I love when a card opens in a fun and interesting way! So many times, a fancy folded card may seem complicated to make, but in reality, it's not difficult at all!
That's how it is with the multi-panel card. I've seen a lot of these unique, free-standing cards lately, so I had to try one out for my August Club. I was surprised at just how simple it was to make it look so cool!
I love how it turned out! I used the card on the front cover of the Idea Book & Catalog for inspiration. (Who knew I would be using Poppy Parade on another Club projects…I used to hate this color!)
Here is a picture from the side, so you can see all the different folds…
I love that it stands on it's own! I decorated the inside to match.
Here is my Two Cool card version. I didn't do much differently except the sentiment and the inside.
I decorated the center panel with the Field Flowers two-step stamp set layered on some splotches (Early Espresso) and postal stamp (Poppy Parade) images from French Foliage. It's hard to see, but I also used the Fine Flourish and A To Z stamps in Crumb Cake for another stamped layer. I used the Color Spritzer Tool with an Old Olive Marker for some fine ink splatters.
The edges are distressed with the files in the Distressing Tool Kit. The flowers were stamped, cut out, and popped up with Dimensionals.
For the sentiment banner, I cut the fish tail ends by using the 1" Square Punch (sneak peek from Holiday Mini!). Easy peasy! I added my homemade Champagne Shimmer Mist spray to the front, too, so it's all sparkly!
- Stamps—Field Flowers (shown at right), French Foliage, Happiest Birthday Wishes Hostess (card #1 sentiment), Happy Greetings (card #2 sentiment), A To Z, Fine Flourish
- Ink—Soft Suede, Crumb Cake, Early Espresso, Calypso Coral, Poppy Parade Classic Ink, Old Olive Marker
- Paper—Very Vanilla, Soft Suede, Poppy Parade card stock, Old Olive Bright Patterns DSP and Calypso Coral In Color Patterns DSP.
- Accessories—Old Olive 1/8" Taffeta Ribbon, Champagne Shimmer Mist (mixed with rubbing alcohol to make a spray)
- Tools—Distressing Essentials Kit, 1" Square Punch (sneak peek, coming in Holiday Mini), Stamp-A-Ma-Jig, Paper Cutter, Simply Scored (sneak peek, new in the upcoming Holiday Mini), Color Spritzer Tool, Paper Snips (essential for cutting around flowers!), Dimensionals, SNAIL
Multi-Panel Card Instructions
It looks kinda complicated, huh? It's not really. I learned from a video tutorial by Dawn Griffith: Multi-Panel Card Tutorial.
- Start with a 4-1/4" x 11" sheet of card stock.
- Using your Paper Trimmer, and starting 1" from the edge of the long side, make a cut from the 1" mark to the 6-1/2" mark.
- Flip your your card stock over, and make another cut on the other side. 1" in, from the 1" to the 6-1/2" mark.
- Turn card stock 90°, then make scores along the cut mark at the 1" marks to the edges of the paper, at the 2" mark to the edges of the paper, at the 5-1/2" mark between the cuts, and at the 6-1/2" mark to the edges of the paper.
Your cuts and scoring should look like this:
Then it's just a matter of decorating the panels! For the three small panels, you'll need one 3/4" x 4" piece, and two 3/4" x 4-1/2" pieces. The center panel is 2" x 4-1/4".
Sneak Peek! When making this card, I got a chance to try out my brand new Simply Scored Scoring Tool! That's right! Stampin' Up! will be introducing their own exclusive scoring tool in the Holiday Mini! You're gonna LOVE, LOVE, LOVE it! It has all the features you're looking for at an affordable price—I can't wait to show it to you!
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Have you made a multi-panel card? I'd love to see it! Post a link to your project in my Comments section below!