Tuesday, September 18, 2007

My Attempt at a Tri-fold Card

I will try to explain the process as best I can. First you need a sheet of double-sided card stock. This paper is by Fiskars. It was in my overflow stash of paper. It is not really the kind of paper I use in scrapbooking so I thought I would never use it but it is perfect for this card. First I cut the paper to 11 x 5 1/2". I think it would be better if you try cutting it just a little longer, maybe 11 1/4". I think I will try that next time so the right edge will have a little more room for the punch. Score and fold the paper at 3 1/2" and 7".

Center the circle cutting tool about a 1/2" down from the top edge of the center section of the card and cut. I use Creative Memories cutting system. You can make the circles almost any size. Then cut the same size or slightly larger size circle from white cardstock.

Stamp the image on this piece. Also cut a scalloped circle from the Marvy Giga punch. Cut the same size circle as your window in the very center of the scalloped circle. This is hard to get it right in the center. Am I the only cardmaker that has to stamp or punch extra pieces to get it right???

Use a slit punch to cut the flap that holds the card closed. You will have to eyeball it. Practice on a plain sheet of folded paper. I used the Basic Grey tool but it is hard to use. The Stampin' Up slit punch is much easier. I have one on order. Cannot wait to get it. The rounded edge of the slit has to overlap the left side of the folded card to keep it closed. Now punch a hole in the middle of the slit. Not too close to the edge.

Next time I am going to try a large eyelet (1/4" from Memory Makers) instead of punching the hole so it will be stronger. Glue the stamped image behind the window and the scalloped circle so it frames the window.

Add you greeting as desired. Close the card and tie a ribbon around the card. You may want to tie a bow so it can be more easily opened.

I like this card but it is time-consuming.