Continuing on with the amazing Take to the Sky Suite I have combined a couple of old ideas. Let’s take a popular fun fold style card and combine it with an old scrapbook/junk journal closure technique. This surprisingly easy card will appeal to any one who loves a bit of interaction.


Adventurous Sky Stamp Set
Adventurous Sky Die Set (optional)
Take to the Sky Designer Series Paper
Wanted to Say Dies
Copper Clay Card Stock
Basic White Card Stock
Night of Navy Stampin Pad
A small paper clip
Copper Clay Twine
Multipurpose Liquid Glue
Tear & Tape
Paper Trimmer
Cut and Emboss Machine


Cut a card base, 27.9cm x 14cm (11″ x 5-1/2″) from the Copper Clay Card Stock. Score at 8.6cm (3-3/8″) and again at 19.4cm (7-5/8″).

Using the Take to the Sky Designer Series paper cut two rectangles 8.6cm x 14cm (3-3/8″ x 5-1/2″).

Cut a card liner, 10.3cm x 13.5cm (4″ x 5-1/4″) from the basic white card stock.

For the closure you will need an additional strip of card stock 2.5cm x 12.5cm (3/4″ x 5″). It can easily be cut from the left overs from cutting the card base. I also want to point out that this size is arbitrary and not a set size, this size will fit a medium sized paper clip. If you use a larger or smaller clip the size will change but hopefully this size listed will give you a starting place to make adjustments.

For the tag, cut out the tag from the Take to the Sky Designer Series Paper. Using a hole punch punch out the circle at the top.

Lay your card base down on your work surface. On each end measure down from the top 2.5cm (1″) and measure up from the bottom 2.5cm (1″). you will be cutting away the top and bottom corners. Left is a photo, if it is not large enough to see you can click on it to make it larger. It is not really necessary to mark out the cutting lines, I did it here to help you visualize where to cut. It is easier to place the card stock in your paper trimmer aligning the mark and the place where the fold meets the top (or bottom) of your card stock.

After you have cut away the triangles place your card face down on your work surface. Align one edge of one of the pieces of Designer Series paper with the score line on the right and using removeable tape or a post-it note tape it down. (See Photo) Repeat on the other side.

Turn the card over and trace the edges of the card stock. You will be marking where to cut away the Designer Series Paper. Now cut away the rectangles so the edges of the Designer Series Paper match the edges of your card.

At this point you could just glue the Designer Series Paper down to the card ‘fronts’. However I think it looks nicer if you trim off 2cm to 3cm (1/8″) off all of the sides of the Designer Series Paper. To create a layering effect. This is actually very easy to do.

If you are using a guillotine style paper trimmer just trim each side matching the 3cm or 1/8″ marks. You will have to estimate the angled sides. If you are using a Stampin Up Paper Trimmer align the edge of your paper to the edge of the dark side of the ruler (just to the other side of where the blade will cut. This is not actually a mark but will yield a trim of 3cm (1/8″), see photo left.

Once each side is trimmed glue the Take to the Sky Designer Series Paper pieces to the fronts of your card. See the photo above of the finished card.

I stamped a greeting onto my white card liner using the stamps from the Adventurous Sky set and the Night of Navy Stampin Pad. This liner is then glued to the center of the card base.

To make the hidden paper clip closure attach your paper clip to the left side of the strip of paper. Try to center the clip. Fold the paper up so that the larger part of the paper clip is to the inside. Fold three more times. Unfold. (See photos below)

Place double sided tape on the inside of your first fold, be sure the tape runs across the large side of the paper clip. Remove the backing from the tape and fold closed (photo above right). Place your paper clip piece down on your work surface as shown in the photos below. Fold in the right side of the paper strip. Unfold and place glue on the far right side.

Holding the left side of the strip fold the far right edge and tuck it under the paper clip. Press down so that the two right flaps are glued together over the paper clip. Allow to dry.

I decorated my hidden paper clip with the smallest stamped image of the air plane from the Adventurous Sky stamp set. This was stamped onto a scrap of basic white card stock with the Night of Navy Stampin Pad. I colored the fuselage with the Cajun Craze Water Color pencil. The wings were colored using the Basic Gray Water Color Pencil. I die cut the image but it is just as easy to fussy cut it out. The image was glued down to the hidden paper clip and attached to the front card flaps when it was dry.

To make the tag, die cut the Happy Birthday letters out of a scrap of the Copper Clay card stock. The letter background is cut from a scrap of the basic white card stock. Glue the copper letters onto the white letter background, allow to dry. Next glue the completed Happy Birthday onto the tag cut from the Designer Series Paper. To finish I looped a piece of the Copper Clay twine through the hole in the tag.

Slide the clip over the center of card where the two outside flaps cross. Push it down all the way, then slide the tag underneath.

The original design for this fun fold card and the imperial measurements come from the amazing Jackie Bolhuis. I changed the closure method and the way the Designer Series Paper is cut. If you have time, do visit the original Klompen Stampers video and give it some love. There are three other fun fold cards demonstrated in the video:

The idea of the ‘hidden paper clip’ is an old one, we used it in our scrapbooks way back when. I was delighted to see several people on YouTube using this idea (mostly for junk journals) and expanding on it. I will be using it again in the near future and will show you some other ways us oldies used paper clips back in the day, so stay tuned!

As always, thank you for reading this blog and I hope you will give this card a try. If you do please post a picture in the comments sections or on social media, you can tag me @loriothen. Wishing you a craft happy day!

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