Welcome to another Art with Heart Team blog hop where we are focusing on fancy folds. You will find loads of creative inspiration tonight, showcasing different folding techniques and projects. Don’t be afraid of trying some Fancy Fold cards; they may look intimidating, but in fact, they are not that difficult to create.

If you’re already hopping, then you just came to me from the talented Kimberly Hern. If you’re just joining, great! Use the “next” button at the end of my post to hop all the way around. Blog Hops are full circles, so you can start hopping here and then at the end of each post there is a link to the next one. There is also a list of participants at the end in case of any broken links.

For my card this week I made a bench fold card (also known as a U fold card) which is basically a bridge fold card that has a flap added to it that you lift up when you need to fold the card flat.

This is a really easy and versatile fancy fold you can use to make so many different cards in many different sizes and there are plenty of free instructions on Pinterest or you can purchase a great tutorial (like I did) from a UK Stampin’ Up! demo called Amanda Bates @ The Craft Spa. Here’s the Tool Bench I made for my dad using Amanda’s tutorial.

This time I decided to create my own variation, a glamorous wine bar that featured a lot of the beautiful products found in the holiday catty. Can’t you just picture yourself sitting at this bar, listening to some lovely music? I certainly can!

One of my favourite features of this card is the stunning quilted gold background of the bar. The quilted gold background was so easy to make…I just ran a piece of gold foil card stock through my big shot using the Quilt Top Textured embossing folder. Here’s a close up of the quilted foil and the row of tiny wine glasses sitting on the bar.

Don’t you just love the row of wine glasses? I stamped these with a stamp from the “Half Full” stamp set and fussy cut around them.

I decided to make the quilted background for this bar because I just love the look of pressed metal. Here’s my actual kitchen splash back…it’s a pressed tin panel in a copper finish.

The “Let’s celebrate” sentiment (heat embossed in copper), drinks cart and all of the gorgeous cocktail glasses, beer cans and the cocktail shaker come from the “Beverage Bar” stamp set. I stamped the cocktail shaker in Versamark ink and heat embossed it in silver. The wheels are made from gold metallic accents (see photo below).

The Year of Cheer Washi tape was used to embellish the top of the drinks trolley (see photo above) and to create the shelves on the right and the left hand sides of the bar (see photo below).

The card folds flat to post, then you fold the bench flap down in the middle section to form the bar. Here is the card folded flat as it would appear when the envelope is opened:

Here is the card opened up before the bench is folded down:

And here’s what it looks like once you fold the bench down:

And here’s the view from above so you can see how the fold works:

There’s so many great ideas of things you can make with this style of card…the only limit is your imagination and they are really fun to make and to receive.

I hope you’ve enjoyed my fancy fold card today and now it’s time to hop on over to our next participant, the very talented, Caroline Manwaring.

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