Friday, 2 February 2018

Twist'n'Fold Valentine

This interactive Valentine is like a TARDIS - bigger on the inside! Pull the tabs to reveal the inner message. This project is my interpretation of an idea I saw in a book by Trish Witkowski (Paper Folding Templates, Apple Press 2012). 

Here's your free Valentine:

A nice feature of the card is how the edges of the heart project beyond the centre square - make sure you cut these carefully. The folds around the centre square are all mountain folds.

The secret of success is careful folding. I use a fine-point embossing tool to score the folds, then use a bone folder to set the crease. 

It's a fun moment when the card unfurls to reveal the TLC message.

Happy Valentine's Day! (Groundhog's Day today - but must plan ahead.) :D

Wednesday, 24 January 2018

Valentine Accordion Basket

Here's a pretty little heart-shaped basket for sweet treats. The v-shaped accordion pleats give it a bellows look. The baske is open, but you can tie
the handle shut with a ribbon.

Your free Valentine's basket:

The trickiest part of making the basket is folding the accordion V-shape. To make things easy for you, the pleated section is colour-coded. Score the lengthwise pleats, then crease them both directions. Score the zig-zag lines in the centre, then pre-crease them. Practice folding the V-shaped accordion. When you get to the centre, pop the fold in the opposite direction.

To assemble the basket, use d/s tape to attach the hearts to the front and back of the V - then add the handle at top.

Tuesday, 23 January 2018

Folded Heart Embellishment 2

I hope that you liked the Folded Heart Embellishment in my previous post, because today I am ramping things up a level. This folded heart has pretty heart-shaped petal turn-backs. If you mastered the folds of the previous heart embellishment, you'll know what to do. 

Here's your free embellishment:

When making the heart, the secret to success is scoring and pre-creasing all the folds - then everything will fall into place during the actual folding. Make sure you score and fold across the base of each heart turn-back: a horizontal line across the top of the template. I use a fine-point embossing tool held against a small metal ruler. You may want to secure the join on the back of the heart with a snip of magic tape.

Happy heart-folding! :)