Thursday, October 17, 2013

Paper House: Origami Cards

The Projects
I wanted to make a boy and girl version of a similarly designed card to show the versatility of the different Paper House collections. I thought origami would add a fun touch and the weight of Paper House’s papers are just perfect for folding.  

Boy Scout Card
To fold the shirts, I followed the pictures from Origami Resource Center. I cut three rectangles at 3” x 4.5” from different sections of the My Lil’ Scout papers to get different colors.

I tied ribbon around the collars to look like neckerchiefs. I finished it with some black acrylic paint from a squeeze bottle to make the buttons. I used some 3-D stickers for the sentiment and embellishments.

You can also use a dollar bill, or any paper money, and fold it into a shirt. That would be a fun way to give money instead of using a money holder.

Paper Clip 
Acrylic Paint

Birthday Girl Card
For the birthday girl card, I wanted some brightly colored dresses as the focal point. I gave three dresses to my niece for her birthday, so I thought some origami dresses would be perfect on the card.

The Gymnastic paper has some rainbow stripes on it which will yield a variety of dress colors. I cut some 3” x 3” squares from one strip across the page. Each square makes a different colored dress so you can mix and match.

I followed the instructions from Inklings & Yarns’ blog to fold the dresses. This is a written tutorial, there are also many video ones if that is your preference. I like referring to diagrams when I'm folding. For a final touch, I added some floral nail decals on each dress. These come a variety of designs and colors and can be found at beauty supply stores. They look like fimo clay. I find that the beauty supply stores are kind of pricy so I actually bought this at a discount clothes store in the accessories section.

Paper Clip 
Nail Decal

• Practice first on some scratch paper before using the patterned papers. I did that and it saved me from wasting some patterned papers.
• The shirt is easier to fold than the dress. I'd start with the shirt first.
• Use a bone folder to give you sharp creases. This really gives you crisp folds and makes it less bulky.
• The mini clothes hanger is made from a regular size paper clip. Start by bending it slightly apart. Wrap the shorter end around the longer end and crimp it closed. Then curl the top of the hanger into a hook shape. Cut off the excess wire.

• You can easily change the look of the clothing for different occasions. For example, make the dresses in white for a wedding card or add a tie to the shirt for Father’s Day.

If you would like an instruction sheet, here is a downloadable PDF. This project is also up on Paper House's blog today

I'm entering this in the following challenges:
4 Crafty Chicks: #164 Multiple Layers
4 Krafty Girlz: Anything Goes
Crafty Ribbons Challenge: #66 Anything with Ribbons
The Crafter's Cafe: #33 How Adorable
Crafting with Dragonflies: #13 Nature, Trees, Leaves

Thanks so much for stoppin' by,


Bonjourscrap said...

What a couple of sweet cards ! Love your folding clothes !

Unknown said...

Wow, very cool oragami!!

Dictionary said...

What adorable cards.

Suzanne said...

Very cute cards!

Ange said...

Super cute! Those are really fun.

Bonnie said...

Wow!! Your multiple cards have produced multiple layers!! Way to go girl - you have rocked our 4 Crafty Chicks layers challenge!! Thank you!

Susan Hogan said...

Great tutorial, thanks. Beautiful way to use origami too. Love the scouts and their shirts. Thanks for sharing with us at CWD for our latest challenge - trees/nature/leaves!

AerynKelly said...

Very cute. My dad is WAY into Origami so I always love the look.

Unknown said...

Thank you for your lovely entry in the crafty ribbons challenge this week. Love the coat hanger idea
P x

Leanne said...

What a cool idea, thank you for playing our challenge at 4 Crafty Chicks!

Leanne DT!
4 Crafty Chicks

Unknown said...

Wonderful project. Thank you for joining us at Crafting Withe Dragonflies with our Nature/leaves and Trees challenge. Hugs Tania (DT) xx

judith@poppy cottage said...

Great cards, and the tutorials are great. Love the bright colours and the boy/girl options. Thank for joining us at Crafting with Dragonflies, Judith xx

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