Saturday, 25 July 2015

Fancy Fold Birthday Card

This coming week is a busy week for birthdays; in fact, there are four of them on the same day. Luckily I only have to make cards for three of them because the other birthday is mine.

Last week I featured projects all made using the Birthday Blossoms stamp set and this week I am going to feature the Cherry On Top Designer Series Paper (DSP). This is a great pack of DSP as it measures 15.2 cm x 15.2 cm (6” x 6”) and you get 48 sheets (4 each of 12 double sided designs) for £7.25. 

This is the card that has been sent to my nephew Jack.

The card is a fancy fold card – simply called that because it’s not your normal standard fold. It is however really easy to make. It’s one of my favourites to use, and I’ve used it on a few occasions in my classes. Here’s how to make one.

Step 1. Cut your A4 card stock (21.0 cm x 29.7 cm) in half on the shorter side at 10.5 cm so you have a piece that measures 10.5 cm (height) by 29.7 cm (long).

Step 2. Fold the card stock in half so that you have a landscape card that measures 10.5 cm x 14.85(ish) cm.

Step 3. Fold the front piece back on itself. That then gives you your basic card that you can decorate. Please note that this time I chose to find the front completely in half, but I have on occasions only folded it back about 2/3rds of the way to give a slightly different look.

If you are in the USA making this card – then simply use your standard letter sized sheets (8-1/2” x 11”) and cut along the 8-1/2” side at 4-1-/4”. You can then follows steps 2 and 3.

To decorate my card I cut 3 pieces of DSP measuring

·               10.0 cm x 14.4 cm for the inside of the card
·               10.0 cm x 6.9 cm for the front of the card*
·              10.0 cm x 6.9 cm for the front of the card that’s under the folded back part*. You can see from the picture below where I mean.

*If you decide to fold the front part back at 2/3rds you will of course have to alter the sizing of the DSP.

sorry for the poor lighting on this, couldn't get the angle right without too many shadows

I used the new Lots of Labels Framelits to the make the centre-piece on the front of the card and also the piece to write on for the inside. 

The trick is to add the largest piece you are using to the front and then add the piece for the inside (once you have stamped your greeting). I usually do gluing the larger front piece first and then open up the card so that the front is then face down. I then align and place the inside piece on top (good side facing down) of the back of the front centre-piece and glue the back of the inside piece. I then shut the card by putting the back onto the front (the whole card will then be face down). You should then end up with the piece inside being hidden when the card is closed – that’s assuming your inside piece is the same size or smaller than the piece on the front.

The stars that I stamped in Bermuda Bay ink onto the Bermuda Bay card stock came from the Pictogram Punches stamp set. I also added them to the corner of the envelope too. The wooden element (that I love) is one of the three that come in the set of Expressions Natural Elements.

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