Stretching in new directions


Trying something new is almost always a good thing.  (Let’s be reasonable here – some things should never be attempted – like the stuff with the caption “professional driver on closed course”.)  Sometimes the result isn’t what I expected, but in the process I invariably learn something.  It’s easy for me to continue doing the same thing – another time I’ll torment you with the trials and tribulations of growing out the haircut I’ve worn for oh, 30 years – but you shouldn’t have to do something the same way for 30 years before you try something new.

I’ve seen these Tri-fold (or shutter, or whatever-you-want-to-call-it) cards in a number of galleries and went looking for a starting point.  Bonnie at the Craftiblog posted a beautiful tutorial with a number of adaptations, and though I’m not sure she was the first to do so she has certainly done an outstanding job.  This format has infinite variations and goes together much more easily than you would imagine by looking at it.

Thoroughly Modern Tri Fold

Thoroughly Modern Tri Fold

I prepared this card for my hostess club last week.  When I showed them the sample of our project, I got the reaction I expected – half  “oooh, ahhh” and half  “you’ve-got-to-be-kidding-me!”  The cardstock was cut and scored and they all had a little package of pieces.  By the end of the evening, the cards were all finished and everyone headed out to solicit their own “oooh, ahhh” reactions.

  • Sahara Sand 12×12 Textured cardstock; Whisper White, Soft Suede, Bermuda Bay and Rose Red cardstock; Thoroughly Modern Designer Series Paper (and yes, a teeny scrap of Cool Caribbean – my precious stash)
  • Bermuda Bay Classic Ink pad; Rose Red, Bermuda Bay, and Soft Suede Stampin’ Write Markers
  • All Holidays, Oval All, Wings of Friendship, and Teeny Tiny Wishes Stamp Sets
  • Big Shot, Daisies #2 Bigz Die, SU Little Leaves Sizzlet
  • Butterfly, Large Oval, 3/4″ circle (base for daisy), 1/2″ circle, Word Window and Modern Label punches
  • Build-a-brad, Aquapainter, Stampin’ Sponges, Pop-Up Glue dots, Bone folder

Try something new today!

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