Friday, December 2, 2011

FANCY FOLD FRIDAY, Come Let Us Adore Him Joy Fold Card...

For today's Christmas card, I wanted to use a religious theme, so I used the Come to Bethlehem stamp set on the front and The Sounding Joy set inside.  And Concord Crush and Brushed Gold seemed like the perfect "royal" combo for the theme.

The Joy Fold card is one of the simplest Fancy Folds and one of my favorites.  It is basically a mini card folded inside a larger card. The larger piece is cut to 4-1/4" x 8-1/2" and scored at 5-1/2".  The mini card is cut to 3" x 8" and scored at 4".  You simply adhere the back of your mini card to the back inside of the larger card as shown in the inside picture above.

I used Shimmer Mist on the Mini Card and let it dry before embossing it. I have posted the recipe for the Shimmer Mist before, but have included it again at the end of the post.  I embossed the back wall of the main card and the gold layer with the Snow Burst Embossing Folder.  Yes, I know it has been my go-to embossing folder for Christmas cards this year, but it's a new toy... and it's so pretty!  :)

The inside star image is stamped in Concord Crush, but I stamped off once before stamping it on the card.  Then just emboss all your other images with VersaMark and Gold Stampin' Emboss Powder.  Oh, and I needed a little more bling, of course, so I added a Rhinestone Jewel to the star.  Who couldn't use more bling?

Here is an alternate version I made when I was trying to decide between making it in silver or gold.  Which one do you like better?

  • Stamp Sets – Come to Bethlehem (W#118732 $19.95, C#120591 $14.95), The Sounding Joy (W#121967 $24.95, C#121979 $18.95)
  • Card Stock – Concord Crush, Whisper White, Brushed Gold
  • Ink – Concord Crush Classic, VersaMark
  • Accessories – Basic Rhinestones Jewels (#119246, $4.95), Gold Stampin' Emboss Powder (#109129, $4.75), Champagne Mist Shimmer Paint (#116806, $5.95)
  • Tools – Heat Tool, Big Shot, Snow Burst Embossing Folder (#124096, $7.95)

  1. Take a Mini-Mister (sold in packs of three at craft stores).  Remove spray head and straw of mini mister and set aside.
  2. Fill the Mini Mister with 70% rubbing alcohol to 1/4” below the screw-threads of the bottle.
  3. SHAKE Shimmer Paint vigorously until it is WELL mixed.
  4. Carefully remove the lid of the shimmer paint and pour a bit of it into the mini mister.  Not too much, I would say about 1/8 tsp.  If you desire more shimmer, you can always add more.
  5. Insert spray nozzle into the Mini Mister, make sure it is on tightly with the cap.
  6. Replace lid on shimmer paint, and set aside
  7. Shake the filled mini mister vigorously to ensure it is well mixed.
  8. Place your cardstock in a Color Catcher and spray with the mist.
  9. The paper will curl up, but will relax and flatten when dry.  It if is still warped, just put it under a heavy book for a while.
  10. Store the mini mister in a vertical position.
  11. The paint will settle/separate from the rubbing alcohol after a while, so be sure to shake well before using again.


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