Today’s video shows how to make a beautiful fancy fold card called an Angled Tri-fold. It’s an easy card to make and the challenge is getting the layers for the front two flaps to fit with an even gap all round. When I saw the first video which demonstrated how to make this card, I watched as the demonstrator tweaked the cuts to get her layers to fit. It has always fascinated me how crafters know how to cut odd shapes and to add layers that fit!
Some time ago, I learned an important lesson with one of my cards which needed triangular layers and I had rather assumed I could apply the same principle to this card! That was not the case and the conclusion I have drawn is that cutting uneven rectangles is a bigger challenge than cutting triangles! No matter how precise I was when lining up my Designer Series Paper (DSP), my edges were not perfect. However, if I couldn’t get even edges on all four sides, I found an easy solution as long as the edges on three sides were more or less alright!
The Night of Navy and Fresh Freesia card I made during the video is a Christmas card. I made my first two cards as birthday cards and I used two different closures. During the video I did say that magnets was another option but when I use magnets I always point out that the card won’t be suitable for children. Not only are they a chocking hazard but they can kill if swallowed! I also think a ribbon could be tied around the card with the bow at the point of the top flap of the card.
When I started the video I knew the images I was going to use but until I know how they fit in, I’m never certain how my card will turn out. This was certainly the case with today’s video card and I’m very pleased with the result. My first change was the DSP layer on the back of the card. When I was planning my card I had forgotten I needed a sheet of DSP there and when I did remember I had already cut my four DSP layers for the front of my card and I didn’t have enough leftover for the back!
I turned to plan B which was to add a layer of Basic White Cardstock (CS) on the back and decorate it with more images. This part of the card I planned to do after the video had finished. When I went to finish the back of the card while I was waiting for my video to upload I changed my mind and chose a different design of DSP from the same Penguin Playmates DSP. I’m so pleased with how this looks – certainly much better than a decorated layer of Basic White CS!
Anyway, back to the belly band. I adhered the trees and the snowman on the card front and worked out the fitting for the band but I didn’t know what to use as the decoration on the band. Then I had an idea! I thought I’d use another snowman, which I’d already made and adhere it on the belly band so it covered up the snowman adhered on the front of the card, so the recipient would only see one snowman until they moved the belly band and revealed the second snowman!
I loved this idea except I’d used my Blends to colour the snowman and the colours had bled through to the back. This is the nature of blends but I don’t think it’s nice for the recipient to see. I took a scrap of Basic White CS and die-cut a snowman which I adhered on the back of my painted one, thereby covering up the ink from the Blends. I moved the belly band into position and added some Tombow and adhered the second snowman in place. Very pleasing! I hope you enjoy today’s video!
That’s it from me today. I hope you have a very blessed Sunday and I look forward to being back soon. In the meantime, take care and stay safe. Happy crafting.
Night of Navy Cardstock – card base 11 5/8” x 5¾” (29.5cm x 14.6cm) US 11” x 5½”
Score at 3¾”, 7 7/8” (9.5cm, 20cm) US 3 3/8”, 7 5/8”
Night of Navy Cardstock – belly band 9” x 1” (23cm x 2.5cm) US 10” x 1”
Night of Navy Cardstock – beading 2 pieces approx. 1/8” x 6” (0.3cm x 15.5cm) US 1/8” x 6”
Penguin Playmates Designer Series Paper – angled sides 2 of 4 pieces 3 5/8” x 5 5/8” (6.2cm x 14.3cm) US 3¼” x 5¼”
Penguin Playmates Designer Series Paper – outside back 4” x 5 5/8” (10.1cm x 14.3cm) US 4 1/8” x 5 3/8”
Basic White Cardstock – inside centre 4” x 5 5/8” (10.1cm x 14.3cm) US 4 1/8” x 5 3/8”
Basic White Cardstock – sentiment 5/8” x 2¾” (1.5cm x 7cm) US 5/8” x 3”
Basic White Cardstock – scraps images
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