As promised I'm here to share a tutorial on the Braided Paper Technique (do you call it a technique? Sure. LEt's call it a technique).
I've seen this a few times lately and just had to give it a try. I credit "Brandy" from "brandyscards" when I stumbled across her YouTube video via Pinterest. I couldn't find her website but if you google "brandyscards" you will be able to see a video tutorial from her.
Subsequent to seeing the video I came across another tutorial and lovely card from Sandy Hancock at http://sandystamper.typepad.com/. Here is the card she made using this technique:
First off you need to print off this template that Sandy provided on her website:
Simply cut off one of the template provided and line up the edge of her drawing with the edge of your card stock:
Once you have made all of the cuts remove the template. Here's what you have:
Open your card with the *mountain* up (ie the front of your card stock facing up):
Fold down the first "V" like so:
Cut off AND KEEP that "V":
Now fold down every other "V":
... until they are all folded:
Now for the fun part ... the "braiding". Simply tuck the point of each "V" under the pokey-uppey part of the previous "V" (don't tell me you've never used the word pokey-uppey before. It's a word! *lol*)
Continue tucking all of the "V"s ...
... until they are all tucked:
Now you take the "V" that you cut off at the beginning and we are going to glue it onto the very top portion ... like so:
I used my 2-way glue pen ...
Ta da! ... or should I saw Wa-low! Haven't used that word in a while!! This is how it looks closed. Easy, yes? Yes!
OK ... now I'll just show/tell you a little bit about the card I made (let's review ...)
I used my Lattice Square Die (page 193; $40.95) with Basic Black card stock. Yes! Another item I bought months and months ago that was STILL IN THE WRAPPER!!! (I hang my head in shame ...) and attached it with my 2-way glue pen. To make the sentiment piece I stamped the sentiment in the new Encore Gold Ink Pad - holiday catty page 28 - $12.95 (oh look! I took a picture with my first attempt which was, in fact, black Staz-on ... oops!) The sentiment is from Blessings from Heaven - page 76; $17.95 cl; $22.95 wood. I punched it out with my Extra Large Oval punch (page 182; $22.95) and then punched a basic black piece out using the Decorative Label punch (page 181; $22.95). This is how the punched pieces fit together:
I didn't like the little pokey uppey parts (SEE! A very useful and versatile word!!) so I cut them off with my snips:
... and then popped the sentiment up on dimensionals. Now for the Gold accents. I used my Elegant Butterfly punch (page 183; $21.95) for the butterfly using the Brushed Gold card stock (page 156; $9.95) and a little strip of the same card stock to put behind the first two braids. To do that I applied my 2-way glue to the top 2 braids ON THE BACK OF THE CARD: (in future I would use my Tombow ... oh, the "Multipurpose Liquid Glue" as it is now called - page 175; $5.95 - it will give a strong, flatter bond):
I added a few rhinestones and Wa-low! Fabulous!~
Thanks for popping in. Until next time, have a stampy day!