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2015-2017 In Color Sneak Peek & Pop-out Swing Card

Stampin' Up! is known for our color coordination -- and for freshening up our colors each year with a set of five new In Colors. We always have two sets of five going at a time, with one set rotating off each year. So here is a look at the new Fab Five that will be around through 2017 starting June 2.


The image has the color names right on each card (and that butterfly is another sneak peek from the new catalog that goes live along with the new colors on June 2). There's only one way to get these new colors before June 2 and that's as a demonstrator because we can preorder them to be ready for June. If you're interested in the Demonstrator opportunity, click here to learn more. And get in touch with me if you want information on how you can even include the new In Colors and a selection of other new catalog items in your demonstrator starter kit. To do that you need to get in touch via the email button or leave a comment.

Now on to a fun fold card idea.


I've seen this called the Pop-out Swing Card, Z-Fold Pop Out card and probably a couple of other names. I decided to make one (with my own added variation) after it was a weekly project idea through the wonderful Stamping School. And I had also seen the idea through fellow demonstrator Julie Davison and Dawn Griffith who both shared videos for the basics of the card. (If you watch their videos, just know that I used different measurements for my insides and will share those below).

It's a fairly simple concept: a z-fold insert inside the card has a small panel attached that sticks through the hole you die-cut in the front.


What I added was the red arrow on the left side of the focal point: it serves the important job of encouraging the panel with the tree to stay outside of the hole. Trust me, it made a huge difference to add that tab in the operation of the card. And the little Candy Dot embellishment on the arrow calls just the right attention to it's role: it almost says "pull here."


You can see how the inside parts can simply come out so the arrow tab helps it arrive -- and be opened -- properly with that panel sticking through the hole.


Here's the arrow doing its job.


I can see making this at Christmas with a punched or die cut small snowflake as my added tab. A circle would also work great -- any shape basically that you attach behind the front panel or even on top of it so that it overlaps the left side of the card front.

Here are my measurements:

- Crumb Cake card base: 8 1/2" by 5 1/2" folded in half. The die cut square hole uses the 6th square out from the middle of Stampin' Up's square framelits set. (It's a little bit over 3 1/4")

- Chocolate Chip panel: 3 1/4" square

- White Front panel: 3" square

- Inside folded card: 6" wide by 5 1/4" tall - scored at 2" and 4"

This is a fun card and I love the Sheltering Tree set that is the focal point. It comes with beautiful script style words, but for the sample in this post I used words from the set Guy Greetings. I love trees for masculine cards, but it's an easy card style to use with other focal point images on that front square and inside.