Here we are, still in the last week of July 2020, and I and my Stampin’ Up! sister, Cheryl Hamilton, are so thankful that Hawai’i dodged a bullet, er, Hurricane, last weekend. To celebrate, we’ve chosen to continue to celebrate Christmas In July for our monthly Island Hopping Blog Hop. The island are in Hawaii – Maui, Cheryl’s home island, and the Big Island, my home. Check out the red dots on our logo! The Big Island is the really BIG one!
My First Christmas Fun Fold
Back when I first started out as a Stampin’ Up! demonstrator and blogger, I spent a lot of time blogging about card layouts and fun folds. The very first fun fold that I made for Christmas back then was the Diagonal Double Pocket Card. I loved having a card with pockets I could use for stashing $$$ or Gift Cards. Or even bookmarks or tags! It’s been years since I’ve made one of those cards, so I figured I’d try it again – with new products!
The Diagonal Double Pocket Card
When I first made this card, the folded piece was a card by itself. I had a sentiment on the front and wrote notes on one of the inserts. But when I revised my tutorial the first time, in 2014, I added the possibility of folding the card differently so that an inside fold was formed. Today, I much prefer to make the folded card and adhere it to the front of a cardstock card base, as I did with today’s card.
A More Solidly Built Card
While I love the heft of Stampin’ Up!’s Designer Series Papers, they still are not as solid as good old Stampin’ Up Cardstock. So this Diagonal Double Pocket Card, made with Stampin’ Up!’s Heartwarming Hugs Designer Series Paper (coming next week in the new Mini Catalog!), is part of a much more solid card. That’s because I adhered it to a 4-1/4″ x 5-1/2″ base of Real Red Cardstock.
Besides forming a sturdy base for the card, having a folded card also provides some space to write a note in the card. I added a piece of Whisper White Cardstock to the inside of the card, and stamped one of the Fir Tree images in the bottom left corner as a decoration. That left plenty of room for a personal note!
And the Tags!
To create this picture, I pulled the tags, made with the Stitched So Sweetly Dies, out of the card’s folds quite a bit. But when you go to mail this card, those tags hunker down inside the card snugly so that the card fits an A2 envelope perfectly.
For the decoration on the tags, you’re seeing some of the same images I used in yesterday’s post! The little penguin and the tree are from the Freezin’ Fun Stamp Set. I used Real Red and Pear Pizzazz Cardstock to complement the colors in the Heartwarming Hugs paper. I used my Real Red and Old Olive Stampin’ Blends to color the images, and decorated the top of the tree and the tip of the hat with embellishments from the All the Trimmings Embellishments. The final touch is the same Real Red 3/16″ Braided Linen Trim that I used in Monday’s project.
Finally the Card Front
While the Designer Series Paper striped pattern is quite decorative, I still wanted a sentiment to appear on the front. For this I chose another new Mini Catalog stamp set, Banner Year. This set has sentiments and images for all of the upcoming Fall and Winter holidays. It can also be bundled with the new Banners Pick a Punch for a 10% discount. I stamped one of the sentiments, Christmas Wishes, in Real Red Classic Ink, and punched both the stamped 1/2″ strip and a Real Red Cardstock 3/4″ strip with the Pick a Punch. The final touch were some of the round embellishments from the same All the Trimmings Embellishments that I used for the tags.
Now Onto Cheryl’s Project!
Now you have to go over to her blog to see Cheryl’s project. She has a gorgeous card in blue with another fun fold – she’s so good at the fun folds!