Flip it, Flip it good!

Howdy friends! Have you ever heard of a flip-flop, swing, flip it or swivel card? The idea has been around in the stamping community for ages and I have examples here (with a tutorial to make it with a paper trimmer) and here (to make it with a plastic template) but I got really excited when I saw dies to make them with fancy shaped windows. When I saw that the dies cost $30 a pop I decided that I would try to do it with the thin dies I already have. It is easy really, all you have to do is make a jig for your die-cutter and I will show you how in today’s video:

Can you imaging paying $30 for 1 die that will cut one shape in one size for a very specific kind of card? No way! I can get a set of nesting dies for less than that and 2-3 sets if they are on sale and they can be used for other things too! Now I can make a swing card in any shape and size I have a thin die for, cool huh? In the defense of the $30 Flip-It dies they are thick Movers & Shapers dies and if you were making a ton of cards the same shape and size (think wedding invites or owning a stationary business) it would be a good buy because you could cut several sheets of cardstock at once. But, for the occasional cardmaker or hobbyist I think making your thin dies work a little overtime is just fine. Oh no, I am drinking the thin die Kool-aid…I’ve crossed over to the darkside…will this insanity ever end? LOL! Thanks for stopping by and til next time happy crafting!

38 thoughts on “Flip it, Flip it good!

  1. Oh good gracious Lindsay, you are such a hoot! And for heavens sake, would you please run your cutting mats through the other way for awhile?!? If you flip them over occasionally it keeps them from warping for sure, and I personally think it keeps them from thinning in the middle which can sometimes be responsible for giving you the incomplete cuts. And if those thin dies still give you issue just run some cereal box through with it as a shim and you’ll get way better results… just my humble opinion… though I apparently use think dies way more frequently than you 😉 BTW< totally loved this video… reminiscent of the days you edited comments in text over your videos. Never too much Lindsay, I say!


  2. Lindsay, you kill me with your silly self. I love your videos and love the idea of using backugan (SP?) cards we have a few of them laying around the house not being used at the moment, Thanks for the great idea.


  3. Thanks sooo much for the great tut here, and you´re NEVER too much Linsey, that´s one of the things, we love to watch too except from all the great tips, and this is definitely one, I´m going to try out here right away, as I´ve also been hesitating to buy these dies, as they´re too much for a die, you probably wount use that much. Have a wonderful day, and loads of great fun too.


  4. OMGoodness you are a legend in your own lifetime! I am so excited about this & I haven’t even watched the video yet! Lol! 😀 I got one of the dies as a gift & think it’s great, but to be able to use the other dies I have already got, for different styles, is a total bonus. Thank you, thank you, thank you! Never too much – Go Lindsay………Go Lindsay………Go Lindsay! Lol :o) *hugs* Mo


  5. You are 1 bunch of energy…I like it…so it is never tooooooooo much!
    Thank you oh talented one for another great find and making the video


  6. Thanks for this. I have a couple of the dies I got on sale but if I could use some of the fancier shapes that will be cool. I got mine on sale. I refuse to pay 30.00 for a die. Thanks for caring for my wallet.


  7. I agree–if you are making in quantity the $30 die would be preferred because it is not faffy, no worries about placement etc. BUT–I can’t imagine rolling the die cutter 100 times or more by hand. Crazy.

    I favor punches for card making. Punches are fast. And cutting multiples with a punch is fast. I can punch 10 of the same thing in a minute or less. But if I have to roll my die through 10 times it takes much much longer. Yes, punches do take up more room. But I use them more because they are easy.

    And $30 for a single thin die —CRAZY. I wanted the flip die until I saw the price. I can afford it, but no way am I taking my hard earned money out of my pocket and putting it into theirs.

    As I commented when I watched this video on youtube: Genius. I’m so glad you are on the side of frugality.


  8. I saw that die in the catalogue too and I said the same thing – too much $$ for one die to do one thing. I was thinking there had to be a way to do it without the die…now I don’t have think about it anymore – thanks for doing that for me. I’ve done just a square swing card by cutting it out with a craft knife but so much nicer with a decorative cut. No Pokeyman cards here but I’m sure I can come up with something else.


  9. Thanks for the video and the tips for making a flip card with thin dies. I was not going to pay $30 for a die to do only this and now I can do it with the thin dies I already have…Thanks to You!


  10. Thats a great tip Lindsay. I havelooked at those dies and always said “Nah”. Now I’m glad I did. Thanks so much for sharing/


  11. Thanks for your informative funny video. I had just bought 2 yes TWO of those flip card dies but no more for now (thanks to you) I know how to make those cards myself.


  12. What’s the name of that RS company that had the horse rubber stamps for the contest last week? I want them so bad, I can use hair from my horses mane on a card. My horses are ginger and white Paints. Jan C.


  13. I made a jig today. Didn’t have the metal. Used a Ritz Cracker box. Traced my Cuttlebug B plate onto one panel and cut it out.

    Cut a second panel using the B plate as a template but made it 1.25 inches shorter, then I cut it in half.

    Taped the cut pieces onto the whole piece leaving the 1.25 inch space in the middle. A plate, B plate, jig, die facing up, card-stock, B plate. Worked perfect.

    The only issue was making sure I lined up the die in the center and that the card-stock was straight and centered. I used low tack tape to assure placement.

    That part was a bit faffy and i can see the benefit of the purchased die–you can plop it any old way on your paper and it will come out perfect.

    When I ran it through I didn’t think it had cut anything–but it had. Now that it’s worked out it will be much easier than doing it by hand.

    And better than paying $30 for one die.

    Thanks for showing us how!!!


  14. Thanks again – Almost didn’t watch this because I “thought” I knew the trick – (there is another method on you tube for making these swing cards), but of course – you have a new, better take on the process! Plus – I can’t miss that almost daily dose of super woman energy! I even got up early this am and tried to organize my craft room better.


  15. What a great idea !!! You are absolutely fabolous !! Thanks a lot for sharing all your creativity and entusiasm……love it !!!
    Hugs from SPAIN


  16. Thank you Lindsay, another fab way to make our tools work in one way for us. Always happy to find another way to use them as I have invested a bit of money in the nesting shapes! Karen x


  17. What are bakugans? Does anyone have 2 I can buy so I can make a jig? I love the flipits cards and bought 3 of them! Too expensive so this would be perfect. I make cards to send to troops overseas so these cards work great for base cards! Thanks!


      1. Thank you! I am bidding on a few on eBay so hopefully I can make my jig and won’t spend $30 on the premade ones!


  18. Fantastic. Thanks for sharing Kim, We will get together and make some. Thanks Frugal Crafter for sharing. You were so much fun to watch!


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