(I know, long time not posting, but I’m here now.) My topmost favorite card to make is one with a secret, and I learned it a long time ago at the Stampin’ Up 2003 Annual Convention in Las Vegas from a shoebox swap. The name of the original demonstrator who swapped it has long since disappeared from my computer, but I would love to give credit. (Edited to add: Yay! Lydia Fiedler contacted me to say she was the original demonstrator – you can find her awesome creations on her website).
On February 18, 2015, I was tickled to see a similar version as a new tutorial by Norma Lee on the Splitcoaststampers website. Norma’s tutorial creates a square 5.5 inch card; the one I learned in 2003 was for an A2 size.
My A2 card front looks like it has a normal window to the inside of the card.
However, when the card is opened, a hidden panel slides from behind and a different image pops through the window on the INSIDE of the card. Totally cool, huh?
Here’s a top down view of the card. Two pieces of cardstock are adhered together on their right edges, the cardfront hidden flap is then free to slide into place from the left.
Norma Lee’s tutorial (on the Splitcoaststampers website) is a marvelous step-by-step photo tutorial plus she included a video. Her larger 5.5 inch square card allows a much larger aperture for the two window images – my A2 card size is limited to a 1 3/8 inch window. Her aperture is created with dies – my aperture is created with a 1 3/8 square punch.
Instructions for the A2 size card
(remember this is from 2003 and I didn’t do step-by-step photos like Norma – if you want me to do step-by-steps, leave a comment)
1 3/8 inch square punch
2 1/2 inch scalloped square punch (or similar decorative edge)
12 to 18 inch ribbon, fiber, or twine
Two pieces of neutral cardstock
– 5 1/2 in by 11 in, scored at 3 1/2 in and 7 in (cardbase)
– 5 1/2 in by 6 1/8 in, scored at 4 1/4 in (cardfront)
Three pieces of square complementary colored cardstock
– 2 1/2 in by 2 1/2 in
One piece of scrap colored cardstock (this will be the punch template) – 3 1/2 in wide by 5 1/2 in tall (position the 1 3/8 inch square punch at the “top” of the template, centered from side to side, and push the square punch in as far as it will go, and punch out a square)
- Using the template from the supplies list above, place the template (with the square window at the top) in the 3 1/2 inch center panel of the long piece of cardstock (the cardbase) and punch out a 1 3/8 inch square. You should have a three panel cardbase with the center panel having a square window.
- Set aside the punch template and using YOUR center panel as the template, fold the center panel back onto the left panel and punch a square through the 3 1/2 inch left panel of the cardbase. (By using your center panel instead of the punch template, you will more closely match the two openings.) You should have a three panel cardbase with the left and center panels having square windows.
- Fold the cardbase with a valley fold between the left and center panels, then a mountain fold between the center and right panels (see fourth photo above). The cardbase front should open like a book, showing two 3 1/2 inch panels both with square windows (see third photo above) – the 4 inch panel is folded behind the cardbase on the right edge. Close the cardbase and stamp an image through the window to that back panel.
- Punch window frames from the 2 1/2 inch squares of cardstock. Open the cardbase and adhere one window frame to the window on the inside right of the cardbase (do not frame the inside left window at this time), then stamp as desired on the inside panels (see third photo above).
- Now on to the cardfront. Turn the 5 1/2 inch by 6 1/8 inch cardstock (the cardfront) so the skinny panel is on the left and the 4 1/4 inch panel is on the right with a mountain fold between (see fourth photo above). Stamp the 4 1/4 inch panel but leave a blank area where the window will be punched.
- To adhere the cardfront to the cardbase ON THEIR RIGHT EDGES, fold the cardbase so all you see is the undecorated top panel and your main stamped image through the opening. Put adhesive around all four edges of the top panel and around the square window opening. Carefully position the cardfront with the skinny panel on the left and match up the RIGHT edges of the two pieces. The flap should be sticking out on the left (see fourth photo above).
- To punch square window in cardfront, turn over the joined card (keep the skinny panel out of the way) and using the inside left of the card as a template, punch through the square to the top layer. Adhere a window frame around the cardfront opening, then another window frame (if desired) on the inside left window opening.
- To stamp hidden image, fully open the card and stamp through the window onto the little flap that slid into position. If the flap didn’t slide, check the fourth photo above for the correct placement of the flaps.
- If ribbon desired, wrap around the card as shown in the fourth photo above. Make sure to test that the hidden panel slides into place successfully.