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Friday, February 1, 2013

Fancy Folding


They call them challenges for a reason!  The Heart 2 Heart challenge to create a card using "fancy folding" was, well, challenging.  The only cards I have made that involved more than folding a sheet in half to make a card base have been gateway cards like this one from last year:


After scouting out the blogs, I settled on a diagonal double pocket card.  Haley published a link to this easy tutorial on her blog, The Ink Scrapper.  The main challenge with the folding is positioning your 8.5 x 11 sheet of paper so that the pattern on the paper ends up where you like it.  This is not an issue with an over all consistent pattern, but a paper where different parts of the sheet have different graphics is another story.  I test folded a piece of printer paper and made this cheat sheet to help me visualize what part of the paper would show where:

Using one of my all time favorite paper packs from Close to My Heart, La Belle Vie, I went to work.  You may have noticed that I flipped the butterfly card.  This is so the part of the back of the sheet that I liked the most would show.  On the rose card, I cut one of the corners rather than folding it and then used an edge punch from ek.  My one gripe with Close to My Heart has been their recent use of colors on their papers which are not available as inks.  I found that using a sponge dauber to apply Vineyard Berry (retired) over Smokey Plum directly on the stamp approximated La Belle Vie Mauve on the butterfly.  I cut the pearl opaque flourish to make it fit how I wanted.  I can't wait to get some of the new, small flourishes!

Head on over to the Heart 2 Heart Challenge Blog to see what other Close to My Heart fans have come up with.  I am definitely going to try some other types of fancy folded cards!  I think I will try a napkin fold card like Kim made next.  Thank you for stopping by!  Until next time, Hansi

These are the supplies I used, all from Close to My Heart unless otherwise noted:

Paper:  La Belle Vie, Colonial White cardstock
Ink:  Vineyard Berry (retired), Smokey Plum, Bamboo, Black
Stamps:  "Find Your Style" (retired)
Embellishments:  Opaques Pearl Flourish, brad and button from Antiqued Gold Mini Medley, Designer Pewter brad (retired), light tan and pearl opaques, Sweet Leaf ribbon (retired), black ribbon from Michael's
Other Stuff:  Artiste Cricut Cartridge, border punch from ek


  1. These cards are lovely, and I so appreciate your idea of the printer-paper cheat sheet. Folded cards can be challenging! I think you either have that kind of brain or not (kind of like being geographically-challenged!). Here is a link to more folded cards, for your viewing pleasure!
    This site has weely "Webisodes" with lots of good ideas and instructions (use the link below the screen). Enjoy!

    1. Thank you so much for the link! So many things I want to try and so little time! That never ending card looks fascinating.

  2. Your cards are beautiful! So glad you decided to get fancy with us at H2H and that I could help inspire you!

    1. Thank you! I have been enjoying the variety in the challenges at H2H.