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Fancy Folding

'Tis the season to make A LOT of holiday and winter-themed cards pretty quickly! So it helps to have products that do a lot of the work for you. In this case, that would be Hero Arts' Tri-Fold Edge Winter Pines Die Set and Stampendous' Winter Blizzard 6x6 Cling Stamp, from The Ink Pad.
 
Hero's Winter Pines set consists of three dies which can each be used independently; or you can line them up to make a very long line of trees which can then be used flat or be folded into the cool accordion shape on the front of my tri-fold slimline card. For making the accordion, I found I got best results by trimming an oversized piece of watercolor paper to 6x15" and then positioning and cutting each set of trees separately, so that I got the ideal placement each time. Afterwards, I scored the diecut panel at the 4.25" point and the 8.5" point; then trimmed up the edges and added a sentiment and some snowflakes from LDRS' Snowflakes and Blizzard Stamp Set, using Distress Oxide Inks in Blueprint Sketch and Dusty Concord. I used those same ink colors to ink around the edges of the trees as well.
Stampendous' Winter Blizzard cover stamp is clever in that it's actually two stamps in one: you can use the entire 6" square format, or remove that beautiful big snowflake and use it on its own. Either way, you'll find that the MISTI makes life so much easier, since you will have the chance to re-ink if necessary for perfect coverage. It's absolutely lovely when stamped in bright colors on a white background, but in this case, I used VersaColor White Pigment Ink on a deep purple background so that the white trees would stand out really well.
Having diecut the snowy trees in one section and stamped the background as a separate entity; all that was left to do was to affix the folded tree panel to the blizzardy background with foam tape et voila!
This card design is ideal for a fast mass-production scenario, since there is not much in the way of detail work, and you could get lots of unique looks just by varying the cardstock and ink colors!
thinks cards are the best 
possible place to keep snow!!!

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