Hello everyone. It feels like months since my last post when in reality it has only been 10 days. I have been so busy ~ maybe even too busy to actually sit, gather my thoughts and type away. Get ready to see some 'catch up' postings/great projects in the days to come.
Today, I wanted to share with you step by step instructions on how I make my 'concertina' cards. A sweet friend of mine Edwina requested it, and since she does not have video capabilities I will provide pictures with each step. I love these cards for a few different reasons. They have such a unique shape to them. Plus I love that when folded up, they can fit into a regular business envelope which requires no extra postage. Haha, the recipient might think that they are getting a yucky bill and what a surprise when they actually open it up to find a cool greeting card!!
Here we go...
Step 1: Start off with a sturdy double sided cardstock that measures 12"x12".
Step 2: Cut the cardstock at the 7" mark...which will leave you with a 5" remaining panel. Pay attention if the card stock you choose has a vertical or horizontal design.
Step 3: Score each of the panels every 2"and fold it alternately to get the 'concertina' shape.
Step 4: On the smaller panel, remove the last 2 segments.
Step 5: On the larger panel, measure from the top edge towards the center by 1 1/2" and repeat the same from the bottom towards the center. Then from the first score line to the second one remove that central portion. This opening will measure 8" x 4".
Step 6: Now you need to add channels in each of the center portions for the middle part to sit. Measure about 1/2" deep at the top and bottoms and make a scissor slit. Make sure not to cut too deep or the inside of the card will fall out.
Step 7: Now comes the 'tricky' part... slide the smaller panel into the slits on the larger one. Make sure that you add it so that where you have a mountain fold on the large panel there is a valley one on the smaller panel.
This is a picture taken from above to show you what it will look like when together. Now time to embellish it.
On this card I used my Martha Stewart butterfly paper punches. I applied 'old school' glitter to them. (I should have went with stickles. I had glitter everywhere ~ and I am sure my friend who got this card now has glitter everywhere too!)
This is the back of my card. I used two pieces from the 'journaling tags' set from Designs on Cloud 9. Thanks for looking.