Recently my daughter and I went on a scrapbooking weekend with our “Scrappy Girl” friends.  We do this a few times a year.  While we were there one of my friends turned us all onto a YouTube that showed how to make a 6 fold card.  This card is so intricate looking but so easy to make.  One of the ladies came up with a variation on this card that turned it into the perfect vessel to add a gift card or cash, simply by turning one of the “folds” into a pocket.  She did this quite by accident…she cut the paper wrong, but paper crafters don’t make mistakes, they make alterations to the design or embellish away the oopsie.

I made two different versions, one for my dad that can hold a gift card and the original design.  In both, I used Close To My Heart papers.  My dad’s was made from a combination of two paper lines, the Free To Be Me paper and Skylark.  My husband’s card was made using a dark Kraft mat and one from the Skylark paper line.  Here are the cards and the instructions to follow.

Six-Fold Cards

Six-Fold Cards

Gift Card Version

Gift Card Version

Gift Card Version-Open View

Gift Card Version-Open View

Original Six-Fold Version

Original Six-Fold Version

You can tune into YouTube and search 6 Fold Card, there are several instructional videos.  I will give you the measurements and instructions here, but if you are a visual person you will want to watch one of the videos.

You will need 3 sheets of 12×12 paper; a neutral for the card base, a patterned paper and a complimentary solid or tone on tone that will used to mat.  Helpful hint….use a patterned paper that is random, if you have to line up all the pieces so they face the right way on a pattern with a specific orientation you will not only use more than one sheet you will drive yourself crazy.  😉

Cut the following:

Card Base – 12×8 – you will also need an additional 3 mats with this paper – 1 3-1/2 x 3-1/2 and 2 1-1/2 x 3-1/2

Solid or tone on tone mats are; 3 3-3/4 x 3-3/4, 4 1-3/4 x 3-3/4 and 4 1-3/4 x 1-3/4  for a total of 11 mats.

Patterned Paper – 2 3-1/2 x 3-1/2, 2 1-1/2 x 3-1/2 and 4 1-1/2 x 1-1/2

Now you need to score your 12×8 card base.  On the 12 inch side, you will score at 4″ and 8″.  On the 8 inch side you will score at 2″ and 6″.  Now you need to cut away 2 of the rectangles on the LONG side.  This will be that top of the card.  Then cut into the 4 and 8 inch score on the bottom but DO NOT CUT FLAPS OFF.  Now you will trim 2 inches off of each of those flaps.  Finally, the tricky part.  You need to trim the large side square on opposite diagonals to form the side flaps.  Starting on the right side with the inside of the card facing you, you will trim from the TOP inside to the bottom OUTSIDE in a diagonal to form a triangle flap.  On the left you will trim from the top OUTSIDE to the BOTTOM inside.  This is the trickiest part.  If you mess it up, no worries, just make a pocket like in the first card shown above.

Next, you need to cut 2 of the 3-3/4 x 3-3/4 coordinating mats and the 2 3-1/2 x 3-1/2 patterned paper on a diagonal.  Mount all the patterned paper on the coordinating mats and mount the neutral mats on the remaining coordinating mats, now adhere them to the card (the order is self-explanatory or use the “Original Card” version above as a reference.

Easy Peasy!  I hope you enjoy this project.

Next week…”Hot Town, Summer in the City”  See you then!

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