Friday, November 5, 2010

Swing card

Even old dogs can learn new tricks.  I enjoy trying new styles of cards.  This one may not be new to you, but I've just learned how to make it.
The trick on this card is cutting and folding it so that the middle panel swings when you open it.  The Happy Birthday panel is actually on the back of the card, but shows on the front when folded.

When opened fully, you can read the sentiment that would normally be on the inside of the card.
The flouishes are made with Spellbinders dies from the same cardstock as punched frame.  The leaves are from the punched frame.  Paper pieces are just cut from scraps because they don't use much paper.  Each piece is only 1" wide and length cut to fit space.

This is the back of the card.  The center panel is attached at center top and bottom, but cut out around both ends.  The green frame is cut 3" X 4" and punched with a Fiskars corner and border punch.  One thing I like about these punches is that they leave slots for inserting the message panel.  These panels can be easily removed and replaced without damaging the card.  I make the message panels from the same cardstock as base card so they don't show much.
One disadvantage to this style of card is lack of space for adding a personal message.  I try to use fairly plain paper on the back to accomodate a small message and signature.

This card is cut 5 1/2" X 6 3/4".  The score lines are 2 3/4" from each end.  When scored and folded, it fits nicely in an A2 envelope.


  1. Wonderful Velda....I need a tutorial on getting the right text under the right photo!! Love the card too.

  2. Great Blog, Gingerbuddy! When my computer gets well, maybe I'll be able to post to my blog. Thanks for following this old dog's pawprints! ha! Nelda in Tn

  3. I love it. I am gonna visit here often. Welcome to blogland!

  4. Yeah...another blog where I can be inspired! Velda, I love your blog. Oh...and I love this swing card...very pretty.

    Debra in Conroe

  5. I LOVE your blog. I've been wanting to make this card and you've totally inspired me to try it soon.