It’s a brand new year and a great opportunity to try new things and push ourselves a bit.  Maybe it is just me , but my standard go-to card looks like an A6 folded in half.  There are a ton of possibilities with this shape, sure.  But when you add in an unexpected fold , you can make your cards look like works of art.  I am excited to share with you some of the ways our crafty colleagues are using folds, flaps and dies to create dimension, fun and folded fabulousness with their cards.

Kelly created a way to add dimension on her cards that still fit in the envelope so you can mail your loved one some lovely flowers in paper vases!  How clever is that?  They are just lovely.

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card by Kelly Griglione photo courtesy of Notable Nest

I haven’t yet tried my hand at these cards in a box but they are so cool and add such a specialness to any occasion.  Could you imagine opening this box and being showered with these gorgeous butterflies.  What a neat treat.

butterfly box

card by Filomena Green photo courtesy of Personally Yours Create

The details on these next cards just blow my mind.  Helen sets up her scene so beautifully and when you open and close the card, the gingerbread house pivots back and forth.

ginger house

Card by Helen Cryer photo courtesy of The Dining Room Drawers

This minion is the perfect character for the Circle Thinlets die.  On the other side of his eye is the perfect place for a little message for a little fan.

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card by Linda Higgins photos courtesy of Linda Higgins

I just could not resist these characters too.  Do you remember Pac Man and its little ghosts?  These guys are an awesome pop up that Kate created.  They are really fun.  You could come up with some funny sentiments for these guys.

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Cards by Kate photo  courtesy of Mini-eco

I just love the way the ornament in the circle tag tucks into the circle outline on the opposite side of the card.  This is such a classy look.

ornament frame

card by Jenny Moors photo courtesy of Stamping Moments

These flowers are acrylic are just so lovely, I would set these on my desk at work to just bring in the sunshine.  They are so cute and they are pop ups.  Kelly has a tutorial on her site to help you make your own.

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cards by Kelly Griglione photo courtesy of Notable Nest

The swing cards are a great option for a card that has a strong sentiment but you don’t need to write too much on the inside of the card.  This is a beautiful encouragement card by Brenda.

She believed swing

card by Brenda Rose photo courtesy of Rose Bloom Legacies

Helen’s easel card is another gorgeous example of how to incorporate interactive elements in your cards that still lie flat in envelopes.  Check out her snow flakes hanging from the top of the card.  Just lovely.

snowflake easle

Card by Helen Cryer photo courtesy of the Dining Room Drawers

This half century celebration is such a lovely statement card.  It is so stately in black and white, you could also use bright colors for a younger persons birthday celebration.

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card by Amanda photo courtesy of The Craft Spa

Another look at black and white but this time in a Z fold.  I love that you can hide you message underneath the front panel or show it off boldly on the base behind the image.

Upright Z fold card. side view

 Card by Moz Roberts photo courtesy of All Things Moz

Whether you use an interactive version, a pop up or simple try a new way to fold your cards, I hope this year you push yourself to try a new technique or fold to give yourself another way of creating fun, fabulous folds this year.

So go ahead… make something pretty.

I found a few products to help you with your folding fabulousness.

su thinlits

Label Card Thinlets Die from Stampin’ Up

  circle thin

Circle Card Thinlets Die from Stampin’ Up

 sizzix die

Sizzix Thinlets Die Set – 5 pack – Square with Accordian Folds

 sizzix die 2

Sizzix Movers and Shapers L Die Card, Ornate Flip-its

sizzix die 3

Sizzix Movers and Shapers XL Die Card, Circle Stand ups

sizzix die 4

Sizzix Mover and Shapers Pro Die Set – Card, #10 and window panes

9 replies on “Trend Watch – Fold Them Up Fabulous”

  1. LOVE these fun cards!! So many awesome ways to bring action into your cards! I love making easel cards and swing cards but haven’t made an explosion card yet. It is my goal to make one by the end of the month though! TFS!

  2. Every fold makes a difference! Love the “party in a box” cards…love that they mail flat but stand with great dimension. these cards are not easy to make, but they sure are worth the effort! Thanks for showing us so many enjoyable examples of this trend.

    1. I have not done these cards yet either, but just wanted you to know that you can do anything if you just think positive and set your mind to it. There may be a few trial and error, but just go for it. You will be very happy you did and it will eventually have a positive outcome. Just remember, there are no mistakes, only happy accidents!

    1. Kelly,
      I absolutely love your card. It is very unique. I have never seen anything like it. Hopefully I can make it one of these days. I am most definitely going to try.

  3. Great Trend Watch Aliya! I just Love the Minion Card and I know someone who would just Love one for her Birthday.

  4. Thank you so much for featuring my card in your examples of folded cards!
    I’m really thrilled and suggest everyone has a go at making a folded card.
    So many fabulous ideas out there!
    Hugz
    Moz

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