Thursday, December 5

Card Making with FUN New Techniques - "Scrap Tag" & "Diamond Fold"


If you stopped in yesterday, you found out that I have been stepping outside of my comfort zone a wee bit and diving into some fun challenges.  These challenges are really getting the mojo to work some overtime.
I shared a Tri Shutter Fold Card yesterday and have 2 more cards to share with you today.

The first card is a New Technique to me called "Scrap Tag".  It is a great way to use up those small tidbits of scrap paper you have kept in your studios.  The technique was shared by a New Friend I met on Scrapbook Friends and More Crafts (a SUPER FUN group of Crafters on Facebook), Brandy Martin.  I couldn't wait to try it out.

I started by gathering all the scraps I had left over from my Altered Treasure Chest last week.  If you missed that post, check it out HERE.

I sorted them out by patterns and started folding away.  You simply make a quick loop from the strips and adhere the ends together.  Your strips can be skinny, chunky, short, or long.  There really is no wrong way to play with this technique.

One of my favorite things about this style, is the uniqueness of the dimension it gives to the card.  You can choose to fold the "loops flat" or leave them rounded and more puffy.  I opted for something right along the middle of the spectrum for mine.

I grabbed a Christmas Tree Die Cut that I also had laying about (I have to remember to see if I own this die because I want more of these....LOL).  The tree was cut from some Core'dinations card stock I have in Produce Greens.  

Does the sentiment HAPPY HOLIDAYS look familiar?  Well, I had mentioned those in the Altered Treasure Chest post as well. 

 I had cut all the Subway Word Out from a pattern paper, but decided not to use it on that particular project.  I knew it would come in handy soon, though!

I gave the tree a little extra "pizazz" and I embossed it with my Sizzix Swirls folder.

To finish off my card, I added some scraps to the inside and used my Spellbinders Postage Stamp die cuts for the sentiment tag.  The sentiment "Believe in the magic of Christmas" is from the Unity Stamp Co. Kit of the Mon (Aug 2012) called COLOR of the Seasons.  I inked it up using my Tim Holtz Barn Door (red) Distress Ink.

I really love how simple this technique was to play with.  I also enjoyed that I found justification in my "paper hoarding" since I had kept the pieces that were already "perfect size" for this style!


For my second card, I tried another new Fancy Fold.  This time, it was the Diamond Fold Technique.
And, I am so eager to try more of these now too!

I followed the steps in this wonderful Diamond Fold Tutorial on SCS.

As a self-claimed STACK-A-HOLIC, I was ecstatic to play with my newest DCWV 12x12 Stack, called the Playtime Stack.

It has wonderful images and patterns and 1/2 of the entire collection is Glitter embossed!  eeeeekkkk---SPARKLY!

Here are the sheets I used

here are several views of the finished card!


The focal image/sentiment is a Unity Stamp Co. set called Birthday Jubilee by artist Joslyn Nielson
I heat embossed it with some Whispers embossing powder--Baby Blue.

I used some of my paper flowers that I ordered from the sweet Adele G. at Glimpz of Memories on Facebook.  I love twirling the wire stem around a skewer to give it the "vine" look sometimes.



For the side panels (rectangles), I used by Spellbinders Persian Motif dies to cut a few medallions.  I simply sliced them down the center to fit within the panels and to layer a small onto a larger one for added affect.


Again, I adorned the sentiment square with some lovely paper flowers from Adele G. at Glimpz of Memories.  The triangles were cut from the the same sheets in the DCWV Stack - the Playtime and a few scraps I had left over from another project.


I {LOVE} all the Birthday Sentiments in the Birthday Jubilee set by Unity!  

They really helped bring my cards to a great Grand Finale!

If you try either of these techniques, I would love to stop by and check out your creations!  Feel free to leave me a link to a post, facebook page, or any other site so I can visit you, too!

Keep Crafting, 
♫ ROCKS ♫ 
:O) Jessica


  1. really pretty and great job I too love to try new things. sometime a recharge is needed. lol.hugs

  2. You were blowing my mind with these cards, Jessica. So detailed and intricate! Love each and every one of them!!

  3. LOVE, LOVE, LOVE! These cards are both super awesome, but I especially love how you did the diamond fold card. Great job sweetie!


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