Friday, December 28, 2012

Sizzix Fancy Frame Flip-its Card

A few weeks ago when Lady Di and I went bumming.  We picked up this die at Let's Create.  I saw a video using this die about 8 months ago, had told Di about it, but we had not seen these dies in the stores.  I was tickled to see it on the shelf at Let's Create in Wi Rapids, and Di and I decided to buy it together and share it.  Diane had it the first week, and didn't have time to use it as she was busy with Christmas things.  I have had it the last week, and I didn't have time either to play with it.  Diane is back from spending Christmas with her family and asked me about it today while we were talking on the phone.  Soooo......I decided to play with it tonight.  This is the finished card that I made.  I also have some other one's cut out and I learned a few things along the way that I thought I would share in case any one else is interested in these type dies.  This card packs a real WOW when opening it, as you pull from the left side and the butterfly section flips.  This is what it looks like after it flips.
This is where I stamped my greeting using Stampin' UP! Perfectly penned, and the scrolls above and below, and the butterfly on the front of the card are from the Stampin' UP! Strength and Hope.  I popped the butterfly up on some dimensionals.  It looks like it is flying.  The other parts of the card are embossed, and then I went over the embossed sections with Early Expresso ink.

This is what the die looks like.  It cuts out the card, and the "flip" all in one step, plus has two scored fold lines.  The little magnetic square in the center keeps the card stock level and keeps it from getting stuck in the die.  One thing I learned by trial and error is that first of all you need to use new cutting plates that are flat.  The first one I tried cutting out cut right through one of the score lines as warped cutting plates cause too much pressure causing it to cut through the card stock instead of just making a score mark like it is suppose to do.  The next thing I figured out after a couple more tries, is that it makes a difference as to which way you cut your paper.  It does not work to cut a sheet in half like you normally would to make two 5 1/2 x 8 1/2 cards out of one sheet of card stock.  You HAVE to cut it the length of the card stock and because of that, you can only get one card out of a sheet a paper.  Having the grain of the paper the other direction causes the folds to break.  This is really important as a person automatically wants to keep pulling the card to watch it flip.  If the card stock is cut against the grain, after a few pulls, the score line breaks.
Another tip that I have is that if you decide to emboss it like I have done with this card, you need to do it in two steps.  I embossed the left half first, tucking the flip part on the outside of the embossing folder so that it doesn't get embossed, and I did this again with the right side.  In this picture, I had just started going over it with a sponge dauber, and Early Expresso ink.  The finished card has more ink on it.  I went around the edges of the card and also the edges of the outer cut out part.
And last but not least, here is a better picture of the inside of the flip with the verse on it.  I think these two stamp sets go so well with this embossing folder and you will be seeing more of this combination in the future!  So fun when you discover new combinations to use the things you have!  I hope you have enjoyed this post.  Please leave me a comment!!!!  Elaine


  1. Awesome! Very impressive.

  2. Hi there, Now this is something I would like to have, so thoroughly enjoyed your post. My question is, how do you tell the grain of card stock? I have wondered this for several years but of course never asked anyone about it. This is a beautiful card, no doubt about that! Thanks for sharing this information.

    1. You can tell the grain of the card stock if it breaks when folded. I am not sure if the grain runs the same on all card stock as I have not tested it, but I am guessing that it does. In the card stock I was using, the grain ran the eleven and half way. I hope this makes sense!