Wednesday, 11 May 2011

ABC Christmas Challenge - J is for...

This week, it's my turn to host the ABC Christmas Challenge, where the theme is:

'J is for Joy Fold Card'

Our sponsor for this challenge is:

The prize is a $15 voucher to spend in the Simon Says Stamp store.

To help you with this challenge, I have prepared a tutorial on how I made my card.

So, what exactly is a 'Joy Fold' card???

Basically, as you can hopefully see from my card above, it's a card that has two interlocking smaller than the other...that opens to reveal a hidden message or image.

I'm going to show you below how I made my card. I'm by no means an expert at this type of card...though I have made a couple before...and this is not the only way to do it, but it gives you the basic principles.

To start with, cut your card blank in whatever shape & size you like - mine measures 5.75 inches square - then cut the front flap in half:

Then, cut the smaller flap - again this can be whatever shape & size you like - mine is 4x8 inches, then folded in half:

The photo below shows how the two pieces will fit together...notice how they open in opposite directions:

The smaller one will be stuck underneath the shorter flap on the main card, so that they overlap:

Now for the fun part...decorate the pieces however you like - here's the main card:

And the smaller flap: needs to open the 'wrong' way:

Then, stick the pieces together:

All that's left to now, is to add something to hold the front flap closed...I've added a sentiment cut out with only want it to overlap by a small amount - you still need to be able to open it!:

To make it easy to open (and close again), I mounted it on to thick foam pads:

Here's the finished card:

And open:

I hope you found this helpful...we're all looking forward to seeing you try this card fold!

Materials used on my card:
Image Stamps - Penny Black 'Christmas Critters' & 'Holly-Jolly' sets (coloured using watercolour pencils)
Papers - My Mind's Eye 'Wonderful Winter'
Nestabilities - Scalloped & Classic Circles dies
Sentiment Stamp - Cuddly Buddly

I'm also entering this card into the following challenges:
For more inspiration my my lovely DT buddies, and our three fabulous Guest Designers, please visit the ABC Christmas Challenge.


Saskia said...

Beautiful card! Thanks for the tutorial!!

Greetings, Saskia :)

Squirrel x said...

Super tutorial Helen, and a smashing meece card! Sxx

Debs M said...

wow thats gorgeous!

Dorte said...

Super duper tutorial Helen. Easy to follw and some great pictures.
Your card went out really pretty as well. Lovely coloures and a cute image.
hugs Dorte

Dawn♥ said...

GORGEOUS card and I'll definitely have to try this new folded card. Thanks for sharing. Dawn♥

Riet said...

So gorgeous card Helen.

Hugs Riet.xx

Hazel said...

Fantastic card (I'm going to do one for the ABC challenge) - thanks for joining in my CHNC challenge 19 - hope to see you again soon. x

Lorraine A said...

Gorgeous card Helen and fabulous tutorial !! very well done :-)

I love the image you used and the papers and design are fab :-)

Lols x x x

Meera said...

what a cutie christmas card. great tutorial too. Thanks for joining us at papertake weekly xx

Delphine said...

Gorgeous card, Helen! I love the layout and papers, and your images are lovely! And your tutorial is fantastic! Very clear and easy to follow:-)! Well done on everything! Hugs Delphine xx

Lacey Stephens said...

Helen, this is fantastic!! Your tutorial is so clear and easy to follow! And I love the sweet images you used on your card!! Thanks for the tutorial!

Claire said...

Fabulous card Helen and love the way you have incorporated my sketch into the J fold. Thanks for playing along this week with SS&S. Hugs, Claire x

juelmarie said...

OK - my next card is a joyfold card - in fact, tonight and it's gonna be a xmas card! Thanks for playing and keeping us thinking - the Christmas season will be here before we know it!

Juelmarie DT - Lollipop Crafts

Heidi said...

Helen, Fabulous tutorial! I love how you have the inner and outer image matching. So cute!

Maria Elena said...

Wow.... great card ! and thanks for share with us this perfect tuto!
Thanks for commenting in my blog !
~Maria Elena~

Jane (Carroll's Creations) said...

Gorgeous Christmas colours

Thanks for joining us on WINTER WONDERLAND :)

Hugs Jane x

Pat said...

Lovely card, super image. Layout and papers. Thanks for joining in our challenge at MTTC this week.

Pat xx

Sam said...

Oh those mice are sooo cute! Lovely card!
Thanks for playing with Sunday Sketch & Stamp!
Sparkly Moo x

Anonymous said...

Helen this is fabulous! the card is just Perfect and your tutorial clean and easy to follow! Hugs Samantha :0)

Carissa said...

Helen, this is gorgeous. Love the way your image works with the gorgeous papers.
Fantastic job with the tutorial.

Jayne Hayward said...

This is gorgeous. Adore the beautifully coloured images and the dp used.

Jayne xx

Lesley said...

Lovely folded card and cute images! Thanks for taking part in the MTTC challenge xx

Anonymous said...

Great card! Thanks for the tutorial too!