Well, it’s time again for Technique Tuesday! This week I would like to share a great way to create an easy focal point on your cards by adding a folded frame out of designer series paper. I saw a nice tutorial for this on Splitcoaststampers (click to see the tutorial).
Folded Frame: Create a folded frame out of designer series paper (DSP) to highlight an image or punch.
Cut a square piece of DSP and then use a ruler to find the center of the square. Fold each corner into the center.
Then form a second fold line by folding the tip of the corner back just outside the original fold line. Add dimensionals under the edges of the frame to create more of a 3D effect.
Fold in on the 1-1/2″score lines and fold back out on the 1″ score line to create the frame. This will create a 3” square frame with a 2” opening in the center.
This card features the Poetry Prints DSP (p.16 in the Spring Catty) for the folded frame. This was a 4-1/2″ square of DSP and the finished frame fits perfectly inside a Windows Collection Framelit (p.36 in the Spring Catty). I used the Secret Garden bundle (p.17 in the Spring Catty) and the Needlepoint Border embossing folder (p.5 in the Spring Catty).
This card features the Summer Smooches DSP (p.165) and the Pinwheel Sizzlet die (p.33 in the Spring Catty). I added a 1-3/4″ Scallop circle punch (p.184) under the Pinwheel and layered that on another scallop circle cut using the Delicate Doilies Sizzlit die (p.191). The embossed scalloped border was cut using the Large Scallop Edgelit (p.190) and embossed with the Delicate Designs Folders (p.188).
This card uses a 4″ square piece of Wisteria Wonder DSP from the 2011-2013 In-Color DSP (p.152 ). This happens to fit nicely inside a double cut Top Note die (p.193) cut piece. *When I say double cut….I mean that I cut a piece of card stock with the Top Note die, then turned that piece 90 degrees and cut it a second time to make this interesting square piece. I added a 1-3/8″ square layered under a Postage Stamp punch (p.182 & 183) and a butterfly stamp from the Papillon Potpourri stamp set (p.115) punched with the Elegant Butterfly punch (p.184) and the Bitty Butterfly punch (p.13 in the Spring Catty). I also used the Perfect Polka Dot Folder (p.189) on the white card stock and layered that onto the Wisteria Wonder card base.
This card uses several of the Sale-a-bration items: Sycamore Street DSP, Sycamore Street Ribbon, Pretty Petites stamp set, and the Petite Curly Label punch. I layered the folded frame onto a Labels Collection Framelit (p.191). The Petite Curly Label is layered on a 1″ circle and a Curly Label punch (p.184 & 182).
This last sample features the Twitterpated DSP (p.165) and the Happy You hostess stamp set (p.204). I also added some 1-1/4″ Two-Tone Ribbon (p.13 in the Spring Catty) and a piece of 1/4″ Stitched Grosgrain Ribbon (p.173).
I just love this Folded Frame idea. It is so simple and really adds a big WOW to your cards. Give it a try….you will love it too!