June 3, 2011

A "Swing" Card

This little framed card has accordion folds so it can be flattened to mail and then popped open to display a swinging design element! 

These are some additional photos and a short video showing the card swinging that you can reference throughout the detailed instructions provided below.

Side view of incremental folds.

Inside back panel.

Extensions on hammock to wrap thread to create the swinging embellishment.

Side view of completed embellishments.


  • Cut a 3 ¾ x 8-inch piece of white cardstock, position horizontally and score vertical lines at 3 ½, 3 ¾, 4, 7 ½, 7 ¾ and 8.
  • Rotate the scored piece to the vertical position.  Center and stamp Posy Petals on the first segment of the cardstock with black ink and heat emboss with clear powder.  (In this sample the ladybug was not inked.)
  • Create a window by cutting out the area between the two flowers.  Note:  Be sure to leave enough at the top and bottom to join the two sides and also hide the accordion folds when assembled.
  • Add Tumbled Glass and Faded Jeans Distress inks around the flowers.
  • Fold on score lines to create an accordion card.  Note:  The last flap at the top will be the gluing tab, but leave it unsecured at this time so additional artwork can easily be added to the inside of the card.
  • Ink a 3 ¼ x 3 ¾-inch piece of white cardstock with Tumbled Glass and Faded Jeans Distress ink.  Stamp Zen with Faded Jeans ink over the distress inks.  Accent the stamped pattern with a white gel pen.  Adhere the cardstock to the inside back panel with adhesive.
  • Stamp Posy Petals multiple times on white cardstock with black ink and heat emboss with clear powder.  Color and trim individual elements to create layers for the flowers, leaves and to build the little girl in the hammock.  In this sample, three layers were combined to create a dimensional element.  Save one ladybug for an embellishment.
  • When trimming the layers for the swinging hammock, be sure to leave an extended portion of cardstock on either side of the image.  This will provide an area to wrap thread around to hang the embellishment and allow it to swing.  Coat the thread wrappings with Glossy Accents.
  • Align the hammock in the window so the ends match up with the bows.  Secure the threads at the top of the card and trim the ends.
  • While the card is still “open”, stamp Thinking Around on white cardstock with black ink and heat emboss with clear powder.  Trim with either a circle punch or a circle Spellbinder’s die.  Distress the edges with Tumbled Glass Distress ink.  Attach to the inside of the card with dimensional foam.
  • Stamp grass on white cardstock with black ink and heat emboss with clear powder.  Color and trim to fit across the bottom of the card.   Attach with dimensional foam.
  • Glue the card closed.
  • Accent the card with the prepared flowers, leaves and ladybug.
  • Now all that is left to do is wiggle the card and see the hammock swing!

Video (without sound) showing the swinging hammock.

If you enjoy creating cards with frames and/or borders, be sure to visit the Penny Black Blog to participate in this week's reader challenge.  

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Happy Friday,

Tsukineko: Onyx Black VersaFine, Jumbo Sponge Daubers
Ranger: Tumbled Glass Distress Ink, Faded Jeans Distress Ink, Glossy Accents, Super Fine Detail Clear Embossing Powder
Copic Makers
Tombow: Stamp Runner Permanent Adhesive
3M Scotch: Dimensional Foam Tape
Spellbinders: Circle Nestability