Fancy Fold Octopus Card

Our card club has a challenge each month and the challenge that inspired this card was: Make a card with a fancy fold.

I had never done that before, so this was an interesting and fun experiment. I couldn’t find a lot of how-to’s for fancy folded cards, so I ended up finding an example and eyeballing it until I figured out how it was made.

After making this card, I realized that these are so simple! I don’t know why people don’t make this type of card more often. Here’s how:

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1A. You need 2 normal rectangle cards(4 1/4 x 5 1/2) to start with. Trim one at an angle from the spine to about 1/3 of the way down the front edge of the card.

1B. Turn the other one around so the spine is on the right side. Trim what is now the front to match the angle of the first card. (Now you know why I drew a picture!)

2A. Score the inside of the front panel (the angled one) of each card at 2 1/8 (right in the middle).

2B. Fold the front of the card outward, like a valley.

3A. Fit the two cards together, matching the backs. If the two front panels don’t fit snuggly together, trim the edge off the back of the inner card. This will allow them to fit closer together.

3B. Glue the cards together, using your favorite adhesive. The fancy fold part of the card is now complete. All that’s left is to decorate it! Here’s how I decorated mine:

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The Octopus image comes from the Sea Street Stamp Set from Stampin’ Up.

The flags are a combination of stamped images and designer series paper cut to match. The stamps are from the retired set Setting Sail, but Banner Banter images would also work well, both are from Stampin’ Up.

The patterned papers are all from the Cherry On Top Designer Series Paper from Stampin’ Up.

The birthday hat comes from the No Bones About It Stamp Set, and there is an almost identical one in the Hello Stamp Set, both from Stampin’ Up.

The sentiment on the inside is from the Happy Birthday Everyone Hostess Stamp Set.

Other materials needed for this card: Cucumber Crush cardstock, Hello Honey, Cucumber Crush, and Watermellon Wonder ink pads, adhesive, and a white colored pencil.

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I learned a lot making this card and had a ton of fun!

Next time you make a card, challenge yourself to try making something different than you would normally make! Break away from the good old rectangle and try a fancy fold!

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You’re How Old?!

My aunt is the queen of funny birthday cards. She never goes to a birthday empty handed. She has a knack for always picking out a card perfect for the birthday boy or girl, with just the right mix of mirth and mockery. A card from her is a guaranteed side splitter.

This year, I wanted to make her a card that reminded her that she, too, was getting older.

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I created the world by stamping the world stamp from the Going Global stamp set on top of a piece of Going Places Designer Series Paper. I love how much this looks like the real globe.

The banners at the top are made from the In Color Washi Tape for 2014-2016. I wanted them to lay flat rather than follow the contours of the embossed paper below, so I adhered them to card stock first, cut them out, then attached them to the background.

I needed two different sized birthday hats for a tiny dinosaur head and a giant globe head. The former comes from No Bones About It Stamp Set, the latter comes from the Sale-a-bration Hello stamp set. They go so well together!

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Materials used:

Going Places Designer Series Paper (c) Stampin’ Up

Going Global Stamp Set (c) Stampin’ Up

Mossy Meadow Ink Pad (c) Stampin’ Up

Mossy Meadow, Hello Honey, Very Vanilla Card Stock (c) Stampin’ Up

In Color Washi Tape for 2014-2016 (c) Stampin’ Up

World Traveler Textured Embossing Folder (c) Stampin’ Up

Stampin’ Dimensionals  (c) Stampin’ Up

 

 

Poppies: Bold Outlines using the Cricut Explore Air

I love the look of bold flower outlines. Ever since seeing a sneak peek of Stampin’ Up’s Rose Wonder Thinlit Dies on Mary Fish’s blog, Stampin’ Pretty, I literally could not wait to get my hands on this die. I couldn’t even order it yet! While I waited, I decided to make my own image inspired by Rose Wonder, but using a different type of flower.

I am fortunate enough to have access to a couple of really fun art tools: Adobe Illustrator, a drawing tablet, and a Cricut Explore Air. I can use these to design my own images and cut them out. They look very similar to die cutouts and gave me the bold outlines I was looking for.

This image works well over a watercolor wash, as in the “Congratulations” card above. I especially like it over bright spring colors, like these ones:

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I didn’t stop there, though…

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I also created this birthday card, by using a layer of Pretty Petals Designer Series Paper (c) Stamping Up under a layer of vellum. The vellum softens the bold design of the paper so the shape of the poppies takes center stage.

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If you would like to create cards similar to those above and you are lucky enough to have access to a Cricut Explore Air, feel free to use my Poppies image. Just leave me a comment to let me know you used it, so I know it was appreciated! If you post an image of your card somewhere, I’d love to see what you made; please leave a link!

I’ve included the image below, full size. Just save it to your computer, then import it into Cricut’s Design Space. If you don’t know how to import images, there is a great explanation at the Sew Woodsy blog, here.

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The above cards were made using the following materials:

Basic Black Cardstock (c) Stampin’ Up (or an approximate equivalent)

Water color paper

Melon Mambo, Pumpkin Pie, Daffodil Delight Stampin’ Write Markers (c) Stampin’ Up <- I drew with the markers on my clear blocks to get a bit of ink on it, then scooped that up with a paintbrush to do the wash.

Paint brush

Sky is the Limit Stamp Set (c) Stampin’ Up

Vellum

Pretty Petals Designer Series Paper (c) Stamping Up

StazOn Black Ink

Adobe Illustrator

Drawing Tablet

Cricut Explore Air