Guest Blogger: Sweet Summer 3-D Pineapple Fold-a-Long Card!

Hello, crafty friends! I'm so excited to be back again with Sizzix as a Blog Team Member! Summer is in full effect, but unfortunately for this island girl, the beach is way out of the question. While I was once an avid beach lounger, I now live in Central Texas – far, far, far away from any beach.  

But that doesn't mean I can't bring the tropical vibes of home back to Texas! Of course, I'll always be  a little nostalgic for  my pineapple-picking days, but Jen Long's Pineapple Fold-a-Long Card brings back fond memories. What's just as sweet is that Jen's Fold-a-Long cards are so incredibly easy to make. The hardest thing to do is choose what paper to use!  

Let me show you how I create my Pineapple Fold-a-Long!  

Other Supplies Used 

Cardstock (Canary, Olive Green, White) 

Patterned Paper (Watercolor) 

Adhesive Machine  

Button (Orange) 

Ink Blending Tool 

Ink Pad (Multi-Color Permanent) 

Makeup Brush 

Twine (Hemp)

 

First, I start by cutting my 12"x 12" patterned paper down to 6" x 12".

Then, I fold it in half to get a 6" x 6" square. Lay the die (half pineapple side) on the fold a little bit past the crease line. I used the Magnetic Platform to help keep the die in place. Top it off with a Cutting Pad and crank the die through.  

Fold-a-Long™ dies are designed to die-cut using the single-fold technique. This technique begins by folding a 6" x 12" piece of cardstock in half. Place the folded cardstock on the Cutting Pad. I used the Magnetic Platform to keep the die in place. Place the straight edge of the die just past the edge of the fold, and die-cut.  

 

Now you have a triple pineapple die cut! These pineapples are separated by crease lines, so I took a bone folder, creasing and folding along these lines. You can fold them by hand, but I find that using a bone folder makes the folds crisper and flatter.  

I die-cut the pineapple crown pieces from green cardstock using the dies included, then shaded the edges with Green Ink, using a stylus and blending tip.  

 

I cut just a single pineapple from Canary cardstock, folded it in half and then cut it into two.  

I wanted a soft, almost airbrushed effect, so I shaded the pineapple pieces with tangerine ink using a makeup brush.  

 

I die-cut the words "Stand Tall" from more canary paper and again softly blended tangerine ink onto the die cuts with the makeup brush.  

I then ran all my die-cut pieces through my adhesive machine. 

I attached my words onto white cardstock that was die-cut with the oval center die included with the set. After inserting the oval shape under the notches cut out in the center of the card, I attached the canary panels to the inside flaps and added the crown to the card front.  

I made a closure by typing twine around the "neck" of the pineapple and fastened it with a button.  

 

Look at how cute this little pineapple is? It's simply adorable! 

And here it is all opened up... 

If this doesn't bring sunshine your way, I don't know what will! I know one thing for sure: it makes my day a whole lot brighter! I hope you enjoyed this tutorial and have a very crafty day.  

See you all next time!  

By Mitsyana Wright  

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