Happy Monday, Pinkfresh friends! Yasmin, here sharing a fun fold inspiration card with an “Arch Florals Bendy” look using the Arch Florals Stamp, Arch Florals Stencil, and Arch Florals Die for the floral touch. Also, I used the Nested Arches Die and Nested Arches Hot Foil to add the card’s arched frame for the front and back. Along with these sets, I used the Geo Tiles Hot Foil plate and Simple Plaid Stencil Set to add a geometric and glimmering look. And last but not least, I used the Stamp Press Tool for the stamping, and 1/2 Blending Brush Set, 1/4 Blending Brush Set + PFS- Inks to add pops of colors to the flowers and leaves. So, without further ado, let’s jump right into the step-by-step for how I made it.
Therefore, I began by placing an A2-size white card panel inside the stamping tool, and then I lined over it the floral stamp image included in Arch Florals Stamp. Next, I got the floral stamp stamped over the card panel using embossing ink and the Stamp Press Tool for a better impression. But before the stamping step, I would like to mention that I added a generous amount of embossing powder tool to the card panel to remove any static because, after the stamping, I added the gold embossing step to the stamped floral images.
Next, after getting the stamping step completed, I used the stencils included in Arch Florals Stencil along with some of the mini brushes included in the 1/2 Blending Brush Set and 1/4 Blending Brush Set + the following ink hues to add pops of colors to the flowers and leaves: Peach Fuzz Ink, Apricot Ink, Sweet Mustard Ink, Grassy Knoll Ink, and Olive Ink. Thus, as soon as I had finished inking up the florals, I used the coordinating die included in Arch Florals Die to cut out the floral stamped image from the cardstock, and then I set the die-cutting pieces aside.
After putting the floral die-cutting pieces aside, I used the hot foil plates included in Nested Arches Hot Foil to get the medium-sized arch hot foil plate stamped over two A2-size white card panels. As for the hot foil stamping process, I used the Glimmer Hot Foil System and Glimmer Hot Foil Roll-Polished Brass. So, soon after that, I got the hot foil stamping step completed, I put one of the hot foil stamped panels aside, and then I used the die-cut machine and the fourth and third-to-last dies from small to large included in Nested Arches Die to die-cut the hot foil stamped arched frame from the card panel and also two more from plain white cardstock to add dimension to it. Next, I used the large die from those I used to cut out the frame to die-cut the hot foil stamped arched image from the other card panel.
Once I had finished the die-cutting steps for the hot foil stamped arched pieces, I put them aside. Meanwhile, I started to create the fun fold card base. Thus, for the card base, I used four A2-size white card panels that said, I left two of the four card panels plain white while, I got the other two inked up using Peach Fuzz Ink and stencil #1 from the Simple Plaid Stencil Set.
So, right after that, I had finished adding the stenciling effect to the card panels; I placed each of them over the scoreboard tool to trace over each of them a scoring line right at the 2-1/8 point mark. Thus, after adding the scoring lines to the stenciling panels, I added the scoring lines too to the plain white panels. Then, I folded over each panel and reinforced the folds using the side of the Teflon bone folder to get crisp folds. And once I got that step done, I glued the folds back-to-back, one hot foil stamped fold to one of the stenciling folds so both folds could join the center more than the edges. Next, I repeated the same step for the other folds, and so on, until I got all four sides glued together.
In the image above, you can see how the folds look from a side view. Then from here, I continued to get the fun fold card base embellished. So, to do that, I proceeded to add a glimmering touch to the plain white sides, and for the hot foil stamping, I used Geo Tiles Hot Foil plus, once again, Glimmer Hot Foil Roll-Polished Brass for a cohesive hot foil stamping look.
Thus, after getting the hot foil stamping step done on two A2 size card panels, I trimmed down each card's background using the paper trimmer and following the frame that the plate added them. Then, I got them cut right in the center, but due to the folds in the center area, I had to trim off 1/16 of the inch from the center parts on each piece while keeping in mind the design for a continuous background look.
Moving on, after getting the pieces trimmed down a bit smaller, I got each of them glued down to their corresponding side to the front and back sides of the card base.
As for the bendy effect, I went ahead to trim down two pieces of white cardstock using the paper trimmer to W 4-3/4 X H 5.0 inches. Then, I placed each of the cardstock pieces over the scoring board tool to trace over a scoring line on each side at 1/2 of an inch point mark. Next, I folded over the scoring lines inward and added liquid glue to the back sides to get it glued down in the center of the back side of the fun fold card base. However, to get that piece glued down, I want to mention that it's crucial to flatten the card completely while getting it glued together so that once you let go of the card base pop-up, it could create a bendy effect on the backside.
After getting the backside piece glued, I repeated the same steps, but this time I took a step forward to add a die-cutting window to the cardstock piece that goes in the front. So, to do that, I used the die-cutting machine along with the large die I used previously to die-cut the arched window. Thus, I lined up the die right in the center of the cardstock piece and passed them through the die-cut machine. Next, I moved on to get the backside of the folds glued to the fun fold card base, but once again, I assure to flatten the card base before getting it glued over.
After I had added the bendy effect to the front side of the fun fold card base, I moved on to get the hot foil-stamped frame glued down over the die-cutting window. However, I only added liquid glue to its upper and lower center parts to get the center glued over the arched die-cutting window. You can see in the image above how the edges are hanging free of any adhesive to let the bendy effect pop even more.
Here is one more image for you to see how much dimension the arched frame adds to the bendy effect by getting it glued to the center part of the die-cutting arched frame.
Speaking about dimension, to add the floating effect to the card sentiment, I created a paper spring with a small piece of white cardstock. The cardstock piece’s measurements are the following W 4.0 x 1/2 inches. Then scored at 1/2, 1.0, 1-1/2, 2-1/2, 3.0, and 3-1/2. Folded over in the way shown in the image above and glued down to the center part of the folded card background through the center part of the arched window to create a pop-up effect.
Lastly, after getting the paper spring into place to add the pop-up effect, I needed something to hold the card sentiment into place. So, I used the smaller arched die from the set to die-cut an arch, and then I got it glued down over the pop-up piece. Next, I got glued the card sentiment over it. By the way, I used one of the card’s sentiments from the stamp set alongside its coordinating die to get it stamped, heat embossed, and die-cutting from white cardstock.
As you can see in the image above, the die-cutting window and the mounted frame add more dimension to the front than the backside.
As for the backside, I kept it simple, so I flattened the card base once again to get the backing of the other hot foil stamped and solid arched frame that I die-cut at the beginning of this blog post glued down to the backside of the bendy effect.
Next, I used the smaller floral image from the stamping and layered stenciling to embellish the lower right corner of the arched frame.
Lastly, to finish the card, I used the large die-cutting floral image to get the upper left side of the die-cutting arched frame embellished. Also, I used the medium size to get the lower right corner.
And, with that said, thank you so much for stopping by. We hope you have enjoyed reading the step-by-step for how I’ve made this fun fold inspiration card with an “Arch Florals Bendy” look using an array of beautiful products by Pinkfresh Studio. And, if you get inspired by today’s project, don’t forget to tag us @pinkfreshstudio and use #pinkfreshstudio so we can see your projects. Also, don’t forget to stop by our Instagram feed to see this card in action when we share it in our reels. Happy crafting, and much love to you and yours!