Lever Card mini tutorial

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!

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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
Stampin’ Score
Bone Folder

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

Swallowtail stamp
Layered Labels stamps

White Embossing Powder
Soft Suede ink
Apothecary Accents Framelits
Big Shot


Scallop envelope pouch – for my convention roomie!

I found a beautiful pouch on pinterest that was made from the Scallop Envelope die and just had to know how to make it! Kristine from who made the original pouch, was kind enough to send me the instructions!

How To:

  1. Cut card stock at 10″ x 4-7/8″
  2. Score it at 4″ and 6-1/4″
  3. Fold the card stock on the scored lines so when you look from the side it is a ‘Z’.
  4. Put this on your die so that the two folds sit inside the score lines of the die.
  5. Die-cut, then open out.
  6. You will need two of these (one front and one back).
  7. Once you have put your pocket together, make a belly band to cover up the score lines.


Stamps: A Word For You, Everything Eleanor

Paper: Calypso Coral, Floral District DSP

Ink: Early Espresso, Calypso Coral

Accessories: Big Shot, Scallop Envelope Die, Simply Scored, Sticky Strip

Timeless Portrait mini scrapbook tin

I love pinterest!  If you haven’t heard of it yet, then I think you may have been living under a rock because it seems to be ever so popular now.  I found this awesome idea to make a mini scrapbook tin after my mom told me she had saved a bunch of empty Altoids tins if I wanted to use them in a class.  So I took one home, and since it was already red and I didn’t want to paint it, I used the coordinating Timeless Portrait DSP to decorate it.  This has got to be my favorite DSP and I also love that there is coordinating fabric.  I’ve pulled out my sewing machine a couple times because of the designer fabric that Stampin’ Up sells.  I’ve got lots of ideas on stock, or should I say “pinned” because of Pinterest.  Here’s the tutorial I found for the mini scrapbook tin: Altered Altoid Tin Album by Sarah Willis

Stamps: Mixed Bunch, Word Play, Best Friends Forever, Triple Treat Flower, Precious Butterflies (hostess), Creative Elements, Kindness Matters, Four Frames, Fabulous Phrases,

Paper: Very Vanilla, Timeless Portrait DSP, Newsprint DSP, CS Vellum

Ink: Basic Black, Cherry Cobbler, Island Indigo, River rock

Accessories: Basic Pearls, Blossom Punch, 5-petal Flower punch, Fancy Flower punch, 1/2″ circle punch, 3/4″ circle punch, Beautiful Wings embosslit, Beautiful Butterflies Bigz die, Neutral Glimmer Brads, mini silver brads, decorative label punch, Cherry Cobbler polkadot ribbon, basic black 1/8″ taffeta ribbon, tag corner punch, crop-a-dile, 1/8″ circle punch, Fresh Vintage brads.

Graduation Cap Spring Card

Its nearing graduation time! I can’t think of anyone at the moment graduating this year but I’m sure there’s probably a few that I’ll hear about soon! Here’s a great card that I’ve made before using the spring card fold (tutorial found here). I always think of a graduation cap when I see this fun fold.
How do you make the tassel??  Here’s another tutorial link that has a similar card (slightly different sizes) but full instructions for making the tassel: HERE!

Stamps: Go Graduate Stamp

Paper: Basic Black, Very Vanilla

Ink: Real Red, Basic Black

Accessories: Real Red Grosgrain Ribbon, Silver brad, paper piercer & piercing mat

Aviary Pop Out Card

This is one of the techniques we learned at the Vancouver Regionals, there isn’t an official tutorial so I’ll briefly describe how to create this card below.

Stamps: Aviary, Pun Fun

Paper: Pear Pizzazz, Whisper White, Tempting Turquoise

Ink: Tempting turquoise, Rich Razzleberry, Pear Pizzazz, Basic Gray

Accessories: Rich Razzleberry Taffeta Ribbon, scallop square punch

Loose instructions:

Pop Out Card
by Alison Solven

Adapted from presentation at Vancouver BC Regional Seminar 2011


8.25×5.25 sheet cardstock (ww)

8.5×5.5 card base

pop-out template



Bone folder & scoring solution


Any embellishments desired

  1. Place WW cardstock over pop out template and stamp images centered over the guidelines for popping up and in.
  2. Score cardstock at 2-1/8, 4-1/8, and 6-1/8 (next two sections are only 2 inches, outer two are 2-1/8).  These measurements should match up with the template.
  3.  Fold up cardstock to form an M shape.
  4.  Make 2 identical cuts around each image you’d like to pop up or in. Mountain folds will pop in and valley folds will pop up, you’ll have to fold them the opposite way.  Use your bone folder to help with this folding
  5.  Use sticky strip on the outer two panels to attach to the inside of a folded card base.
  6. Fold your card into a W shape and keep the cuts the opposite direction.
  7.  Decorate as desired with a ribbon wrapping the outside (place under front embellishment.)

Photos here:

Sweet Season

I love this card!!  Its so yummy 🙂 Like gingerbread, in fact, the greeting inside says “Gingerbread & Sugared things, enjoy the sweets the season brings”  AND Its a fun fold, always a favorite of mine.  We made this at my hostess club meeting last weekend, and if you’d like to hostess your own stamp camp its one that we will make with your guests!  Contact me ASAP!

Off Center Gate Fold Tutorial:

Take a 4-1/4 x 11″ piece of cardstock and score it at 1-1/2″ and 7″

Tie a ribbon or create a belly band for the card to keep it shut. Decorate and enjoy!


Stamp Sets – Sweet Season, Grateful Greetings

Paper – Soft Suede, Christmas Cocoa DSP, Whisper White, Real Red Textured,

Ink – Close to Cocoa

Accessories – Scallop Circle Punch, 1-1/4″ Circle Punch, 1-3/8″ Circle Punch, Clear Rhinestone Brad, Mistletoe Ribbon Originals, Hemp Twine, handheld 1/16″ hole punch