Monday, 23 October 2017

Gorgeous Lantern Card - Flat Fold

How cute is this little card? It folds flat and then pops up to become a lantern to prettily sparkle and twinkle as the nights draw in.

My inspiration for this design came from two places really, firstly I received an amazing Halloween card in a team swap last month and it clearly offered me inspiration. The lady I received this from is Steph from Effiann Cards so go check her out on You Tube and she is also on Facebook, she is amazingly talented when it comes to card making and is the absolute queen of the photo album, she makes some amazing projects.

Secondly I had made a baby boy welcome to the world card some time ago and this also doubled up as a lantern and although it worked on a similar principle was bigger and quite different to the smaller version here.

I made this one for a particular person as a little celebration of achievement but it's a great little card for someone who doesn't really get into Halloween but who may appreciate a little bit of a lantern glow in their home with an autumn theme.

For this I used Pumpkin Pie cardstock with a little Very Vanilla and Lemon Lime Twist picking up the colours from the DSP which is from the Painted Autumn stack.

My box doesn't have a base (it did have before I decided to make it a lantern) and measures 2.5 inches square on each side  so is a 2.5 x 2.5 x 2.5 cuboid when it's popped out.

When it's flat it is a 5 inch square with a segment missing so you'd need a 5 inch square envelope or if you're going to include the battery operated tea light as I did, you will need to make a box for it to be posted in.

Full instructions are  in the tutorial video but just for information I cut out the shape in three of the four sides using a little star shape from Eastern Medallions die set and backed them with Vellum. I made the one at the front slightly lower to allow for the sentiment flap.

On the back inside I used some Pumpkin Pie glimmer paper to reflect the light up to the flower which was made using a Pansy Punch with a layer of Lemon Lime Twist cardstock, a layer of the sunflower pattern from the Painted Autumn DSP stack and a Pumpkin Pie glimmer paper with a gold glimmer paper circle in the centre which was punched using a 1/2 inch circle punch. I backed off the cut out sections with a punched circle of foiled vellum to diffuse the glow and hide the tea light.

It's such a gorgeous little card and very versatile, changing up the DSP and cardstock could make it perfect for any occasion and in the video you see me make this Christmas version of it which would look really pretty if you had two or three on a shelf or dinner or buffet table over the festive period.

Enjoy making them and if you do post images of your own please #craftylittlethingsuk on Instagram, Twitter and Facebook so I can see what you've come up with.

Thanks for dropping in as always.

Andrea x

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