October 29, 2011

OCC: Fancy Folds

I can't believe October is days away from being over. It seems like we were just enjoying the August sun, taking a little vacation and I was drinking iced green tea. Now, today it's pouring down rain, cold and dark.

I'm ok with it though because I spent nearly all day in my craft room yesterday. I actually took the day off work on Friday so I could just do whatever I wanted and so that's what I did.

This week on Our Creative Corner, Tui Nathan is our host. She has a wonderful challenge lined up for us this week - Fancy Folds. This one really challenged me. I mean, I almost threw in the towel. I must have four half-done copies of this card in the garbage can right now. I just couldn't get it to work. And then I made one small change to my engineering and BAM! it all came together.

I'm gearing up for the holidays so everything in my craft room is Christmas right now. Glitter, jingle bells, holly leaves - even this little sledder die from Papertrey Ink. It might not look like a fancy fold card from the front but wait for it.....

I really wanted to use this 6" x 6" Christmas paper pack I have from Websters' Pages so I had to make my card a mini card to pull this off.

I started by cutting two pieces of paper, one Kraft, on patterned the same size - 6" x 2.75 - and then stamping and embossing the front.

Then I scored the patterned paper vertically three times - at 1.5", 3" 4.5" from the left hand side edge. Th.is made four evenly sized panels. 

I used a Spellbinders die to cut a small window for inside, to emphasize the fold and reveal my sentiment. I us this Post-it Tape from 3M to hold my dies in place when I need to. I like being able to keep it put while its going through my Hot Shot. The Post-it Tape is light adhesive so it doesn't leave any residue when I take it off my papers.

After I diecut, I laid my patterned paper on top of my kraft paper so I could outline the window. I wanted to make sure I stamped my images and sentiment in the right place. It's hard to see in this picture because the line is so light. I try not to push hard so nothing shows when I erase the line after stamping.

Then I stamped my sentiment on the and a few images where a little window would be cut out and put a score in the center. Then fold the patterned paper in half on the score mark and then while its still folded in half, fold the outside edge back toward the fold for the front and the back. Then I adhered the two together. When I had it together, I adhered the sledder with foam dots and corner rounded all four corners.

Challenge yourself to play along with us this week on Our Creative Corner. Create a project that uses fancy fold in some way and if you can, explain on your blog how you did it. Take a look at what the other designers have designed for this week's Fancy Fold projects.



  1. So cool, Holly! Thanks for including the tute.... I had no idea how you were able to make this! Love your sleigh die, too.

  2. This is gorgeous - thanks for the directions! I will have to check out that post-it tape. Very ingenious! Your design is lovely for a Christmas card. Beautiful job on the challenge!

  3. I love this card, Holly. The DP is wonderful and is so pretty paired with the kraft. Great fancy fold design - I just don't have the patience to try something like that! I really like the front of the card too with the script and that little sledder is adorable.

    Glad you had a fun and crafty day off. Have a great weekend!


  4. Wow ... Holly, what a fabulous card ... I love this with the little peek a boo window inside ... a gorgeous Christmas card for some lucky recipient!
    So glad you persevered with the challenge cos it has really paid off and I am totally inspired. Thank you too for your fabulous tutorial!!!

  5. This is such a fabulous design! Wow! Totally love this creative and beautiful fancy fold card.

  6. What a pretty card! Love your paper from Websters.

  7. Holly,
    What a clever card! I just love it! a surprise on the inside! And thanks for the tutorial on how you did it! a picture is worth a thousand words.
    have a wonderful week.
    hugs, sharon

  8. Whoa! Talk about a WOW-card! This is really awesome, Holly! Thanks for the instructions on this one, also. I really want to give it a try. This one really packs a fun creative punch. So cool! Hope you are having a great week, so far! Big hugs to you! :)

  9. I think the best part about your card is the fact that the outside looks so "normal." It really will surprise anyone who opens it! Awesome!