This is the last of the cards we made at my August Club Classes featuring interactive or fun-fold projects. This card uses a fun-fold technique that I came up with on my own. It's kind of a variation of the Center Stairstep fold featured in my Weekly Inspiration post of August 17 (click here to go directly to that post) that I got the idea for when I added an extra fold to my Center Stairstep card by mistake. I wondered if I could fold the card the other way using that extra fold and make a 3-D fireplace card. So, here is what I came up with. I hope you like it!
- Stitched Stockings, page 34 of Holiday Mini, Clear - $19.95, Wood - $27.95
- Build a Blossom, page 112, Clear - $18.95, Wood - $25.95
- Daffodil Delight 8-1/2" x 11" Card Stock, page 177, $6.95
- Cherry Cobbler 8-1/2" x 11" Card Stock, page 179, $6.95
- Early Espresso 8-1/2" x 11" Card Stock, page 180, $6.95
- Soft Suede 8-1/2" x 11" Card Stock, page 180, $6.95
- Whisper White 8-1/2" x 11" Card Stock, page 180, $8.50
- Wild Wasabi Classic Stampin' Pad, page 178, $5.95
- Cherry Cobbler Classic Stampin' Pad, page 179, $5.95
- Holly Berry Bouquet Specialty Designer Series Paper, page 20 of Holiday Mini, $12.95
- Frostwood Lodge Designer Series Paper, page 28 of Holiday Mini, $10.95
- Holly Berry Bouquet Designer Buttons, page 22 of Holiday Mini, $8.95
- Silver Brads, page 199, $6.95
- SNAIL Adhesive, page 206, $6.95
- Mini Glue Dots, page 206, $4.95
- Paper-Piercing Tool, page 207, $3.50
- Mat Pack, page 207, $9.95
- Paper Snips, page 208, $9.95
- Paper Cutter, page 208, $24.95
- Simply Scored Scoring Tool, page 7 of Holiday Mini, $29.95
- Simply Scored Place Markers, page 7 of Holiday Mini, $2.50
- Small Oval Punch, page 212, $10.95
- Blossom Petals Builder Punch, pages 212-213, $16.95
- Stocking Builder Punch, page 34 of Holiday Mini, $16.95
- Big Shot Die-Cutting Machine (includes Multipurpose Platform and Standard Cutting Pads), page 215, $99.95
- Stripes Textured Impressions Embossing Folder, page 218, $7.95
1) Cut a piece of Cherry Cobbler Card Stock to 4 1/4 x 11" using the Paper Cutter.
2) Place the card stock on the Paper Cutter so one long edge is lined up on the 1" mark indicated along the top of the cutter.
3) Move the cutting blade down so the arrow indicating where the cutting blade is located is lined up on the 1" mark on the swinging track. Cut from the 1" mark down to the 6 1/2" mark.
4) Repeat steps 2 and 3 on the other long side of the card stock.
5) Place some Simply Scored Place Markers into the notches along the top of the Simply Scored Scoring Tool at the following marks - 1", 2", 5 1/4", 5 1/2", 5 3/4", and 6 1/2".
6) Place the card stock on the Simply Scored Scoring Tool so that one long edge is against the top of the board with the cut starting at 1" towards the left edge.
7) Use the stylus that is included with the Scoring Tool to score from the top of the card stock to the cut line at the 1", 2", and 6 1/2" marks.
8) Use the stylus to score all the way across the card stock at the 5 1/2".
9) Place the ruler on the board so the edge is lined up with the 5 1/4" track on the board. Use the stylus to score only across the center of the card stock from one cut line to the other.
10) Move the ruler over so the edge is lined up with the 5 3/4" track on the board. Use the stylus to score only across the center of the card stock from one cut line to the other.
11) Flip the card stock over so the other long edge is now against the top of the board. Make sure the cut starting at 1" is still towards the left edge.
12) Use the stylus to score from the top of the card stock to the cut line at the 1", 2", and 6 1/2" marks.
13) Fold the card along the 5 1/2" score mark.
14) Fold the 1" score marks on the sides as valley folds.
15) Fold the 2" score marks on the sides as mountain folds.
16) Fold the 6 1/2" score marks on the sides as mountain folds so that you have two strips of card stock that poke out on the sides of the card. These make the sides of the fireplace.
17) Fold the 5 1/4" and 5 3/4" folds in the center as mountain folds so that the card will stand up when open as your chimney.
18) Flatten the card front back down and place the front of the card (where all the score lines/folds are) into the Stripes Embossing Folder. Make sure you can read the Stampin' Up! and Sizzix logos on the top of the folder.
19) Build a sandwich of Multipurpose Platform with Tab 2 open, one Standard Cutting Pad, Embossing Folder with card stock inside, and the other Standard Cutting Pad. Run through the Big Shot.
20) Pull the card stock out of the embossing folder and give it a quarter turn. Place the front of the card (where all the score lines/folds are) into the Stripes Embossing Folder again. This time, you want to make sure that the 5 1/2" score line on your card is right on the edge of the folder. Make sure you can read the Stampin' Up! and Sizzix logos on the top of the folder.
21) Run through the Big Shot again using the same sandwich as step 19. Just make sure that the embossing folder and card stock are placed so that the card stock won't catch on the sides of the Big Shot as you try to run it through.
22) Remove the card from the Embossing Folder. You should have a criss cross pattern of lines on the front of your card that looks like bricks.
23) Fold the card front again along the same score lines in the same directions as before.
24) Cut a piece of Early Espresso Card Stock to 2 1/4" x 3".
25) Adhere the espresso rectangle to the center section of the card front so the bottom edge is even with the 1" score line. This makes the interior of the fireplace.
26) Cut a strip of Holly Berry Bouquet Specialty Designer Series Paper to 1 x 4 1/4".
27) Adhere the Designer Paper strip to the bottom of the card front as "carpet."
28) Cut thin strips, about 1/4" to 3/4" wide, of Soft Suede Card Stock. Use the Small Oval Punch to punch them into small pieces with rounded ends as "logs."
29) Adhere the logs to the bottom of the fireplace interior in a criss-cross fashion.
30) Stamp the small, open petal image from the Build a Blossom Set in Cherry Cobbler Ink three times onto a scrap of Daffodil Delight Card Stock. Leave about 1" between each stamped image so you can easily punch them out.
31) Punch out the petal images using the Blossom Petals Builder Punch.
32) Adhere the petals to the top of the logs so they are tucked behind the top log and overlap each other a bit. These are the "flames" of the fire.
33) Stamp two different stocking images from the Stitched Stockings Set onto a scrap of Whisper White Card Stock. Stamp one stocking in Wild Wasabi Ink and one in Cherry Cobbler Ink.
34) Punch out the stockings using the Stocking Builder Punch.
35) Cut a strip of Frostwood Lodge Designer Series Paper with the birch bark pattern to 1 x 4 1/4".
36) Place the strip of Designer Paper onto the card front without adhereing it so the top edge of the paper strip lines up with the 5 1/2" score line (top of the fireplace sides).
37) Use a tiny bit of SNAIL on the back of the top of each stocking to adhere the stockings to the strip of Designer Paper. Make sure the edges of the stockings do not stick out past the edges of the card front or you won't be able to fit the card in an envelope for mailing.
38) Once the stockings are adhered to the strip of Designer Paper, move the strip to the Mat Pack pieces. Use the Paper-Piercing Tool to poke a hole near the top corner of each stocking.
39) Insert Silver Brads and secure them in place on the back side by bending the prongs flat.
40) Now, adhere the strip of paper to the card front as the "mantle" on the fireplace.
41) Carefully cut out one of the small images of pine cones, poinsettias, or roses from a scrap of Holly Berry Bouquet Specialty Designer Series Paper using Paper Snips.
42) Adhere the paper cut out to the center of one of the large, flat Wild Wasabi Buttons in the Holly Berry Bouquet Designer Buttons.
43) Adhere the button to the center of the chimney with Mini Glue Dots.
I found it was easier to score along the correct track when trying to do the center score lines if I placed the ruler on the board so it was lined up with the track I wanted to use. Otherwise, it was easy to get a little off and score in the wrong place since I was starting the score line in the center of the card stock.
It works best if you fold along all the score lines and make them nice and sharp before running the card through the Big Shot in the Embossing Folder. Otherwise, it can be hard to figure out where your score lines are. To make really sharp folds, try using the Bone Folder (page 207, $6.95).
The very bottom edge of your card front will not get embossed with the second pass through with the Embossing Folder. That's okay though, this area gets covered by a strip of Designer Series Paper as a "carpet" anyway!
I find it is easier to punch out the small, open blossom images from the Build a Blossom Set if I make sure the pointy end of the blossom is facing up when I stamp and I stamp onto small strips of card stock only about 1 1/4" to 1 1/2" wide.
Your card will fold flat along the 5 1/2" score line and will fit in a Medium Envelope (page 182, $6.50) for mailing.
Here's a side view of the card so you can see the 3-D effect a bit better:
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