Wednesday, July 11, 2018

Pineapple Fold-A-Long Card Tutorial

Did you know that pineapple is the symbol of hospitality, friendship and, in some cultures, of good fortune? Apart from their great taste, pineapples also have a distinguished look which is so fun to draw. Since it stands for such great things, a pineapple greeting seems like a cool idea for sending out a card and the Pineapple Fold-A-Long Sizzix card die by Jen Long makes it really easy!

Here are the materials I used in case you want to follow along.


Sizzix Thinlits Die Set 10PK - Card, Pineapple Fold-a-Long
Sizzix 3-D Textured Impressions Embossing Folder - Pineapple Texture (optional)
Sizzix Big Shot Machine Only (White & Gray)

Sizzix Accessory - Cutting Pads, Standard, 1 Pair (Purple w/Silver Glitter)

Sizzix Accessory - Standard Magnetic Platform for Wafer-Thin Dies 
Sizzix Accessory - Multipurpose Platform, Standard (optional)
Other: White Cardstock, Paints, Paint brush, Bone Folder, Adhesive, Stencil, Whipped Spackle, Scissors

Now, let me walk you through the steps.

Fold an 8.5" x 11" white cardstock in half to 8.5" x 5.5". Use bone folder to create a crisp edge. Place your die on the folded paper to double check that the width of the die fits the paper.

To die-cut the Pineapple card base, create the following Sizzix Sandwich –

Here's the die-cut extended gate-fold card base in the shape of a pineapple. This card base can be folded along the crease lines to make a uniquely shaped accordion.

Follow the crease lines to fold the parts, making sure that the edges line up nicely. Crease down with the bone folder to create clean crisp edges.

Paint the leafy part of the Pineapple green, front and back. You could also use color cardstock or patterned paper but I find it a lot more fun to paint my pieces.

Paint the fruit part of the pineapple, a light yellow, if you are taking the painting route. Be sure to paint both front and back as you'll see all sides when the card is finished.

Also paint the die-cut embellishments, sentiment and sentiment block. Set them aside for now.

Now, pineapples have a signature textured skin. So to make my pineapple look the part, I chose a diamond stencil and applied Whipped Spackle with palette knife on the front flaps of my card. Then I let the paste dry completely.

If mixed media is not your style, you can also use the Sizzix 3-D Textured Impressions Embossing Folder - Pineapple Texture to bring your pineapple to life, so to speak. For that, die-cut a duplicate pineapple card base using the same Sizzix Sandwich as above. Cut along the very first and very last sections of the pineapple with scissors. Cut off the leafy tops from both sections.

If you choose to emboss your pineapple, create the following Sizzix Sandwich:
Attach the embossed pieces to the front flaps with adhesive. 

Insert the sentiment block/label from the Sizzix Thinlits Die Set 10PK - Card, Pineapple Fold-a-Long in the center slot of the card.

I suggest you do this step before embellishing the sentiment block to make sure that none of the embellishments get in the way of your card closing correctly.

Here's my embellished Pineapple Fold-A-Long card. Hope you enjoy the tutorial! These Fold-A-Long cards are so much fun to make, I hope you'll give them a try!

Note: I am a project designer for Sizzix. Sizzix provided me with the above dies to create the above project. If you click the links to buy these dies, I will earn an itsy bitsy portion of the sale. Use the code SZB2015 at checkout. You get 15% off and I get an itsy bitsy portion of the sale. It's win-win!  

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