Saturday, April 13, 2024

Stamping Inkspirations April Blog Hop Fun Fold Time

Welcome to the Stamping Inkspirations April Blog Hop and this month we have been challenged to create a fun fold but the twist is that it has to be one we have not tried before. It's a great way to have us step outside our comfort zone and share with you some fun projects to help inspire you.
My inspiration for my fun fold design today came from fellow Stampin' Up! Demonstrator, Brenda Quintana, with a version of a Bridge card design that I had not tried before. You can see here video here for more details. I tweaked the placement of the "bridge" layer on my card to fit with the design I had in mind. I chose to use the Lighter Than Air 6"x6" Designer Series Paper for my design and used the coordinating Hot Air Balloon to create the focal images and accents. I wanted to create a fun, cheerful birthday card that would help brighten someone's day. With these pretty pastel colors, I think I managed to achieve that. What do you think?
Products Used:
Hot Air Balloon Bundle (item #162755)
Painted Texture 3D Embossing Folder (item #154317)
Lighter Than Air 6"x6" Designer Series Paper (item #162747)
Thick Basic White Cardstock (item #159229)
Basic White Cardstock (item #159276)
Azure Afternoon Cardstock (item #161719)
Fresh Freesia Cardstock (item #155613)
Gorgeous Grape Cardstock (item #146987)
Gorgeous Grape Classic Ink Pad (item #147099)
Stampin' Dimensionals (item #104430)
Thick Basic White Cardstock
Card Base - 4 1/4" x 11" Scored at 5 1/2"
- cut at 9 1/2" & 7" (Thin section is for the end panel, larger section for the middle panel)
Azure Afternoon Cardstock
Card Front - 4" x 2 1/4" embossed with the Painted Texture 3D Embossing Folder
Basic White Cardstock
Inside Panel - 4 1/4" x 2 3/8"
5 Clouds die cut with the Hot Air Balloon Dies
Fresh Freesia Cardstock
1 Small Banner die cut with the Hot Air Balloon Dies
1 Large Banner die cut with the Hot Air Balloon Dies
Basket die cut with the Hot Air Balloon Dies
Gorgeous Grape Cardstock
Detailed Banner die cut with the Hot Air Balloon Dies
Detailed Basket framework die cut with the Hot Air Balloon Dies
Lighter Than Air Designer Series Paper
2 Side Panels - 1 1/4" x 4" (Striped)
Inside Panel - 5 1/4" x 4" (Blue Background)
Balloon die cut with the Hot Air Balloon Dies (Fresh Freesia Design)
I love creating clean and simple card designs and this applies to fun fold cards as well. As soon as I saw this layout, I knew I had to try it. I love that all the main pieces for the card come from one 4 1/4" x 11" card base and with just 2 cuts and a score line, you have the basics for your fun fold. The fun part is decorating and I felt like the Hot Air Balloon Bundle would be perfect with the coordinating Lighter Than Air 6"x6" Designer Series Paper for creating my card. I chose to place my bridge layer closer to the bottom of the card front to allow room for the balloon die cut to fit in and also to add some clouds in the background. I used the Hot Air Balloon Dies to cut out all the different pieces, including the sentiment banners. I love the contrast between the striped pattern for the side panels and the Azure Afternoon background design. It made me think of rainbows and a blue sky and I thought it was perfect for the idea of a hot air balloon floating through by. For the focal layer, I embossed the Azure Afternoon cardstock with the Painted Texture 3D Embossing Folder to add some texture to the card. I love the contrast with all the pretty colors and the Basic White card base helps make them pop. I used Gorgeous Grape Classic ink to stamp the sentiments for both the front and inside panels.  This was such a fun card to create and I can see myself making more of these Bridge Fun Fold cards in the future. 
Thank you for taking the time to visit my blog. I hope that my fun fold card will help inspire you to explore creating your own beautiful cards and step outside your comfort zone. There are so many options to explore to help spark your creativity.
Now it's time to visit Leonie's blog and see what fun fold she has to share with us. Just click on the Next button to visit her blog or use the Roll Call List to find your way. We would appreciate it if you would leave us a comment and let us know what you liked about our projects. I hope you enjoy the rest of our blog hop. 

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Happy Stamping,

Tricia Butts
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  1. Fabulous card, Tricia! This fold is new to me too. Love the bright & happy colors. Thank you for sharing this!đŸ’•

  2. Fab card, And great use of the papers and stamp set it works very well with the fab fun fold x

  3. A bright and cheerful card, well done!

  4. Bridge fold cards are such fun, and I love this version of it. Great choice of papers and dies for this style of card.