Diamond folding is an effective and yet
simple technique to add elegance to your layouts. There are many
different folds to choose from, but I am just going to focus on
one to demonstrate the versatility of this technique and how you
can use stickers to dress it up even further.
The fold I will be using creates a diamond
lattice effect. To create this fold, first print out the pattern
Select the paper you are going to use and
trace the solid lines of the pattern onto it with a pencil.
Please note you can vary the number of chevrons (the diamond
shapes) depending on the length you want. When you have finished
transferring the pattern, cut along the lines with a sharp craft
knife. Fold along the dotted lines to create a diamond lattice.
It is then up to you whether you decide to place each folded
piece behind the triangle below it or let it sit on top.
This technique can be used to create a wide
range of embellishments for your layouts. By changing the number
of chevrons, you can create anything from borders to tiles. It's
a also a great technique for using on tags.
|i. Diamond Folding and Zoo Animals
At some time or other, we all face
the challenge of a layout for a day at the zoo. These
accents are prefect for creating that safari mood!
First, I used the pattern above to create a vertical
diamond lattice with nine diamonds from tan cardstock. I
chose not to tuck the folded pieces under but instead
glued them down and placed a sticker on top. I then
matted it on burgundy cardstock. The stickers are Sandylion's
Zoo Animals stickers. These mini stickers fit
perfectly in the lattice. I had a few left over so I
used them to create a smaller horizontal tile with only
|ii. Diamond Folding With Dolphins
This unique page accent is perfect
for your layouts of days at the beach of visits to theme
parks like Sea World. It adds a sense of style to your
page and yet is so simple to make. Once again, I used
the pattern above to create a vertical lattice of seven
diamond. This time, I used blue vellum and tucked the
folds under. You will also notice the lattice is upside
down (compared to the zoo lattice).
I then used Sandylion's
Shiny Dolphins stickers. First, I placed the
dolphin in the bottom left-hand corner on the
vellum and then the dolphin at the top in the
middle. I then placed a dab of glue on the
vellum behind these dolphins to attach the
vellum to the background blue water paper. The
other three dolphin stickers were then added by
tucking the tail of each dolphin under the
vellum. This technique creates the appearance of
the dolphins jumping out of the water.
|iii. Diamond Folding, Buttons and Tags
Diamond folding is a great technique
for enhancing your tags. For this tag, I used a three
diamond vertical lattice made from a pink patterned
paper. By using a patterned paper, you end up with white
chevrons. I also tucked the chevrons under the triangle
below it. I then matted the lattice on a tag made from
pink cardstock. I placed a piece of patterned purple
paper with a torn edge at the bottom of the tag (leaving
a pink strip). I then decorated the tag with the phrase
'Cute As A Button!' (written in purple glitter pen) and Sandylion's
Buttons stickers. I punched a hole in one of the
heart shaped button stickers and used it to frame the
hole at the top of the tag. I then threaded pink wool
through the hole to finish it off.
Diamond folding is an extremely versatile
technique. I have only demonstrated one type of fold, but as you
can see, even a single fold can be adapted to a wide range of
themes and styles. Sandylion's mini stickers are also perfect
for dressing up your folds and adding an extra element of fun,
style or charm. The possibilities are endless! What can you come
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