This is the last Tuesday in September, and this post features the last of the quick and easy fun fold cards that I promised for Tuesday’s Techniques this month. But there is one difference with this card. I really did need to write a full tutorial for the card. And I’ve promised those on my mailing list that that any full tutorial I write will be shared in my newsletter first. So in my newsletter last week, I shared a tutorial for this card. But I know you will enjoy seeing the projects and may even figure out your own way to make them!
Searching for a Pattern
I’ve seen quite a few projects online that have used folds to show off coordinating printed papers. I really wanted to make such a card myself. I finally did find a YouTube video that included measurements for a similar card. But they used A4 paper and the measurements were in centimeters. Now, I have nothing against either, and I certainly can convert centimeters to inches pretty quickly. I did that, but it still didn’t work, even though I converted everything to use regular North American Letter Paper. So I was left to my own devices – or spend an inordinate time on Pinterest and You Tube to find this fold – especially when I didn’t know its name!
An Overlap Tri Fold Card
So now I have a pattern and I created a name for my project.
For this project, I used the Forever Greenery Designer Series Paper set and some images from the Forever Fern Stamp Set. The sentiment on the front of the card is from the Simply Citrus All-Inclusive Card Kit. As an aside, I bought this kit just to get this sentiment. I was pleasantly surprised that the kit makes gorgeous cards!
Let’s Look at the Inside
This is what the card looks like when it’s slightly opened. You can see that I also added some printed papers to the inside of the card as well as the to the outside sections that show when the card is closed.
It’s not necessary for the look of the closed card to place printed papers on the inside. But I think it adds to the overall look of a card that is showing coordinating papers. You can also see that I stamped an image from the stamp set that coordinates with some of the images in the floral printed paper.
The Belly Band
The phrase, “Belly Band,” originated in the name of a supportive garment. But in this case, a Belly Band is a wrap around a greeting card that helps it stay closed. In fact, some people add belly bands to cards just for a decorative effect. The latter use is just fine. But personally I’d rather decorate the front of the card and leave the extra paper and work of a belly band to a card that needs that little bit of help.
This card is one that I think could use a belly band. While it stays flat when it’s in an envelope, it starts to open up as soon as your friend who gets it starts to take it out of the card. I’d rather that she see the clever (?) way I’ve coordinated the printed papers. So a belly band really works well for this Overlap Tri Fold Card.
This Works for Christmas Cards, too!
I made this card using papers from the Most Wonderful Time Product Medley. You can actually make it just with products found in the Refill for this kit. The sentiment is from the Banner Year Stamp Set, so you don’t even need the full Product Medley for the stamp set. The stickers are in both the Product Medley and the Refill, as is the banner on which I stamped the sentiment.
I decorated the inside of the card much as I did the Forever Fern card. The one exception is that I used the same print as the center part of the card front for the inside. I really do like the candy cane theme. Using the candy cane paper throughout works better for me.
The sentiment on the inside of the card is from a (gasp!) retired Stampin’ Up! stamp set. The set is called “Greater Part of Christmas” and is made up entirely of sentiments that can be stamped on the inside of a card. I certainly can use them for the outside. But I really do like to stamp the inside of my Christmas Cards. The reason is that I usually don’t write much more than a quick hello and a signature in Christmas Cards as we send a Holiday “catch-up” letter in ours.
The Bottom Line
This really is a fun and easy card to make. If you’d like the tutorial that goes with it, by all means sign up to receive my newsletter. For most of the year, my newsletter is monthly. But there are some times when I post more often, usually as a catalog is about to come to an end and after a new catalog arrives in the Stampin’ Up! system. Do I’m not going to bug you to death! And you’ll always get a tutorial as part of my monthly newsletters.
I will repeat this tutorial in my newsletter that I’ll send out later this week. That will be the last time until I collect all my tutorials into an eBook, possibly early next year. I hope to see you in my newsletter list!