Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Winter Wreath 'n' Roses Easel Fold Holiday Card

Whew what a long title!

Sometimes its hard to put an aptly named title together for a project or my talent at this is minimal, but what IS important is that we share right? Right!

And today I'd like to share this idea for a card with you because I think its a terrifically fun design that you could use again and again and get a "wow" reaction every time! And believe it or not, it folds into a 5 x 7 in. envelope {hurray!}...which is good for postal rates :)

I followed the following instructions for cutting and folding....

Create the card body:

CUT        6 x 11-3/4 in     cardstock {minimum 80lb cardstock to support weight}
SCORE   3-1/4; 5; 6-3/4; and 8-1/2 inch marks
FOLD     valley; mountain; mountain; valley  respectively  [creates a central panel which sticks out]

Decorate each of the two flanking back panels with co-ordinating patterened paper and the central panel. [ I used patterned paper cut to 1/8 in. less than each panel]
Create the  main card front:
                4 x 5 in cardstock
                 3-1/2 x 4-5/8 mat
                 4-1/8 x 3-1/4 mat [ for focal design such as wreath ]
*Add your focal design such as the wreath, and attach to the central panel of the card body.

 DO make a fabulous focal point!!  3D is best in my opinion. Show off some bling or go for the natural look as I did.  This card design is also handy for using scrap materials.

My tips to share for creating added dimension when using a punch to create foliage are:
 - 'patterned paper' [ see white polka-dot on green cardstock],
 - combine different foliage types [ see the deep green branch at top of wreath ]
 - use one colour but a variety of shades [light and dark greens]
 - try something different [ i distressed white cardstock with brown ink before punching mini-branch]

Please visit......
 The wreath design is not an original of mine but "my version". To see where I found the idea please visit Mariannes Papir Blog and see her wonderful projects! 

Hurry and mail out your cards !!

Happy Holidays :)

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