Spellbinders Expandable Butterfly Tri Fold Card

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This workshop will show how to create an intricate tri fold card using the butterfly expandable Spellbinder die. It could easily be made into a night light shade but I would recommend the battery version rather than a naked flame.

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Here is a close up of the glassine scalloped flowers complete with the dazzler centres.

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Click Below for a Printable A4 Worksheet

Butterfly Tri Card Workshop

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Shopping List

Grand Calibur Die Cutting Machine : WIZCAL

Spellbinders Butterfly Magic Expandable Die : WIZS5-153

Spellbinder Classic Scalloped Die : WIZS4-124

Creative Expressions Beaded Elements A5 Stamp Plate : UMBEADED

Ranger Clear Resist Ink Pad : CRPAD

Perfect Medium: Clear- PERPADCL or Perfect Black Medium : PERPADBLK

Cosmic Shimmer Embossing Powder : Lilac Apple Aurora : CSEPLIL

Creative Expressions Non Stick Craft Sheet CRAFTSHEET

Cut `n` Dry Foam : FOAMCUT

A4 Metallic Vintage Gold Card : 40984

Coconut White 220 gsm A4 Card Stock : 40980

  Tim Holtz Walnut Stain Distress Ink Pad : DPWALNUT

Dazzlers Light Brown : DAZBRWN

Reversible Ribbon : BM904

Tim Holtz Glassine Paper : TH92916

Wonder Tape  WH2, WH4, WH8 or WH10 are available

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Step by Step Instructions

1 Take a sheet of the A4 gold card & place the butterfly die up to the top left hand corner of the card, leaving a small edge around the top & side of the die. Secure the die in place before cutting through the Grand Calibur machine. You may need to run the die 2-3 times through the GC.

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2 Score a line on the right hand side of the cut die shape & place the die in a similar position leaving the same border around the die. Secure the die in place & score another line to the right of the die & then score another line ¼” from the just scored line.

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3 Cut the panel through the GC machine, again it may need 2 or 3 passes to cut the intricate design. But it is worth it so as not to have to cut the design out freehand. Cut off the excess card on the 2nd right hand score line.

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4 Take a 2nd sheet of the gold card & place the die in the same position as in the first step, right in the left hand corner of the card. Use the already cut panel underneath to ensure the die is in the correct place. Now cut this panel out in the GC machine.

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5 Take the design ruler & a craft knife and cut out the side pieces of the die cut which are still attached. This would normally be cut out if moving the die across but in this project just 1 panel is needed.

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6 Repeat the process on all 3 panels. Place the single panel to the left hand side of the 2 piece panel & punch a small hole in the small border on both panels.

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7 Place a strip of the wonder tape on the reverse of the single panel & stick the piece onto the small scored border of the 2 panel piece.

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8 This will create the complete base of the tri fold card. Crease both panels downwards to create the shape of the card.

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9 Pass a piece of the reversible ribbon through the 2 holes & tie it into a bow.

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10 Now tie another bow to make a double bow effect to the side panel.

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11 It is optional but if you want to add bows to each side edge of the card, then place the card onto a craft mat & punch a hole through the half way point & in the side border area. Repeat this on the other side of the card.

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12  If the bow is hard to create then make a 2nd stand alone bow & stick it over the single bow. Using the reversible ribbon allows the 2 colours to be brought into the project.

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13 Stamp the border stamp from the beaded elements stamp set onto some white card using the clear or black Perfect medium ink pad or the Ranger clear resist ink pad. Place the lilac apple aurora embossing powder over the ink & heat set using a heat gun.

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14 Cut the border panels out & distress the edges of the border using the Tim Holtz distress ink pad on some cut`n`dry foam. Stick the panels to the bottom of the tri fold card using some foam tape for added dimension.

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15 Cut out 4 large, 4 medium & 4 small scallops in the Tim Holtz glassine paper.

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16 Trim on each of the scallops toward the centre of the circle making sure the centre is left uncut.

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17 Curl the petals up with the edge of the scissors

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18 Once the petals are curled upwards hold the flower in the palm of your hand & curve the flower up further.

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19 Stick the 2 largest petals together & start to build up the petals using the descending size flowers as you complete to design. Add a dazzler to the centre of the flower to complete the piece.

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20 Take a piece of the reversible ribbon & stick a 1cm piece of the 3mm wonder tape on the end of the ribbon (a wet glue could be used instead).

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21 Loop the ribbon over & stick the ribbon to the tape. Trim off the excess ribbon to make the finished loop. Make 4 small loops & 2 larger loops for the finished project.

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22 Wrap 3 loops of the vintage ribbon around your hand & knot the ribbon to make a shabby bow. Place this on the corner of front panel of the card.

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23 Stick the glassine flowers over the shabby bow. A 3d glue has been used for this & then tuck the ribbon loops into the glue to complete the project.

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24 Here is a close up of the flowers with the dazzler centres & the ribbon which complements the tied panels of the tri fold card. Why not try different colour combinations.

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2 Responses to Spellbinders Expandable Butterfly Tri Fold Card

  1. Paper Junkie says:

    This is just stunning Suzanne – love the glassine flowers too. Just bought the botanical swirls expandable die. I will definately be giving this project a try with it. X

  2. Jackie Durrant says:

    A really nice project, thank you for sharing

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