Easy cards with that WOW factor

There are all types of crafters and cardmakers out there. Some love to create beautifully intricate designs with lots of layers, die cuts, and embellishments. Some love to add lots of color and patterns creating cards that are splashy and fantastical. Me – I’m a lazy crafter!

I love to make cards that look difficult yet are really very easy to do and don’t take alot of time. That’s why I LOVE fun folds (also known as fancy folds) – they just seem to have that WOW factor! Some truly are very easy and perfect for beginner stampers, like the one below. Just a few straight cuts on the paper trimmer and you have a fun fold!

Others are a bit more difficult and may require the use of die cuts, additional score lines and more. This one isn’t exceptionally difficult but it does require the use of the layering circle dies as well as a second piece of cardstock cut to a smaller size and scored at different dimensions. Not hard at all but just a little bit more work involved to create that WOW.

Fun Folds are Easy!

Some crafters are intimidated by fun folds but there is no reason to be. Just jump in and give one a try. If you make a mistake, no big deal – it’s just paper so just grab a new piece and try again. If you want to learn fun folds there is a wealth of knowledge just waiting for you in the internet.

YouTube is a great place to start. I’ve got several fun fold tutorials on my Crafty Klock YouTube channel (and I’d love it if you would subscribe!). Here’s the latest one I did last week, featuring the cards shown above. Let me know what you think!

Measurements & Supplies

To make either or both of these cards, here are the measurements for each;

For the Blue & Yellow Flower card you will need:

  • Colored cardstock cut to 4 1/4″ x 11″; scored at 5 1/2″; cut off a 2 3/4″ section from either end (this shorter side is now the front of your card)
  • Basic White cardstock 4″ x 5 1/4″ for the inside
  • Basic White cardstock 4″ x 2 1/2″
  • Designer Series Paper (patterned paper) 4″ x 2 1/2″ and 4″ x 1/2″

For the Pink Butterfly card you will need

  • Colored cardstock 5 1/2″ x 8 1/2″; scored at 4 1/4″
  • Basic White cardstock 8″ x 5 1/4″ scored at 2″ and 4″ plus a scrap for the die cut circle & sentiment
  • Scrap of coordinating color of cardstock for die cut circle
  • Designer Series Paper 4″ x 5 1/4″ andd 1 3/4″ x 5 1/4″

Here are the supplies I used for each card. You can purchase this on my Stampin’ Up! store by clicking here.

For the Blue & Yellow Flower Card I used

  • Color and Contour stamp set item #154994
  • Misty Moonlight cardstock item #153081
  • Basic White cardstock item #159276
  • Countryside Inn Designer Series Paper item #161467
  • Night of Navy Classic Stampin’ Pad item #147110
  • Lemon Lolly Classic Stampin’ Pad item #161666
  • Iridescent Pearl Basic Jewels item #158987
  • Paper Trimmer item #152392
  • Clear Block D item #118485
  • Stampin’ PIerce Mat Item #126199

For the Pink Butterfly card you will need

  • Enchanted Butterfly stamp set item #161279
  • Bubble Bath cardstock item #161718
  • Melon Mambo cardstock item #115320
  • Basic White cardstock item #159276
  • Bright & Beautiful Designer Series Paper item #161449
  • Bubble Bath Classic Stampin’ Pad item #161664
  • Melon Mambo Classic Stampin’ Pad item #147051
  • Tinsel Gems 4 Pack item #161623
  • Stylish Shapes Dies item #159183
  • Stampin’ Cut & Emboss Machine item #149653
  • Paper Trimmer item #152392
  • Clear Block D item #118485
  • Stampin’ PIerce Mat Item #126199

Thanks for stopping by

Thank you for taking the time to stop by and check out this blog post. I hope you will give fun fold cards a try. Most are very easy to make and really do have that WOW factor! Happy Stamping!

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