Sunday, December 23, 2012

Double Opening Card Tutorial

This card goes to prove that crafters are forever thinking about folds and a lot of the time we hit upon the same ideas. I came up with this fold about 2 years ago. At the time I loved the fold but just couldn't take that step to decorate it and make it pretty.

2 years later and I am surfing crafting sites and I find a girl who has come up with the exact same fold and measurements as that's the way this card just works! What was wonderful was she had taken the step I had failed to ............decoration. So all enthusiastic off I go in search of my original fold..........not an easy job as I have boxes full  of folds that I try out, promise myself I will get back to and then get distracted by the next thing!! Well this girl just inspired me to find the card and go for it. I can't find her blog anywhere now and if any of you come across it on your travels please drop me a mail as I would love to give her a shout out for her decoration inspiration. :) This is a great way to use all those teeny tiny toppers that you have hanging around after you have made all your other projects. So go on...........dig them out and give it a go.


 Cut a piece of card to 12" long x 6" high (you can adjust the height of the card if you wish)

Score at 1", 2", 4", 8", 10" 11"
Left hand side scores

Right hand side scores
On the left side fold inwards at the 4" score
Then outwards at the 2" score
Fold inwards the 1" score
This is how it should look now.
Now do the same on the right hand side. Fold inwards at the 8" score, outwards at the 10" score and inwards at the 11" score.
Your card is now ready to be decorated.

Cut out        6 x ¾“ wide strips of patterned paper
                   2 x 1¾“ wide strips of patterned paper
 The height you cut these depends on how tall you are making the card. What you are aiming for is a nice little boarder all the way around.
See photos below for where the strips will be placed.
2 on the outside 1" panels
4 on the inside 1" panels.
Now on the outside 2" panels place the 1¾“ strips of paper. Do this on both outside panels.
This is what your card should look like now.
If you flatten out the three right hand side panels you will see there is a strip not decorated. Place strong double sided tape along this piece.
Remove the tape covering
Fold this piece down onto the 2" section as shown below rubbing over it to ensure the tape takes hold.

This is what it will look like now.
Do the same on the left side and the card should now look like these photos below.

 Decorate the inside......
Get your 3 mini toppers and mount them onto some matching or contrasting card. These toppers need to be less then 2" wide.
 Now place your tape on the back . Two with pieces of tape on the right and one with tape on the left.
 Stick your toppers down on the left or right panel of the card. This card has two stuck to the right panel and one stuck to the left panel.
 See the way they cool.
Now you need another 2 toppers. I have made mine circular and again they need to be less then 2" wide.
 These go on the outside 1" panels. Stick one on the left and one on the right.Make sure these toppers stay within the two 1" panels as if you don't they will get crushed when you open the card.
Place a piece of double sided tape on the back of the card centrally (ignore the ribbon in the shot at this stage, I just forgot to move it!!!!)
Now place a piece of ribbon over the tape on the back whilst leaving plenty of ribbon either side.
 Wrap the ribbon around the front of the card and tie a bow.

Hope you all give this a try.

Happy crafting Everyone :)


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  6. Hi Cliona.
    Heard you were in Swords yesterday. Sorry to have missed you! This is a great fold. I'll definitely try it out!

  7. Hi, I tried this and it turned out well. Thanks for the tutorial.