Wednesday, September 1, 2021

Set Sail with a 3-Flap Fun Fold


A few weeks ago, I participated in the Summer Creativate Retreat.  It's a jam-packed, fun day full of stamping ideas and demonstrations.

One of the demonstrations was a 3-flap fun fold card.  I had not seen this unique fun-fold before, so since I enjoy learning and experimenting with new techniques, it was one of the first projects I wanted to try.  

Most of the examples we saw featured beautiful designer series papers on the various flaps, but since I was featuring the Sailing Home stamp set this week, I decided to see how I could apply it to this fun fold.

The front of the card, shown in the image above, gives no hint to what hides inside.  I kept the front very simple and used a typical nautical combination of colors -- Night of Navy, Sahara Sand, Merry Merlot and Basic White.  The Designer Series Papers are from the Neutrals 6" x 6" pack.

The sentiment on the front is one of the sentiments from the Sailing Home stamp set.  I think this is a great sentiment and have used it often for a graduation card, but wouldn't it also work well for a retirement, a new job, or many other significant life-change events?

The following photo shows the card fully opened and now you can see that the inside is where all the fun is.  It definitely isn't "naked" inside!

3-flap fun fold inside

Isn't this a fun inside?  I decorated each of the three "folding panels" differently.  All have a nautical theme, but each is quite different.  

The center panel is reserved for the sentiments with plenty of room for a hand-written note.  I simply added a piece of the gold striped pattern from the beautiful Expressions in Ink designer series paper on the left edge to give it a bit of pizazz.

On the left panel I created a lighthouse scene.  The top panel has a colorful sailboat floating on a calm sea, and the lower panel has a gold heat-embossed anchor.

All panels are matted with Sahara Sand and Merry Merlot and then adhered to the Night of Navy card.  

When completely closed, the "folding" portion of the card measures 5-1/4" x 4", so it is mounted to a 5-1/4" x 4-1/2" Sahara Sand mat which brings it to the standard card size.

My card is made so the two top and bottom flaps fold in first and then the large left flap folds over them.  But you can also experiment with a horizontal rotation and/or fold the larger flap in first and have the two smaller flaps create the card front.  That would then look like a Dutch-door fold card.  There are definitely a lot of possibilities with this fun fold.

What do you think?  Would you like to give it a try?  If you would like to experiment and make your own fun fold, the cutting and scoring directions are included in the complete tutorial here.

Below is a complete list of current products used to create the 3-flap fun fold.

Product List

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