Friday, 12 May 2017

Oh look it's an ATC...with a twist.

Hola mis amigas!
The twist and pop card has been floating around for awhile now and they are brilliant! I wasn't particularly keen on the all inclusive fold as I felt this weakened the card base and got in way way of my clean lines.
TOP TIP: Take a permanent pen and mark your scoreboard all the way down each groove at 1 inch intervals. This allows you to line up diagonal score lines with ease. So here's a small variation which gives me the finish I'm after.
To make the card base, the pop out base and the mechanism which enables the twisting motion you need three pieces of cardstock. For the purpose of this tutorial I have used a black fineliner on the score lines.
Card blank will be 5.75" x4". You need a 11.5" x 4"piece of card, scored on the long side at 5.75", put to one side.
For the pop up card piece. You need a 10" x 3.5" piece of card, score at 2.5", 5" and 7.5". First fold is valley, then  mountain, then valley.
For the mechanism that enables the twisting motion. You need an 8" x 3.5" piece of cardstock. Score at 1.75" on the short side. Rotate 90 degrees and make a very light pencil mark at 2.25", 5,75" top and bottom. 
Lining up the corresponding dots up score to make a cross. You will now have a score line all through the middle and a cross.
Going over with a fineliner so you can see the score lines. 
The centre score line is a mountain fold. 
The criss-crosses need to be valley folds. 
It will then naturally fold into a shape which resembles a little house. 
You now need to use super sticky red tape on both sides like this and set aside. 
Before you add the mechanism, you need to add your matt and layers on the inside of your card. For this card my layers are just under 6" x 4" and then 5.75" x 3.75".
now take your mechanism (the piece with double sided tape) and line it up just under the crease in your card base directly in the centre at 2". I've used a ruler to ensure precision. I then peeled off and stuck down the mechanism like this:
Take off the backing to the sticky tape and then fold the card base closed to adhere. Use a bone folder to strengthen the adhesion. 
Then open and voila! Your mechanism is completed. You may think this takes a long time but in reality it's only a few minutes once you get the hang of the folds. 
Now you take your pop up card piece which measures 3.5" x 10" and once again use a ruler for precision. Lie this directly on top of your flattened mechanism and line up the folds to meet at 2" directly in the centre of the card. 
Take a pencil (don't worry it will be hidden) and mark an x in the top right square and bottom left square. Using the side of the folded pop up card piece draw a line in the top right and bottom left (to form a square). Remove the pop up card base and put aside. 
Now you will have 2 x's inside 2 squares.
 In those pencilled squares that you made add double sided sticky tape, ensuring you stay within yout pencilled mark. 
Lining up the folds at the 2 inch mark and then lie completely flat and adhere to the sticky tape. 
You now have your completed card base. 
It should fold perfectly inside the card. 
All that's left to do is to decorate the inside of the card. I have used Tonic Studios new ATC dies and a stamped image and sentiment to finish off the card. 
The ATC dies fit perfectly into a twist and pop card and this was really fun to make. I added a couple stamped imaged and cut out and a few Tonic dies to complete the card.
I'm sure there are lots of variations floating around on the internet but this was the best fit for me. The Tonic Studios ATC die collection is awesome and totally versatile. Have a great weekend!
Lots of love
Jennifer xx

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