I made a card today that reminds me of the energizer bunny. The card is perpetual . . . it keeps going and going and going. I still marvel over it every time I make one. It's like it is being turned inside out! But it's paper! They're like magic. You always end up back at the beginning again.
My very first version was a 9" x 9" version made for a Girl Scout skill aid. It wasn't very decorative, and it was done to reinforce camping skills with tasks representing steps of a skill on each fold. I recently saw them as 6 x 6" cards and caught the fever to make them again. Today was my first Christmas version, and let me tell you . . . the pictures and the video do not do the card justice. It is really, really cute! REALLY!
I used pattern paper and stickers from Little Yellow Bicycle's Wonder & Wishes line. It is beautiful stuff, with so many choices for backgrounds. I was ready to go Christmas crazy! Keep in mind there are four sides to this card. There has to be a little planning in place because you have four separate canvases to work with, a few areas that carry over to another part of the card. And some of them have to be split in half to complete the folds. Confused? Don't be. Once you've done one or two they are a breeze!
I've included instructions further below. So here are my four canvases . . .
|Two pattern papers. I popped the smallest gift box. I added some of the pom poms to the elf shoes and hat.|
|Two different pattern papers, ornament stickers, and twine.|
|The brown dot paper carried through . . . added angel and tree to center panel.|
|Built the gift from pattern paper, border and other stickers. Notice how I pieced it around the folds.|
And on to the video! The quality is not great, so apologies in advance, but you'll get the idea of how the card works in action . . .
I hope you'll try it! I did include some instructions below. So many possibilities! Have fun!
Oh - and keep in mind that they are great learning aids for kids! Worked like a charm for those "Girl Scout Kapers."
How'd I do it . . .
Start with four pieces of cardstock measuring 3 x 6" (just a 1/2 sheet of cardstock). I scored 1 1/2" in on each end (on the dotted lines below). If you change up the size, just be sure that you score a quarter of the way in on each side. Be sure to crease the folds before you put your adhesive on. You will want to use a really strong adhesive (I used tacky tape) in the areas marked "glue" below. Once you've glued the horizontals to the verticals, just work through the motions of the folding, trimming any areas where "it gets stuck." Once everything is moving the way you want it to . . . decorate!