You have to know that I love making cards that are different from the standard 4-1/4″ x 5-1/2″ A2 greeting card. Oh, I love those cards, too. It’s just that, with all my card-making efforts during the “stay at home” Covid recommendations, I get tired of the same old same old. Today I’m sharing a fold that I have found really is fun. It’s fun because I love just opening and closing this card to my heart’s content.
Trifold Twist – How Many Folds?
To begin, I’m not sure why this is called “Trifold.” There are actually four folds in this card. But the twist part of it I get.
This is the front of a finished card. The measurements are 4″ x 5-1/2″. That 1/4″ that’s cut off of the width is because the whole mechanism of the twist revolves around the 4″ square that is in the middle of the card front. But that’s not actually a square. It’s the two ends of the card base that have been folded back so that each forms a right triangle. When you untie the ribbon and open up this card (that appears to have a portrait orientation), you find yourself looking at a card with a landscape orientation. Those triangles form the ends of the card.
Now don’t you just want to fold that card up again to see how it worked? Then open it again? Then…. Well, that’s where I got hooked on this fold. It really is more “fun” than many fun fold cards. And, yep – four folds!
Picking a Stamp Set
I love that, when I open this card, there is the possibility of two sentiments showing at the same time. You don’t have to have two sentiments. But I think this really adds to the fun part of the card. For this card, I used the Under My Umbrella Stamp Set. There are some sentiments in this stamp set that, while not necessary for each other, are still complementary. The sentiment on the front is “Rain or shine, you’re always on my mind.” And on the inside is, “No matter the weather, we’re friend forevery.” Those are pretty complementary!
That center section on the front is a fairly small square cut from a square die in the Stitched Shapes Dies set. So the umbrella wouldn’t fit unless it was under the sentiment. So I stamped the umbrella, as well as the rain drops, using Seaside Spray Ink. I stamped the sentiment and flowers with Misty Moonlight Ink, and colored in the flowers using Stampin’ Write markers including Seaside Spary, Daffodil Dellight, and Just Jade.
Does It Need a Ribbon?
Not really. I made four of these cards yesterday, and made two with ribbon and two without. There was an advantage when it came to taking pictures – those with a ribbon closed up tightly making them easier to photograph. But for the most part, these cards either are going to be in an envelope or are going to be sitting on a desk or table – opened. So basically it’s your personal preference.
A Quick Look At More Samples
A Mango Melody Card using the Nothing’s Better Than Stamp Set: “A day without Cocktails is like, ummm…” and “just kidding, I have no idea.”
A Garden Green Card using the Lovely You Stamp Set: “Smile” and “Just because.”
And What Would a Fold Be Without a Tutorial?!
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Meanwhile, whatever you’re doing as we approach the middle of July, I hope you’re able to have some time for crafting!