Go Fly a Kite!

Hey everyone, I hope you have had a good weekend. Here, it has been a very busy one. My apologies for not posting for a couple of days. I had computer issues which didn’t get fixed until late on Thursday and by then I was too tired to post. Friday and Saturday I was gone ALL day (long days) and just didn’t have time to post.

I don’t mean that literally folks! About flying a kite.

It is just that the card I made for today’s post is a kite fold card. Man Oh Man, was it tricky!

The one you see here is the third one, and it isn’t perfect either. It was either finish and post it, or give up on it. I am not much on giving up, so here it is. I do like it even though it uses one of my-not-favorite-colors.

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You may recognize the Lemon Lime Twist which I, well, I will be nice here, can’t say it is my favorite color. However, it is one of the colors in the TGIF Challenge #119 so I used it.

#TGIFC119 Color Combo Challenge!!!

#TGIFC119 Color Combo Pool Party Lemon Lime Twist Crushed Curry

So, what to do when one out of three colors is not one you want to use? I had seen this kite fold card on a You Tube video recently and decided this was the card to do. Had I known how long it would take me to re-do everything I might have opted for something else.

Anyway, The card itself is kite folded and the base is just two mats, Crushed Curry topped with one in Lemon Lime Twist. The kite is Pool Party with some Whole Lot of Lovely DSP.

First are the cuts and the scoring lines. The Pool Party card stock is 4″ x 10″, scored at 5″. Then with the narrow (4″) side at top and bottom, make a tiny mark at the 2″ mark. On the long edges, mark 2″ from the center, which is your fold line, one on either side of this score mark.

Place the 2″ mark on the left side along the cutting groove on your Stampin’ Trimmer and the one on the opposite side, and on the other side of the center score, also on the groove. DO NOT CUT! Score instead. Turn your card stock and repeat. Fold and use your bone folder to get a good crease. It will look like this:

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Make your score lines from red dot (B) to red dot (B) and from teal dot (A) to teal dot (A). I hope this is clear. If not, you may want to find a You Tube video and watch it.

When folded it looks like a kite. Cut your DSP into the following pieces: One 1-7/8″ square and two 1-7/8″ x 2-5/8″. These will be cut in half diagonally, so you will need 2 of the larger ones, cut in opposite directions to get them to fit as this is a two-sided paper and if you flip it over the wrong print will show. The ninety degree angle of all pieces goes in the center of your kite.

This is where I had trouble. Though I thought I had measured very carefully, the DSP pieces did not fit well. I would suggest watching two or even three videos to see how others have done this, and not take my word for how to do it. I changed the sizes I cut of the DSP which made things worse. Perhaps my Pool Party was wrong, so I re-did that too. Finally, it all came together, but it was tricky. This card is definitely not for the faint of heart!

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You can see that my gaps in the middle are not perfect, so you may have to do a little shifting. I had even dry arranged the pieces and it was still problematic. However, I think the end result is worth it.

I cut a Whisper White plain circle and one each of Lemon Lime Twist and Crushed Curry using two sizes of the scalloped Layering Circles framelits. I number mine smallest to largest and used the plain #2 and scalloped #4 and #5.

Using the three colors of Stampin’ Write markers I painted the flower pot and flowers stamp using the marker to stamp technique, and stamped the Whisper White circle. This stamp is from the Gift From the Garden stenamp set, which is retired. Liquid glue this to the Crushed Curry scalloped circle and then to the Lemon Lime Twist one. Using Stampin’ Dimensionals it was adhered to the kite.

To get the inside Whisper White piece I ended up tracing the Pool Party kite and cut 1/8″ off of each side. I couldn’t seem to get it right by doing the measuring and cutting, and the tracing method worked for me.

The sentiment, ‘Sorry’, is stamped in Crushed Curry and the rest is in Lemon Lime Twist. Both sentiments are from the Sorry for Everything stamp set.inside

Before adhering the sentiment panel into the card base, I liquid glued and taped (for security) a 3-1/2″ strand of Whisper White Baker’s Twine on the back side, then liquid glued the panel to the Pool Party base.

I tied 3 pieces of Pool Party ribbon (only because I did not have either of the other two colors) onto the twine to make the tail of the kite.

I hope you enjoyed this process and it isn’t too confusing. Actually, I enjoy a bit of a challenge, but it can also be frustrating. Just take your time and you can do this. I am sure the recipient will like it.

I will probably try it again and figure out where I went wrong on the first tries. I may also dry emboss the panel under the kite.

The envelope received a piece of the DSP on the flap and a little flower pot on the front, using the same marker to stamp technique.

Card Cuts: Crushed Curry: base 4-1/4″ x 5-1/2″, scalloped circle 2-1/4″ square; Lemon Lime Twist: mat 4″ x 5-1/4″, scalloped circle 2″ square; Pool Party: kite 4″ x 10″, scored at 5″ and as diagramed; Whisper White: inside 3-3/4″ x 4-3/4″,Β  circle 1-3/4″ square; Whole Lot of Lovely Designer Series Paper: one 1-7/8″ square, two 1-7/8″ x 2-5/8″ rectangles. These will be cut in half diagonally.

Product List

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Crushed Curry Stampin' Write Marker

Crushed Curry Stampin’ Write Marker
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$3.50

8 thoughts on “Go Fly a Kite!”

  1. This is an awesome post! I am loving your use of color, including the Lemon Lime Twist, and how you have enhanced the kite shape with the DSP–very clever. Your kite card tutorial is very generous and I am thankful for your sharing it. Thanks for joining along with our color challenge this week at TGIF. Smiles Elizabeth

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  2. Wow!! What a fun and unique card! I’m glad you didn’t quit and you posted this for all to see! I’m going to have to save this and give it a try. Love the little bows on the kite string too. Thanks for joining us at TGIF!

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