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2020 – 2022 In Color DSP Makes a Great Tower Card

Front view of tower card

The first time you see a “Tower Card” I’m sure you’ll probably think “that’s difficult”!! I’m here to tell you that it really isn’t very difficult. Once you’ve made the score lines and the cuts, you simply need to crease the folds in the right direction! Do you want to give it a try?

Let’s get started…

For this card, I picked Gray Granite Cardstock and paired it with the Magenta Madness from 2020 – 2022 In Color Designer Series Paper (DSP)! Don’t they look amazing together?

Front view of tower card

These are the products I used:

Stamps: – Colors & Contour (#154994); Ink – Magenta Madness Classic (#153117); Gray Granite Classic (#147118);

Paper, including cutting instructions:
Gray Granite Cardstock (#146983) cut 1 @ 8-1/4 x 5-1/2″ – with 8-1/4″ side at the top, score @ 1″, 2″, 3″, 5-1/4″, 6-1/4″, 7-1/4″ – with 5-1/2″ side at the top of the Paper Trimmer, cut @ 1″ & 2″ between the 1st & 3rd score lines – turn cardstock 180 degrees, cut @ 1″ & 2″ between 1st & 3rd score lines;
2020 – 2022 In Color DSP (#155230) – (2 @ 5-1/2″ x 3/4″) – (2 @ 4-1/4″ x 3/4″) – (1 @ 4-1/4″ x 1-1/4″);
Basic White Cardstock (#159276) – (1 @ 3-1/4″ x 2-1/2″ – decorate as desired for the front) – (1 @ 5-1/4″ x 2″ – decorate for the back if desired);

Accessories: 2020 – 2022 In Color Square Gems (#155572)

  • Instructions:
    • Score as indicated, cut as indicated, fold “valleys & mountains” so the base looks like this when you stand it up and look down on it:
Top down look at tower card
A look from above with the folds in place!

Now you can see where to attach the DSP that you have cut…

Attach the DSP strips – see where they fit by leaving a small border around!
  • Stamp greeting & flower on Basic White piece for the front and the back – attach with adhesive.
  • Embellish with In Color Square Gems

Butterfly Brilliance with Vellum for softness on the butterflies!

Butterfly Brilliance Z-Fold

The butterflies in the Butterfly Brilliance Bundle (#155821) come in many different sizes. You will find 1 very large die that cuts 6 butterflies at once! And you’ll find 6 detailed butterfly dies like the ones I used to cut the Vellum Cardstock (#101856) for this card. Plus the die set includes 5 smaller detailed dies to use with or without the butterflies! What a deal, right?

Butterfly Brilliance Z-Fold

The inside of this card has a “pop-out” design called a Z-Fold! You can see it here:

This design allows you to use Designer Series Paper (DSP) like the Hydrangea Hill (#154570) shown here or stamped images like the butterflies or have blank sections to write on! Oh, so many options that it’s sometimes hard to decide!

The Z-Fold detail can be different sizes & shapes as long as it doesn’t extend over the outside edge of the card. That way it will still fit in the envelope! Here’s one that shows the Z-Fold joining the outside of the card. And here’s one that shows a much narrower layer for the Z-Fold part.

Butterflies with Ink Refills

You can make a “flutter of butterflies” when you have the Butterfly Gala bundle (stamp set & punch) in your craft room. For this card, I showed how you can use Butterflies with Ink Refills on a “Baby Wipe” Inkpad!

Let me tell you how…

You will need a standard stamp case, or something similar, to hold your “inkpad”. Get 4-5 baby wipes & lay them “out” in the stamp case. This sample ink pad was made with Night of Navy, Mint Macaron & Bermuda Bay inks. The picture shows the baby wipes spread in single layers but the colour shows more area covered because, when I added the ink, I had the wipes folded in half! I decided later that it was better to have the wipes in a single layer over each other.

It’s usually best to try to position your stamp near the same place each time so that you’re not “muddying” the ink pad. Making an ink pad like this one with very little ink will give you lots of images for a stamp like these butterflies. You can close the stamp case but the “baby wipe ink pad” will not usually remain moist enough to use again the next day.

To coordinate with the colours used for the butterflies, I decided to use the Blending Brushes and the Masking Technique to create a coloured background strip to “house” them. The card base and the greeting are done in Bermuda Bay so everything really goes together well.

Next let’s see it in a different colour pallet…

You usually will pick colours that you feel go together and this is a great time to try different variations with very little effort. For this card, I picked Calypso Coral, Magenta Madness, and Blushing Bride. Use each colour to place an area about 2″ – 3″ wide – don’t overlap the colours but do have each one touching the next one. Make sure the inked area is large enough for the stamp you want to use.

You can see another sample of this technique here and here.

Now let’s look at how it’s made…

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