Stamp-Fold Card Designs

Stamp-Fold Card Designs

– [Jennifer McGuire] Well hello,
and welcome back everyone. This is Jennifer McGuire and I hope you’re having a great week. Today, I am sharing with you ideas for stamp-fold card designs. So instead of opening a typical note card, these cards actually have stamped images that open to reveal the card inside. I’m going to show you a
few different variations. I have several cards for you, and I even have a few bonus cards at the end of the videos. So stay tuned. Now these can be done
with any images you have, but I’m going to first
start with a card design that uses large stamped
images, the one you see here. I’ll be using the new Studio
Katia Lovely Blooms stamp set. Now Studio Katia has many stamp sets with large floral images like this one, but I really like the
style of this new one, and it has a nice mix of flowers. I’m using my MISTI stamping tool, simply because it’s easier to use, but you can use an acrylic block. I’m stamping with Versafine Black Ink on Bristol white card stock. The reason I’m using
Bristol is I plan to use Zig Clean Color Real Brush pens, and they work really well on Bristol, but you can color with whatever
coloring method you want, and on whatever card stock you want. I do recommend a heavyweight card stock. After heat setting the images,
it’s time to do the coloring. I’m using Zig Clean Color Real Brush Pens, simply because I find they
blend so easily together, and they’re fun to use. So there are a few different
ways to use these pens, and I will link to a video
where I describe some of those, but the method I’m using
for this particular image is to put down some dark color, then color over it with a
lighter color to blend it out. You can also go back and add
more dark color if you want to. The reason I use Bristol
is this is very smooth, and the color moves nicely on it. You could also use watercolor paper and water with these markers. So I will list below in my
description the particular colors I used to color in this image, but in each of the little
flowers and leaves here, I first apply dark color,
then I came in with a lighter to blend it and then added a
little bit more of the dark. It’s actually very similar to how I color with Copic markers, but I’ll be honest, I think
these blend much easier. So after I did all of the leaves, I’m adding some color to the flowers. I use a dark color and a light color, and that’s really all you need. If you find you want to
have an in-between color, you can touch the tip of the light marker to the tip of the dark marker,
and you’ll have a little bit of a medium color for a short time. Now these have a real brush tip. It actually has a brush tip to it, so they take a little bit
of practice to get used to. Once you get the hang of it, you’ll find that they’re
really fun to use. Here’s where I’m touching
one tip to the other to pick up a medium shade. So after I’ve colored this guy in, I’m going to color the other
one the exact same way, so as you can see any coloring
method would work for this. You just want them to look the same. So next I’m cutting out these images, leaving a bit of a white trim, simply because it’s easier
to cut out that way. If you have a coordinating dye, you can definitely use that instead. Next, I’ve prepared two
pieces of white card stock One is a four and three-quarters
inch square note card. The other is a five inch
by five inch square piece of white card stock that
will serve as the backing. Now I’m going to have those
two floral images wrap around the card, so I need to
know where the middle is, so I am drawing a line halfway down the center of the white note card. Using a T-ruler is very easy for this. You do not need to draw this pencil line. I just found it helped. So I am positioning my
two images up against that pencil line in the center, and I will hold them there
and flip my note card over, and draw pencil lines on
the back of the flowers where the edges of the note card are. I’m now going to apply a score line where that pencil line is, so I’m lining my pencil line up with a score line in my scoring board. I’m using my Teflon Bone
Folder to add the score, and then I will fold
along that score line, so you can see this is scored right along the edge of this large floral image. You can see why using a large
image is helpful for this. If you don’t have a large
image, I’ll show you in a bit how you can do this
card with smaller images. I’m going to do the exact same
thing to the other flower. Again, scoring along that pencil line, and then folding there also. So basically, these two pieces
are going to wrap around our card and when you open them up, you’ll see the card inside. So here’s my four and three-quarter inch square white note card. Along the edges, on the sides of the card, I’m putting some strong double-sided tape. These will hold those
flower pieces in place. You want to use strong adhesive here, any strong adhesive would work. So on one side of the note card, I’ll add one of the floral images. So I am wrapping the small flap
of one of the flower images around the back of the card, and pressing into that adhesive. I’m cutting off this little piece that’s sticking out the top. Next, I’ll do the same to the other side. You can see why you want to
use a strong adhesive here, but you can definitely
use a liquid adhesive if you have that instead. So again, I’m removing the release paper. I’ll add the small flap
of that flower image right onto that adhesive. Now we have the two flower pieces kind of wrapping around the front of the card, so you open up those two flaps, and then you will have the card inside. So you can see how this worked great with a large stamped imaged. It would also work great
with large die cut images, or you can even glue together
a couple of medium-sized images for the same effect. So I have some twine here. I’m going to sandwich this
twine between this little card that we made and the back piece. Now earlier I cut a
piece of white card stock for the back piece of this card, but I decided to switch to black, so instead this is a black
five inch by five inch square piece, and that
twine is sandwiched between, and I’ll tie a bow with this twine, and when the recipient gets the card, they can untie this and
open the card inside. You could use ribbon or
anything you want here. I like twine because it’s not too bulky when it goes through the mail. The sentiment that I’m using on this card is from the new Studio Katia
Birthday Greetings Stamp Set. This is a great set because
it has sentiments that can go on the front of the card and
on the inside of the card. I also like that a few of the
messages have the word crafty in them, which I think is fun
to send to crafty friends, so I’m putting my card back into my MISTI, and stamping the sentiment “happy birthday to my crafty
friend” on the inside. So here is the completed card. I decided not to put
anything on the front, and not to add any
embellishments, I felt like it had enough going on already. When the recipient gets it, they untie the bow, they see
the greeting, and then I can have a personal message
on the inside of the card. I use a six by six white
envelope to go along with this, and it’s perfect for this five
inch by five inch note card. Okay, so that example shows how to do a stamp-fold card with a large image, but I wanted to show you how
you can also do this design with a bunch of smaller images. This takes a little bit more work, but it’s definitely worth the effort. Okay, so for these
cards, I am using the new Studio Katia Under the Sea Stamp Set. This has some really adorable sea images, along with some fun sentiments, and I’ll actually create
two cards with this set. I’m also using the Studio
Katia Shell Ebration Stamp Set. This has a cute little turtle on it, and I’m using the coordinating
dies for both of these sets. So what I did is I stamped
on Bristol card stock with the Versafine ink,
just as I did earlier, and I stamped a bunch of images. This time I’m using the Zig
Clean Color Real Brush pens with a water brush. The reason I did this is this gives a softer watercolor look, and it really is fast to
do, so you can see here I’m quickly coloring one of the jellyfish. I put down a light purple
ink, and then I kind of spread that that color
out with a water brush. You can still blend two colors
together if you want to, and you can go back and add more
color if you want to on top. So here I have done a blue little squid, then I’m coming in and adding
some purple at the tips, and then using my water
brush to blend them together, so this is another fun way to use those Zig Clean Color Real Brush pens. Okay, so, next I have my Avery
Removable Adhesive Sheets. Now these are what I
normally use for masking, but here I’m going to
use it to help me adhere all of these little images together. So you can see I stamped
and colored and die cut out a bunch of those little guys. I’ve arranged them on
a four and a quarter by five and a half inch white note card. Just arranged them there.
No glue. Just arranged them, and I made it so that they hang
off the left and right side of the card, and so
that each of the images touches the ones next to them, so they’re all overlapped. You’ll notice I have two clusters of fish, one kind of to the left side, and one kind of to the
right because I plan to have two flaps open like we
did on the last card. Next I’m taking one of those
adhesive removable sheets, laying it right on top, and this will hold all of those images together. If you have press and seal,
you can use that instead; however, I was sincerely too lazy to go up to the kitchen to get some. So now I’m going to flip this over, and remove that piece of white card stock. That white card stock was
just a guide for spacing. Now I have all of my images
temporarily connected together. Next we need to put
strong adhesive to really permanently connect them together. So what I’m doing is going in with my Gina K Connect Glue. This is my favorite
strong liquid adhesive, and I’m putting adhesive
wherever these images overlap. You want to use a strong
adhesive to make sure that they stay put when we
remove this sticky back sheet. So after I put adhesive between each, I’m really pressing them down to make sure that they’re connected. I will also let this dry completely. Once it’s dry completely,
I can go ahead and remove that adhesive sheet
that we have on the back. This adhesive sheet basically has the stick of a post-it note, so it comes off very easily. So here I’m just carefully
pulling the adhesive sheet away after the glue has completely dried, and there you can see
we have the two clusters of little fish images. I used small images, so it
took some time to color, die cut and glue them together, but you could use bigger
images and save a lot of time. So there are my two
flaps of stamped images that I was going to have wrap
around my card and open up, but I decided to only use the left side, so I’m saving that right
side for another card. I added a few more stamped
images just to make this bigger, but basically, this
cluster of stamped images will open up like a flap
that I did on the first card, but instead of one large image, I have a bunch glued together. I’m again doing a score line towards the edge of the stamped images, and I’ll fold that over. That’s why we wanted to make
sure that our stamped images hung off the edge of our
white card stock guide before, so that we had some room to
do this little score line. Next I’m putting strong liquid adhesive on the little flap of that stamp cluster. You want to make sure you
use strong adhesive here. I also created a white note card that is four inches wide and five
and a quarter inches tall. I’m actually going to use
this note card backwards, so the opening is on the left. If you look closely, I
also did cut the front of the note card to be a little
bit shorter than the back, just so everything closes nicely. I’m pressing the small
flap of the fish cluster right on to the back of the card, and pressing it there to
make sure that it’s secure. Now the nice thing about this
is you can leave it as is, or if you want to, you could
die cut a bunch of white fish. You don’t need to stamp them, and glue them on the back, just to give it a more finished look, but I decided to not bother. I kind of like the look
from the inside also. Okay, so next I decided I
wanted to adhere some bubbles to the inside flap of this card, so I die cut the Studio Katia
Halftone Dots Cover Die. This die is about four and a
quarter by five and a half, but there’s no outside edge, so you can die cut this on anything, and it creates these fun little holes. I’ll use that die on my next card, but in this case, I just used it to die cut a bunch of circles very quickly. Once I was done, I added some strong double-sided tape to the back, and I adhered this onto
a four and a quarter by five and a half inch
piece of pool card stock. So here is the completed card. I switched to have my sentiment
on a pool die cut circle. I added that on top. You can see the flap of
clustered little fish here, little fun school of
fish, opens to the left. The card opens to the right
and then there’s a place to write your message on the inside. It’s just a fun way to
create a unique card design. Now remember how earlier I had a leftover cluster of fish that I decided not to use? Well we’re going to use
that on a second card here with another fun fold-card design. This time I’m starting with
a piece of white card stock that is eight and half inches wide and five and a half inches tall. I scored at one and a
quarter inch from one side and I’ll fold along that. You could do any size you want
here for this little flap. This is where I will glue my little stamped images right on top. Next, from that score line,
I’m going to score again at four and a quarter. This will create the flap that
opens up on the left side. So again I want to reinforce
that score line nicely. And here we have a very
simple gate fold card design, but we’re going to add
some stamped images to it to really give it some interest. Now I use that Halftone circle
die that I showed you earlier to die cut from white card stock. I trimmed it down a bit
and I’m adhering that onto one flap of this card. On the other flap I
have my cluster of fish leftover from earlier. I did add a few more fish to it, and I’m gluing that right
onto this little flap, making sure it hangs off the edge a bit. Now you could’ve glued this little images directly onto the flap. It would save a lot of time. I just had them already connected because I thought I was going to
use them on the last card. I cut everything off the edge, and there we have a
really fun card design, something different and I
love all of those little fish collected close together. I added a little stamp sentiment that says “birthday fishes”, and
then you can see how this card opens nicely to reveal an area to write your personal message inside. I again decided to skip any
little embellishments on this. I feel like the little fish
images add enough as is. I did decide to go and add
one little fish to the inside. I think it helps to have one
of the images on the inside of the card to kind of
connect everything together and add a bit of interest. I really think these
stamp-fold card designs are a great way to create something
a little interesting and get more from your stamps. Now before we go, I have a
couple bonus cards for you. Simply because Studio Katia
came out with some stitching dies that I really wanted to use. I really like to add
stitching to my cards. It’s something that I can
do while I’m on the go, and then bring back to
add to a card quickly. Now the first card that I used has the Studio Katia Stitch Borders Die set. This die set has several
pieces that you can arrange to create really cool backgrounds, but I just used the border
for the cards today. You just die cut it and it
cuts a bunch of little holes, and then you can do basic cross stitching, and I’ll link to a couple
videos showing some tips for doing this type of stitching. Now for my sentiment I
used Studio Katia Best Ever Stamp Set & Coordinating Dies. I like that you can do “the
best ever” for anything. You can do uncle, Coach, mom, anything. I’m going to do best friend. Now, I just adhered my little stitch strip onto a white note card, then
added the layered best die cut, along with the stamped friend. Very simple card and I was
able to do that stitching on the go in quite something very quickly. Now my next card uses
the Studio Katia Kobi Bearing Gifts Stamp Set. This is a cute, small stamp set. I really like that image. So I stamped him and colored him, and I added him onto a note card, along with another stitch border. I stamped “happy birthday
to my crafty friend!”, and added some little glitter pieces to the background just for some shine. So you can see stitch borders like this make a great backdrop for
a simple stamped image. There you have it. Some ways
to create stamp-fold cards, along with a couple bonus cards. If you’re interested in these supplies, they’re linked below in
my YouTube description, but you can definitely find out more over my blog if you’re interested. In the middle are a couple
other related videos I hope you have a great day, and we’ll see you again very soon!

100 thoughts on “Stamp-Fold Card Designs

  1. This episode was just tooooo cool and full of possibilities! Thanka so much for the great share, always so appreciated.

  2. Love them! Best way to start my week-end with another creative instalment from Jennifer McGuire. Iโ€™m looking foreword to giving these a go!

    Still blows my mind how easily you centre your sticking of the card to the backgrounds. I never get them straight or even! I guess itโ€™s practice practice practice for perfection.

  3. preciosos trabajos, felicidades, este tipo de tarjeta me trajo recuerdos de cuando era niรฑa en el colegio , pero sin sellos , sino que dibujando y luego recortando los contornos ๐Ÿ™‚ saludos desde Chile

  4. Jennifer, thank you for showing us how we can do this with supplies we already own! I always love your technique videos, because you focus on the technique itself, and don't just push specific products. Love how your cards came out–especially the ones with all the fish! Thank you so much for sharing these! ๐Ÿ™‚

  5. I love these cards! Those fishes are so cute! I will definitely be trying this – it's such a great idea. Thanks for all of your inspiration! xxx

  6. Love these! I still have the zig markers on my wish list. Iโ€™m excited to try this flap card with some of my altenew large floral stamps!

  7. All of the cards were great, but I absolutely loved the 2 with the fish ๐Ÿ  they were so fun and colorful ๐Ÿ’•

  8. I've always liked the look of these gatefold style cards but they are often done with a fussy lace die which isn't my cup of tea at all. This idea pairs my style of cards with the gatefold idea. Thank you so much!

  9. I love these cards. Thank you for sharing this design tip. They make the cards so interesting. Love those fishes!

  10. Whoever gets these cards will be thrilled, Jennifer. Thank you for the ideas for the gate fold cards, wow! I love how you look at your dies so creatively. I'm not one to think outside the box as well as you do, so I appreciate you steering the way for me.

  11. Wow! Jennifer, once again, your imaginative and inspiring card making ideas are brilliant. Thank you!

  12. Great cards! Makes my mind running on ideas to make cards. You did an awesome job on them. Thanks for sharing and have a great Memorial Day weekend.

  13. You are so talented, Jennifer. Even though I am not, I love to watch your designs. I do get lots of ideas that I am able to do. I just want you to know how much I appreciate your sharing. Also your kindness is infectious.

  14. Fresh idea, so cheerful and can be done by a beginner like me I think, great instructions Jenn. TYFS

  15. I adore the fishies and all of the sea life you chose to use on the cards. So cute. I definitely like the design style of card. I tend to write a long message in my cards so this is design is ideal. Not to mention it's clever and unique. I will be making this card for sure. Thanks for the tutorial โคโคโค

  16. Those fish on that card is just the cutest. Watching you piece it together was fascinating. I visualize my fingers with glue and little ๐Ÿ  on them! These are so beautiful and itโ€™s amazing to watch your creative mind work. How blessed you are and how blessed we are to see these creations. Have a wonderful holiday โค๏ธ

  17. So many bonus techniques shared! Adorable layered fishies, and the flower stamp is beautiful. Thank you for sharing such creative use of these very nice stamps.

  18. Fun ideas! I think I like a blend of the two card styles…using the flowers just on one side (like the fish) would be lovely (and less labor intensive!).

  19. Hi Jen, As usual you are soooo creative! But how do you get all of these different stamps and dies? Do the companies send them to you? I can't imagine having to buy all of these! You must have tons of craft supplies!๐Ÿ˜‰๐Ÿ˜

  20. Your cards are great and I especially like the fishes and the bear cards. Really great job Jennifer and thank you for always sharing with us new ways to make our cards. Have a great day!

  21. I am hoping to use this idea for when I make retirement cards for co-workers. I need a card with extra flaps for room for everyone to write comments and well wishes. I am thinking of a quilt blanket idea for a quilter friend. Thanks for the inspiration. Any stamp or die suggestions for me for this?

  22. Thank you for sharing your talents! All of the cards presented and demonstrated here today came out looking fantastic! I plan on making most of my cards if not all from now on. Thanks to you and other amazing inspirating artists, God bless!

  23. Amazing! I especially love the use of a large stamp folded along the edge of a card. Youโ€™re so very clever – thank you for sharing your genius!

  24. Oh my! Such adorable cards. The flowers are stunning and who wouldn't want an absolutely adorable fishes card. What an outstanding technique you showed us. Thanks so much for all you do.

  25. I love it them, but it would annoy me to lose the bit of the image/s folded back … I'd rather fold enough backwards that they can remain visible ๐Ÿ™‚

  26. Wow!…what a technique-packed tutorial!!!…I was scribbling notes like crazy. Jennifer you are the BEST EVER!..Thank you!

  27. Just fantastic! You are always coming up with creative ideas! Your brain is amazing!๐Ÿ™‹โ€โ™€๏ธ

  28. Wow Jennifer, this is one of my favorite videos that's you done. I always learn so much from you and you are so easy to follow and understand, thank you so very much. I am going to makes these cards

  29. What a great technique and using your image and dies to create more cards….
    Thanks Jennifer for sharing.

  30. Absolutely amazing…LOVE this, Jennifer! I know I say that with every video and technique you show us! LOL The fishies are precious and the flower clusters are just beautiful. My head is buzzing with ideas of how I can use some of the stamps I own…TFS

  31. So cute Jennifer. I've missed so many of your great videos. So I'm trying to catch up. I was sweeping my hardwood steps. Stepped back and stepped on the edge of my flip flop fell backwards down onto my hardwood floor in foyer. Missed the five steps below me landing on my back. I'm very thin 99lbs 5'4" broke my back in 3 places in hospital 10 days home 1 week now. This video is the first thing that I have done as far as connection with card making. I was told by the drs. I was lucky i didn't break my neck and fracture my skull from the height I fell. I believe it was by the grace of God. Thank you so much for sharing your great talent Jennifer I will enjoy watching and learning more as I heal. Hugs.

  32. Thanks for offering these designs that allows us to use our stamps & dies over & over. Dies are expensive, as you know, so these cards make me feel better about buying. I have so many that lโ€™ve only used once. ๐ŸŒบ๐ŸŒบ๐Ÿค—๐Ÿค—๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿ˜โค๏ธโค๏ธโค๏ธ

  33. loved this card with the stitching. The large sentiment just made it. Another clean and simple card. It is so striking in it's simplicity…………loved it.

  34. These are so unique Jennifer, and you have a lot of patience to make them, but they really pack a punch! Beautiful and very special cards and as always a great video tutorial, Lisa xx

  35. You are truly a God send. Everytime I watch one of your videos, whether it be a technique or repurposing an item, I learn so much. Avery ID labels as a masking paper… genius! I love how all the cards came out especially the fishy ones ( the second one being my absolute favourite) Thanks for the inspiration!

  36. Can't you stamp out those fish on acetate or ?, to get them to face the opposite direction? I would want some going in each direction. Love your videos, thanks so much.

  37. Very pretty. Think it needs some color/design on the inside flaps. The outside is so nice, but the inside is plain and disappointing.

  38. Jennifer, these are just GORGEOUS! What a great idea. I'll be heading to my craft room in the morning!!! Thank you for sharing.

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