I get so many ideas on the internet… most of them. I got this one from someone who posted a beautiful card that was on a French blog. She wanted the instructions translated and Google wasn’t working so well. I searched around a LOT on Pinterest and finally found another version on a Dutch blog. Though I’m half Dutch, I still don’t speak or read it, but thankfully, Google translated this one well enough for me to follow. Plus it had awesome visuals. This card on both blogs was 5-1/2″ square. I prefer cards I can fit in an envelope and potentially mail without extra postage so I converted the instructions into inches from centimeters and shrunk it down to an A2 size. Thank you photoshop for that!
First I’ll share my finished card, which I made in such a way that I can’t fit into an envelope to mail… so much for that ;) but YOU certainly could if you don’t place a giant butterfly where I did!
And here’s my redrawn template:
Okay, so here are my instructions – decorate as you wish ;)
2 sheets cardstock or DSP cut to 5-1/2 x 8-1/2Stampin’ Paper trimmer
1. Cut paper to size – easiest is cutting an 8-1/2″x11″ in half.
2. Following template 1, score at 4-1/2″
3. On one half of cardstock use your paper trimmer to first mark where you will cut (unless you’re super confident in your cutting!). Score a 3/4″ border. If you need to, you could also do this with a ruler and pencil. Then cut out with the trimmer or a craft knife.
4. With your 2nd piece of cardstock, follow template 2, score at 2-1/8″, 4-1/4″, and 6-3/8″. Hint: Your Stampin’ Score will be perfect for this, but if you’re using the trimmer and can’t find 6-3/8, just flip the cardstock around and score at 2-1/8″ again. :)
5. On the far right panel, mark your border for cutting. Another 3/4″ border on the top, right and bottom that meets up with the left score line. You will cut UP TO the left score line, but do not cut it off, this is the “lever”
6. Now that everything is cut out, fold on all score lines except the lever center piece… if you do on accident its not a big deal, you can reinforce it flat when you decorate. Make sure to score the 2nd cardstock piece in the form of a W.
7. Adhere the 2-1/8″ end panels to match up with the other piece of cardstock. The lever should fit into the window. If it is a tight fit, just run a distressing tool or bone folder along the edges of the lever. Do some light trimming if you need to.
8. Decorate as you wish!
Here is the link for the site I got my instructions for, which may help you out with more visuals: Lever Card
OK and here’s what I used to decorate:
Midnight Muse Cardstock
Crumb Cake Cardstock
Comfort Cafe DSP
Layered Labels stamps
White Embossing Powder
Soft Suede ink
Apothecary Accents Framelits