Monday, August 30, 2021

Tower Flap Card.

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1. For the base card cut cardstock 5.5" x 7.5".

2. On the long side score and fold at 1.75", 3.5", 5.25", 7".

3. Using extra strong d.s. tape place a strip along the half inch edging and adhere to the other edge to form a tube shape as shown below. Base shape is now complete and can be placed to one side.
Tube shape

Looking down tube from the top.
4. You now need to cut base card and two design papers in the following amounts. For the purposes of this tutorial  I am using a base card the same  colour as the tube card, a Floral design which I am calling (A) and a Stripe design which I am calling (B). Using your own choice of papers you will need the following:

12 of the base card cut to 1.75" x 3.5"

8 of design paper (A) cut to 1.5" x 3.25"
4 of design paper (B) cut to 1.5" x 3.25"

4 of design paper (A) cut to 1.25" x 3"
8 of design paper (B) cut to 1.25" x 3"

8 of design paper (A) cut to 1.5" x 1.5" sq.
4 of design paper (B) cut to 1.5 x 1.5" sq.

4 of design paper (A) cut to 1.25" x 1.25" sq.
8 of design paper (B) cut to 1.25" x 1.25" sq.

As you can see you are reducing  the sizing down  by .25" smaller.

4. Here you can see the the piles laid out ready for adhering together.

and below showing attached and in the two colourways of
8 Srtipe on top paper (B)
4 floral design on top paper (A)

5. Here you can see the four stacks of cardstock that you should end up with ready to start adhering to your card base.  .
8  (A) floral oblongs with (B)  stripe on top
8 (A) floral squares with (B) stripe on top
4 (B)  stripe oblongs with (A) floral on top
4 (B) stripe squares with (A) floral on top

6. You are now ready to start attaching to the base card. The squares can be placed to one side for the moment as we will start with the oblongs. I always use double sided tape for my sticking down as I can't get on with using glue but you use which ever you prefer  or a tape runner. N.B.  The peg is there for identification only and to hold the base down flat whilst adhering. 

Take 2 oblongs from your stack of 8 and 1 oblong from your stack of 4 and place down the side of the base tube as shown.

7. Using your prefered way of attaching/glueing  you are only adhering to one half  side of the oblong as the sequence of pictures below shows.
Place the top and bottom oblongs first by lining up to the score line next to the peg and to the top and bottom of the tube and adhere down , away from the peg.

8. I have watched a lot of youtube videos for this card shape where the measurements have the 3 oblongs butted right up to each other with no margin for error. By me giving you an extra allowance on the tube shape you now have a space for wiggle room and if your cutting is not precise it will not show up and the cards will not bind as the card is turned round.  Align your middle card up in the space left but this time attach towards the peg as shown in the photos below.

9. Turn your base tube to the next blank side panel  and repeat as above always placing the middle oblong in the opposite direction to the other two. 

10. Turn  tube to the third blank panel and again repeat the same procedure as above. 

11. When you get to the fourth panel you won't be able to lay the tube down flat until you have attached the top and bottom panels. To do this stand your tube upright  and using a peg as shown for placement adhere in place.

Top and bottom.
12. You can now lay the tube down flat again and adhere the last centre oblong
placing where shown below and making sure you attach going in the right direction. i.e half covering the oblong already adhered. Natural reaction is to stick covering up all of the blank base card. If you do your card will not open up.  Ask me how I know that!! 

13. You are now ready to adhere the small squares to the blank spaces that are left on each row. 

14. The stack of eight will go top and bottom and the stack of four round the middle row. 

15. Your card is now completed and ready to finish decorating as you require. 

1 comment:

Susan Renshaw said...

Just WOW! Can't wait to have a go!