Z Fold Card | Sweet Stamp Shop

Hello there!

I really loved this set from Sweet Stamp Shop’s latest release and I just HAD to do something fun with that girl on the trapeze. She had to hang from something right? I ended up using a z fold card to create the dimension I needed to do her justice.


Check out how I did it here:

A2 card panel: 11” x 4.25”, scored at 5.5”; Front panel of card scored at 2.75”
Long Black strip: 1.25 x 11”, scored at 5.5” and 2.75”
Long Red strip: 0.75” x 11”, scored at 5.5” and 2.75”
Interior black strip: 1.25” x 3.75”, scored at 0.5” on each edge (2.75” in the middle)
Interior red strip: 0.75” x 4/75”, scored at 1” on each edge (2.75” in the middle)

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Double Slider Card

I came across this awesome type of card and now I can’t stop making them. It’s pretty easy once you get the hang of it and it has a great element of surprise for the recipient.

For a horizontal double slider, here are the measurements. FullSizeRender 6.jpg
Front Panel: 

4 1/4 (H) – 4 3/4 (L)

4 1/4 (H) – 4 3/4 (L)

Left Slider without pullout tab: 
4 5/8 (L) – 3 3/16 (L)

Right Slider with pullout tab:
5 1/8 (L) – 3 3/16 (L)




For the slider mechanism, you’ll need to create two slits. It’ll be 1/4 inches from the edge, leaving 3/4 inches from the top and the bottom.  We’ll turn to this again later.

The three main pieces that are seen and need to be decorated are the Front Panel, the Left and Right slider.



For this particular card, I decided to use the Clearly Besotted’s Trouble in a Tutu. I wanted the hippos to be dancing on a stage. I masked off  1 1/2 inches on the front panel and 3/4 inch on the Right and Left panels. Using Gathered Twigs distress ink, I colored in a stage and used Create a Smile’s Woodgrain stamp to fake a hardwood look.


There’s a little space on top of the stage I had marked in pencil so it gives a little break from the stage and the background I’ll color later. I used Walnut Stain for that part.
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I used My Favorite Things Stencil Waves for the background and used the Distress Inks: Worn Lipstick, Pickled Raspberry and Spun Sugar.

Now that my background is done, I needed to make my hippos to stick onto the background. I put the hippos into the Xyron sticker maker to make them stickers and added them to the background. The only catch about this kind of card is that it really needs to be almost completely one layer or pieces might get caught up from the sliding.


Now onto the slider mechanism. I used a page protector and cut a piece that measures 2 1/4 and about 11 inches long. You could also use a plastic bag you have around the house, but I thought this would be easiest since the page protector didn’t have crinkles.


I slipped the page protector piece through the slits in the slider mechanism and used double sided adhesive to tape it together.

This part will be where the Right Slider with Tab will adhere to.


Once you tape the piece down, cut off any excess.

Add foam tape to the top and bottom of the card. It holds your card in place and provides a track.


Move the plastic so the adhesive is all the way to the left hand side, it will not be going through the slot. It will only be moving right. I put a second piece of adhesive right on top of the first piece of adhesive. Adhere the Right slider face up, lining up the piece on the left hand side.

Flip the card over and repeat with foam tape on top and bottom. The adhesive on the back will also go on the left hand side. This time, the Left Slider’s will be adhered face down.


Once you have that done, flip over the card so all the decorations are facing up. You can add your Front Panel to the card. I punched a hole on the Right Slider with tab and added string so your recipient will know to pull.


And you now you have a cute slider card! IMG_2750.JPG

Until next time… 

Items Used:

  • Distress Inks: Gathered Twigs, Walnut Stain, Worn Lipstick, Pickled Raspberries, Spun Sugar
  • Round Blending Tool
  • Canson XL watercolor paper
  • My Favorite Things Stencil – Waves
  • Clearly Besotted – Trouble in a Tutu
  • Spectrum Noir markers
  • Page protector or plastic bag
  • Scor-pal double sided adhesive, 1/4
  • Scotch 3M 1/2 foam tape

Get Well Soon – Dancing Hippos

Someone close to me is recovering from a surgery and stuck at home resting for about two weeks. She was pretty concerned about the surgery and I wanted to send something to help brighten her day a little.

Ever since I saw the Clearly Besotted Trouble in a Tutu stamp set, I totally fell in love. Not only are those hippos incredibly adorable, they were DANCING?! And with interactive cards being so imaginative, I needed something to make those hippos come to life.

I’ve been meaning to do a pop up card for the longest time and kept contemplating the different dies that all companies have come out with, but I realized they didn’t always fit exactly what i wanted to do and with a craft knife/paper cutter, you can make it work. But making a pop up card wouldn’t necessary do the hippos justice, I literally wanted them to dance.

Here’s what I came up with:


When you open up this card, the hippos SPIN. The spinning element works as with all spinner cards, except you have to place the hippos perfectly so they don’t rub up against the back of the card, or it’ll disturb their spinning. But I’m so glad they  are twirling on stage since they are ballerinas. I’m in LOVE. The hippo in the front center (pink tutu) actually pops up as well so it looks like she’s in the air swirling her baton.

You can see the card in action here:


Hope you love it!

Items used:

  • Clearly Besotted – Trouble in a Tutu
  • Your Next Stamp – Puffy Clouds
  • Elizabeth Craft Designs – Bunch of Flowers


  • Ranger Distress Inks
  • Copic and Spectrum Noir markers

Just Because – Super Hero

I live in the Bay Area (San Francisco, CA) and I follow Frank Somerville, a news reporter,  on Facebook. He posts a lot of stories of his family, acts of kindness, and stories that break your heart a little.

The other month he posted about a veteran, who is at the hospital fighting cancer and feeling alone. It really tugged at my heart.

I decided to make a card to send to his hospital room and to make it fitting to match the hero that he is. It’s an interactive card with a wheel so when you spin the bottom portion the superhero will flying across the sky. No one should ever feel forgotten or alone, so I’m hoping this will make him smile.


Items Used:

  • Clearly Besotted Stamps – Caped Cuties, Cityscape
    Wplus9 Design Studio, LLC – Little Bits


  • Copic Markers
  • Tim Holtz Distress Inks