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Wednesday, November 26, 2008

Origami card tutorial

Happy Wednesday! While I was on a blog break, I actually made some time to create this origami card tutorial for you. To me, it's not as complicated as it looks (really!), so I took lots of photos to help you step-by-step try to create one for yourself! Grab your coffee and let's get on to the tutorial!

All you need for the base of the card itself is one 8 1/2" X 11" paper, the kind that you use in your printer. Fold the paper in thirds, trying to be as even as possible, otherwise you may end up with a lop-sided card. Don't stress out on this sample that you are making. Next, fold as shown below and repeat the same fold on the other side
so that your paper now looks like this. Are you still with me?? Easy so far, right?!
Fold as shown below making sure that you make nice creases so that the next step will be easy.
Open up your paper and fold in as shown.
Here's a closer look as to what it should look like.
If you are actually folding your card right now, the next photo is what your card should look like so far. If you are only viewing it right now, the next photo will not make any sense to you until you are actually following along with your project. Anyway, this is what you end up with after the fold in the previous photo. Next, fold in as shown below on both sides.
This is what your card should look like at this point.
Now flip your card over and pull down the folded middle section so that you can repeat the same folds above on the other side.
This is the other side. When you are doing that same fold as 2 photos above, it will look like this.
Fold as shown below and repeat the fold on the other side. (we're almost there!)
Here's the other side...
Grab the two flaps as shown here. We are getting ready to pull open the card to form the box - this is the exciting part!
Holding those two flaps, firmly pull open the card. It will look kind of squishy and out of shape but don't worry, you will straighten it all out after you puff open the card/box.
Another photo of what the card should be looking like at this point as you are pulling it firmly open...(hang in there!)
Once you open it up, straighten out the card/box as shown below.
Ta-da! You did it! Here is the finished card/box. I call it a box because it kind of looks like a box bottom, don't you thnk??
If your card didn't turn out too well, or doesn't look anything like the photo, start again! Don't give up! I have to tell you that I tried many, many times before I got the hang of it. I took apart a sample that someone made for me and studied the folds. If you would like a real live sample to follow, send me a private email requesting for a sample and I will fold one and mail one to you! Be sure in your email that you give me your mailing address. Now, shall we embellish and finish up the card?? Cut two strips of DP measuring approximately 2 3/4" X 5" You should measure the flap on your card before cutting the DP to make sure that your strip will fit on your card. I made some adjustments to my card and my strip ended up being 2 7/8" X 5" . I used the Bella Rose DP here.
For my stamped design, I used Dandelion Designs Maddy & Snowman (C102) and mounted it on a rectangle nestie (close to cocoa CS). I put a stronger adhesive on the left side only.
Adhere your piece to the left side of the box as shown here.
And this is what it should look like
Cut a piece of white cardstock approximately 3 5/8" X 4 7/8" or make adjustments to fit the inside of your card/box. Stamp and write your message on your piece before putting it in the card.
Here's the piece in the card/box.
Not too bad, right?? Here's the finished card...
A closer look at the glitter :)
Supplies I used:
Images - Dandelion Designs Maddy & Snowman (C102) and Sentiment - Everyone Smiles by Stampendous and Be Happy by SU (smile)
Cardstock - Close to cocoa, pink piroutte, chocolate chip
Accessories - regal rose 5/8" grosgrain ribbon, 1 3/8" and 1 1/4" circle punches by SU, regal rose ink, dazzling diamonds and rectangle nesties (large)
Images colored using my copic markers and SU Sahara Sand (for Maddy's pants)
I made this card for my friend Barbie's sweet daughter, Sunny (Hi Sunny! did you get my package yet?!) Sorry that this tutorial was so long but there was no way to shorten it without showing you all of the steps. I hope I didn't scare you away with this!! haha! Don't forget, if you need help or want a sample, send me an email. I'd love for you to make one and link me to your blog so I can check it out!
Thanks for dropping by and sitting through this tutorial. Time for a coffee refill!
I actually thought it might be good to do a video tutorial instead because my son is really wanting me do videos, but if you're like me, although I love to watch video tutorials because you get to see the project in "action", to go back and try to figure out the steps is easier when you see step-by-step photos...stay warm today!

18 comments:

Joy said...

I don't remember it being this hard...lol! but you did a great tutorial so that I can follow and make my own. thank you! hope you're having a good day! Happy Thanksgiving!

Cheryl said...

Very cute!!! I find it easier to follow photos than to watch the video. You gave me one of these cards back in 2004 or was it 2005. I'll have to try this out.

charlotte said...

Great tutorial, Teri, and I love the smile stamps you used - gotta go check those out. I'll try it out and see if I can figure it out. Thanks for sharing.

Allison said...

Wow...this hurts my brain to look at! It is such a cool idea...maybe after a long nap, it will make sense to little ol' me!

Colleen said...

Great tutorial for a very cute project. I can't wait to try it out. Maybe I will have a chance to try it out some time this afternoon since all my paperwork for work is done for today. :)

Jean said...

Hey, I remember this one! You sure did a lot of work to post the instructions!! Love that card, and the snowman!

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Fay said...

Glad you're feeling better...this is a super cute card! Thanks for the step-by-step tutorial. Perfect timing since I have to make some birthday cards!! Have a Happy Thanksgiving!

Corie said...

What a beautiful card. Happy Thanksgiving to you and your family!!

Jen said...

OMGosh!!!! FINALLY!!!! How long have I been asking you for this? Hahaha... thanks girl... you did a great job!!! Ok, I like one sample, you gave me one before - but I like one updated one. Tee hee... the one you have in this posting is super cute... LOVE it!!!

Hugs,
Jen

Michelle Ueligitone said...

Can't wait to try this one! Thanks for the great tutorial and have a wonderful Thanksgiving!

Joy said...

Hey Teri! Wow, good job on the tutorial! I'll have to try it! Of course it won't look as cute as yours though! I can't believe you did this when you weren't feeling well.... you go girl!

eunice said...

Hi Teri! Wow, thank you for the tutorial. I can't wait to try this one out...looks cute and fun to do. Still can't get over how you just keep going, jus' like the energizer bunny! You are amazing!

Rita said...

OMGosh Teri this was awesome!!! Thanks so much for making this great easy to follow tutorial! I plan on making one of these or maybe a whole lot of them, this is a fabulous idea! Thanks for sharing, you rock girl!!!

ivwhy said...

thanks for the tut & all the great pics!!
were you trying to contact me? i saw in one of the comments you made on my blog, you were looking for my email....i emailed you a week or so ago.

Gina Wrona said...

Aloha Teri!

Mahalo for the tutorial! I printed it out and can't wait to try it!

Much Hugs & Aloha,
Gina

Gracie said...

This is so cool! I've got to try this! TFS! =)

Lisa Montsion said...

Your so crafty with your hands.

Lisa