Monday, February 25, 2013

Artistic Inspirations Challenge #30 - Fancy Folds

Hello Crafters!
Artistic Inspirations has a new challenge on the block. This time it's all about the folds! I love putting extra folds in my projects and may come up with another post or two for you this week with this theme. But first, let me announce our sponsor:
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So, here's my card for this weeks challenge:

I have used "Shoe House". It kind of reminded me of the old lady who lived in the shoe story. She's obviously had to move because her family has out grown their home.
I started with a natural color card stock that was 5-1/2 by 11-1/2 and scored at 2-1/8" and 3-7/8" in from each side. That will leave a center section of 3-1/2". Fold the first sections to the right and left of the main panel backwards creating a mountain fold. Fold the outer sections forward to create valley folds. This will leave you with a small area peaking out from behind your main panel. Mark lightly with a pencil at 3" from the bottom on each outside panel. Put the card stock in your trimmer and trim from the top of the mountain fold to your pencil mark on the outer panel and discard the trimmed off piece. Repeat for other side. Other cards that I have seen folded like this one have the folded panels completely hidden behind the main panel and I didn't want that. So, to the drawing board I went and came up with this. I think it helps the recipient to know there is more to come. When you pull on those small panels you get this:

I pulled some designer paper from Simple Stories 8x8 paper pack (school themed) and layered that on black card stock to make it pop. A small strip of black card stock 1/4" wide on the bottom of each panel adds a little interest.  Then I added a doily (trimmed) and a sentiment flag. I added the Shoe House image (popped up on foam tape) after coloring with my colored pencils and cutting out.  I chose buttons from my button stash (I tied crochet thread in each of the buttons) and a piece of Tim Holtz hardware and placed randomly on the main panel.  These were all stuck down with glue dots. The side panels seemed a little bare so I punched a couple of country hearts (McGill - I think) from the same card stock as the base of the card and attached to the outer panels. Now, if you want you can decorate the back side but I was thinking that for this card a photo of your new home would be appropriate for the middle section. Add your new address and phone # on one of the side panels and you still have enough room for a little note.
I hope you like my project today and that you'll give it a try.

Happy Crafting!

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  1. Pat, this is just so gorgeous! I am just getting around to drooling over the team projects! I will have to try this!

    BTW my image was actually from Mo's Digital Pencil. I am correcting my post!


    1. Thanks Chana. You should have no trouble duplicating this project. I will have to order your image. It's perfect!

  2. This is awesome Trisha, love how it folds out!
    Claire xx

  3. Fabulous card, Love all the wonderful detail..Great shape Love that key-hole... Hugs May x x x

  4. what a sweet it

    thanks again for taking part at Creative Corner Challenges

    Love Mel

  5. What a lovely card you have made. Thanks for taking part in the “Use a Digi” Sweet Pea Stampers Challenge this month and best of luck. We hope to see you back again very soon. Best wishes, Kym, Sweet Pea Stampers Design Team xxx

  6. This is a great card. Lots of detail and I love the fancy fold. Well done. Thanks for playing in our brads/eyelets challenge at Creative Corner Challenges and hope to see you again.
    Tammy DT

  7. Gorgeous creation! Thanks for playing along at Joanna Sheen! xxx

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