My husband and I saw artwork, trinkets, and images of the Kokopelli quite a bit on our trip to Sedona, Arizona back in March. According to ancient South-West Native American legends, the Kokopelli was a symbol of fertility, joy, feast, and long life. It was believed that he possessed the wisdom of age, and he brought good fortune and prosperity to anyone who would listen to his songs. I just think he’s cute – lol! !
The Kokopelli was cut with a die from the “Kokopeli and Zia” die set and the cactus was cut with the “Cactus Edgers” die, both by Frantic Stampers.
I created the easel card base and decorative panels with dies from the “Circle Flip Die” set from Creek Bank Creations (#708).
My fifth (and final!) card variation made with the Circle Flip Die Set from Creek Bank Creations is a Spinner Flip Card. This card base is basically a flip card, but the inner part of the circle is “removed” so an element has a place to spin.
The adorable zebra image is from the “Xavier Zebra” stamp set from Gina K Designs (retired?). The set comes with one zebra stamp, but I needed a second, reversed image so the back of the spinner was not blank. To do this, I did some mirror stamping using my Stampin’ Up Silicone Craft Sheet (as demonstrated HERE), but you could also use a sheet of acetate (as demonstrated HERE) or a flat, solid stamp (as demonstrated HERE). Several companies sell “Mirror Stamping” stamps/tools specifically for this technique as well.
To make the spinner element, I stamped him on two die cuts (front and back) that I made with my Silhouette and sandwiched a long piece of clear thread between the layers before gluing them together. Here is a video (starting at the 2:25 mark) showing how to create this type of card.
I used Versafine Onyx Black ink for all of my stamping. Forgetting that Versafine takes a little longer to dry than dye inks, I got smudges in several spots on the yellow panel. Strategically placed stars solved that problem (for the most part)!
The black frame was cut with a die from the “Stitched Circle Rings Die Set” and the inside greeting is the “Circle Stamp Happy Birthday” stamp which are both from Creek Bank Creations. I didn’t want the center words (from the circle stamp) to be visible when the card is closed so I masked the Happy Birthday portion of the circle stamp and used a smaller greeting from the “Tiny Words #SSS101883” set from Simon Says Stamp instead and positioned it behind the zebra.
The black and white striped panel is digital paper by TheMockupLoft that I purchased on Etsy. The yellow paper is Bold Yellow Stripe by Recollections. Heavy weight black and white card stock was also used.
I have to say, I am excited that I was able to try all of the styles shown in the videos for this set and now have 5 different card base ideas on which to build for future card projects. (I hope you didn’t get tired of looking at so many circles this week!)
Using the dies from the Circle Flip Die set from Creek Bank Creations on a “slim line” card base is yet another way to use this versatile die set. You could make a single flip panel or two as I have done here. (I was bound and determined to “get my money’s worth” with this die set – lol!!) The die set is designed to make A2 size cards, but HERE is the video (starting at 3:17) showing how to create the slim line card.
The birthday images are from the “Sketch a Party” set from Stampin’ Up (retired) and were paper pieced with scraps from the core’dinations Light Green Crosshatch (#GX-2300-24) patterned paper also used for the decorative panel on the card front. All the circles were cut with dies from the Circle Flip Die set.
Again, this die set is meant for an A2 size card, and the included decorative panel die is too small for the longer card base. To fix this, I die cut two of the decorative panels, trimmed them to size (with my paper trimmer), and then used the greeting strip to cover the seam in the center. (A much easier way to add decorative paper is shown in the video; I had watched the video some time before creating my card and forgot how she did it – lol!!)
The sentiment stamp on the inside is the “Happy Birthday Round” stamp (#S1740) from Creek Bank Creations. I added a second, plain circle panel on which to include a handwritten message and/or signature.
My finished card measures 4″ x 9 1/4″ and fits in a regular business envelope, but if you wanted to make a custom envelope with the We R Memory Keepers envelope punch board, start with a 10 5/8″ square and line up at 7 1/8″ for first punch/score line.
An easel card is another type of card you can make with the Circle Flip Die set from Creek Bank Creations. Here is the instructional video (starting at the 2:10 mark) showing this technique.
I started with a black A2 size card base and used the “flip” die to create the easel. (It’s the same die used for the traditional flip card but positioned in the opposite direction on the card front.)
I embossed the white decorative panel with a Cuttlebug Swiss Dots folder. (The die for this panel is included in the set.) I cut red glitter card stock with the “Make A Wish” die from Elizabeth Craft Designs (#1553) and the 1 inch “Thick Materials Star” punch by Fiskars.
The striped panel is digital paper by TheMockupLoft that I purchased on Etsy and was printed on glossy photo paper because I wanted the black to be really bold.
The “inside” sentiment is from the “Flower Builders” set from Gina K Designs (retired?) and was popped up with foam tape to hold the easel in place when opened. I also included a blank panel for a handwritten message and signature.
As I mentioned in my last post, I have several cards to share using Creek Bank Creations’ Circle Flip Die set. Here’s card #2 where I used the dies to create a quick and easy, traditional circle flip card.
The die set includes the die to cut the “flip” part that you center on the front of a standard A2 card base and dies to cut two circles and the decorative panel for the front. Deciding how to decorate the focal circle and choosing the paper is the “hardest” part!
For this card, I used one of the dies from the “Layered Happy Birthday” set from Spellbinders. The patterned paper is from the “Playful Palette” designer series paper stack from Stampin’ Up (retired).
I feel like flip cards look a little wonky when displayed so I created a card stand using Creek Bank Creations’ Card Stand Die to include with the card (although the card stands on its own and definitely could be displayed without the stand).
HERE is the video that shows how to create the basic flip card.
Thanks for checking out my card project!
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