Wednesday, May 21, 2008

Fun with Folds

Yesterday was a release day for lots of new Gina K Designs stamp sets, so I spent most of the day coming up with my sneak peeks for the party last night. I did a demo over the weekend on the Scor-pal and it really remeinded me of how much fun this product can make card making. Alot of my cards have been the standard one fold A2 size lately, so I was determined to make these a little different!

The first card uses a 4.25 x 11 sheet of cardstock which was scored at 1.25" and 4.25" (if you move the paper end to the .25" position you can quickly score at 1.5 and 4.5 for these measurements). I stamped the stars and fireworks with Not Quite Navy, Colorbox Cranberry and Versamagic Silver. The stars, fireworks and sentiment are all part of the the new Gina K Set called "Woo Hoo"

This card opens by pulling down to reveal the invitation inside which I handwrote on red paper with a white gel pen. I also added lots of platinum stickles to the fireworks and around the invite edges to make it just sparkle!

The second card is the style that I demo'd over the weekend. It's made with a 4.25 x 11 sheet of cardstock and turns out to be a 4 x 4.25 double accordian fold. The card is scored at 1.5, 3.5, 7.5 and 9.5 and folded as shown. I used PTI Lemon Tart and Sweet Blush as the cardstock, and stamped the bear on the pink before coloring it with copics. I'm getting a bit tired of always using white for my copic coloring.... but as you see you can use colord cardstock and get the same nice results.

When you slide the ribbon off the front the inside opens up to say "give yourself a big hug". One other product on this card this is pretty cool - see that eyelet on the corner of the bear image? It's a sticker! You simply adhere it where you want it and punch out the paper in the ceneter and voila' - a pretty eyelet! Gina K has them in her store!


I had a few people request the measurements of this card and also for the matching envelope when I did the demo.... here they are:


Double Gate-fold card

1. Made with a 4.25” x 11” sheet of cardstock

2. Score at 1.5”, 3.5”, 7.5” & 9.5”


Custom Envelopes

1. Made with 5.25” x 10.50” sheet of designer paper

2. Score at ½” on both long edges

3. Score at 2” and 6.5” on other edge.

4. Trim off 1/2" tabs between 2" score and end and between 6.5" score and end. Round corners of top flap

5. Adhere center back flap with scor-tape.




The third card is actually my personal favorite. I used the set "My Favorite Re-Turns" for the typewriter and "thanks". The typewriter was punched off-center with a scalloped circle and colored with copics. I stamped the sentiment on a plastic tag with Palette black ink, let it dry completely then inked it with ballet blue.


This card also uses a 4.25 x 11 sheet of cardstock scored at 2" and 5.5". I I covered the panels with dp from K&Company's new Amy Butler line, then mounted the main image on several layers of blue and black cardstock and added the screw brads to the sides.


I like this style because when you open it, it actually utilizes the entire inside to write your message. When you open a traditional card the "back" of the front is usually wasted space


Let me know what you think and which one is your favorite?

18 comments:

Nicole Steele said...

I LOVE LOVE LOVE the bear card! The colors are so sweet and fit the bear's expression!

Andrea said...

Great card´s and the bear card is soooo cute!

xAndrea

Feenie said...

Oh, Michelle......how can you be so unfeeling and ask us to pick a favorite of 3 "too awesome" cards??!!!? :( :o ;)
While I like the 3rd card the most as a general whole, I like the colors on the first one and the folding on the second one. So, my favorite is "all of the above!!"
Thanks for sharing, you talented girl! You rock!

Julie Koerber said...

Hey Michelle! Things were moving so fast last night that I missed some of your cards!! They are all so fun with all those fab folds!!! FUN! I think the bear is my fave!

Barb Schram said...

I love your cards, Michelle! I can't pick a fav...I do love the silver sparks at the ends of the fireworks! And the bear, well it is soo adorable...and love that typewriter card colors...all are way cool!

Janean Campbell said...

I can't pick just one because they're all awesome...I do like the style of the bottom one.

Primitive Seasons said...

I like the last one. Such a neat way and it stands well too. Have to try that.

www.primitiveseasons.blogspot.com

Janine said...

Michelle these are fabulous. I agree. Sometimes you need to change it up a bit.. These folds are great!!!

4Hounds said...

Hey, Michelle!! Let's see... the 'fireworks' card is my favorite because my oldest son was born on July 4th (HAVE to get that set!), the 'bear' card is my favorite because I love that image and the pink & yellow together, and the typewriter card is my favorite because of the colors and the unique fold!
I wasn't much help, was I??? With the gorgeous creations you share with us, it's impossible to pick a favorite----something like choosing a favorite child! :-) What can I say?!?! You rock!!! :-)
Have a great day---Pam (4Hounds)

Diane said...

Oh wow! Those are all oh so cool!
Love all those folds,your awesome!
TFS!

Deborah said...

These are all fantastic! I would say the bear down fold is my favorite! He is just so darling! Take care, Deb

Lindsey (jacksonbelle) said...

OMGOSH! Those are all 3 awesome! I love them all!! I think the 4th of July on is my favorite! They all rock though!

Joan said...

I love these folds....thanks for the directions. Joan

Melanie said...

these were all such great cards!!!
uh, I'm kinda partial to that bar card...don't know why!!
I REALLY like that fold/design of the typewriter card, though, so cool!!!

Melanie said...

PS I meant "bear" not bar! I came back to say your design inspired to try that fold, I have an idea for it, crossing fingers mine turns out half as cute as yours!

imastampin said...

This third one is absolutely my favorite, though I like them all. I love the ideas of different folds and don't use them often enough. Thanks for the inspiration!

jules said...

I love your cards. They are so pretty.

deb said...

I love this tri fold card, Your directions make it so easy and I've made several of them! Also you double gate fold! Love the directions, simple and to the point! Keep up the great tuts!
hugz

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