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  • by Debbie Gaetz, Bella Carta

A Fan Inspiration

I've had the joy of taking card classes from Jean Okimoto at Impress Cards and Crafts in Tukwila. This is one of the cards Jean designed that we made at the last class using a fan fold die from Spellbinders as the featured die . . .

Jean Okimoto, Memory Box, Spellbinders, Washi Paper

Card design by Jean Okimoto

That card inspired me to put this birthday card together using scraps of paper I had on hand.

Memory Box Dies, Tutti Designs Dies, Nellie Snellen Dies, Die Cuts With a View Card Stock, Birthday Card, Washi Paper

Washi paper was used to create the fan using a scored folding die from Nellie Snellen -- "Ball" NFD002. Rather than close up the inner circle to make a closed circle (or ball), I only unfolded it halfway to make the fan.

The base card is an A-6 vertical fold card using ivory heavy weight linen card stock. The matting panel is from the rose gold glitter paper from Die Cuts with a View, that is also used as the panel piece directly behind the fan. Another scrap piece from a much-loved card stock from My Mind's Eye was used as a background piece. I also used papers from that same collection in rose gold mirrircard card stock (graphic die cut between the fan and small rectangle), as well as two confetti-type negative pieces from that same graphic die, and a satin-finish card stock that was heat embossed with a happy birthday sentiment using rose gold embossing powder from The Ton.

Three randomly placed sequins in rose gold were placed on the card.

After the die cut has been pleated along the fold lines, a piece of light cord was put through the bottom holes. Once the folds were semi-opened up to make the fan shape, the string ends were pulled together and tied to secure the shape. Small strips of double-sided adhesive tape were placed on each side of the last fan fold and placed onto the card top to secure it into place, as well as a large piece of double-sided adhesive placed behind the fan (only the valley folds of the fan need to touch the adhesive). The rectangle piece behind the fan was cut with the Memory Box Wrapped Stitch Rectangle (30094). The graphic die is from Tutti Designs (Oriental Screen TUTTI-280) that I only used a partial piece of.

I'll be making more variations of this card because it was so easy.

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