Holiday Cards featuring Fancy Folds
Mitten Accordion Card
This card is the third in our series of three cards using Impression Obsession dies,
sharing ideas and “how to’s” using fancy folds with the dies for special holiday cards.
This card is a unique twist on an accordion style card creating a card/mini album combination - wonderful for sharing photos or larger journaling areas. With this simple technique you can also make a single fold A2 size card or add sections to the featured four panel project to fit your needs. This fun die cut can be used with the included bow tie and snowflake elements or combined with other Impression Obsession dies. Depending on your paper and embellishments it can be used all winter long!
· Impression Obsession dies, Mitten #DIE025-ZZ, Border Duo 2 #DIE018-V, Pine Branch #Die021-N, Fancy Tree #DIE031-N, Snowflakes #DIE024-X
· JustRite Nested Frame Dies #JB08950
· Spellbinders die, Nestabilities, Labels One #S4-161
· Penny Black stamp set, Christmas Cheer #30-140
· Simple Stories paper, Handmade Holidays #2707
· Bo-Bunny Double Dots paper, Clover Dot #12CD419
· Bazzill Basics solid paper, Pomegranate, Parakeet and Ivy
· Solid Paper, misc scraps of, natural, craft and white glitter
· Memento Rich Cocoa stamp pad
· Tim Holtz Vintage Photo Distress Ink
· Stickles Glitter Glue, Christmas Red and Yellow
· Die cut machine, such as BigShot or eBosser
* Other supplies – liquid/dry adhesive, acrylic block, foam mounting tape, embossing folder, 1/8” hole punch, removable tape, brad, photo corners , scissors
The Sizzix Big Shot die cutting machine was used in this project, however other die cut machines such as the eBosser can be used. Just check your product for details on cutting. Impression Obsession dies are easy to use in the Big Shot, using the Multi-Purpose Platform and two Cutting Plates. The cutting plate order, or “sandwich”, for this project, starting at the bottom – Multi-Purpose Platform, Cutting Plate, paper, die with cutting edge down and Cutting Plate. Tho each machine is calibrated differently, these dies are super easy to use and did not require any “shimming”.
Start with two pieces of solid card stock cut to 5 ½” x 8 ½”,
one each of the Pomegranate and Parakeet.
Score each at 4 ¼”, making a standard A2 size card.
Using the Impression Obsession Mitten die, line up the edge without the thumb along the fold, so about 1/8” of the die is past the fold. This prevents the die from cutting the fold and lets you to create a standard A2 size card in the shape of a mitten.
To make the accordion, paper clip the two cards together (with the back mitten of the Pomegranate and the front mitten of the Parakeet) be sure to align all of the edges. Use a scoring tool score along the thumb where it meets the hand of the mitten. Since you are going through two pieces of cardstock, flip it over and score again along the same place.
With a bone folder, fold over the thumb section in both directions, so your card will open and close easily. Using a liquid adhesive like Inkssentials Glossy Accents, or Scotch Quick Dry Adhesive, glue the thumbs together; replace the paper clips while it dries.
Next we’ll cut three pieces of patterned paper, one for the front and two for the inside panels. For the front of the card use the Impression Obsession Mitten to cut a piece of the Simple Stories, Handmade Holidays. For this cut you’ll cut the entire Mitten shape. For the inside pages of the card, cut a piece of the Simple Stories, Handmade Holidays reverse side and BoBunny Clover Dots. For this cut you’ll place the die about 1/8” past the edge of the paper, allowing the patterned paper to match the inside folded edge of the card. Ink the edges of all patterned paper using Vintage Photo distress ink.
Helpful Hints – for patterned paper that has words or other directional patterns, double check that they are going the correct direction before cutting (please don’t ask why I know this). Also, when using double-sided papers you may need to die cut with the wrong side of the paper up so that your patterned paper lines up correctly to the Mitten.
Once dried, apply the patterned papers, again using a liquid adhesive. While these are drying you can assemble your embellishments.
Cuff on the front of the card - this is a beautiful element which looks difficult but is super easy. Using the Impression Obsession Border Duo 2 die, cut the large scalloped lacey edge from a piece of natural card stock. The Impression Obsession Border Duo dies may be separated so you can use them separately or together. For this example they are still attached, but it is not necessary.
Next add the tiny scalloped border to the bottom edge. Depending on how large you would like your cuff, place the tiny scalloped border at the bottom of the previously die cut border. To ensure that the die stays put during die cutting use removable tape to hold the die in place.
Highlight the lace cuff by layering it on a piece of the Pomegranate card stock.
Ink with Vintage Photo distress ink, then adhere to the card front and trim.
The remaining embellishments will depend on whether you want to feature photos, journaling, stamped images or a combination of these. In this card, a combination of fun die cuts and photos were used.
Use dry/liquid adhesive or foam mounting tape to adhere each die cut and photo, embellish as desired.
Hope you enjoyed this fun mitten card project, and the previous two cards in our "Holiday Cards featuring Fancy Folds" series of card projects!
More fun card projects will be coming your way in the card-crafting seasons to come!