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Dahlia Fold Shadowbox Card

Feb_2_blog3 I've been seeing lots of pretty cards lately with a focal point made using a tea-bag folding technique known as the Dahlia fold -- so this is my version. Because it takes work to fold that pretty flower, I felt it needed to be displayed in a proper fashion so I placed it inside a Shadowbox card. I will give you links to great how-to's for both.

First, the supplies I used for this February stamp club card, all are Stampin' Up: Card Stock - Pumpkin Pie, Old Olive and Whisper White; Designer Paper: either Rose Red prints or Bali Breeze (for the version with orange in the flower); Coluzzle circle cutting system; 1 & 3/8 inch circle punch; Felt Fusion flowers; rhinestone brad; Jumbo Pewter Eyelet; Pumpkin grosgrain ribbon; Sticky Strip; SU Large Oval Punch; Eastern Elegance rub-ons (the white flower accenting one version of the card with the Bali Breeze Dahlia flower inside); Stamps: A Beautiful Thing Inks: SU Pumpkin, Olive and Rose Red; white dot accents are SU white gel pen.

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Here's the link to the Dahlia fold how-to. As far as tips, I punched my circles with the 1 & 3/8 inch punch. I do not tape them closed in any way. I did cut a circle with the Coluzzle that was slightly smaller than the finished flower and then had everyone assemble their flower "petals" on that circle using SNAIL adhesive so it was much easier to attach through the circle in the front of the card. I put the flower in last, attaching it with Dimensionals so it would pop a little more and be easy to position inside the circle opening.

Here is the how-to link to Dawn's great Shadowbox Card directions. These Shadowbox cards are really so easy to make and Sticky Strip holds the sides together great. You could stamp a simple image directly on the back panel for a card the recipient will want to keep and display. Best of all, when folded flat they fit right inside a standard envelope.

Feb_2_blog2 Final tip: I used Coluzzle circle #5 for the opening in the card and circle #4 for the circle that's the base of the folded flower. That's the number counting out from the center on the Coluzzle circle sold by Stampin' Up.

Thanks for looking!

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