Today’s video shows how to make one of the easiest fancy fold cards ever! I have seen so many of these buckle fold cards and they are all different! The biggest variation depends on the width of the buckle strip. There are some buckle fold cards where the strip on my card is almost as wide as the flap that’s on the left-hand side.
I found using a narrow strip was very restrictive in as much as I couldn’t decide if I should decorate the right-hand side of the card under the buckle. As you can see by the two cards I have made as buckle fold cards, I decided not to decorate because if I had, I would have wanted the decoration to be invisible from the front of the card when the card is closed.
I have several ideas about different ways of doing a buckle fold card so I may well visit the idea again some time! For example, with the Zany Zebra card, had I been more on the ball, I would have adjusted the size of the left-hand flap so I could have the jumping zebra on it instead of the zebra who’s facing left!
Next, I would put another image and layer approximately the same size on the buckle band with one of the other zebras facing the first one! It is now “normal” for me to supply the measurements for all my cards in three sets of measurements for the one size, i.e. inches for A4 cardstock users, metric and inches for US.
Can someone tell me if Canada uses the same size cardstock as the US? I ask the question because I always say US sizes, but often wonder if I should be saying North American (NA) sizes! By working out the three sets of sizes helps me to fully understand how the cards have been designed and to identify what makes each card “work”!
When I make a mistake during videoing I don’t edit it out but I plough on and teach my viewers how to get out of a situation by “repairing” the mistake rather than just throwing the project in the bin. In today’s video I punched the slot for the buckle band a little bit too high. I corrected it by going back in which my Classic Label Punch and showed how the slot can easily made larger!
I have no illusions about being a “perfect” crafter; in fact, I don’t think there is such a thing unless it’s a machine! While I never deliberately make mistakes during a video – or at any other time come to that – I think learning how to fix boo-boos is just as important as learning anything else in paper-crafting! Do you agree?
That’s it from me today. I wish you a very blessed Sunday, and until next time, please take very good care and stay safe. Happy crafting!
M-A Lynch says
Evening Jan. Fabulous card and thanks for the tip re realigning the cut out for the buckle. An easy card but a card which looks complicated. Blessings: Mal
Many thanks, Mal. Yes it is a very easy card to make. Sometimes, making a mistake is a blessing in diguise because it does give me the opportunity to share the escape route! xx
Claire Gagne says
Wonderful card Jan. That little dog looks a lot like mine. I have a Miniature Schnauzer called Tiffany Rose! Just may have to try this one. Be safe & TYFS
Many thanks, Claire. I’m not a dog person but I’m happy to be put right when I don’t identify pooches correctly! Thank you. xx
Yes, Canada and the US use the same paper sizes. And many of us Canadians still prefer to measure in inches, even though Canada is officially metric.
Many thanks for letting me know this, Katherine. Every time I said US sizes I felt I should probably be saying NA so it’s good to know what is correct. We’re metric here in the UK but I prefer inches, too. xx
Rosalie Fitzmaurice says
Thanks so much for all your posts JanB. I enjoy the way you describe and yes important to learn how to “fix”something.
Stay safe over there, sending hugs from down under.
Many thanks, Rosalie! Absolutely, I’ve had a lot of experience in fixing! LOL! xx
Lola Miller says
Hi Jan. I am very intrigued by this card, but having trouble accessing your US measurements. I’ve found US measurements for other cards on your blog, but not this time and of course, I want to make this card for my husband’s birthday on the 10th of this month.
Hi, Lola. All the measurements are in the box below the video. To find the box you must be watching the video on YouTube and then it depends what device you’re watching on. If it’s a laptop or PC, under the video, at the bottom of three lines of writing you’ll see SHOW MORE. Click on it and the box will open. If you’re on a phone, you’ll see a down arrow on the right-hand side. Click on it. I hope this helps. xx
Lola Miller says
Thanks. I must have had a “blonde” moment. I knew I had found it before, just didn’t work this time. I found it per your instructions no problem this time. Looking forward to working it out now.
No worries, Lola. I’m always happy to help. xx