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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Quick, Easy, and Cute Dino Valentines

These are simple enough that you can make enough for a whole classroom of kiddos in 2 hours. Here’s how:

  1. Colorful panel: Cut 32 colorful outer panels. An 8.5×11 inch sheet of cardstock makes exactly 8 cards at 4.25×2.25 inches. 4 sheets makes 32 cards total!
  2. White panel: Cut 32 white inner panels. These should be 4×2 inches.
  3. Dinosaur: Stamp a dinosaur on each white panel. I used 4 different dinosaurs, stamped 8 times each, half in one color and half in another color. This gave me a total of 8 different colors (I used blues, greens, and yellows).
  4. Heart Balloon: Stamp a balloon on each card. I used 4 different color balloons (8 of each) and shuffled the cards a bit so different color dinosaurs got paired up with different colored balloons (reds, pinks, purples).
  5. Strings: I used a thin black marker to attach each balloon to the dinosaur. A little figure 8 on each end of the string makes it look like it is tied in a bow.
  6. Sentiment: I stamped a sentiment on the back of each card, but it could also go on the front, if you wish (and have room left).

All that’s left is to have your kiddo sign the cards to their friends!

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Materials used:

No Bones About It Stamp Set (c) Stampin’ Up

Balloon Builders Stamp Set (c) Stampin’ Up

Black Stampin’ Write Marker (c) Stampin’ Up

Ink pads in a 12 different colors (c) Stampin’ Up

Rose Red, Whisper White cardstock (c) Stampin’ Up or near equivalents

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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.

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

Vellum

Pretty Petals Designer Series Paper (c) Stamping Up

StazOn Black Ink

Adobe Illustrator

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Lost Without You

I gave this card to my sister, Angela, for Valentine’s Day, but it could have been for any occasion. I’m lost without her year round!

Angela is my travel buddy. She keeps me from wandering away from the tour group, getting left behind with my nose is in a sketchbook, and forgetting to eat because I’m too busy taking in all the sights. Even when we aren’t traveling, she gives me perspective on life.

My favorite part of this card is the three dimensional, upside down map.

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This card was created with:

Going Global Stamp Set (c) Stampin’ Up

Going Places Designer Series Paper (c) Stampin’ Up

Dear Heart Stamp Set (c) Stampin’ Up <– This is a retired set, but it is still available to order on the Stampin’ Up website (as of 2/24/2016). With the thin tipped Basic Black marker I added another arm to each alligator so they could point the way and hold a map, respectively.

Confetti Hearts Border Punch (c) Stampin’ Up

Forest Embossing Folder (c) Darice <– This could also be cute with the Softly Falling or World Traveler Embossing Folders (c) Stampin’ Up.

Very Vanilla Cardstock  (c) Stampin’ Up <– Or a near equivalent ivory cardstock.

Old Olive, Mossy Meadow, Delightful Dijon, Basic Black Stampin’ Write Markers  (c) Stampin’ Up

Stampin’ Dimensionals (c) Stampin’ Up

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Here is my color palate for this card.

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I’d like to give a special thanks to Marie Shaughnessy from www.MarieStamps.com. Her color chart is amazingly helpful for translating Stampin’ Up colors to RGB and hex color values for my Bewitching Color Combinations, like the one above. Click the thumbnail below to visit her page.

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