Take Me Out to Sea Card

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Ahoy! Concertina cards are my favorite kind of cards because, with a few cuts and folds, you can turn something flat into something beautifully dimensional. Landscapes are the best subjects for this type of card because you can really capture the foreground and background of a scene, from the little fish swimming way down deep, to the whale’s tail just visible over the waves, to a tugboat floating along in the distance.
Materials & Tools:
- Access to a computer with a printer and paper
- Out to sea card templates 1–3*
- Pencil
- Tracing paper
- Sheet of card stock (15" × 7")
- Bone folder
- Craft knife
- Self-healing cutting mat
- Ruler
- Map scrap (5" × 7")
- Glue stick
- Tiny paper scrap (at least 2" × 2") for the fish

Source: ,Amazon.com: Paper Made!: 101 Exceptional Projects to Make ...

Step 1

Print the out to sea card templates at Workman and trace them with a pencil onto tracing paper. Then set them aside.

Step 2

Fold the card stock in half and crease with the bone folder. Unfold.

Step 3

Fold the front of the card to meet the spine. Repeat with the back of the card to create an accordion fold. Crease with the bone folder.

Step 4

Orient the paper so that the top fold of the paper is on the right, the middle (original) fold is on the left, and the bottom fold is on the right. In the corner of each panel, lightly mark the numbers 1 through 4.

Step 5

Open the card. Lay the traced template 1 on panel 1, right sides facing, and trace carefully over the pencil lines to transfer your design. Repeat, pairing and tracing the templates on panels 2 and 3.

Step 6

Use the craft knife and cutting mat to carefully cut along the marked lines on panels 1 through 3. Gently erase all stray pencil marks.

Step 7

Measure and cut a 5" x 7" rectangle from the map. Cover the back of the map with the glue stick and press it onto the front of panel 4.

Step 8

Trace and cut out two fish from the tiny scrap papers. Use the glue stick to attach them to the front of panel 1.

Step 9

Fold up the card and you’re ready to gift it.

Step 10

Excerpted with permission from Kayte Terry's "Paper Made: 101 101 Exceptional Projects to Make Out of Everyday Paper," published by Workman Publishing.

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