Today I have three cards for you that feature the Triple Circle Flip-its dies by Sizzix. This die set is so much fun — and is so very easy to use. I love the simple style that can be dressed up or dressed down. The finished card fits into an A-2 sized envelope. Here is a quick look at my three samples
The Sizzix Triple Circle Flip-its Dies are a very complete set. There is a die that cuts out the main piece of the card, and then dies to cut out the patterned paper inserts for the left and right sides. There is a scalloped edge die if you choose to do a scalloped edge somewhere, and there are three different sets of small and large circles (straight circles, scalloped circles and pierced circles). There is no measuring, no mess, and really not much thinking required. They are thin dies, and so you can use them with almost any die cutting machine.
To begin, I cut the base card from a heavier ivory cardstock. The base doesn’t have to be extremely heavy, but a heavier weight cardstock will hold up better to the opening and closing, standing open, etc. Then I needed to select my patterned papers and how I would decorate the cards. I immediately thought of the Place in Time cut-apart papers from Graphic 45. They are a couple of years old now, and so are getting a little hard to find. If you’re like me, you either have a good source or have a couple of favorite sheets tucked away for future use.
Before I could cut the patterned paper pieces, I needed to select the elements that I wanted to feature on the Graphic 45 sheet. I liked the three elements grouped together at the bottom of the page, and selected those as my “inner” circles. For the outside circle, I thought it made sense to use a matching or complementary word cut from the cardstock. I also chose an element to place on the larger patterned paper panel in lieu of a sticker (Sizzix recommends use of a sticker in that location). Using my ivory cardstock, I cut three of the largest scalloped circles and three of the smaller pierced circle to go with the decorative elements. I cut the three decorative pieces using a scalloped circle that I had from another die set. That die is the same size as the large pierced circle. It isn’t always necessary to use another set of dies, here it was a matter of preference.
To assemble the card, I first folded the base piece along the scored lines. Once folded, I carefully attached the patterned paper panels. In placing these, be sure to use a sufficient amount of a strong adhesive (like Scor-Tape). Next I added the front circles to the piece. I attached the word to the circle using Scor-Tape, and then used Scor-Tape to center the circle in the appropriate location. Then I added a piece of Scor-Tape to the reverse side of each of the circles. Beginning at the top, I carefully placed the large scalloped circles so that they appear centered from the front (they will be larger than the circle opening that is created. Once all three circles are in place, I used a piece of Scor-Tape to add the decorative elements to the circles.
To finish the card, I added a decorative element on the side with the large patterned paper. I also added a plain paper (or a plain paper with a sentiment) that will provide an area where the card can be signed by the giver. If desired, you can also add a bow or a small decoration to the front flap of the card (the one with the small patterned paper). To keep the card closed in transit and other times, as desired, I made either a ribbon bow or a belly band. I kept these a little loose so they could be easily removed and/or replaced as needed. The belly band on the Thanksgiving card was made using a border found on the November Place in Time cut-apart sheet and the Spellbinder Belly Bands 2 die set. Please see the short video for additional information on assembly of the cards.
I made three different cards — one using the April Place in Time paper (a Thinking of You card); one using the June Place in Time paper (a wedding card); and one using the November Place in Time paper (a Thanksgiving card). Pictures of each follow —
I know that you will have as much fun as I did with these quick and easy cards.
Sizzix Triple Circle Flip-its Die Set
Die cutting machine – I used my Sizzix Big Shot
ivory cardstock (a little heavier weight will work better)
assorted patterned papers — I used several sheets of the Place in Time cut-apart sheets by Graphic 45
Small scalloped circle dies (optional)
Assorted ribbon and embellishments
Spellbinders Belly Band 2 die set (optional)
Scor-Tape by Scor Pal
appropriate sentiment, as needed
Thanks and Happy Scrappin’