Wednesday, December 02, 2020

Lantern Card

L
is for 
LANTERN CARD .


Version I


  1. Using coloured card stock cut one piece 11.5" x 8." 

 2. On long side score at 2", 4", 6", 8" and 10".



3. On short side mark with a pencil at 2", 4" 6" and cut on these marks to make 4 long strips which measure 11".5 x 2"


4. Cut one piece of contrasting plain card stock for the base measuring 6".25 x 6".25.
Cut another piece in design paper that measures 6" x 6". Cut one piece in white card stock that measures 5".75 x 5".75 (This will be for the underside of card base for the greeting and message to be added. ).
You will also need 20 squares that measure one and  seven eights x one and seven eights  in plain card stock and 20 squares that measure 1".75 x 1".75 in a pattern paper as shown below. 

5. Layer up each of the four strips with the squares placing the smallest on top and keeping them all the same way up as below. The short strips on each end will be left blank as these are used to attach to the base card.  Starting at the bottom fold on each score line between the sets of papers  Mountain, valley,mountain, valley, mountain. Crease well and keep folded down.

6. On reverse side of the design paper 6" x 6"  mark on each side at 2" and 4" and using a pencil draw grid lines as shown below. 


6. On right side position  the four folded up strips as shown below. 


7. Tuck the short flaps over to the wrong side and line up with the grid marks as shown. Stick these down using glue or d.s. tape. 

N.b. Attach the plain card stock  now that measures 6".25 x 6".25 to cover  positioning to leave an even border all round. 

8. If you are using sentiments on the strips then stamp and attach before going onto the next stage.  Here I have 2 round ones and two squares that I have placed as shown below. 



9. To complete the top of lantern you will need 2 pieces of plain cardstock  3".25 long by seven eights wide.  2 pieces of pattern paper 3" long by half inch wide. 2 circles, one in plain 1".5 and one in design paper 1".

10. Layer up as shown below and punch a hole in the centre of the circles. 

11. Attach a small length of ribbon for the ring pull through the punched hole and then stick the circle to the centre of the  crossed strips. N.b ,Make sure this is securely attached as it will receive a lot of wear and tare from being pulled up and down. 

12. Position the ring pull as shown below.
 

13. Tuck under the top folds and stick in place using d.s. tape as shown below.


14. Lantern is now complete. Finish as required with any extra embellishments. 

15. Here is my completed Lantern.  Closed down.

Pulled up. 


Wednesday, November 25, 2020

Winners #149

Thankyou to everyone who came and played along in the new set of challenge letters.There were 19 entries. I am so grateful for those of you have taken the time to come along and play with me. Eleven of the entries were using the Fag Fold. 

I have selected the following non shape cards for my top 3 and in numerical order they are as follows:


#10 Elle-jeanne


#14  Alison C.


#16  Ma - Mi.

My top 3
Flag Fold Cards in numerical order are as follows:


# 6 Annie.


# 8 Pinky



# 15 Carol Gill

Congratulations everyone.
please take a bow and help yourselves to
The Top 3
Badge from the side bar.

The Prize winners are as follows.


1st Prize.
(for using either One Theme or One Colour with your butterfly/ies)

The Winner picked from the tea cup is:


(17) Kathy A.

2nd Prize.

 (for using both a Theme and a Colour + your butterfly/ies)

(5)  Tina Z.

Top Prize.

 (for using Flag Fold + all other elements + your butterfly/ies)

The winner picked from the Tea cup is:

(4)  Wilma

Kathy, Tina and Wilma.
Please get  in touch using the email address in the side bar to collect your prize.

Please also take the Winner's Badge from the side bar.
Can I also please ask that you acknowledge your win
In the comments box below so that 
I know to expect an email from you. 

  This is the last challenge for this year. The butterflies will be cocooned for the winter months and will return in the New Year. I am hoping that the Wretched Elf will not be putting in  an appearance this yr due to the travel restrictions in place from the North Pole and the strict 20 day quarantine rules in place. I have a plan up my sleeve though just in case!!

Hope to see you all back in the New Year
on 
6th January 2021
with the letter G. 


Hope you all have a Happy Christmas
and stay safe.
Remember we can all do without one Christmas 
but we can't do without our Loved Ones. 



Wednesday, November 18, 2020

K
is for 
KITE FOLD .


Version I

   1. Using coloured card stock cut one piece 11" x 4." and score and fold at 5.5" N.B. Don't use thicker than about 160gsm or it will be difficult to fold the creases.

2. I have changed to white copy paper for these instructions just to make it easier to see and read.  Make pencil marks on the long edge at 3.75" and 7.25" top and bottom. Also make a mark at 2" on the short sides.  Join up the 3.75" and 7.25" with a diagonal pencil mark to form an X shape in the centre as shown below. 

3. Now join up the X to the 2" marks as shown below. 


4. Cut the 4 outside triangles away as shown below. These are not required. Score along the X pencil marks to create the creases.

5. Use a bone folder to really crease each of the folds well. 


6. As you now fold the card in half the sides will begin to fold into the middle as shown below.
Gently fold into place to form the kite shape.
 Use a bone folder to really crease down on all the folded edges.

7. To decorate the kite you will need the following pieces.

        Cut two of each of the measurements as shown below using contrasting

        plain/designer papers.


8. Here is my selection. N.B.  As you can see the green design paper is directional so make sure you cut your pieces the same way up if doing the same. 


9. Cut each piece on the diagonal making sure that each pair of sizes are mirror images of each other as shown below.


10.  N.B. These are all the green design papers pieces turned over so that you can see the pieces you will need to select to decorate your kite are in the centre (i.e.forming the kite shape).You can use the other pieces to make a second kite card with. 


11. to finish your card you will also need the following pieces of card stock/ design papers.

        1 piece of cardstock for your base card measuring 11.5" x 4.5" folded in half             along the 11.5" edge

        1 piece of contrasting plain card measuring 5.5" x 4.25" for the first matt layer.

        1 piece of design paper measuring 5.25" x 4" for the second matt layer.

        1 piece of plain card for the matt inside the kite. To get  the measurement  lay             the kite card down on the  chosen card and with a pencil draw around the             kite. Cut out inside the lines so that the matt is slightly less in size as shown             below.

        1 Micro dot for the closure and a piece of string or ribbon to make the kite             tail. Here is my finished card. 

Version II

   1. Using coloured card stock cut one piece  7" x 5.5" and one piece 7.5" x 5.5"

 
2. Score the piece that is 7.5" in length at 0.5" and fold. Using d.s. tape attach to     the other card to make one card piece that measures 14" x 5.5"

3. Make pencil marks at 2.5" on the short sides and on the long length at 5" and 9".
4. Join the dots up at the 5" and 9" marks and make an X as before in Version I. No2.  Draw lines from the 5" and 9" lines  out to the 2.5" side marks and cut the 4 outside triangles away as before.  You will now have a kite shape that is card size

5. To finish the front of the kite you will need 1 piece of design paper and 2 pieces of plain card for the matts inside the kite. To get the measurement lay the kite card down on the chosen card and with a pencil draw around the kite. Cut out inside the lines so that the matts are slightly less in size as shown below.

6. Decorate the front of your kite as required. Make a tail either from string or ribbon and attach at the V point at base of kite.  Because of its size the card will not require a closure. 


Wednesday, November 04, 2020

Joy Fold 2

J 
is for 

JOY FOLD 2 .

This is a continuation of the already published Joy Fold Card and shows to interesting variations for you to try.

Variation I
Buckle Joy Fold Closure.

  1. Using coloured card stock cut one piece 8.5" x 4.5" and score and fold at 5.5"

Cut a further piece 4.5" x 2.75" and score  and fold at 0.5".

n.b. At this point you need to decorate the inside and outside of the fold that measures 3" x 4.5" before you cut the slit for the buckle. 

 2Using a strip of ds tape attach the 0.5 score line on the other piece of card as shown below. Centre so that you have an even space either side. Here I have just under 1" on both sides.
 3. Make pencil point marks  at 2.5" along top edge from the adhered edge and just under 1" on either side of the other edge giving a 1"gap in the centre as shown below.

4.Join up the dots and trim away the triangles as shown below.




5.Draw a very light pencil mark at 2.25" from the folded edge down the flap.

Remember you will previously have decorated this panel on both sides prior to cutting the slit. 

6.Fold the buckle closure over and mark a pencil point just above and below where the buckle dissects the pencil line as shown below. 

7.Cut a slit between these two pencil points using a craft knife or a trimmer.

8.Fold buckle edge into this slit to close your  card. 

9.Finish decorating your card as required.



Variation II
Double Joy Fold .

  1. Using coloured card stock cut one piece 10" x 6" and score and fold at 2.5" and 5".

  2.Cut two pieces 7" x 2.25" and  score /fold in half at 3.5"
  3.These two smaller pieces are attached to the back panel leaving 0.25" gap between them and positioned with an even space top bottom and sides. 


N.B. Before you do that though these pieces all need to be decorated as required as shown below.

 4.Choose complimentary patterns.  This is the base Joy fold card. The front concertinas flat so use a contrasting paper for the front panel. 

Decorate the two small folds and attach to the base as at instructions at 3.
Decorate inside these two folds leaving space for messages and sentiment.

 5.n.b you could choose to leave these two folds to open up individually but I have joined mine together as below.

6. Cut a piece of card stock  2.25" x 1.5" and decorate before attaching to the closed panels so that they open up as one. 

Decorate as required. Here I have attached a large butterfly that matches the base design paper. You could put a sentiment here if wished.