Thursday 22 February 2024

Painted Lavender for Creativity Abounds


Welcome to a new hop from the team at Creativity Abounds. If you've not come across us before, we're a team of demonstrators from around the world who craft together to offer you ideas and inspiration. This month, our theme is 'Fun Folds.' In this hop, we'll each present you with a project along with instructions and as you hop around, you'll get ideas for 13 projects. 

In addition, we'll offer you a sneak peek of a second project that is part of the tutorial bundle that we offer as a free gift to customers who make a qualifying purchase. So if you make a purchase of $90 or more with me, I'll send you the PDF of the tutorial bundle to view at your leisure.

I'm busy enjoying the Perennial Lavender suite so I've used that to make a Fold Flat Box Card to share with you. I love the way it folds flat in the envelope then pops out to a free-standing 3D card as a surprise.

As well as the Painted Lavender bundle and Perennial Lavender DSP you will need:

For the base
  • Crumb Cake 27cm x 10.5cm (10 1/2" x 4 1/4"), scored on the long side at 14.5cm, 17.5cm, 22.5cm and 25.5cm. (5 1/2", 6 3/4",8 3/4", 10")
  • DSP 10cm x 10cm (4" x 4") (back)
  • DSP 10cm x 4.5cm  (4" x 1 3/4") (front of the bottom box)
  • Basic White 10cm x 14cm  (4" x 5 1/4")(to put on the back to write on)
For the front pop-up
  • Crumb Cake 7.5cm x 15cm (3" x 6"), scored on the long side at 10cm and 13 cm (4" and 5 1/4")
  • DSP 7cm x 9.5cm (2 3/4" x 3 3/4")
  • DSP 7cm x 2.5cm (2 3/4" x 1")
  • Basic White 7cm x 2cm for the sentiment (2 3/4" x 3/4")
  • Fluid 100 Watercolour Paper approx. 11cm x 11cm (4 1/4" x4 1/4")
  • Gorgeous Grape, Lost Lagoon and Fresh Freesia inkpads
  • Water Painters
  • Something Fancy bundle for the sentiment (or other of your choice)
  • Purple Shimmer Gems

NB: How you glue the pieces together affects how well it stands and fits in the envelope, so please follow instructions 3 and 5 carefully. When gluing, always have the card folded as if it would be going into the envelope, i.e.nothing hanging over any edge of the 10.5cm x 14.5cm section.

  1. Attach the 10cm x 10cm DSP to the top of the largest section of the base piece. It will not cover the whole area - the bottom 4.5 cm is plain.)
  2. Fold the base piece in half at the score line, so that the DSP is facing up. Attach the 10cm x 4.5cm DSP to the second section up from the fold (i.e. the one that is 10.5cm x 5cm).
  3. Put adhesive on the narrow topsection. Fold under the top two sections and press so the flap adheres to the base. When unfolded, the base should now be freestanding. Set aside.
  4. Take the narrower pop out piece and attach the DSP pieces to the corresponding sections.
  5. Attaching the two pieces
    • Take the base piece and fold it flat to a 10.5cm x 14.5cm size as if it was going into the envelope.
    • Take the pop out piece. Fold the top two sections over so that all you can see is the larger Dsp panel.
    • Turn this piece over and apply adhesive to the narrow flap.
    • Turn it back over so the DSP is facing you. Place it so that the top fold is centred and lines up with the top of the base. When you are sure it is centred and straight, press the flap section to adhere it to the base.
    • The bottom of the pop-out should be overlapping the front of the box mechanism of the base piece. Lift the flapping piece and put adhesive on the bottom 1cm. Making sure the box mechanism is flat, press the two pieces together so they adhere.
    • The card should be as it would be in an envelope and can now be opened out to stand freely.
  6. Decoration
    • Die cut from the Fluid 100 Water Color paper two of the foliage dies and 2 of the die that cuts two lavender stems.
    • Use the water painters to paint the foliage in Lost Lagoon. Then use Fresh Freesia, with touches of Gorgeous Grape, to colour the lavender. You can use touches of Lost Lagoon to colour the stems.
    • Arrange the lavender as desired on the front pop-up panel. You may need to trim the length.
    • Stamp your desired sentiment in Gorgeous Grape, then die cut. I have used the Something Fancy bundle but you could use whatever you like.
    • Attach the sentiment with dimensionals. Finish off with three Purple Fine Shimmer Gems.
  7. The large white panel can be decorated as desired and attached to the back of the box card for messages. 

If you would rather watch the assembly of the card, I have a video tutorial for a card of the same style but using different materials that you can watch here.

Here's a sneak peek at my other fancy fold card that is included in the Creativity Abounds Fancy Folds tutorial, which will be free with a qualifying purchase of $90 or more. 

If you like to receive the tutorial package but don't live in New Zealand, you can visit the demonstrators in the team from your area. Here we all are:

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Here's the blog roll so you can get even more ideas to fuel your creativity.


  1. Beautiful card Jan. Love the fold.So pretty.

  2. Beautiful Jan - this fold is a lovely way to showcase those vertical lavender stems. Loving all of the purples in this suite!

  3. So pretty! And thanks for the measurements!

  4. Love your card and how you watercolored the pieces! It's beautiful.