Shabby Chic Trifold Card

How do you dress up an old stamp set? Add it to some distressed vintage-style floral papers and stamps and heat emboss the sentiment.

My creative mojo has been missing and to jump start it I tried stamping an older Art Impressions tri-fold stamp and die set and coloring it using watercolor pencils. Next, I fussy cut out the three images and went searching through my stash for some fun paper to make the card base from.

Because I had some mini slim envelopes in my stash, I made a 3 ¼ inch x 6-inch tri fold card from two pieces of heavy Dress My Craft cardstock that is printed only on one side. I cut one 3 ¼ inches x 12 inches piece of rose patterned card stock and a 3 ¼ inches x 6 ¼ inch piece of green leaves patterned card stock. The long rose piece I folded in half and the smaller leave piece I scored and fold ¼ inch in from one of the smaller sides. The ¼ inch tab was glued to the back of the fold rose piece to form a tri-fold card.

Because the inside of the card was plain white, I added pink vellum stripes to hide my seams inside and them covered the inside front and back panels with floral patterned paper from my stash which I believe was from Stampin’ Up.

I positioned my stamped, colored and cut out floral images following the layout on the packaging to determine the positioning of the front image. I traced the inside of the opening onto the card front and used the accompanying die to die cut the hole. Next, I glued the image in place on the front. I did the same for the middle image on the second flap, positioning the image so it shows through the aperture cut in the first image and then die-cutting the aperture. The final image was positioned, traced and then glue in place on the central panel.

Decorative patterned borders were stamped using several stamps from LeCrea Designs Lacy long stamp set. The “Happy Birthday” was gold heat embossed using a stamp from an older Apple Blossom stamp set.

Stamped on the back flap of a mini slim envelope from Taylored Expressions is the clover chain stamped in the same “Always Artichoke” green ink as the inside of the card.

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If you enjoyed this tri-fold card, check out some of my other trifolds:

One In A Melon

Festive Foliage and Hearts – Trifold card

Santa Vintage Trifold

Sleepytime Dreams

Materials Used:



Inks/Embossing Powder/Watercolors



Small Things

Being grateful for the small things of everyday life is sometimes all we can be. This card is for those times when we need to take in the beauty of a sunrise, a field of wheat, or a stary night sky.

The striped background is made from washi tape Van Gough painting extracts while the sentiment is die-cut using a Creative Expressions Craft Dies by Sue Wilson from her Circle Sayings collection called Grateful from yellow cardstock painted with Nuvo Shimmer Powders.

Using card stock in two shades of yellow for the card base and backing mat, the sentiment (cut twice and glued together) is glued onto the washi tape background while the background and bright yellow mat are adhered with thin foam squares.

A hint of what is to be found inside the envelope – “Find beauty in the small things” from the Alte New Whimsical Flowers & Quotes set – is stamped on the back flap in brown ink.

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Papers/Washi Tape


Popping, Hoppin’ Bunnies

Having just discovered i-crafter dies, I had to try out their Box Pops, Oval Base and Easter Add-on die sets. The folded version fits in an A2 envelope.

I watched Lynda Kanase’s assembly video a few times before making the card. The box pop is a simple mechanism that could decorated for a variety of occasions. I watched this video to get ideas on how to use the Easter Add-on set.

I picked a sturdy polka dotted paper for the base and solid colored cardstock for the sentiments, baskets and grass. The eggs were cut from white scraps and colored with distress inks.

The die cutting and assembly took me about an hour the first time, and by cutting in large batches, later cards assembled even faster.

There are flowers and a unicorn add-ons for the Box Pop Oval base, but you could try using other die cuts as well.

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Hoppy Spring!

If you have followed my blog, you will know I am enamored with the Spellbinders Sunday Drive die set and all its seasonal add-ons. The Spring collection has arrived with bunnies.

For this spring card I used a tulip embossing folder from a recent issue of Simply Cards and Papercraft magazine for the background. By using a white core cardstock with green top and bottom, I could sand the top of the embossing to make it white. (Great technique I learned in the magazine from Nicky Gilburt.)

The car goes together as usual except I left off the folded roof layer as you wouldn’t be able to see the baby bunnies.  The adult bunnies have separate arms, heads and body so their poses have lots of possibilities and could be used separately away from the car. For the license plate, I used a white scrap behind the green “SPRING” to make it pop and coated Nuvo Glitter Gloss over the plate and the “HOPPY” pendant.

A circle smaller that fits inside the embossed circle has been inked using a make-brush and Distress Ink.

The “Hello…” sentiment is also from the same Simply Cards and Papercraft free gift set. It is heat embossed on a die cut sentiment strip using a Spellbinder’s glimmer plate die. (Many papercrafting magazines include a free gift set that can really added to your craft stash and gives you inspiration on how to use the stamps, dies and other tools and papers.)

A sequin butterfly from my stash wings bent and adhered on foam squares is the final accent element to the front of the card.

Inside the card, the sentiment is from Riley and Company’s Funnybones series and reads “Everybunny needs somebunny sometimes.” It is stamped on some scrap Hunkydory Christmas insert paper.

The envelope is stamped on the front lower corner and on the back flap with bunnies from the Craft Consortium’s English Garden collection.

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Other Sunday Drive cards:

Sunday Drive Celebration

A Snowy Sunday Drive with Santa

Santa Bauble

Santa Delivers to the Tropics

Being Spooky

Driving into a Spooky Sunset

The Best is Yet to Come

Hoppy Spring!

Materials Used:

Dies/Embossing Folder

Stamps/Inks/Embossing Powders



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