Like the Flight of a Turtle


This card was made for a challenge that required multiple folds. I chose to make a tri-fold card inspired by Debbie Henderson's super cute card on her blog
Here are the first inside flap, and the inside triple panel of my card:

I did change the pattern paper and embellishments. Debbie's tutorial has all the measurements you'll need, but I did find I had to change the triangle flap cut and the size of the circle dies to fit. The card base is 5-1/2"x 11" scored at 4" and 8". I used a 2-1/2" circle die for the front flap, and the 2" die for the inside flap.

For the front, I stamped air bubbles from the 2002 Stampin' Up! (SU) "Definitely Decorative Tropical Fish" set using white ink. I then used Glossy Accents to drop different sizes of circles on a silicone mat, and let them dry for several hours before picking them up and gluing in the centers of most of the bubbles.

The pattern paper are the beautiful undersea scenes in SU's "Whale of a Time" designer series paper (DSP). The sea turtle is also from one of the sheets which has several different sizes of turtles. I fussy cut him out, then mounted him on adhesive foam strips so he had more dimension in the circle cutouts.

Another thing I did different than Debbie was to cut a panel of white cardstock for the right inside of the card, then after gluing it in place, I used the small circle die to cut out the part of the white panel that showed thru the original circle cutout. That way I have plenty of room to write a personal message inside. Note that when you make this card using Debbie's measurements you will end up with the back side of your pattern paper on the inside flap showing on the back once the card is open. You can remedy this by cutting the inside white panel to cover the entire back of the inside panel AND the back of your flap pattern paper, OR you can do as I did and cut the white panel to fit centered in the cardstock portion of the flap inside, and then cut a narrow pattern strip to glue to the back of the middle flap since pattern paper is generally thinner than cardstock and will likely need the extra layer for strength. Either way, that single layer of pattern paper sticking off the end of the center flap needs strengthening, so one of these two methods will work fine. Personally, I wanted to show off a little more of the pattern paper, so I used my scraps to make the narrow strip. You can die cut the whole a second time once you have your white panel, or your white/pattern panels in place.

I am rating the difficulty level of this card as a "3" out of a possible "5". The hardest part is to make sure your circle openings align, but that's not really hard, it just takes attention to detail

Stamps: SU Lift Me Up, Definitely Decorative Tropical Fish
Paper: SU Pacific Point, Whisper White, Whale of a Time DSP
Paper Size: A2
Ink: SU Pacific Point, Whisper White
Accessories: Sizzix Circles Dies, Ranger Glossy Accents, Silicone Sheet, Pick-Me-Up Embellishment Tool, Paper Trimmer, Tombow Multi Liquid Glue, Paper Snips, Foam Strips
Techniques: Tri-Fold Card, TriFold Card, Flap Fold Card, Flap Card