Napkin Fold Card: Part One

My first attempt at a napkin fold card.

My first attempt at a napkin fold card.

About a year ago, my friend Nancy showed me how to make something called a “napkin fold card”. Last month, I saw some more she had made and was finally inspired to make some for myself. I still had the template from a year ago, but I had misplaced the instructions that went with it. In a way, this was actually fortunate, because it made me to think for myself rather than follow the instructions of others. As a result, my napkin fold cards have a feel of simple elegance to them that is more in line with my style than some of the highly decorated napkin fold cards out there.

Wishing you a day of little treasures & simple pleasures. Happy Birthday. The sentiment is from a stamp.

This is the napkin fold card open. It says,” Wishing you a day of little treasures & simple pleasures. Happy Birthday.” The sentiment is from a stamp.

I needed to make a sympathy card and decided that a napkin fold card would be perfect. Of course, since I’d been wanting to make this card, any excuse would have been enough to get me started. And, like most of my art projects, I couldn’t stop with just one. Once I had gone to the trouble to figure out all the dimensions (I started with a 8″ x 8″ piece of paper) and gone through my paper scraps, my studio was filled with lots of colorful papers and they wanted to be used.

Loving the paste papers with the bright yellow.

Another napkin fold card closed. Loving my paste papers with the bright yellow paper!

Napkin fold card open. This is the sympathy card that started my adventure.

Napkin fold card open. This is the sympathy card that started this adventure.

Napkin fold card open. I'm thinking Halloween here.

Napkin fold card open. I’m thinking Halloween here. The center is a stamp hand-colored with watercolor pencils.

Silver and blue napkin gold card closed.

Silver and blue napkin fold card closed.

Napkin fold card closed. I'm thinking holiday colors here.

Napkin fold card closed. I’m thinking holiday colors here.

Napkin card open with stamp, Thinking of You!

Napkin fold card open with stamp, “Thinking of You!”

I will post instructions, along with more examples of these cards, next week. I have so many more ideas for these cards.

Until next week, Candy

Check out Napkin Fold Card: Part Two (with instructions)

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