I first made one of these in school as a kid and it never even occurred to me it would make a great card until I saw a similar idea recently. I've seen a few SVG files with this template but I wanted to make a larger one than what my machine would cut, without having way too many pieces.
I'm pretty happy with the results and can't wait to give it to my mum.
I can also see how great these would be to teach to a group of kids and use photographs to decorate the panels. It would make a really great kaleidoscope effect.
There is a bit of a trick to making them, and teaching the recipient how to fold it to open the next panel but once you've made one you will want to keep going and make heaps more.
"The paper crafters fidget spinner!"
Here you'll find the link to my freebies page with the printable instructions and YouTube video walking you through the steps.
Its really hard to get photos of my nieces, but now they own a smartphone they're never shy to take a few selfies and pose in front of their phone. Following them on their social media pages has definitely helped me. I can take a screen shot of their Instagram or Snapchat Stories and save them for scrapbooking one day. They get a surprise when they see the layouts and ask how I got the photo, which always leads to a conversation about cyber safety.
With this layout I kept the page fairly clean with just one photo centred in the middle. Making clusters of embellishments around the photo to direct the eyes helps make the page flow. Adding in extra textures and raising words with 3D foam tape makes the elements stand out and frames the single photo used.
For this Let Love Grow card I've used the Rock 'n' Roll stamping effect to give the pots and plants a dimensional effect. I've shared a how to video below so you can give it a try. This technique works really well with any solid effect stamp.
The stamp set is called "So much happy - cardmaking" and its definitely lived up to its name so far. I'm not normally excited about fussy cutting but the results this stamp set produces are really worth the extra effort. The light blue sky background was made with watercolour paints and helps create the garden scenery I was after.
Here are some colour choices for the pots and plants I've used. Have a play with some similar colours to get the effect you're after.
Ink the lighter colour first then roll the edge in the darker colour. This will prevent your lighter ink pads from getting stained with the darker colour.
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I've been crafting for as long as I can remember. My father was a printer, bookbinder and finisher so we always had access to plenty of paper and learned the... (...read more)