Wednesday, 13 October 2010

Foldy Fairy of Forgiveness?

Last year, my partner and I were in lumber with his sister as we forgot her birthday.  Oops!  My only defence was I didn't actually know when her birthday was to forget it, but my partner did, and I don't think she has spoken to him since.  It's not as though I wouldn't have welcomed the excuse to make another card now is it?  Well, this year, I am taking no chances and have made her card a month early and left it at her mother's.  Ha!

I have been fascinated with foldy cards for quite some time, done a few easel cards, variations with easel cards and also done a few cutty foldy cards.  This is another cutty foldy card!  It looks quite complicated to do, well it is and it isn't.  Just takes a bit of preparation and careful measuring and then it is quite simple.  Simple but effective and makes people go WOW!  Well that is the reaction I have got from the people I have shown this card to anyway.

It started life as a plain and simple piece of A4 card which I measured in increments of 1 inch from either end, leaving the centre section a different size.  Then it is a matter of deciding where the peaks and troughs should go, creasing or cutting where appropriate and decorating.  Of course, I now have a template I use so I know where to cut and fold, but I had to work it all out for myself initially lol

The image I used is Serenity from The Stamping Boutique, it's a digi stamp and I love the way you can resize them which you obviously can't with a rubber stamp.  Coloured with bluebell and amethyst promarkers as my sister-in-law's favourite colour is lilac which is the colour theme I continued throughout the card - even the main card is lilac!  Once I had put the card together, I decided to colour another copy of the dress and face part of the image and make it 3D as with all the folds it was looking a little flat.  I had forgotten that I had resized the image slightly when I printed the first one, and the second one was a bit smaller, which I didn't actually notice until I had coloured it and cut to size and applied the sticky pads.  Turns out it was a happy accident as it still lined up nicely at the top and gave some layers to the bottom of the dress.  Yay!  The papers were courtesy of Vix who kindly printed off some sheets from a CD she has.  Couldn't resist making some of the butterflies on the paper 3D too :)

I would like to enter this card into the following challenges:

Crafty Cardmakers - Spotlight on Fancy Folds
Karber Monthly Challenge - Fantasy using a digi
Craftalicious Challenges - Anything Goes
OSAAT - Digi stamp
Create4fun - Use digi stamp


  1. oh wow - a fabulous foldy card ! She will forgive you once she sees this!
    Lisa ;)

  2. So beautiful card! Thank you for playing The Karber Monthly Challenge :)

  3. fab card, the fold is one I havent come across before, but might have to give it a whirl!!
    thanks for joining in with us this week at OSAAT
    Paula x

  4. Gorgeous card and yes it really does look complicated! Will be popping back to look at your instructions later :o)
    Thanks so much for playing along with the Crafty Cardmakers this week.
    Jenni x

  5. This is really pretty. Great folding and cutting techniques and perfect for our spotlight.

    I agree with you about digis. They are fast becoming a real addiction for me, lol

    Thanks for joining in the fun at Crafty Cardmakers.

    Lin xx

    PS Any chance you can switch off the word verification thingy as it doesn't half slow down commenting!

  6. Fabulous. Thanks for joining us at Craftalicious. Hugs Tracy x

  7. Oh, this is a beautiful card!! I still want to learn how to do this fancy folding! :)