I've been spending some time this Spring and Summer re-teaching myself some paper crafting techniques that I used to use years ago. I haven't used them in a long time probably because there are so many other new and exciting techniques to try out! But, to keep the older techniques going, one must practice with them to keep them fresh!
Today I'm going to share a recent project using the "Lattice Fold" technique. In the case of this particular technique, to really make it fresh I decided that I no longer wished to use the original way I learned it, which was to use a paper pattern. So I made this design just using some measurements easily made with a ruler!
The Lattice Fold design on the left side of this card shows off both sides of Stampin' Up!'s double-sided Designer Series Paper designs very nicely, and I particularly like the way the design from the paper used for the main element of the card is carried over into the lattice. The whole card seems especially fresh because it uses so many new Stampin' Up! products: the papers ("Just Add Cake" Designer Series Paper from the 2011-2012 Catalog), stamp set ("Touch of Kindness" from the 2011 Summer Mini Catalog), and ribbon ("So Saffron" is a new color for the 3/8" Taffeta Ribbon used on this card) all combine to make this a really fun card!
As I've mentioned in earlier posts, as this is being posted on my blog, I'm in Salt Lake City. The Stampin' Up! annual Convention ended yesterday, for me with the chance to demonstrate this very lattice fold technique to a group called Late Night Stampers, who hosted a post-convention get together. What fun that was – and so many people still in Salt Lake after the closing ceremonies!
To prepare for the demonstration, I wrote a tutorial for the group to put in a CD that featured all the presentations. For now the tutorial is not in the format that I usually use for my tutorials; the group asked for a particular layout so that all the designs would be presented in the same way. So there are two pages to this particular tutorial instead of the one I usually prepare. And it's available to you right here and now if you'd like to try this technique for yourself!
Here's the sketch for the entire card. That lattice fold design fits very nicely into the area at the left. Just slip the 3/8 uncut section on the right of the lattice folded paper and affix with adhesive or brads. I hope you have fun trying this technique out!