Tuesday, December 31, 2019

Accordion Card

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Version I

1. Start by using card stock cut to 11.5" x 5.5". Then score on the long side at  3 and 3 qtr ", 6 and 1 qtr", 8 and 3 qtr ",  10 and 1 8th".

2. Fold concertina wise as shown below.

Peg is just there to hold card to take photo.

The beauty of this card is in how you go on to decorate.

Version II

1. Start with the same cardstock and folded as in step 1 in Verion I above.
With the short folds to the left hand side ,on the second fold measure down 1" and 2.25" and mark at each with a dot. 
On fourth fold measure down1" and mark with a dot. Draw lines bewtween the 1" dots and edge of cardstock with  the 2.25" dot. 
The section marked with ##### can be cut away using scissors. 

2. Cardstock should now look like below.
 3. Card can now be folded to create  a stairway effect and decorated as required.

Version III
1. For the accordion fold your will need a piece of cardstock that is 4.75" x 11".
On the long side score and fold at 3", 5.5", 8" and 9.5" 

2. Narrow folds should be on the left hand side as below. 

3. Go ahead and decorate these panels up as required.

4. Cut a piece of cardstock 4.5" x 9" for the base and a smaller piece for insert.

Attach the insert and then the accordion as shown below. 

5. Make an enclosure(Belly band) from a strip of cardstock 1.5" x 9"

Loosley fold round the card so that it can easily be removed. 

6. Finish decorating as required. 

Tuesday, December 17, 2019

Z Fold Card.

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Version I

This tutorial is for making a Double Z Fold Card.

1. Start by using card stock cut to 11" x 6.75". Then score on the long side at  2.75" and again at 5.50". 

2. Turn card to short side and mark at 5.50". Cut this stip off all the way down the length. 
N.b It is important to score at 1. first before cutting so that both have the correct score lines on them.

 3. You should now have two cut  pieces as shown here. 

small strip will be 11" x 1.25"
4. Stand  card upright and place the short strip in front to be in the configuration shown below.
i.e the 5" score line to the left  (the opposite way round to the card base)

5. Decorate the card base and the strip with your chosen design papers. Attach  double sided tape to each end of the strip but  you only want part of the left hand strip stuck down so turn to wrong side and mark a pencil line where it comes  on the first fold.

6. Attach the strip at the height you want it ot be on the card. Attach left hand side first then hold rest of base card closed and attach the right hand side to meet the right hand edge as shown here.
7. You now have your double Z fold card and can finish decorating as required.

8 On this card the image nearly covers all of the base card so the strip does not need to be as long to reduce bulk.

Version II

This tutorial is for making a Swinging Z Fold Card.

1. Start by using card stock cut to 9" x 5". Then score and fold (as shown) on the long side at  2.25" and again at 4.50".  n.b. I am using patterend card stock for my base card.
 2. Cut your 2 insert pattern papers slightly smaller than 4.25" x 5"  and adhere 1 to the right hand side of base card. Before doing the same on the left hand side adhere extra double sided  strips in the centre of the card. (This is where you will be die cutting your aperture for the swing section so it needs to be securely held down in place). 
3. Place your die cut (here I have used a butterfly die but you could use a square or a heart  shape or any shape that if the  the die cut is cut from paper and  folded in half it is the same design on both halves) over the first score line and lightly tape down in place. 
 4. Use you die cutting machine to die cut the shape but only place the top cutting plate up to the first score line (not completely over the whole die cut). This will ensure that only half of the die will be cut into the cardstock.  If you prefer you can use a scalpel or craft knife and hand cut round half of the shape. 
 5. You can see here that only half of the butterfly has been cut out. Die cut a further 2 identical shapes from contrasting design paper and glue to the front and back of the cut shape  ie  either side of the butterfly shape. 

 6.  Fold the card on the score lines (the cut design will pop out as the card is opened up) and decorate as required.
 N.b. Make sure that when folded that any sentiment you place inside the card is hidden by the die cut. As you can see here, the Happy Birthday is completely covered by the butterflies wings when the card is closed flat.

Tuesday, December 03, 2019

YoYo Spinner Card.

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1. These instructions are for making the YoYo Spinner mechanism.

N.B. I have placed everything onto a pink mat for ease of viewing.
You will need the following items.
1,  2" punched Circle in coloured cardstock.
1, 2" Scallop die cut circle in coloured cardstock.
2,  1.5" acetate punched circles.
1 1.5" scalloped circle in white cardstock.
1 Thin Brad.
2 large  d.s.  sticky 3d Circle pads.
3d d.s. foam pads.
10" length of bakers twine.

2. First take one of the acetate 1.5" circles and adhere to the front of the 2" punched circle cardstock using d.s foam pads as shown below.

 Close up.

3. Now adhere a 3d foam sticky pad to each side of one end of the bakers twine to completely enclose. 

  Close up.

4. Now take the 2nd acetate circle and adhere the bakers twine to the centre.
   Close up.
5. Place this acetate circle over the top of the first circle (that is already attached to the 2" circle punch) with the twine pad uppermost.

 6. Holding down in place,  carefully put the  remaining scalloped circle over the top
 and using a pointy tool make a hole down through the centre of all the circles.
Close up.
7. Carefully  remove pointy tool and place brad through and loosley bend apart to hold circles together at the back.

8. Wrap the bakers twin around the spindle that you have just created leaving about 3"hanging straight down. Attach 3d foam pads to the back of the white scallop circle.
Adhere to the front of the spinner to hide the brad. 

9. Lastly adhere 3d foam pads to the back of spinner and your YoYo spinner is now ready to attach to your card.
  Pull  the cord gently down and watch your butterfly spin around.