And Happy Birthday to my good friend, Marcie, whose birthday is today! And for Marcie, I have a very special card. It's called a "Never-Ending" or "Endless" card (different people call it by different names). I also gave one of these cards to my sister-in-law, Deb, for her birthday earlier in the month. But at that time I didn't have a tutorial to share with you. Now not only do I have a tutorial, but I have a video. It's been awhile since I've recorded a video, but I had so much fun doing this one that I may start doing them again regularly.
What happens with a Never-Ending card is that you can fold and unfold it and you will always have a beautifully stamped and decorated page to see. There is no back or "end" to this card!
Some instructions are required, though. And it took me quite awhile to get them straight. For those of you who like to print and read instructions, there is a one-page tutorial now in Robin's Craft Room library. But I highly recommend the video, too. I did manage to have an incorrect reference to the location of the tutorial as I made the video – the location is RobinsCraftRoom.com/techniques NOT /tutorials. Oh, well – I've never pretended to be perfect – just creative, and I was certainly creative in that reference!
Here is the card that I made for Marcie. One thing that this card shows is that you can do some nice embellishment with this card, though not much heavy embellishment because the card is always folded up. So those gorgeous new flowers in the Stampin' Up! Occasions Mini Catalog would NOT work!
The other views of this card, as you fold and unfold it, are in the Tutorial's introduction page here. The entire card is decorated with Stampin' Up!'s Specialty Designer Paper Set, Sweet and Sour. This is the same paper as I used in yesterday's Blog Post for the Diva Coffee Break Design Team challenge for the week. I'm not sure why I haven't had it out much – could be there was too much Christmas and Valentine's Day stuff going on. No longer for sure!
All of the large flowers are die cut with the brand new (in the 2011 Occasions Mini Catalog) Stampin' Up! Exclusive Sizzix Bigz Die, Fun Flowers. I punched the smaller flowers in the centers with the Boho Blossoms Punch. The cover greeting is from the brand new (in the 2011 Occasions Mini Catalog) Stamp Set, Bring on the Cake. This layer is also embellished with some Rose Red Seam Binding, with the ends tucked under the large flowers. The other layer is embellished with Pumpkin Pie 3/8" Taffeta Ribbon.
And here's the video! I hope you enjoy it and that you have a fun time making your OWN Never-Ending cards!