Wednesday, 24 May 2017

. . . raid your stash, gather all your pretty papers

It's time for another challenge with us at the

This week we are letting our creative juices flow with
Challenge #124 - 2+ Designer Papers

The sponsors for this challenge are:

Star Stampz

Prize: 3 Digital Images

Morgan's Art World
Morgan's ArtWorld
Prize: 3 Digital Images

Today I have used the Butterflies Fae 18 digital stamp set from
Morgan's Art World, one of our generous sponsors this week.
This stamp set comes with four beautiful butterflies to I decided to be adventurous, try my hand at making a twist & pop card and showcase all four images in one card.

closed front view

open view

The challenge this week is asking for 2+ patterned papers and I have used three,
one "digital" and two "real paper" patterned papers.

To get myself started, I found a tutorial to make a Twist & Pop card.
HERE is the one I used.

Once I had the dimensions, I made a custom sized template in Adobe Photoshop and added a digital patterned paper to it.  Next I used the magic wand tool to trace each image, selected the inverse then pasted them on to the patterned panel (saving as a different file each time).  To ensure that the images would print the exact size, I placed them all together on an A5 mat in Silhouette Studio and printed them on A5 X-Press It cardstock, making sure to heat set them before I started colouring.

After spending ever-such-a-long time looking at butterflies online, I decided that these magical creatures come in all the colours of the rainbow and an infinite variety of patterns, so I decided to go with shades of pink and orange, matching the flowers of the patterned paper used on the front of the card.  I coloured the butterflies using Copic markers.



See the butterfly on the far right?  Well I have to confess that I made an "oops" when I traced the image.  There was a small white area between the bottom delicate "decorative" wing and the real "flying" wing.  Luckily my Copic markers came to the rescue, with a mottled blend of G43 and G46 matching the background perfectly ... whew!

Next came the exciting folds.
I decided on a dark green base and sparkling black matting as they complemented the patterned papers (digital & real) perfectly and it is always nice to have a touch of sparkle, especially with butterflies and bling.

Here are the dimensions that I used:
base - 6" x 12" - scored at 6" to make a top fold
image (accordion) panel strip - 3 1/2" x 10" - scored at 3 1/2", 5" and 7 1/2"
the side score lines are valley folds, the central score line a mountain
twist & pop mechanism - 3 1/2" x 8", first score lengthways at 1 3/4", make a make  2 1/4 and 5 3/4" along each side and make the next two score lines diagonally across, crossing centrally with the original horizontal  score line.

FOLD and BURNISH each of the folds so that they will move smoothly when the card is opened and closed.  The horizontal score makes a mountain fold, the diagonal ones are all valley folds.

Mat the inside panels of the card base (I layered patterned paper over glitter cardstock), adhere the triangle of the fully folded mechanism to the inside base of the matted card base, aligning the point to just under the middle of the centre fold, apply adhesive to the top triangle of the folded mechanism then fold the card down on to it.
Fully open the card and apply the accordion panel, making sure the centre of the accordion panel aligns with the centre of the mechanism, fold the left & right accordion panels towards the centre, place adhesive on the top RHS and bottom LHS of the mechanism (above / below the score line), then fold the flaps down on to the mechanism.

GENTLY open the card the first time, making sure that the folds work properly, they may need a little assistance the first time and should operate smoothly after that.  Adhere the matted images to each of the accordion panels then have another go at opening and closing the card ... there is no special reason to it at this stage, it is just so much fun seeing everything unfold before your eyes.

I made two sentiment panels to decorate inside my card.  I used the same digital patterned paper so that they matched the butterflies and the Swirl Dance digital font by Samantha Walker, printing them from Silhouette Studio then matting them with the same glitter cardstock used on all all the panels.

For the front of the card I used another panel of patterned paper, matted it with black glitter cardstock and embellished with a black glitter cardstock die cut butterfly and a bling flourish.

Here are some pics showing the fold in action:


Do you see the green mechanism in the pic above?
Since making this card, I have since found THIS tutorial and will be giving it a try next time, as I really like how the mechanism panel is the size of the card and how the matting covers the mechanism too.  One thing to note in the tutorial is that the accordion panel should be 3" x 10 3/4", not 11" as listed.

Sending a big Thank You to Morgan's Art World for supplying the digital stamp set I used today and for being a sponsor for Challenge #124 with us at the Crafty Gals Corner.
I am going to enter my card in the following challenges (alphabetical order):

A Perfect Time To Craft - Challenge #5 - Anything Goes
Aloha Friday Challenges - Challenge #95 - Animals
Aud Sentiments Challenge Blog - Challenge #180 - Anything Goes + a Sentiment
Butterfly Challenge - #79 - Butterflies + L is for Layers and/or the Colour Cream
Colour Crazy Challenges - WK20 Anything Goes
Crafty Catz - Challenge #371 - Anything Goes with a twist "More Than 2 Layers"
Create with Tlc - Challenge #10 - Anything Goes with a Create with Tlc Element
Creative Moments - Challenge #118 - Anything Goes
Di's Digi Designs Challenge - TIC TAC TOE 3-in-a-row Challenge
I have used 3 patterned papers, 4 digital images and 2 sentiments
I'm sure that the surprise of finding these butterflies in the fancy folds
as the card opens will bring a smile to the birthday girl's face :)
Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge Blog - Simon Says: Little Critters
Sparkles Monthly Challenges Blog - Challenge #92 - Four (4) Or More Legs
The Crazy Challenge - CCH #249 - Birthday
Through The Craft Room Door - TTCRD Anything Goes Wk 5-23
Your Next Stamp - Sketch and Color Challenge #64


  1. this is brilliant and so stunning!

    thank you so much for playing along with us at Sparkles Monthly!

    hugs and kisses from germany,
    silvi xoxo

  2. Tracy it's gorgeous
    Thanks for join us at ScrapbookStampSociety Challenge.
    Good Luck and hope to see you again

    Greetings Karin DT Coördinator

  3. WOW WOW WOW This is amazing and so gorgeously beautiful.
    Lovely work and beautifully illustrated on your blog too.
    Thank you for sharing with us over here at Morgan's Artworld Challenge, best of luck with your entry.

    Annette DT for<br

  4. Wonderful!Thanks for join us at ScrapbookStampSociety Challenge.Good luck and hope to see again.Gr.Kaija Dt-member

  5. Great artjob - congrats! Amazing!!!
    Thank you very much for coming over to play at IKEsWORLD Challenges!
    Good luck!

  6. Wow! stunning card and stunning images all put together so beautifully, thanks for joining us at Crafty Catz this week x

  7. This is fab i have yet to do one of these and i just love your design. Thanks for sharing at Crafty catz

  8. Thank you for sharing your gorgeous cards with us at Sparkles Monthly, hope to see you next time good luck..

    Hugs Babs x DT

  9. Tracy this is beautifully designed and I love your creative flair.
    This will also be perfect for one entry as an anything goes creation for our challenge below.
    {ATG with a CREATE WITH TLC Element}
    {Doing Life – my personal blog}
    (The challenge is still open for 6 days)

    1. Thank You Desire :)
      Thank you for the challenge reminder about your challenge too, heading over now.

  10. this is such a stunning card Tracy, it's a real labour of love

  11. AWESOME ! This is a truly stunning creation. I totally love your colouring and the design is mindblowing !!
    Thank you very much for coming over to play at IKEsWORLD Challenges :-)

    IKE x

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  12. This twist and pop card is magical, incredible, stunning I'm over awed by it. Thank you for taking the time to join in with our challenge and sharing your creativity with us, I love to see your talent, creativity and imagination at work. I hope to see more of your creativity in the near future. Love 'n' hugs Sall IkesWorld Challenges DT

  13. Stunning card Tracy! Love the beautiful butterflies and fabulous papers! Thanks for joining our weekly challenge at QKR Stampede!

    Brenda DT

  14. Tracy this is beautifully designed and perfect for our 10th ‘ATG with CREATE WITH TLC’ challenge. Thanks for sharing your talent with us. Good luck and hope to see you play with us again.
    {ATG with a CREATE WITH TLC Element}
    {Doing Life – my personal blog}

  15. Those butterflies are gorgeous. The colours are so pretty. Thank you for fluttering into the butterfly garden for this ghallenge. Hugs Mrs A.

  16. Thats a gorgeous card!

    Thank you for sharing with us over here at "A Perfect Time To Craft" and best of luck with your entry.

    Anila DT for

  17. Amazing card! Awesome work every detail is gorgeous.
    Thank you for sharing with us over here at "A Perfect Time To Craft" and best of luck with your entry.

    Juan DT for

  18. Wow! What a fabulous card! I love the amazing fancy fold! Thanks for sharing with us at Penny's this week and hope you will play again!
    Tammy DT

  19. So Gorgeous! Thanks for joining us over here at Scrapbook Stamp Society.
    Good Luck!
    Eleonora DT

  20. Fab card and love the butterflies colours! Thanks for entering in the Butterfly Challenge#79!

  21. This is just amazing work.
    Thank you for sharing with us over here at "A Perfect Time To Craft" and best of luck with your entry.

    Annette DT for

  22. Gorjuss card. Stunning fold. I would really like to try this one out. Beautiful card. Thanks for playing with us at Pile it On. Keti (DT)

  23. This card is so very original and elegant.
    Fabulous is coloring.
    Thanks for joining with us at The Crazy Challenge.
    Yaiza DT

  24. Wowsers what a stunning card and so much work. Love it. Thank you for joining us at Polkadoodles Crafting challenge wk 20/21 Helen DT

  25. Love this card form... beautiful work.
    Thank you so much for joining us at Polkadoodles Craft Challenge Anything Goes.
    Hugs, Tina – DT

  26. Beautiful pop up card.
    Thank you so much for joining us at the Colour Crazy Craft Challenge week 21

  27. Fantastic twist card. Thank you for sharing with us over here at "A Perfect Time To Craft" and best of luck with your entry.

    Victoria DT for

  28. Wow, such an amazing design! Very beautiful with all the butterflies! Thanks for sharing with us at Digi Choosday. ~Katrina

  29. So beautiful.... Thanks for joining us at Di's Digi Designs Challenge:)
    Wendy xx

  30. Fab tutorial and great make! Thanks for joining in the fun with us at Digi Choosday Challenge, good luck! Yvonne (DT)


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