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Thursday, December 20, 2012

Drape-fold Card Technique

I ran across this cute card and had to look into it further.  This technique is called the "Drape-fold".  You can find the original post here.  What fun this was.  I love different folds on cards and this is very different and pretty too!

It is easy enough to do too. I didn't care much for the instructions there, mostly because I was looking for measurements.  Being new to a technique I like to work with numbers before I mess around with it.  But here I had to figure out some stuff on my own.  And I think I simplified the technique a bit in the process.  

I took a piece of decorative paper and cut it to 6-1/2" x 3-1/2".  Then I scored it at 2-3/4".  Next I marked the far right edge about 1-1/2" from it's top edge.  I lined up the mark and the bottom of the score line on my paper cutter and cut off that right bottom corner.  Then I proceeded to score the rest of that side of the paper.  My next scores are at 3-3/8", 4-1/4", 4-1/2", 5-1/2" and 5-3/4".  

Fold the score lines into hills and valleys (accordion folding).  The first score is folded to the left (you can see in the photo how the card is folded.  I distressed the edges and sponged them before I taped the folds down.

Once the folds were taped down I taped the piece on top of my card and had fun embellishing it.  The top snowflake was actually a mistake.  I had cut a piece of the champagne glitter paper to cut the smaller snowflakes and that was what was cut from the remaining piece.  I liked it and I liked how it fit on the top.  It was like it was meant to be.  Shhh, don't tell anyone!!  Some people think I'm good at this!!! LOL

I also sponged my ribbon to match the sponged edges so it would blend better with the card. I think I succeeded there on that one!

Now if I were to do this again I would make that decorative paper a bit longer.  See how the first fold shows a lot of what the backside of the decorative paper looks like?  The next two folds don't show it so much.  I would make that piece longer so I could do deeper folds.  I don't know how long I would make it, I think I would just keep it 12" long and do my folding until I reach 4-1/4" and trim it.  I would love to use this technique for a Valentine's Day card.  But for now I'm sticking with Christmas stuff since we are still in that season (for a few days more anyway!). 

I will be adding this technique to my technique pages.  I'm so very far behind on getting those done this year too.  UGH, what a year for being behind on so many things.

This was a very fun card to make and it went to a very special person!

Thank you SO much for visiting today,

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