Once again it's time for the Stampin' Up! Only Challenge over at the SUO Challenges Blog! The challenge this time around is for us to make a card that's folded in an unusual way – "usual" being a piece of paper or card stock folded in half. So, for "unusual," we had to do something other than the standard center-folded card.
As you know if you follow me fairly regularly, I love fun folds, and have made and even written tutorials for many of them. But for this challenge I wanted to do something different. I wasn't sure what it was going to be, and trying to think up something in my head wasn't working. So off I went to my craft room table which I stocked liberally with retired papers and card stock. What I ended up with wasn't all that unusual for me. It's simply a gatefold card, but with a bit of a change to allow me to show off a gift inside.
This is the finished card, closed and ready to be put into a standard A2 sized envelope. But it's a lot more fun looking at the card opened and with the "gift" – a snowflake ornament – shown off separately.
With the two inside corners of each side of the front gatefold turned down a bit, you can see the handmade Snowflake Ornament peeking out from inside the card. With the card opened and the snowflake removed (for hanging on a tree, of course!) the card is still complete with a quote from the More Merry Messages Stamp Set, along with a simple greeting on one inside flap and a blank piece of card stock for signing the card on the other, which you can see here:
QUICK UPDATE: My sister-in-law (who's also my Stampin' Up! downline) remarked that this looked just like a winter sweater. So of course I immediately thought of the Stampin' Up! Sweater Trim and had an aha moment. Why not use some Gumball Green Sweater Trim on my card!
Here's a list of the Stampin' Up! products that I used in this card:
- Gumball Green, Cherry Cobbler and Whisper White Card Stock
- Snow Festival Designer Series Paper (from Stampin' Up!'s Holiday Catalog)
- Snow Flurry Bigz Die (from the Holiday Catalog)
- Northern Flurry Embossing Folder
- More Merry Messages Stamp Set
- Window Frames Framelits Set (Holiday Catalog)
- Designer Label Punch
- Cherry Cobbler Baker's Twine
- Whisper White Brad
- Cherry Cobbler Scallop Dots Ribbon (for the Belly Band)
And there's a FREE TUTORIAL here if you'd like to try this card yourself!
I love to call lots of the folds that I use, "Fun Folds." This is certainly a Fun Fold, and I had lots of fun making it. If you have a favorite Fun Fold, I hope you'll make one and share it with us over at SUO Challenges!