Tutorial - Correspondence Fold

If you hopped to all the stops in our recent blog hop, you may have seen this tutorial by Susan. This fold gives our Heroes a lot of room for writing home. Susan has broken this down very clearly for us with lots of photos for illustration. Please let her know what you think about this fold.

OK...today I am sharing what I call a CORRESPONDENCE Card, I call it that because when open it gives you lots of space to write, like stationary.
Remember the "fortune tellers" we made as kids?
It is like that, but only made half way.

See how big the writing space is? plus, there is some space on the back also without changing the look of the card when it is folded up.

Here is what you need:
1 sheet 8.5 x 11 card stock, a piece of coordinating printed paper, a stamped image, trimmer, scoring tool, adhesive and scissors. I did it all on my old trusty Fiskars...I did just recently purchase Martha Stewart's scoring board, but have not tried it yet.

First you are going to cut the paper at 8.5", so you end up with a square.

On the Fiskars trimmers (all of them) the orange blade is for cutting, and the black is for scoring, Now that I have cut it, I do not need that blade, so I remove it for the time being.

Now you are going to score it in half (at 4.25") on both sides of the square.

Then you need to score it diagonally from both sides, point to point to do this on this type of tool, you line up the points in the groove, you MUST try to hold it steady and precise, or the folding will be off. Some people like using artist's tape, but I have become pretty good at keeping it steady (on good days with my hand, LOL)

You can see I have the points lined up with the groove on both ends, after scoring the first one, I turn it and do it again.

Start your folding.

Btw, when the scoring is done, you'll see like a star point in the center of the square.

Always do your half-square folds first.

When doing the diagonal folds make sure the paper lines up.

Is this starting to look familiar?

But we do have one more fold to make.

Since this is an 8.5" square, when you fold it in half both ways (square), you'll get 4 squares measuring 4.25"

Pick one square and line up the end of the fold lines diagonally to the groove on the trimmer (or scoring board) again try to be precise. Score it all the way across.

Here you can see the score line.

Fold it down so it looks like a square, (the inside 2 folds fold inward)

Now fold this new short score line toward you.

You can know use a bone folder, a credit card or whatever to make the folds crisp

From left to right, the one I just made, I have not used the boner on it yet, the middle one has been boned, and the last is the card that has been made for a while and in with other cards so it is nice and flat now.

Time to add our piece of coordinating printed paper. Put the cutting blade back in your trimmer (no need to remove the scoring blade, just put the cutting blade in front of it) Remember the 4 squares are 4.25", so we need to cut a piece of printed paper 4" x 4"

Once you have your 4" square, you need to cut that in half diagonally

Once you have cut it and half a triangle piece now, you need to remove just a bit off the top, or long side, like an 1/8" - 1/4" I eyeball it.

once it appears to be straight, go ahead and cut it.

Lay is down on your front flap, and make sure you are leaving the size of border you want to leave. Then glue it on.

Now it is time to cut out your stamped image.

Line your image up so it is not going over any of the edges, and it is where you like it.*note: you really want there to be more of the image at the bottom as that is where it is glued, the rest kind of hangs in the air.The image I choose actually goes a little against that rule, because of the squirrel's tail but it works out :)

Now embellish as you wish, just do not put anything real lumpy or it will not close right.

The squirrel is from Stampin' Up, German scrap from ARTchix studios, the flowers are Primas, the bling is part of a little bird "Bling it" by Basic Grey

Special thanks again to Susan for today's tutorial! If you have an idea for a Tuesday Tutorial, please email me at kate@operationwritehome.org.

Jen M  – (March 15, 2011 at 5:20 AM)  

I'm totally going to try this! Thanks for a great tutorial - I love the detail, it really helps me see how it all comes together. :)

Rhonda Miller  – (March 15, 2011 at 8:19 AM)  

This is so cool. I'm going to have to try it out. Thank you for sharing the tutorial.

Velda  – (March 15, 2011 at 9:19 AM)  

I made several of these after the bloghop. They are fun and really quite easy.

Paula S.  – (March 15, 2011 at 6:32 PM)  

Great images on this tutorial. I used to love making those "fortune tellers" as a kid! These would be a lot of fun for the kids of our heroes to receive. Very creative!

sandyh  – (July 13, 2011 at 11:26 AM)  

i like this card, but doesn't it go against one of the sending rules about A2 size cards? a square card like this will need a different envy.

Operation Write Home  – (July 13, 2011 at 1:43 PM)  

If it fits inside an A2 its okay, Sandy :)

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