What a pleasure to be the Guest Designer this month for the Creating Kindness Design Team. They are a creative, talented bunch and I was chuffed to be invited this month. Thanks for having me guys. I am Lou Kitzelman and I live on the Sunshine Coast, Australia. We are currently sweltering in a heat wave so think of me if you are on the other side of the world and are still having snow!
The theme for this hop is Fun Folds - and if you are a regular reader you will know this is right up my alley. Lately I have been revamping card folds that I have taught in classes over the years. For this hop it was fun putting a new spin on the Swing Card Fold. Once upon a time we would cut tiny strips of Designer Series Paper for the outside edges but I have decided 2018 is my year to work smarter and not harder! So why not use the DSP as the card base and cut out a step! So on to my card. This is the front as it sits flat.
The Petal Passion Suite made decorating this a breeze. I just got it all out and off I went! I love how the embossing folder matches the DSP. To open the card and to make it swing you simply hold onto the 2 outside edges and gently pull away from each other. The card fold does the rest for you and swings around to reveal the message panel. Here is the card mid swing. I have a short video showing it in action at the end of this post. Warning - it is very amateurish as I don't have the right set up but you'll get the idea.
Because I have used DSP, the back was already partly decorated. By adding some flowers coloured with Stampin' Blends, some Champagne foil die cuts and a sentiment with a shadow mat I created a simple, yet stylish (well in my eyes anyway) card.
I love that this 2 part sentiment applies to lots of different occasions, even new beginnings, what ever they may be. Perfect to enter into this week's Global Design Project challenge.
... the front DSP pattern surrounds the back message panel. Tricky! I cut my mats 11 cm x 9.5 cm and 10.5 cm x 9 cm.
This card fold can be used with lots of different stamp and die sets. Here is another one that I made using the Bubble Over Bundle.
The Bubbles and Fizz DSP (free with qualifying orders) is perfect for this card. Because it is quite busy I kept the decoration simple.
I love that sentiment! It can be used for so many occasions.
The bottles have been die cut from watercolour paper and coloured with an aqua painter and ink from the Daffodil Delight ink pad lid. When it was just about dry, I spattered water over it to make it look like water beads on the outside of the bottle. Simply spatter water by flicking the aqua painter over it, let sit for a few seconds and then blot with paper towel.
Here are my very amateurish videos so you can see the swing in action.