Monday, August 6, 2018

Floating Die Cut Sentiment Tri-Fold Card

Hello. We have a new challenge at Incy Wincy Designs which is on Ribbon and/or Lace. Our featured sponsor for this challenge is Knitty Kitty Digi Stamps. I am using the Puddles of Kitty Love image.

I printed the image on Strathmore Watercolor paper. I first watercolored the background using Tim Holtz Distress inks in Chipped Sapphire, Peacock Feathers and Tumbled Glass. I wanted a splattered look but I don’t know why I was not lifting the colors off. Any idea? I resorted to using Prima Color Blooms and sprayed small and large droplets to the area, blotting off the excess with a paper towel. I dried the splatters with a heat gun. I painted the hearts and the water puddle with Finetec white pearl paint. I colored the cat and the umbrella with Zig Clean Color markers. I added Ranger enamel dots to the eyes of the cat. I added a white dot to the eyes using a white Uniball Signo pen. The background colors and coloring medium used here was inspired by Kristina Werner's card using Zig Clean Color Real Brush markers. 

To add lace to my creation, I created a paper parasol using a pink Doodlebug doily. To cut this into the shape of an umbrella, I fussy cut the umbrella from a scrap digital print out of the image. I used this as a guide to cut the doily. I die cut a small ribbon using Lawn Fawn Mini Wreath die. I used a white pearl paper, and colored the trim with a pink Copic marker. I used a toothpick for the top end of the umbrella and colored it with a black Copic marker. I would have used a toothpick for the whole umbrella handle but since the image has a curved umbrella handle, I just left this as is. I added clear dimensional tape underneath the doily for a 3D effect. I set this aside to work on the card base.

I created two top folding A2 cards to create the tri-fold design. Working on the front of the card, I created a window using a craft knife. It would have been easier if I have a rectangle die that matches the size of the Pretty Pink Posh Scallop rectangle die. Since I do not, I traced the die and use this as a guide where to cut a window. I adhered strips of left-over pink patterned paper around the window opening to tie in with the color of the umbrella.

For the floating sentiment, I used the Simon Says Believe die. I die cut two of this sentiment on white cardstock. I adhered one of the die cuts to an acetate. I adhered the other sentiment die cut on the back of the adhesive, lining this with the sentiment on the front of the acetate. I created it this way to hide the adhesive I used on the sentiment on the front of the acetate. I fussy cut the acetate leaving a small border around the sentiment except on the ends. I left a thin tab on each end to act as a holder to make the sentiment float on the window. I applied liquid adhesive to these tabs and adhered it to the top front of the window. I colored the die cut with Spectrum Noir Glitter pens. 

For the window frame, I die cut a Simon Says Cardstock Glimmery cardstock using Pretty Pink Posh Scallop rectangle die. I adhered this on the window, covering the acetate tabs holding the sentiment die cut.

For the tri-panel, I trimmed a small strip off the edges to facilitate folding of the card. The fold of this card is towards the bottom of the top layer card. I adhered washi tapes to the edges of this panel. I trimmed off the edges of the watercolored panel just large enough to show through the window. This is when I realized that the watercolored panel is short on the top. The umbrella is too close to the sentiment. I adjusted the watercolored panel to center the image between the window and the floating sentiment. With the washi tape on the top part now showing, I die cut some clouds using Taylored Expressions Rolling Clouds die on white shimmer paper to mute the washi tape to hopefully fix the eye sore.

To create the tri-fold, I applied adhesive to the front of the inner panel of the window card. For the panel with the cat, I applied adhesive to the back. I lined up the edge of the window card and the folded edge of cat card.

I stamped a sentiment from Simon Says Stamp Believe In The Season stamp set to the inside of the tri-fold card. This is an encouragement card which I created because of my sister’s cat, Biboy, who survived an illness they thought is terminal. Although, Biboy has not fully recovered yet, she is showing signs of hope of survival.

Thank you for visiting my blog and bearing with me with this long post. If you have any questions, please feel free to post it as a comment below. Have a blessed, brilliant & creative day!

Maria Giselle B.


  1. Absolutely adorable, Maria Giselle! Love how you've colored the cute kitty and the fun way you made the umbrella. Fabulous design. Thanks so much for joining our Anything Goes Challenge at Aurora Wings. xxD

  2. Such a cute card, I love the image and this layout you made is awesome. Thanks so much for playing along in our Anything Goes challenge this month at Digi Doodles Studios! Hugs:) Audrey DT

  3. Hi Maria Giselle, sorry it's a bit late but I wanted to pop to your blog and thank you for your super project! And also the fabulous blog post you have done explaining how you have made it. The tri-fold design is so clever and I love the way you have coloured the shadow, so clever! Thanks again,

    Annabel - Knitty Kitty Digis