Hi everyone – the Artfull Crafts Christmas Countdown has started with the Design Team posting almost every day with great inspiration and ideas. Each week has a different theme and this week we are kicking off with Cards.
In my box of Christmas Goodies were the latest papers from the Imaginisce “Cottage Christmas” collection.
There are some lovely colours and a real variety of prints suitable for everything from cards for kids, bold brights – some of them even have a retro feel to them.
I created these cards for the Artfull Crafts blog today
Tri-Fold Shutter Card
I had seen a few of these in magazines and on-line and I have been waiting for ages for a suitable time to try one out! It looks complicated but it’s really not. Just follow the diagram carefully and remember to use EITHER the inches or cm measurements. Either set of measurements will result in a card to fit a standard envelope.
|Be sure to define your folds very well|
|This card looks great from any angle|
|The card folds completely flat for posting|
Once you have made your card base following the diagram – then the fun starts and you can get decorating. I used plain cardstock in co-ordinating colours to make a mat for each panel and then cut patterned paper to decorate. I used a 1/8 inch margin (3mm) each time to get a layered effect.
I printed some invitation wording onto acetate for the inside – but of course you can write any note or greeting you like. I have highlighted some of the stars on the patterned paper with rhinestones and used Kindyglitz on a chipboard accent for additional decoration.
The chipboard present on the front of the card was a Cosmo Cricket piece I had from last year, so I covered it with the Imaginisce patterned paper, then a layer of glossy mod-podge and then a little bit of Kindyglitz over the top for extra sparkle. I used Kaisercraft’s tiny red pearls for Holly Berries. The ribbon is glued across the back only, leaving it free to be tied easily at the front.