Friday, June 16, 2017

A Year Of Card Techniques–Basic Card Folds

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Welcome to A Year of Card Techniques Blog Hop where each month we feature a different card technique.  We’ve assembled a team of card makers who range from new to advanced, so you’ll see a great variety of cards and ideas.

June‘s hop is devoted to basic card folds; featuring drapery/curtain fold, peek-a-boo fold or double-z gate-fold.  And we’re adding a twist of using double-sided paper.   We hope this gives you lots of ideas and will inspire you to try these card folds yourself...and pull out that double-sided paper as well!    If you would like to check out our past technique hops, you can do that here:

January-Shaving Cream Marbleizing

February-So Sketchy

March-no hop this month

April-Stamp Set Showdown

May-World of Watercolors

We have an amazing sponsor this month, Candy Spiegel.  Please take a moment to check out all the crafty goodness on her blog, Candy Scraps.

And the awesome prize this month is four stencils from Elizabeth Craft Designs. Thanks, Candy!

Blog Hop Prize 


We  really appreciate feedback, so please leave a comment on each of the blogs in the hop today.  While you are encouraged to comment at any time, only comments received by  Friday, June 23, 2017 at 8:00pm (EST) will be eligible to win.   The winner will be announced on Sunday,  June 25, 2017 on A Piece of (my) Heart’s blog (that’s here), so be sure to check back here again on the 25th to see if you won!

And speaking of winners, the lucky hopper from last month is SUSAN ELIOT; picked by Random Name Picker.  Congratulations, Susan!  Please get in touch with last month’s sponsor, Jodie Park, to claim your prize.

Since I’m the first blog on this hop, let’s get started!


Draper Fold 1_cardfolds_ocmLet me just start by saying that this was my first attempt at the drapery fold and it’s definitely not my favorite one of the bunch.  I used a digital image that I had saved on my computer and colored it with Copics.  The paper is from a Recollections paper pad and it was the ONLY double sided paper pad that I owned.  I thought I had bunches of it but it turns out I don’t.  Enough said about this card.  Let’s move on, shall we.





Sending Lots Of Love_cardfolds_ocm

I decided to try and attempt another drapery fold with Card #2 and I’m much happier with the results.  Since I only had one double sided paper pad and I wasn’t very fond of the papers available in that pad, I decided that I needed to make a trip to Michaels where I picked up a pretty little 6x6-inch pad of double sided papers in various patterns of pink and gold.  I chosen a cute chevron pattern for this card but it does make it a little more difficult to see the folds.  I added a glitzy gold bow and a sentiment that I sponged the edges of to make it pop.




Next I tried the double drapery fold with some digital paper that I printed.  This was a little trickier but I think it turned out ok.  Next time I think I will try to make the folds wider so that you can see more of the other side of the paper.  I added a black ribbon and a “happy birthday” sentiment to finish the card off.


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Elephant Peek-A-Boo_cardfolds_ocm

My last card is a peek-a-boo card.  It’s pretty simple to make.  Once again, I printed my paper with a different pattern on each side.  To make this card you measure up halfway on the long side and then cut in about 1.5-inches.  Then you fold each corner back to make the peek-a-boo.  I stamped a “My Favorite Things” Adorable Elephant image onto some cardstock and used my circle punch to cut him out.  I colored him with Prisma Color markers in Cool Grey 10%, Cool Gray 20%, and Cool Grey 30%.  I sponged the edges of my circle with some light blue ink.  I added a “happy birthday” sentiment to finish off the card.



As an extra special bonus, I am giving away some Basic Grey products (see below) to one very special person so make sure when you comment to mention the words BLOG CANDY!

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Ok, that’s it for me.  I hope you enjoyed my cards.  Now  you’re off to visit with Claudia.  Don’t forget to leave a comment on each blog to increase your chances of winning.  Hope you had fun and thanks for stopping by.  See you next month with another technique!

Here’s the full line-up in case you get lost:

24 comments :

Katydid Cards said...

The drapery fold was my least favorite as well, but you did a beautiful job on yours...not sure why you don't like the first one. Your peek-a-boo card is adorable. Fun hopping with you, as always

Debbie Bonczek said...

I would also say drapery was my least favorite, but I love all of your creations. Love the pattern paper on that 2nd one, and the third one is fabulous.

Amanda Rhodes said...

I think you did a great job on all 4 cards!

foleysfriend said...

Love your samples of fancy fold cards. Great job!

Jodie Park said...

Love the Drapery folds!!! Smiles!!!

Wilma said...

I love your drapery fold cards. I tend to agree - not my favorite to make - but you did a great job. I really like how the pink and gold pattern just works with the folds.

Denise S. said...

Cute drapery folds and very creative to print your own paper. I didn't have a problem finding double sided paper because I have a paper addiction (especially the 6 x 6 pads). The peek-a-boo is very cute too. And by the way - BLOG CANDY!

Claudia Henderson said...

Wonderful cards Sharon and I love how you were able to match the designs with the folds. I guess we had the same issues paper is important because not all designs work together and some of the folds are not my cup of tea either :-) You did a great job and thanks for sharing these with us

Nana711 said...

Great cards. I love unique folds and am happy to follow along.

Teresa Cherka said...

Lovely cards, the drapery fold is very interesting and I like the look. I am going to give it a try. Thanks for sharing.

Sherry Yeager said...

I think the cards are great. Haven't tried that fold before

Michelle Nist said...

I think your first card is adorable, and I also love how the baby elephant is popped up! Great cards!

Wanda Rule said...

Love the folds! Haven't tried that yet.

Amanda Rhodes said...

I love Basic Grey! Thanks for giving us the chance to win some blog candy!

Gracie said...

Love your cards - I had the same problem finding double sided paper in my stash until I realized I had plenty in my paper pads lol :) By the way - Blog Candy!

Im.HeartGem said...

I'm pretty new at card making so a couple of these folds were new (to me) and exciting. Thank you for offering the offering a chance to win BLOG CANDY!

Carey Nusbaum said...

The drapery fold card is a must try!! How pretty! Thanks for the inspiration and for the opportunity to win stencils and blog candy!

Ronda La Duke said...

I love all your cards. You did a great job for your first time with the drapery card! My favorite is the pink and gold chevron. I love pink! And who doesn't love BLOG CANDY????

terriavidreader (IN-USA) said...

I actually like that drapery fold, gonna try it!! And I wish more people offered blog candy. Doesn't happen much any more seems like.

ruthieberry said...

Love all the folds and thanks for the chance to win some Blog Candy!!

Jennifer Earley said...

Your cards are great! That first card scares me as does the last card...double folds on different sides....crazy! But you them so pretty! The last card is too cute with the little elephant! Loving the BLOG CANDY, thanks for the chance!

Denise Bryant said...

Pretty cards! I love the effect of the drapery fold and want to try it! Also a very cute peek-a-boo card!
Thanks for the chance to win some BLOG CANDY!

Candy Spiegel said...

I love that little elephant card! Too cute.

Lisa Frederick said...

I'd have to say... You fared much better than me on the other folds! My fave is... THE PEEKABOO!!!! So cute! And I love the BLOG CANDY you are giving away! Fantastic cards!