Happy Birthday Lever Card

I have been thinking about unique fold cards lately. When I saw a lever card sample, I knew I needed to make one! The small square on the front panel swings to display on the inside of the card. I’m using Altenew products today to create this sparkly card with Curious Metallic Cryogen White Cardstock. It has a little shimmer and is gorgeous when colored with alcohol inks! It appears they may be out of the Curious Metallic but they have several others that would be a great substitute such as several Metallic Sparkly Bright White Cardstock.

Create the Bases

Start with an 8.5 x 11 inch piece of the cardstock cut in half to make 2 5.5 by 8.5 inch pieces. Select the shape for the front that will become the level. I originally attempted to use an oval opening, but centering the oval proved to be a challenge.

Score one piece in the center. Die cut the opening, making sure it is centered.

Score the front and the back in the center. Only score to the top and the bottom of the front piece as the lever needs to be unscored. You can do this by marking exactly where the open is. Next is the die cutting process. You will want to position the same die in the center of the front panel. You only want to partially cut the opening by placing the edge of the top cutting plate to meet the score line in the center of the die.

Decorate the panels

For the outside front, choose a stencil. I used Altenew’s Elegant Swirls Stencil. Use Post It Tape on the back side right up against the fold to prevent color from staining the back. Choose your color and ink blend over the top of the stencil.

Stamp the floral image from the Peony Scrolls Stamp set using Black Pigment Ink. Be sure the image is dry before you color with Alcohol Inks. I like to use my heat tool to be sure.

Stamp and color the same bloom on the inside of the card. Stamp the sentiment on the front of the card, and chose another one for the inside. These sentiments are from Altenew’s Sincere Greeting set.

Assemble the Card

You should have 3 pieces, the small square with the flower, The outside with the square opening and the center with the level card area.

Be sure the inside piece is folded so you have a Valley, Mountain and then another Valley. Use red tape or another strong tape to attach the pieces. You are only attaching the first and last 1/4 of the panel.

Once the panels are in place, be sure the small square fits in the opening and is able to swing freely. You may need to trim the pieces. Attach it to the front.

I hope you enjoyed my post today! Be sure to check out CutCardStock. They carry a large selection of paper, envelopes and supplies! There is a tutorial for Lever Cards on Splitcoast Stampers under the tutorial section.

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