26 February, 2021

Xtra folds

Can you believe it's already time for another task over at the Alphabetchallenge? Our theme this fortnight is "Xtra folds", meaning we'd like to see more than one fold on your projects.
For the longest time, I was thinking about creating an easel card for my DT inspiration. However, once it came to crafting I wasn't in the mood for measuring and cutting , so I figured I'd have to come up with something else. I went through my folder of patterns for shaped cards to find something suitable and even considered trying origami, but I finally settled on a square card with a folded piece of paper on it.

I've chosen a rather small cardbase this time (9 x 9 cm), and had two projects on my mind. Both were rather simple, but as the first took a turn which made the folds almost invisible, I'll present you the second one today.
Given the small base, the card is rather tiny, but it was all part of the plan. I went with sympathy/thinking of you for the theme, but I meant to create a sympathy note rather than a card if you get what I mean. A tiny something you can add to a bouquet, or an addition to a small gift for the mourning family. Something that will let them know you're thinking about them without this huge blank space inside a sympathy card that I usually find so difficult to fill.

For the inspiration, I went back in time to the White Rose resistance group, whose leading members were beheaded on a February day almost 80 years ago. Coincidentally, the words on the folded piece of paper come from the group's 6th pamphlet, but since I decided to fold the sheet in a way that would leave only portions of the text visible, it is impossible to tell. 
The paper itself has quite a story, too: I had it printed years ago to go with this particular card. However, I opted for another text print back then, and it remained in my stash up until now when everything fell into place. 
When the folds are closed, all you can see is a silver rose sticker. 
Once the folds are opened, the rose blossoms out in a way that creates more space around the bloom, as if the flower has a bit more freedom to develop its beauty. Now you can see that I placed the sticker on a piece of white cardboard, which I then enhanced with a sheet of black cardboard in the background. This way, I managed to create a tiny black border around the card's centerpiece. 
Other than that, I decided to leave the focal point it as it is – no colours, no bling.
In the end, I cut four triangles to enhance the folded edges and add some extra black to the card. As I wanted to add a bit more black, I added another sheet of black cardboard in the background. 



  1. Beautiful card. Thank you for joining us at CRAFT Challenge. Hugs Sylvia-DT

  2. Wonderful card, very striking. Thanks for joining TTCRD challenge. Anesha

  3. Love the shape of your card and the gorgeous rose

  4. Great card, well done! Thanks for joining us at Unicorn Challenge.

    groetjes, Ellen

  5. Thanks for playing along with our "thinking of you" challenge over at Cardz 4 Guyz!! Classic color combo and I love all the fun folds!!

  6. Love the classic black, white and silver. It's beautiful. Thanks for joining my challenge at Cardz4guyz. Love Dawn x

  7. Beautiful card.
    Thanks so much for joining us for our Love to Craft Challenge for February 2021.
    We hope to see you again soon,
    Lou DT xo
    JemLou Productions

  8. Beautiful card design! Thank you for sharing with us over here at World Wide Open Design Team Challenge and best of luck with your entry.

    Donna DT Member for

  9. Excellent use of techniques. Thank you for sharing it with us at Scrapping4fun Challenges

  10. A beautiful monochrome card. Stunning fold and gorgeous embossing.
    Thank you so much for entering our challenge this week at CRAFT Challenge, looking forward to see you again next challenge.
    Hugs Sheryl xx CRAFT DT

  11. A fabulous black and white card. Simply gorgeous. Thanks for joining us at Krafty Chicks this week.

  12. What a fun design! Thanks so much for joining us this week at CRAFT Challenge.

  13. what a great card thanks for sharing at craft sorry for my late comment

  14. Love the style of this and thanks for joining in our challenge at crafty catz this week hope to see you back in the new challenge.

  15. Beautiful! This was actually the first "fancy fold" card style that I learned and it has remained a favorite! You did a fabulous job. Thanks for sharing with us at 613 Avenue Create!
    Chana Malkah, Owner

  16. beautiful card! Thanks for joining us at 613 Avenue Create!

  17. What a fun design, thanks for joining in at CARDZ4GUYZ. :)

  18. Beautiful card and cool design. Thank you for sharing with us over here at World Wide Open Design Team Challenge and best of luck with your entry.

    Gale DT for  http://worldwideopendesignteamchallenge.blogspot.com.au/

  19. This is just so beautiful. Nice work here.
    Thank you for sharing with us over here at World Wide Open Design Team Challenge and best of luck with your entry.

    Annette DT / Admin / Registered Owner for https://worldwideopendesignteamchallenge.blogspot.com/