Hello there... from the woodlands! Yep, I am talking about creating greeting cards shaped as woodland creatures such as, owls and foxes using Fox Tales Fold-a-Long dies by Jen Long for Sizzix.
In today's tutorial, I have used Sizzix Thinlits Die Set 6PK - Card, Fox Label Fold-a-Long and Sizzix Thinlits Die Set 6PK - Card, Owl Label Fold-a-Long.
Making Fold-A-Long cards are super easy if you know this one little folding trick! Be sure to watch this video before you start as Jen Long herself explains it. All you need to do is fold a 6" x 12" paper in half to measure 6" x 6".
Then, create the following Sizzix Sandwich: on Sizzix Accessory Standard Magnetic Platform for Wafer-Thin Dies, lay another Sizzix Accessory Standard Cutting Pad. Lay the folded cardstock on the Standard Cutting Pad. Place the base card die from Sizzix Thinlits Die Set 6PK - Card, Owl Label Fold-a-Long, straight edge flush along the folded edge of the cardstock, blade-side down, just as Jen shows in her video. Place the other Standard Cutting Pad on top and pass the whole sandwich through the Sizzix Big Shot machine.
This is what the die-cut base of the Owl Fold-a-Long card looks like.
Fold along the crease lines and see your curved edges match up perfectly as you make the base of this gatefold Owl card.
Now, die-cut the accessories to dress up your Owl Fold-a-Long card. Mind you, you'll need to die-cut a pair of each shape here - crest, eyes, wings and beaks. To die-cut these shapes, create the same Sizzix sandwich as above with these dies from the Sizzix Thinlits Die Set 6PK - Card, Owl Label Fold-a-Long.
I die-cut my Owl pieces out of white cardstock which I painted, but you can choose your favorite colors and patterns of papers.
In the exact same way as the Owl, die-cut all the pieces from the Sizzix Thinlits Die Set 6PK - Card, Fox Label Fold-a-Long.
Here you can see the Fox card all folded and assembled.
Now, you start decorating with your own choice of colors and elements. I used watercolors to paint mine because that's what I love to do!
I also brush-lettered some sentiments in the shaped labels that you tuck inside the cards by placing them in the notches in the back. You can stamp as well.
I hope you enjoyed learning how to make these woodland cuties!
Sizzix Thinlits Die Set 6PK - Card, Fox Label Fold-a-Long
Sizzix Thinlits Die Set 6PK - Card, Owl Label Fold-a-Long
Sizzix Accessory - Standard Magnetic Platform for Wafer-Thin Dies
Sizzix Accessory - Cutting Pads, Standard, 1 Pair (Mint)
Sizzix Big Shot Machine Only (White & Gray)
Others: cardstock, watercolor paints, paint brush, adhesive
Note: I am a project designer for Sizzix. Sizzix provided me with the above dies to create the above project. If you click the links to buy these dies, I will earn an itsy bitsy portion of the sale. Use the code SZB2015 at checkout. You get 15% off and I get an itsy bitsy portion of the sale. It's win-win!