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Hello Papertrey friends and happy Friday! I have some projects to share today that will give you some ideas on you how you can add lots of dimension to your projects with some simple paper folding.  Trust won't need mad origami skills to re-create these looks, just a simple scoring tool.  I started a Fold It Pinterest board a while back after I started noticing some paper folding techniques and thought it might be something to play around with. I did THIS card for one of the Stamp-a-Faire challenges on which I scored and folded some circles.  I was intrigued with the possibilities and decided to play around with a few more ideas.  

First off is a card that uses the Super Star stamp set and Seeing Stars dies. By doing some simple scoring I was able to turn the flat star diecuts into something very dimensional.


I adhered my dimensional stars onto a panel of Linen Vellum layered over more diecut stars which were left flat.  


To create the dimensional stars, I simply scored a line down from the tip of each point, then used my fingers to sort of bend and pinch along the scores to create the dimension.



Next is a very simple technique that involves a little trimming with a craft knife to create a peek-a-boo effect.


I started by stamping a grid of squares using the Square Prints stamp set.  After the stamping was complete, I took a craft knife and a ruler and cut open the top left corner of several of the squares.  I used a bone folder and ruler to score a diagonal line on each of those squares and folded the corner back.  I then used to coordinating die to diecut some squares from bright colored cardstocks to insert into the openings.  



Next is a pretty dramatic effect that can be acheived by simply scoring and folding some squares of patterned paper.  The effect is very graphic!  This could easily be mailed as well.  Just flatten the flaps when putting it in the envelope and they should pop back open when the recipient opens it!


I used the Bitty Dot papers from the Pattern Packs and trimmed a 2 1/2" square of each color. I marked the center of each square on all four sides with a light pencil mark on the backside of the paper.


I then scored diagonal lines across each corner of the square, using the pencil marks as my guide.  Then I just folded on the score marks.   


I added a little stamping on each folded "triangle" portion using one of the stamps from Square Prints.  I adhered them to my card base, butting the edges of each square together and finished it off with a sentiment stamp from the Stylish Sentiments Birthday set.



My last card today focuses on a paper folding technique that resembles braiding. The effect is a really cool dimensional chevron. I stubled across this fun tutorial on the Scrapbooks Etc blog that will show you just how to do it. 


I braided three rows (I used 1/4" strips for my braids) and adhered them to the front of my card base.  The sentiment is a combination of Wonderful Words: Together and Grand Ampersand. The cool border along the bottom edge is from Sketched Shapes.




Thanks so much for stopping by today and letting me share a few projects with you using some of the paper folding techniques that have been inspiring me!  I hope you have a great weekend.  :-)