Quick Tips: Beautify Folds Cards


Hello!  Today I want to share a quick, easy way to beautify folds cards with die frames and designer papers.  This is by far my most favorite technique to use when working with folds cards.  Be it z-fold, accordion or easel cards.  By the way, if you would like to see a tutorial on this easel style card with bottom flap in the future, please let me know in the comment.

[All supplies used for these cards are linked to the stores where I have purchased them from in the thumbnails at the end of the post. These cards are part of my on-going baby cards charity project.  I am not compensate by any means by the hospital for my labor hours nor for the products used in the making of these cards.  All supplies I paid 100% out-of-pocket and donate 100% of my labor hours.]

I simply love working with fancy die frames on folds cards.  They are clean-line and make filling up all those empty, folds areas super easy.  They also add just the perfect amount of beautiful details to the card.  But to achieve a beautiful cohesive look for both front and interior of card, I find it's best to pick just one main frame and one designer paper to work with.  For the frame, try picking one that fill up almost the entire area that you want to cover rather than mixing a bunch of different size pieces together.  Die cut it in white to give that classic timeless look, letting all the details shine.  You also want a frame with a design that go well with the card theme too.  Have your focal image and/or sentiment in the center.  Give a little break between the focal image/sentiment and the frame by leaving some white spaces between them.  I find it's best to achieve this look with the use of label dies that coordinate to the frame.  Once you have your frame set, bring in some color and an element of fun to the background with designer paper.  Again, I find it's best to work with just a single, muted color with a simple pattern design.  Finally, be sure to carry through the same die frame and designer paper from the front to the interior.

My favorite to use is a flourish pattern dies.  The flourish has a delicate feels which work beautifully with any theme.  For this project, I am using ODBD Vintage Flourish Pattern Dies frame with ODBD Vintage Label Dies and the polka dot papers from the ODBD Birthday Bright 6x6 Paper Pad.  I really love these sets of dies and paper pad from ODBD.  They's so beautiful and so much fun to work with! The baby image on the front is Whimsy Stamps Cradled by the Moon (colored with copic, glittered moons and stars with Wink of Stella and flicking strokes with white gel pen for the bunny's fur).  For the interior, the sentiment was created on my laptop, embellished with my own hand drawn hearts (colored with copic RV25, R46, glittered in Wink of Stella).

before you go.  Here is the two hearts I drew for these cards.  Just click and do a "Save As" to your computer.  Jpg format.   Enjoy! [Please do not reshare my drawing.  Instead kindly refer your friends here to grab for themselves. Thank you kindly.]



   Z-Fold Card Tutorial

Basic Shaker Card Tutorial


Hello!  I hope everyone had a wonderful weekend and looking forward to the new week.  Last week was back-to-school week and I now have a 1st and 3rd Grader in the house!  Yay!  So very proud mama here :D

Okay, for today's card.  A friend of my son had his 6th birthday a few weeks ago and I thought a shaker card would be perfect to help him celebrate his big day.   Here's the card.  By the way, for the giveaway winner announcement, please see end of this post.


Giveaway Winner Is...

Congratulations Megan!  You are the winner of My Favorite Things CROSS STITCH RECTANGLE STAX Die-Namics MFT652 giveaway!   An e-mail will be send to you shortly.    

Thank you all who participated in the giveaway and for helping me test out the Inlinkz.  I will be using it for future giveaways.  May you have a wonderful rest of your week!