigail Rose Designer Series Paper (DSP) to the front of the Early Espresso card base, then ran through the Stampin' Cut & Emboss Machine with a circle die from the retiring Layering Circles Dies to cut a hole in the front of the card. I added one more strip of the DSP to the bottom of the card. That DSP measures 4" x 1 1/4".

I stamped the flower from the Cottage Rose stamp set three times in Early Espresso ink on Very Vanilla cardstock. I used the die from the Cottage Flowers Dies to cut out one of the flowers. For the other two flowers, I fussy cut out two different layers of the flowers. I curled the petals with my fingers then layered all three flowers or partial flowers back together to give the flower some dimension.

Before I adhered that flower to the vanilla part of the card, however, I cut one of the cool dies from the Cottage Flowers Dies out of a piece of Stampin' Up!®'s Masking Paper and laid the Masking Paper on the vanilla card (remember it open the opposite of what you might think!) before using a Blending Brush to apply Petal Pink ink over the mask. After removing the mask, I had a nice, subtle - and coordinating - background!

I love so much that this card opens twice. What an unexpected surprise!

This card I made during What's Up! Stampers on Wednesday is the very same idea, just turned on its side so the card opens up like a normal card, while the inside Basic White insert opens down. Pretty sweet.

For this one I used the Flowers & More Host DSP, along with the retiring Stitched Rectangles Dies and the retiring Loveliest Layers Decorative Masks and Blending Brushes to create the beautiful large flower for the opening of the card. The bright colors of Tahitian Tide, Starry Sky, Parakeet Party, and Shaded Spruce really do the trick to make this card pop! You can watch here as I create this card.

Both cards use Last Chance items - see items still available by shopping my online store - some of which are from the 2022-2023 Annual Catalog and others from the January-April 2023 Mini Catalog. You can find links to specific products I used by scrolling to the bottom of this blog post.

Enjoy this twice is nice fun fold card, and go crazy using different paper, stamps, dies, masks...the possibilities are endless!

Happy fun folding!


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