Snail Mail: Envelope Flipbook

Snail Mail: Envelope Flipbook tutorial
Difficulty:
low
Time:
many coffees

Hy dear cardmakers!!
I’m very excited and happy to share a project that has been on my mind for quite long time : a Flip book …But what does Flip Book mean?!  It’s also called “Snail Mail” or “Happy Mail” and it’s basically a creative and gentle way to share gifts and ideas with other crafters and learn from them!

The flipbook’s main elements are:

  • a letter-to send a message to your new friend
  • a tag –to ask any questions that the Pen Pal can answer when sending his/her Flip book
  • the goodies– some little extra gifts that the Pen Pal can use for his/her creations

There are so many layouts that you can use for your Flip Book…this time round I began with the inner elements and then built the structure around them..

Materials:

  • Paper Pack “Pink Cotton Candy” of ModaScrap
  • Bazzill craft, sweetheart, white vellum, slipper, blossom, white
  • Stamps and dies “Puppies Girl” and “Puppies Boy” of ModaScrap
  • Die “True Love” of ModaScrap
  • Die “Love, Life Tag” of ModaScrap
  • Die “circles” 657551 of Sizzix
  • Die “circles scallop” 657552 of Sizzix
  • ” Dimensional domes” 663559 of Sizzix
  • Matte Shrink film
  • colored pencils
  • Page protector clear
  • Fuse tool
  • Impronte d’ Autore Cutter
  • Cutter and scissors
  • Double-sided tape 0,5 cm and 1 cm / 3D foam double-sided tape
  • Versafine and StazOn nero
  • Gloss clear

First of all, with a black StazOn, I stamped all the little characters from my “Puppies Girl” and “ Puppies Boy” sets on a polishrink matte film. I waited a few minutes to allow the stamps to dry and then used my pencils to add some colour (you don’t need to spend too much time on this exercise as the colours will become much brighter once the firing stage has been completed).

It’ s very important to wait few minutes and after die-cutting them, I put them on a baking tray previously covered with some baking paper in a pre-heated oven  at 170°  just for a few minutes

It’s a very fascinating process:  You will see your little characters curling up and shrink by approx the 60% of their original size and then they flatten up again. Once they have turned flat (it takes around 2 minutes) I took them out the oven and flatten them up using a meat hammer. The polishrik does cool down pretty quickly hence you’ll need to act fast 🙂

I then applied the clear gloss to give them a nice polish and I let them dry overnight.

The following day, I die-cut some small circles on the patterned paper and I applied them on the clips, I used a all-purpose glue in order to stick my little character.

I suggest you test the glue first as it could ruin your paper if too strong.

I made a mini shaker with the little polishrink ladybird, a dimensional dome and some pink mini beads.

To make the card, I die-cut one of the “True Love” set’s hearts on the top center, I made a couple of holes for a white twine to run through and I stepped it with pink brads.  I added some foamed double sided tape at the bottom to give the heart a 3D effect.
I die-cut the Bazzill with the “Love Life Tag” and “True Love” hearts dies. I decorated my tags with the same stamps I used with the polishrink
I prepared a tag with the clear page protector and sealed it using the fuse tool as per picture
I put the little hearts together with a number of writings taken from the Paper pack set into a clear bag and closed it off with a nice washi tape. I added some self-adhesive buttons to give my goodies a more personal touch

The Structure

I cut a 30x26cm rectangle out of a “Cotton Candy” sheet by Paper Pack and scored the longer side at 6cm-16cm-17cm respectively as well as the shorter side at 6cm-22cm


I made some incisions as per picture
I cut a 21x16cm rectangle out of another Paper Pack sheet and I scored it on the longer side at 1cm-2cm-12cm
I jointed the shapes together with te double sided tap and the Nuvo glue
I used the craft for the matting
I then placed my card in the middle and added 2 little side pockets to hold the tags
I  cut out some writings from a Paper Pack’s sheet e displayed them as per picture
I closed off my card with a strip of patterned paper and applied my ladybird dome shaker

Et Et voila’ our Flip Book is done- hope you like it!!

kiss kiss

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