Saturday, 9 March 2019

TUTORIAL - CTC #219 Gingham Gala inspiration with a JOY FOLD

Welcome back for another week at CASEing the Catty- how is it Sunday again already??
No matter, this week we are CASEing the Gingham Gala section of the Occasions Catalogue, and I was inspired by the wee butterfly card in the bottom right of our Inspo picture.
I have been busy making Fancy Fold cards since my class last weekend focused on "Simple Stamping with a Fancy Fold" so this post gives me an opportunity to share a Tutorial for the Joy Fold card which was one of 4 we made. You can see some of the other tutorials on posts for recent days here, and here.
This style of card has been around for a while and there are many different versions I'm sure, so this is my version (Metric).
A Joy Fold card has a base card which opens right to left like a regular card (or book), and a smaller card adhered to the card base which opens left to right. The small card front sits over the top of the larger card base.- it's your basic Reef Knot-"right over left, left over right, makes a knot both tidy and tight".
Here's my card this week.

I was inspired by the little blue butterfly card with the tiny punched out butterflies,  and the timber element. For my card I used 2 circle punches instead. I wanted to get the colours to tone with the patterned butterfly paper so I cut the circles from the backgrounds of some of those.

My circles are scattered randomly but there is almost no background Cardstock visible. If some of the circles had a little bit of pattern on them I just covered that or placed it hanging over the edge to be cut off. In fact I completely covered my card mat, so to help bond the DSP and the card base together I have run the entire piece through the bigshot using the subtle folder- love this effect. The timber butterfly was getting a little lost so I added some blue ribbon behind and made the butterfly stand out a little by first inking the shape with Balmy Blue, then applying a thin layer of Tombow and sprinkling the whole piece with Dazzling Diamonds.
Right side open
Left side open
Love this sentiment.

                         10.5cm x 14.7 cm                Score at 10cm
                         DSP for card base = 9.5cm x12.2cm
                         DSP for card front = 9.5cm x 10cm
                          20cm X 8cm                       Score at 10cm
                          Card for Mat = 9.5cm x 7.5cm x 2 pieces
  • Score and burnish folds
  • Adhere large mat of DSP to card base, and smaller piece to front of left flap of card base
  • Adhere mats to front of smaller card and inside of smaller card
  • With the spine of the larger card base to the left, and the spine of the smaller card facing the right, adhere the smaller card to the card base
  • If you need a keeper to hold it close use a small punched circle and a dimensional.
This is the sample I used at class. I wanted a bit more colour than the plain black and white spotted base to I simply stamped some Balmy Blue all over it using the watercolour image from "Love What You Do". It's a great stamp to cover a large area. You can colour black and white- or black and vanilla - DSP easily to suit your purpose. It's a handy trick and one I use often.

You can see the keeper is just popped up on a dimensional, and the card front just slots in behind it

 That's it for today, sorry about the long post. Hope you get a chance to make one of these. They are easy and a nice change from the regular format. Don't forget we love to see what you create and you can pop a photo on our Facebook group page

Next up this week is Monique. I wonder what amazing creation she'll have to inspire us.
I hope you have a creative week and remember, 
"don't just post online,
 post something pretty!"

cheers, Liz

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  1. Thankyou so much for the measurements. This is a wonderful fun fold. And I love the circle detail. What a special card.

  2. Gee, what a fun card! I love all the circles on the front of your card - they are an excellent background for that dazzling butterfly!

  3. This is one of my favourite folds! I love all the little details you've included on your beautiful card. Kelly x

  4. Joy fold cards are such fun, and the circles glued and embossed are a great touch.

  5. Your Joyfold cards really have a WOW factor Liz. The embossed circles look fantastic, very clever.

  6. What a great card! Love the embossed circle layer, I need to do that more often.


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