Cards that have different shapes or folds are so fun but they are much nicer to make when there is a die that can cut them for you instead of you needing to measure and score and cut and figure it all out yourself. Simpler is so much nicer and much less stressful.
This week I’m using Sizzix’s Fold-A-Long Thinlits dies to make my cards. This set comes with six dies that cut the card base, the decorative inside element and three tag pieces. In the card above I used Graphic 45‘s Artisan Style collection with the dies. I fussy cut the peacock from the paper to make my plain yellow envelope pop a little and give a sneak peek of what the card will be. The die cut card accordion folds on both sides to meet in the middle. I again fussy cut the flowers and dragon fly from the paper collection, ran them through my Xyron sticker maker, placed them on black cardstock and recut them leaving a small border around them. The flowers and dragonfly intertwine to hold the card closed.
Here’s a view for you from the top showing the decorative mats and the way it folds. In order to get the mats I cut my decorative paper with the card base die in the set and then trimmed the pieces to fit. In the video below I’ll show you how to use the die and how to cut and fold it and the mats to create the Fold-A-Long card. The card starts with a 12″ x 6″ piece of cardstock for the base and folds to a standard A2 size.
This card used an older Graphic 45 collection, Curtain Call, any collections that you have on hand that has several 12×12″ sheets will do you for these cards with matching envelopes. I found it much easier to place the card die and paper I’m wanting to cut on my Sizzix Magnetic Platform. It holds everything in place snugly to prevent a shift as you cut. Since this die is placed on the fold of your paper to create the card it’s great to have that extra help. I used the Angel Craft tapes and podge to adhere my papers together. I love using the Podge as a glue since it dries quickly and leaves no wrinkles or puckers in your papers. One thing I did have to do with some of the papers before folding or scoring was to lightly spritz them with water. Since the decorative papers I used tended to be on the heavier side I didn’t want to take a chance on the paper splitting as I folded or scored it, the water just helps expand the fibers a tad and helps prevents those awful cracks.
Here’s a sneak peak of the other examples you’ll see on the video. I sure hope you’ll try this die set and make some Fold-A-Long cards for yourself.
A list of the supplies I used from the store, with links, will be directly below the video.
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Supplies I used from the store:
660373: Sizzix Thinlits Fold-A-Long die set
4501114: Graphic 45 Artisan Style 12×12 Paper Collection
658300: Sizzix Big Shot Starter Package
656499: Sizzix Magnetic Platform for wafer thin dies
ACT1412: Angel Craft Tape 1/2″
ACT1414: Angel Craft Tape 1/4″
ACP6SG: Angel Craft Semi-Gloss Podge
TIM19527: Tim Holtz Distress Ink Vintage Photo