Hey friends! Adrianne here today, and I’ve got a fun way to show gratitude as we come up on (American) Thanksgiving and the holiday season in general. I have a confession: I am not the best at speaking my gratitude. I know that a simple “thank you” goes a long way. I try my best to say it often! But honestly, I’m just better at showing how thankful I am through actions. And gifts. So I made up this big accordion-fold card to give to my husband, to try to put into words some of the things I’m most thankful for. This actually makes a great gift for grandparents from the kids because there’s lots of space to include photos and artwork, and it’s the perfect style for a group to give so that everyone has room to write a sweet sentiment. I’ll show you how to fold up this easy card, and give you a few ideas to make it your own, too!
Accordion fold pop-up card supplies:
- Three 12 x 12 sheets Core’dinations Chocolate Box card stock (I used Blueberry & Cool Mint Truffle)
- Core’dinations Sand-It Gadget
- Paper trimmer
- Scoring board and bone folder
- Baker’s twine
- Liquid glue
- Photos and embellishments that are meaningful to you such as Silhouette text cuts, heart punches, and Sizzix’s Love Set of Embossing folders
Step 1. Choose three coordinated sheets of card stock, and trim them to 8 inches square. (Keep the scraps close by for making your embellishments.) Score them vertically and horizontally at 4″, and then along ONE of the diagonals.
Step 2. You will be gluing all 3 papers together, with the un-scored squares overlapping. Glue one side of the card to the center panel, and then cut a 3-foot length of baker’s twine. Lay it across the glue, and sandwich it inside when you glue the final panel onto the center panel.
You should have a card that now looks like this. The side (green) panels will fold upward, and the center (blue) panel will fold downward.
Step 3. Embellish it! Fill it up with gratitude. I trimmed photos to 4 x 4 and glued them down the center. Then, I embossed and sanded some heart accents with my Sizzix machine.
I listed 12 things about my husband that I’m thankful for, and trimmed them to fit inside the card on the folding panels. I also used a punch to create heart shapes to glue on.
Step 4. Create a front for your card to finish it off. I wanted something personal for the front of the card, so I created a text file in the Silhouette Studio that said “12 ways I’m thankful for you”. Instead of using the words, I used the outer “stencil” part of the phrase. (Since I wasn’t using the words, I snagged the “thankful” cut and used it inside the card.) I also sanded the edges of the card for a more vintage feel.
Let it dry, then fold it up! Use the baker’s twine to hold it closed, until it’s time to give it to someone special.
I have made cards for my husband before, but this one was far and away his favorite! Part of it was just me saying “thank you” for all the things he does, but he loved that I included pictures, too. It’s like a tiny scrapbook, with some photos of us at some of our best times – one of our first dates, our honeymoon, and some other special memories.
Who do you know who could use a great big card full of gratitude?
Hey friends, Adrianne here, and today I’ve got a fun paper turkey craft that you can print and make at home. Not only does it look cute as table decor, but it’s also an activity, and an exercise in thankfulness. There’s also a free printable PDF file to make your own – the shapes are simple, just trace and cut!
The turkey is built around a small paper box interior, and it’s a place where the whole family can write something they’re thankful for on a slip of paper, and drop inside. On Thanksgiving, you can retrieve the papers, and read out load what people have written.
Paper turkey table decor supplies:
- Coredinations Chocolate Box 12×12 sheets, in colors you like best (I used Dewberry, Cool Mint Truffle, and Key Lime for the body, and Maplenut for the beak and feet)
- Core’dinations Core Basics 110 lb. card stock, one 8.5×11 sheet
- Sand-it Gadget
- Scoring board and bone folder
- Optional: Embossing folders, and manual embossing machine like the Sizzix Big Shot
- Optional: Google eyes and other facial embellishments
- Optional: Circle cutter
- Quick-dry liquid glue
- Printable template (click to download and save or print)
Step 1. Print your template, and cut and score your box. If you print the box template directly onto your 8.5 x 11 heavy-duty card stock, you can just cut and score along the lines. Cut the template for tracing your feathers. Then, glue your box sides together and the bottom closed.
Step 2. Trace and cut your feathers and circles. If you have a circle cutter, you’ll find it easiest just to cut two 4″ circles and one 5″ circle. If you don’t have a circle cutter, you can print the circles from the template, cut and trace them onto your card stock, and cut them out. You will need 7 feathers.
Step 3. Trim one inch off the 5 inch circle and one of the 4 inch circles. This will give you a flat edge for assembling it on the box.
Step 4 (optional). Emboss and/or sand your Chocolate Box pieces. I used a Darice brand embossing folder with circles and dots, but any pattern that you have that you like will work well! I also embossed the feathers with a Darice brand folder with a swirling vine pattern. I did not sand the feathers. You can also sand the pieces without embossing them to expose the colored core.
Step 5. Assemble your circles on the front of your box. The trimmed 5-inch circle will be the body, and the intact 4 inch circle will be the head. Then, arrange the feathers on the back side of your box, and cover the raw edges with the final trimmed 4-inch circle.
Step 6. Give it a face! Add embellishments like google eyes, foam stickers, or cut your own face pieces from card stock. I used google eyes, and I also cut a pair of feet to add stability to the bottom. I did not include a template for the facial pieces, because making it your own is half the fun of this craft!
You can leave this little guy out on your table all month, and add “thankful” notes to the box at any time as they occur to you – or, wait until Thanksgiving, and have everyone share together! Happy Thanksgiving!
Whether it’s a little or a lot, our Chocolate Box adds immediate impact on your papercrafting projects! It is definitely great for masculine projects as Kate did on this layout and for the Father’s Day cards we have for you today!
Debbie Standard paired hers with blue and some other neutrals. A great tip is to mix and match different embossed patterns for added interest like Debbie did for this card:
Whether it’s a little or a lot, our Chocolate Box looks great and really stands out as seen on this card by Designer Trine Brandt Lassen. The smooth kraft base looks amazing embossed, too!
Hi friends! Vivian Keh here to share a card project that uses Core’dinations Chocolate Box Collection.The cardstock comes in a range of yummy chocolate hues, and the core comes in a pretty rainbow of colors to choose from.
Step 1: Dry emboss a pretty design onto a piece of Chocolate Box Cardstock and sand to reveal the core color.
Step 2: For a soft framing element, add a bit of intentionally carefree stitching along the edge.
Step 3: Die-cut a label out of another piece of Chocolate Box cardstock. Dry emboss and sand to reveal the core color. Layer coordinating embellishments that vary textures and keep the feeling soft.
Core’dinations – Chocolate Box Collection, Sand It Gadget, Dust Buddy
Sizzix – Dot Swirl and Medallion Embossing Folder Set #658286, Jar Labels Die and Embossing Folder Set #659184
Fiskars – small floral punch
Really Reasonable Ribbon – Seam binding
Prima Marketing – Gems, Wooden Banner
Ranger – liquid pearls
Lindy’s Stamp Gang – pink mist
And next up we have a card from Clare Buswell with another take our Chocolate Box cardstock. LOVE how she chose to use blue to accent her flower!
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Next up we are showcasing Chocolate Box on the blog this week. What a sweet treat…
chocolate covered cardstock! Sand, tear and emboss it to reveal the yummy colors hidden beneath the texture. It is available in 12×12 assorted packs, 6×6 and Cut & Emboss. And don’t forget single sheets for those special projects, too. First up we have Kate Nolan Denham with a masculine layout filled with TONS of technique!
I wanted to create a very “boy” layout with the photos of my Grandson so I immediately grabbed my stock of Core’dinations Chocolate Box Cardstock. I embossed, debossed, and die cut my way through the Chocolate Box on this layout! Each piece of Chocolate Box was sanded to show the great core colors I chose to compliment Seth’s plaid shirt.
We have another amazing day of inspirational Mother’s Day projects for you today.
First up, Ava Gavloski with a classic black and white card for Mother’s Day…