What kinds of cards have you made lately? Need ideas for ways to break out of the 5 1/2″ x 4 1/4″ single fold card doldrums? This eArticle is full of ideas and really meaty information on a wide variety of cards with more than one fold. Originally posted in April 2013, I’ve updated the posted files to update and/or fix some wonky links (particularly to YouTube videos mentioned in the eArticle.) Be sure to download the updated (and still FREE) version of this eArticle today!
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This morning I woke up to a beautiful surprisingly cool sunny summer day. The sun was shining into the craft room and made me want to hang out there. So I decided to make some envelopes. This is something I’ve done a million times in the past but actually haven’t done lately. It is obviously quicker to just grab a store-bought envelope. But it occurred to me that as well as being prettier, if I made a few sturdy envelopes for mailing out small orders of unmounted stamps, I could save the folks who purchase them on VSN’s Online Yardsale a little money, making a good deal even a little better. So I made a few. It is so easy . . .
Linda Adams emailed me this fun Easel Card yesterday (and gave me permission to share it with you when I asked). Directions for this type of card can be found in VSN’s “Specialty Card Folds” eArticle. It is such a easy Kind of card to make, but is so cool because it can stand by itself. Linda says that this is the first time she has made this type of card.
Today I needed to make a thank you card and, inspired by one of the cards I created for the “Specialty Card Folds” eArticle, I decided to make it a Gate Fold card.
Gate Fold cards are tri-fold variations where instead of folding the cardstock base to create three equal width panels, the two outer panels are each cut to half the width of the center panel. This way, when the card is closed, the two outer panels meet in the middle. They open like a gate, hence the name.
I’m working on more artwork for the upcoming VSN “Specialty Card Folds” eArticle again today. This eArticle focuses on cards with more than one fold. This square card is one of the card types that will be covered in the eArticle. Sometimes called a “Triangle Tri-fold”, it is another version of a basic tri-fold.
After spending most of the past week in bed with the flu (yuck!), I am glad to be back to doing something creative again. But as I’ve been creating cards for the upcoming Specialty Folds eArticle, I’ve also been watching the news on Boston which has focused today on the victims in the hospital. The images and text I keep reaching for seem to be influenced by what I’m hearing about on TV. I do sincerely hope that they are all now on the road to recovery.
This card is a simple tri-fold. The thing that makes it just a little bit different is that the outer two panels are cut diagonally in half, creating two triangular pieces that cross over each other. (It is sometimes called a “Crossover Card” for this reason.) I’ve attached the square layered flower image to the right triangle so that it overlaps the card when closed but still allows the card to open. The card text is stamped so that it can be seen whether the card is open or closed. The rest of the inside pink panel is left open for additional handwritten good wishes.(The flower is from Paper Parachute and the text is from Touche.)
This is just one of the cards I’ve created today for the new eArticle. Full directions will be in the eArticle which will be posted on VSN’s eArticle Library page on Saturday (4/20/13.) ~Nancie