Friday, July 25, 2014

July's VC_Rocks Blog Hop

Hello to all my blogging and Rocking friends, I hope this post finds you all well and happy!

I was so excited to find out the theme of this months Blog Hop was Fancy Folds and or 3D items. I really love both but, I had made two 3-D items before (I haven' sent those out yet Sorry!!!!!) so, I decided to make Fancy Fold cards this time around.
The inspiration for my cards came from the new Summer 2014 Card Maker Magazine. I'm showing you the front cover of the magazine because all the directions on how to make every card I am displaying are in it. I am not a great typist so it was easier to show you where you can get the directions rather than me  re-typing them or trying to explain them.

I made four new cards for you this Hop. The Magazine is packed full of fun ideas and great directions on how to do them. I have provided you with a video link on how to do one of the folds

Here is the first card it comes right off the front cover only with my little twist to it, Lower left hand side of the cover.

It's a Stair Step card. It only uses the mountain and valley folds. It was very simple and easy to make. I stamped  three rows of flowers using the masking technique.  This technique makes it look like one flower is behind or in front of another flower. It is best to use StazOn ink when stamping the images so there is no bleeding of the colors. Then, I hand colored each flower with SU Markers (so wish I had Blendabilities for this part). Next, I fussy cut each row of flowers out and taped them to the top of each mountain fold. Here is a look at the side so you can see all the stair steps. The fan almost blew the card off my picture taking box lol.

Now for the second card,

 This card is a little more technical but still very easy to do. One cut down the center with a couple folds here and there.  I find in making fancy fold cards like these that your Bone Folder is your new best friend. It really helps the cards stand up properly and make crisp clean folds. I used several punches on this card, Bird Builder, the new Itty Bitty Accents punch and an oldie but a goody the Scallop Trim Border Punch. Here is a look at the side so you can again see the fold. (The video link provided above shows how I made this card)

The next card is my favorite because it is a style of Distressing and Antiquing that goes with the Shabby Chic- Vintage style I like so much.

I had a small strand of the Antique Rosettes left in my stash that I colored with Cherry Cobbler. They were perfect for making the focal piece on the lower left of the card. I added a six loop bow made from Linen Thread that I attached on the back of the rosettes to give it a wispy background feel. The Tea Party  image was stamped twice, once in Basic Black and then again in Cherry Cobbler. I cut out the cherry cobbler tea set and mounted that on top on the black image for color and interest. The lacy background was made from one and a half Tea Laced Paper Doilies that I sponged with Cherry Cobbler ink all around the edges. Than, I cut out the center so I could manipulate the doily easier. I took a oval scrap of card stock and covered the back side with a Jumbo Sticky Round and slowly adhered the doily to it making delicate folds all the while. I taped the stamped Tea Party image and placed that on top of the lace scrap. I distressed the edges of the DSP with Crumb Cake ink and added a few 8mm Pearl halves black leaves and I was done. Here is a look at the side of this card.

  This next card was my husbands favorite. He thinks it is so funny when I tie a balloon around the neck of a stamped image (usually a giraffe) to make it look like it is going to fly away. This is a great Kids Birthday card they usually love it. The card is very colorful and cheery.

This one has the most folds and is the most technical, but once you get the hang of making the cuts and score lines the folds gets easier. I freehand cut all the balloons and added a little white gel pen slash to make it look like light was hitting the balloons. I think this DSP is perfect for a birthday card don't you? I stamped the image of the giraffe with StazOn ink and colored the image in with SU Markers. Then I fussy cut the image out. I mounted the giraffe on orange card stock so it would pop. Isn't he the cutest little giraffe. I loved the images in the Zoo Review stamp set.
Here is a look at the side of this card.

The best advise I can offer for making these fancy fold cards is to do each panel separately. For instance, there are five panels on the front of this card. I decorated each panel separately so I could get an idea of how and what I wanted to create. Lastly, use your Bone Folder often to get nice clean crisp folds.

I hope you liked my cards and are inspired enough to create a few for your self. These Fancy Fold cards really do make quite the impression when they are received "They are not just the same old regular card" they are more like a special gift with the gift. Have fun and enjoy our Blog Hop!

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Please stop back by often and leave me a comment. I will answer any questions you may have regarding these projects and or anything I create.

Chat soon,


Robin Messenheimer / Robin's Craft Room said...

Just fabulous, Patrice! What a fun group of projects!!

Terri T said...

Love all the cards, I think the 3rd one is my favorite. It seems so vintage, I miss those type of cards! May have to try a few of those folds!

Carol Read Stampin' Up! Demonstrator said...

Hey Roomie. Those are beautiful cards!!! I really need to try some step cards. Maybe by Christmas time lol. Great job!

Cynthia Ferenz said...

Love them all Patrice, but think the giraffe one is the cutest! TFS! Think I'm gonna need to get that magazine.

stampershirley said...

Patrice, these are just simply great - your attention to details takes the cake! I love making and giving these 'step' cards, everyone wants to know how to make them! Good for business, huh. Thanx for being so creative and sharing.

Anonymous said...

Yet again, more master pieces! Love your style. Thanks for sharing!

Carey said...

WOW!!!!! Each of the cards is better than the one before. You are so talented my friend.

Carey and Roscoe

Patrice Herrera said...

Hi everyone, Thanks for leaving such nice comments on these cards. I really, really try to do my very best for our Blog Hops. I do them because you all inspire me! Thank You VC_Rocks

Dawn Hoffman said...

Wow! Love all your cards--I'm going to have to check out the magazine! Thanks for sharing--and sorry I'm so late commenting….my internet has been down and was just fixed!