Wednesday, March 6, 2013

Flip-It Card!

Wow, has it been a LONG time since I posted anything!  I could list a million excuses, but I won't.  I'll spare everyone the {boring} details and just get on with this post! :)

This past weekend I actually had some time to spend in my craft room making a few cards.  I decided that I wanted to try to make a flip-it card (some call them swing cards or flip flop cards).  When I went to look for a tutorial, I realized that there really aren't any picture tutorials on how to make these cards.  So, I decided that I would give it a shot.  Please, please, PLEASE let me know in the comments if I've helped you make a flip-it card or if I completely confused you.  And hopefully I don't!

Ok, here goes... You will need to gather your supplies first.  For the card I made, I used two different colors of cardstock, Memento Tuxedo Black ink, SU's Yo-Yo Yellow ink, the Stamps of Life Bee4Me stamp set, my ATG adhesive, a Nestabilities scalloped circle die, low tack tape, my scoring tool from Martha Stewart, and my Cuttlebug.

Step 1:
Cut a piece of cardstock so that it is 4 1/4" x 11".  Score the cardstock at 2 3/4", 3 3/4", and 5 1/2".

Step 2:
Turn the cardstock over so that the "raised" side of the score line is facing you.  Using low tack tape, tape your die over the score lines so that the die is centered over the 2 3/4" score line.  After you've taped the die over the 2 3/4" score line you will notice that the die extends over the 3 3/4" score line by a little bit.  This is ok- it's exactly what you want.  Look at the picture below and you might be able to tell (sorry- I guess I should have used another color cardstock or altered the image somehow).

Step 3:
For this step, you are going to cut ONLY on the side where the die extends past the 3 3/4" score line.  What I did was place the cutting mat only to the score line.  If you notice in the picture below, the mat covers that small area of the die extending past the score line- that is the only section that will be cut.  Carefully run your die and paper through your machine. 

Step 4:
For this step, you are going to repeat the process in step 3, but it will be on the other side of the 2 3/4" score line.  Leaving the die taped to the paper, flip it around so that the half of the die extending past the first score line is able to be cut.  Line your cutting mat up to the score line (see my picture below).  You'll notice that the one inch between the 2 3/4" and 3 3/4" score lines will not be cut.  That's exactly what you want.  Run your paper with the die attached through your machine.

Step 5:
Remove the die and tape from your cardstock.  You should have two cuts- one on either side of the 2 3/4" and 3 3/4" score lines.  Like I said in the previous step, you will not have a cut mark in that one inch between those two score lines.

Step 6:
Fold your card in half at the 5 1/2" score line and be sure that the cut side is on top.  If you can see it in the picture below, you'll see what I meant in the previous step about not having a cut through that 1" space between the 2 3/4" and 3 3/4" score lines.

Step 7:
Fold the card at the 3 3/4" score line as if you are opening the card.  Be sure to NOT fold the shape you cut- that should be laying flat as seen in the picture below.

Step 8: 
Fold the card at the 2 3/4" score line as if you are opening the card.  This time, you will need to make sure that the shape is laying flat, but the back side of the shape will be facing you.  See the picture below.

 Step 9:
At this point, I wanted to make the shape for the flip-it portion of the card to really stand out, so I cut two more scalloped circles out of white cardstock.

Step 10:
At this point you will want to stamp your image on the circles.  Once your image is stamped, you can adhere the circle to the front of the shape on your card like you see in the picture below.  You'll notice that I'm holding the left side of the card down.  This is how the card will be when it's closed.

Step 11:
Stamp your image of choice on the shape that will be on the opposite side (the back) of the front, and then adhere it to the card as shown in the picture below.  I know my image isn't stamped here; I was demonstrating how it would look and I forgot to stamp the image first.  Sorry!

Step 12:
At this point, you can add any other decorative touches to the card that you would like.  I added stamping to the front of my card in the form of a sentiment and I added some bees in yellow in so they look watermarked (but you can't see them in the picture very well, if at all).  I also cut out a third scalloped circle to add to the inside of the card.  To adhere that circle, I just matched it up with the flip it shape on the front and then made sure to carefully lay it on the inside of the card.  (It'll show at the end when the card is opened all the way.)

 Here is an image of the card as it's being opened.  You can see the bee on the front, and you can see how it's "flipping" as the card is being opened.

Here's the final look at the card after it's opened.  The card is open and the image "flipped" so it's also on the back.  And the third scalloped circle is where the sentiment is located inside the card.

I hope this wasn't too terribly confusing.  Please let me know in the comments if it was and/or what I need to change, add, take out, etc.
Thanks for looking, and I hope you have fun making a flip-it card!  They're very interactive and fun- and this is only one way of making them!


  1. It was perfectly understandable. I also tried to make one and my first attempt, I cut clean through the frame! LOL So...second attempt I was sure to turn my entire cardstock around in the die-cut machine, so I could make sure what was getting cut: which YOU show clearly! Well, I just cut off the other half of the card, and it will make a fine mat for another project. BUT, the Flip card is great! Also, I used a frame, and made a window, so the possiblities are endless! TFS!

  2. Hi Pam,

    Sorry that it took me so long to look at your tutorial. You did a wonderful job explaining how to make a flip card. The directions were not hard to follow and you were clear on what to do. Now I need to make one. Your card turned out cute and I love it.