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Wednesday, August 1, 2012

Sparkle N Sprinkle Furry Friends Blog Hop

Welcome to my page on SNS's Furry Friends Hop!  Hopefully, you've been hopping along and enjoying some great projects related to all our furry friends. If so, you've just arrived here from Karalee's Blog.  If not, you may want to go back to the Sparkle N Sprinkle Home Blog and start from the beginning so you don't miss any fun & furry ideas!  And don't forget, we have some great prizes to be awarded too!  All the details will be listed there too!

What I have for you for today's hop is a "fun fold" card.  Over at Sparkle N Sprinkle, we've been having an in-house challenge to design some of our cards with "different" folds.  You know, anything other than your standard "fold it in half" type card base.  So, I did this fun design with today's hop in mind!




My furry subjects for today are Eternal Friends - two sweet little kitties that also come on a great cat set called Kitty Trio - Set 231.



My fun fold card design for these little cutties is called a Diamond Fold card.  The central diamond shows off your main image and it kind of pops up from the rest of the card making your main image really stand out.  (The ribbon band actually helps keep it closed).








To "open" the card, you pull outward on the two side sections.....and then you get a completely different look!  How cool is that!  These are really fun to play with......open - close - open - close....it's hard to put them down LOL!


Click any image for a closer view
Here's a little mini tutorial on how it's made......The main card base is made with a 4" x 12" piece of cardstock.  Scores are made at the 2", 4", 8", & 10" marks.  And then diagonal scores are made from the 2" to the center point (top & bottom) and also from the  10" to the center point top & bottom.  This is what the card base looks like with all it's scores.



After your crease all the scores, you "push in" on the 4" and 8" score lines until the diamond pops up and the side panels start folding behind the card.  The first time you kind of have to "coax" your folds into all the right positions.  But once you get them in place; they will all open & close quite easily.  This view shows the card after it has been folded into position once (and the decorative paper side panels have been added).

 

From there you can chose to fill in the rest of the pieces with designer paper (as shown) or leave it the color of your cardstock.  Put your message on the panels that pop out or write it on the back. 

For my main image, I chose to make my pink diamond a little bit bigger than the card base diamond so it hung over the edges just a little bit.  You can also cut your main diamond a little smaller & let your base cardstock make a frame around your image. 

 So many options - the choices are endless.  But one thing is for sure.....

After you make one of these, you'll want to make a bunch!  If you'd like to make a card like this one, full instructions for this card can be found in the SNS Art Gallery here.


(Check out that beautifully "furry" Sparkle N Soft that frames the diamond & the word "Purr" - just the perfect accent for all types of critter cards!)

I sure hope you enjoyed today's card!  Be sure to stop back after the hop (later on Saturday) and I'll have another fun furry friend to share with you here after the hop winners are announced!  And don't forget to leave a little comment to let me know what you thought of todays card and qualify for the great prizes too.  Now hop on over to Shanna's Blog for even more fun and furry ideas!  Hope you enjoy the rest of the hop and Thanks so much for stopping by!

Until next time,
***Julie***

43 comments:

Karalee said...

Wowee Julie! That is some special card. Very awesome.

namabear said...

I just tried that technique and yes it is addicting you can not stop at one. Luv your card thanks for sharing.

Anonymous said...

Julie, your kitties look as innocent as can be on that pink background, but I know better! That is a cool technique I'm going to use on my very next birthday card - tomorrow! Thanks for the instructions on the folding and referring us back to SNS for full instructions. I love your card!
Jan Hobbs

Barbara Bruder said...

Julie, such sweet kitties, my fav pet. This card you did is delightful. Love the colors you choose and its a very pretty card.

April said...

This is a great fold. I love the cute kitties and your pretty card! Wonderful job!

Stampin' Hands have Happy Hearts said...

I love these cats and I love your card!

Anonymous said...

Love the colors! Pink and black make cards look so rich!
Lori Gugan

Shona Erlenborn said...

Love what you did here Julie. Thanks for the great tutorial on the fun fold. That's going to get a try for sure! Love the colors you used too.

Donna Ellis said...

Julie, your kitty card and tutorial are wonderful! As usual, your photography captivates glitter perfectly. Such a magic touch you have! Your tutorial appears in the T&T section here
http://sparklensprinkle.com/techniques_detail.php?title_keyword=diamond_fold_card
Thanks for sharing a fun card and inspiring me with a new folding technique. I haven't made a diamond fold card yet, but hope to soon.

Anonymous said...

Great tutorial. I would love to try that design with a halloween theme. Thanks for sharing. Selma

creativearts said...

Your card is lovely! Love that set of kittens!

FranTic said...

Have had a problem with that particular fold - now I don't! Thanks!

elf1023 said...

You make that look so easy. Will try again. Ty

Karin said...

This is just so sweet with those adorable kittys! Love this fancy folded card, they always make the recipient feel more special! "Purr"-fect sentiment too!

Verna Angerhofer said...

What a great use of the cutest feline images ever. I love your card with the fancy fold too.

Shanna Shands said...

Great fancy fold. I love the colors you used.

Brenda said...

And yet another great tutorial! What a fun and funky card. LOVE the black & pink combo - one of my favorite color combos - right up there with red & black :)

Gerlinde said...

absolutely gorgeous! Love the pink stripes with the black and the kitties are adorable!

Robyn Rinehart said...

Adorable cards so much detail and it shows your hard work. THANK YOU!!!!!!!!

ShirleyTACS said...

Great card and wonderful tutorial. I love making differently folded cards.

gobarb26 said...

Beautiful card and I really like this stamp set! TFS.

Debi said...

Pink and black - one of my favorite combinations! Beautiful diamond fold. I've made a few and never thought to use a ribbon to hold it together. Those kitties are so adorable. Lovely card.

Sandy (Cheesy) said...

Love that folding technique, Julie...it makes a really special card. Wonderful pictures and easy to follow. I like your color choices too.

Sandy T said...

Very fun and adorable explosion card. Great job

Judy said...

What a unique card! Super.

Anonymous said...

I really like this folded card. The colors you choose are so great together and the kitties are cute!
Thanks for the instructions.

Laurie

Karen said...

Julie,
This card is amazing! I hope to make it for a birthday card.

Barbara mitchel said...

Perfect card ,love the challenge.

Kathy Vogel said...

I love your pink and black color combination. The kitties go so well with it. Maybe I'm nuts, but the fold made me think of those fortune telling things we used to make, so perhaps I can do it .

Anonymous said...

Neat fold.TFS!!
kasot@aol.com

E. Marie said...

Wonderful fancy fold card. Your kitties are so cute surrounded by all the great glitter. Love the pink and black combination.

Katy said...

I love the colors and patterns you used for this card. I really like how it folds out. I need to branch out with different folds too! Thanks for the inspiration! :)

Cheryl B said...

what a pretty diamond fold card. Love your choice of papers and the Purr!

Anita Braddock said...

Super Amazing Card love the fun folds have never tried this and it look so cool I will have to try it. Love the layering and the look of this when it folds. your super Darn Cute kitties are awesome. thanks for sharing.

Keri Brown said...

What a fabulous card idea.... I haven't seen this one before... Will definitely try this out.... Tfs

HelenM said...

WOW!! Your diamond fold card! How fantastic! Thanks for the inspiration

Shereen VH said...

With such good directions, I just may try this fold.
Love the cats,too!

Cat said...

Such a clever card and a great tutorial! Fabulous!

carrie said...

Fantastc fold card! Love your choice of paper and colors to use with the kitty stamp. Thanks for the directions as I would like to try and make one like it.

Dianne Potter said...

I am totally in love with this card! The colors are purrrrfect. Who wouldn't enjoy receiving such a wonderful card in the mail. Thank you for sharing!

Amanda R said...

Julie I have never made a card like this but yours looks so detailed and well done, I am truly impressed! Hope all is well out your way!

Aurora Christina said...

Great fold on the card! I'll have to try this when I get a chance!

Sandra Kersting said...

Always looking for a new way to make a card, thanks for the instrutions. I love this stamp set they remind me of best friends.