Friday, 8 June 2018

Secret Card...

Happy Friday,

I promised I would share this card this week and forgot sorry!  This is the pop open card I showed on the Hochanda shows a couple of weeks ago.

I started by making ab background using the Bee Balm background by cutting it 4 times in each corner of a square piece of card.  I cut away the extra card in the centre ( using this to make a large square does not make a neat panel) I then backed this with the Crafts Too Linen card in Violet adding gems in the centre of each flower.

Next I made the centre panel by cutting a square of the linen card in lilac to 41/2 inches ( the measurement of the edge off the largest bee balm "oval")  I then cut the filigree die four times with the outline die in white card and then just the outline 4 times in the lilac.  Using removable tape, as it has excellent flexibility, i taped each panel to one edge of the square.  I then added a further backing to each panel to hide the tape with a white background cut with the smaller die in the set.  I simply then added another square over the top to hide the workings and give the panels strength.

I decorated the inside using the sentiment from the small butterflies set with a few butterflies cut in white and the violet.

I finished with layers of the white, violet and lilac to make a large 8"x8" card where the front panels can be tucked into each other to keep the sentiment ( or a secret message if you like) contained.

JND Bee Balm Background die
JND Bee Balm Ovals
JND Small Butterflies
Crafts Too Linen Card - Violet, Lilac and White



  1. Morning John, a very unusual card with a secret message inside is excellent and lovely colours of card too.
    Nancyd xx

  2. Hello John, this card is gorgeous, love the idea of a hidden message, always something to surprise the recipient with. Have a great day everyone. Bx

  3. Morning John, wow super duper card today, I like this idea very much, now that I have got all the bee balm collection I can try this out myself.

    Stay safe, healthy and happy, hugs, June Smith xxx

  4. Hi John.
    Thank you a brilliant card.
    Take care and have fun Kitty.

  5. Lovely card John. Thank you for the instructions.
    Annette x

  6. Hi John
    A lovely card and idea.
    B xx

  7. Lovely design, gorgeous. Xxx

  8. This is a lovely idea which looks so effective. Also it’s not as deep a card so good for posting.

  9. Clever So clever and as others have said it has lots of dimension but once folded is relatively flat for posting

  10. Hi John. Brilliant idea. SueL x

  11. What a great card, John.

    Anne (Northampton)

  12. Hello John,
    What a super idea, it makes a totally different card.
    love Maureen x

  13. Hello John,
    Love this one! Aren’t you clever! We knew that though!
    Many thanks,
    Love Myra x

  14. Lovely card John and as Myra says you are very clever. Think I could struggle making this one but will give it a try. Take carexxx

  15. Beautiful card John, you are clever.
    Great card for someone special as it would take a while to make!

  16. Hi John oh what a lovely card such a brilliant idea to include a secret message I love it!

  17. Hi John,I absolutely love this idea and I think the card is beautiful.Have a great week end,stay healthy and happy
    Lots of Love Barbara D xxx

  18. Hi John. What a great idea to put a secret message on the front of the card. Love it.


  19. Oh John this is a stunning card I just love it and the way it opens up is fab. Those dies are gorgeous. Have a great weekend I bet you are busy. Take care. Hugs Jackie

  20. This was THE card on Hochanda the other day. I loved the way it folds up and then opens to reveal the sentiment. Very successful.
    Have a great weekend,
    Stephanie K

  21. Stunning card with a surprise!

  22. Marie P. from Longridge9 June 2018 at 11:03

    Beautiful card John and the colours are so appealing. Thank you for sharing.
    Marie P.