Hello Sizzix fans, Mou here from My Life in Collage blog to share some Fold-a-Long Christmas cards using Jen Long's Winter Wishes collection. The holiday shapes and really beautiful intricate details of the dies from this collection really make it easy to create some wow cards in very little time. Let me share with you how to make the above cards using Sizzix Thinlits Die Set 6PK - Card, Happy Holidays Fold-a-Long, Sizzix Thinlits Die Set 8PK - Card, Ornament Fold-a-Long and Sizzix Thinlits Die Set 6PK - Card, Christmas Tree Fold-a-Long and the little touches I added to make them my own.
To begin, trim 12 x 12 cardstock down to 6 x 12. If you are making multiple cards, be sure to gather together several coordinating cardstocks and/ or patterned papers. This way you can work in an assembly line style, meaning, doing all the die-cutting first, them folding, followed by assembling the pieces together and finally adding finishing touches. This, I find, saves time and the trouble of going back and forth.
Fold the cardstocks in halves to make 6 x 6 folded pieces. These will be diecut to create the card bases.
Each die comes in a clear envelope that carries an insert with a finished project idea. If you look at the back of that insert, you'll find pictures of the steps to die-cut the basic parts of the card. Following those images, create a Sizzix sandwich: place a Sizzix Accessory Standard Cutting Pad on the Sizzix Accessory Standard Magnetic Platform for Wafer-Thin Dies. Lay the base die from the Happy Holidays Fold-a-Long set blade-side down to line up along the inner edge of the folded cardstock as shown. The strong magnets of the Standard Magnetic Platform will hold the die in place so you can get a neat cut exactly along the fold.
This is what the card base looks like after folding along the crease lines.
Next, choose from smaller pieces of cardstock to die-cut the embellishment pieces. Create a Sizzix Sandwich by placing a Standard Cutting Pad on the Standard Magnetic Platform. Lay the cardstocks and the dies blade-side down on them and cover with the other Standard Cutting Pad. Pass the whole sandwich through the Big Shot. You will need to repeat this step for each individual piece of embellishment you want to die-cut. More the merrier, I say!
TIP: Since these dies are so intricate, you can take two steps for a clean cut and easy separation of the die-cut paper from the die. First, place a piece of wax paper between the die and cardstock. Second, make a couple of extra passes through the Big Shot machine to ensure every part of the paper is die-cut all the way.
Here are all my pieces for the Happy Holidays Fold-a-Long card.
Organize all the embellishments that will go on each card before you start assembling.
Here's the Happy Holidays Fold-a-Long card. I splattered green and red paints to give it a more artsy happy feel.
To add a festive touch, add a little gold 3D paint near the berries.
Hope you enjoyed today's card tutorial! Create your cards with these great dies to wow those special loved ones this Christmas.
Other Supplies Used:
- Wax paper