Poised Perfection Card Folio Tutorial

Hello, Friends!  How about a little shabby chic action on the blog today?  This Authentique Poised Perfection Card Tutorial is a perfect treat filled with sunny colors and fun interactive elements.

Ooh la la!  I love the shabby chic vibe of this wonderful paper collection!  To make this 5" x 7" top fold card folio, follow these simple steps:

  • First, use steel grey cardstock to create a 5" x 7" top fold card base with a 1/2" spine.  You can find a tutorial for doing this with one sheet of 8 1/2" x 11" paper HERE.
  • Next, cut a 4 7/8" rectangle of Poised 5.  Do not adhere it to the card base at this time.
  • Now cut a 4 7/8" x 5" panel from the reverse side of Poised 5.  Mat just the top and bottom edges with steel grey cardstock.  Center this on the first panel.
  • Then,  cut a 3" tall belly band from Poised 2.  Once again, mat just the top and bottom edges and center on the Poised 5 panel.
  • Die cut a doily, or cut a ready-made doily in half. Adhere each half above and below the belly band.
  • To add extra detail, stitch around the perimeter of these panels on your sewing machine.

Now, to create the card focal, do the following:

  • Begin by cutting a 4" square panel from Poised 2.  Double mat this on both Lemon Drop and Steel Grey cardstock.  Then stitch around the perimeter.
  • Next, back this panel with foam dimensionals or waste chipboard. Center and adhere over the doily/belly band layer.
  • Now, die cut a Stitched Oval from Poised 6. Back this with dimensionals and adhere in the center of the Poised 2 panel.
  • Then fussy cut the silhouette image from Poised 6.  Leave a little grey border around the edge as you fussy cut.  Back with dimensionals and adhere in the center of the oval.
  • Note: I tapped the flowers with Art Institute Dries Clear adhesive, then sprinkled with Art Institute Angel Dust Glitter.

For the finishing touches, follow these easy steps:

  • First, punch out all the banner letters from the Poised 12x12 Components Sheet.  Mat these on scraps of the Steel Grey and Lemon Drop cardstock.
  • Next, place foam dots on the back sides of the "B" and the "Y" pennants. Adhere these letters to the top of the card as seen in the photo.
  • Now, use adhesive to attach the corners of the "A" and "U" pennants. Back with foam dots and place as seen in the photo.
  • Then place foam dots behind the "E" and the "T" pennants.  Attach these so that they overlap the tops of the other pennants, as seen in the photo.
  • Tie 1/2" bows with some twine and adhere in the corners.
  • Then attach bitty buttons using hot glue to secure.
To finish, punch out the sentiment from the Cardstock Components sheet.  Back the bottom edge with dimensionals and adhere as seen in the photo.  Add a mini paper clip in the top right hand corner.Add a ribbon and some posies, and you are over the finish line!  

Would you like to take a peek at what's inside this pretty number?

Add a couple of pockets inside the card.  To make the side pocket on the top of the card, I simply cut my designer paper 1 3/4" wider than the card base, scored, folded and adhered the top and bottom edge. 

The side pocket holds a magnet made with the large sentiment panel from the collection.   I simply inserted a large Basic Grey Magnet between my designer papers and some cardstock, and stitched this up on the sewing machine. Top this with some ribbon and a posy.

Fill the bottom pocket with 2 little treat folios.

To make the folios,  cut cardstock scraps to measure 8 1/4" wide by 3 1/4" tall.  Score at 4 1/8" and fold.  To make the pocket inside, cut a 5 1/2" x 3" panel of paper, score at 4" and fold to create a  pocket.  If you are using a vertical image, orient the paper in portrait mode.  For a horizontal image, orient in landscape mode.  Then tuck in your treats.

These little card folios make such great gifts.  With Mother's Day and graduation creeping up, you'll have plenty of occasion to delight your friends and family with one.

I hope I've shared some tips, tricks and techniques that you can use in your own crafty adventures.  If so, I'd love to hear from you in the comment section below.

Happy crafting!

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