Saturday, January 15, 2011

Its Alright to Be A Little Blue on Valentine's Day

After making the Teabag Folded card for my mom, I went searching for some new and interesting techniques on card folding.  I came across StampARTic's blog and she had an interesting folding card tutorial.  She's got some amazing tutorials that I want to try out (and I recommend that you check them out in your spare time).

Her folding technique is gorgeous and definitely has a vintage feel.  She was gracious enough to grant me permission to use the technique for a card that I wanted to make to sell at my Etsy shop.  I wanted to go a little vintage and use non-traditional colors for the card.  I went to Michael's on Thursday on my way back from Fresno, and found some great blue and cream colored designer paper by My Mind's Eye 29th Street Market Classic "Everyday" Fresh Linens.   Now all I needed to do was get home and work on my card.

Card Challenges:
Creative Card Crew Challenge -  Lets See Some Fancy Folds
Paper Pretties - Wednesday Challenge PWC136
AllSorts Challenge Blog - Week 85 Fancy Fold

Its Alright to Be A Little Blue on Valentine's Day - Handmade Vintage Inspired Card

After two attempts of using the folding technique and the Martha Stewart Punch Around the Page Heart Chain (I realized the Whirlpool Cardstock from Bazzill Basics was a little larger than the 12x12 size used for the technique), I was able to get the fold for the card completed. The punched edge hearts got a little squished when folding the the edges of the paper but I think it adds more of a vintage feel to the card.

I used four different designer papers to decorate the card (you have to cut out different size triangles to do to this - again check out the folding card tutorial).  I decorated the inside and outside of the card.  For the larger triangle folds for the inside of the card, I added a some pale blue ribbon just to embellish the card a little.  The card is already pretty embellished with all of the different papers used...but what the hell....ribbon is pretty.

In order for the card to close, you need to create a belt to wrap around the card.  You can probably do whatever you want to keep the card close.  I decided I wanted to use a bow to fasten the card.  After cutting out two different strips of paper for the belt, I attached two grommets to the card to thread the pale blue ribbon through for the bow.  I cut out four hearts (using cream colored card stock) from the Love Struck Cricut Cartridge and stained the the hearts using Broken China Tim Holtz Distress Ink Pad.  I layered the hearts to create two hearts which I mounted on both sides of the card.

There you have it.  It took me all day but I am very happy with the card.  I think it is perfect for Valentine's day.

Materials Used
Whirlpool Cardstock from Bazzill Basics for the Base
My Mind's Eye 29th Street Market Classic "Everyday" Fresh Linens
Linen Closet Paper Stack with Glitter by Die Cuts with a View
Complete Boy Paper Pad by My Mind's Eye
Cream Colored Cardstock
Broken China Tim Holtz Distress Ink Pad
Martha Stewart Punch Around the Page Heart Chain
Love Struck Cricut Cartridge
Light Blue Ribbon
Silver Grommets


  1. This is so creative... & what a lot of work & attention to detail. Love the colours you've chosen.
    Thanks for joining us at Creative Card Crew.

  2. This is a very creative card! Hi, I'm your newest follower. I would like to invite you to link up with our Show Off Your Crafty Side blog hop!

    Hope you have a wonderful Thursday!



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