By Card Making & Scrapbooking Contributor
The Dahlia Fold Technique is often used to make smaller flowers for cards, but did you know that you can make an entire focal point for a card front using the same technique. You can and it’s easy! Just follow the steps below and you’ll be creating these awesome large dahlias in no time.
In the following steps you will want to make sure that all folds are creased well.
Fold each circle in half. Note: The pattern that you choose to fold to the inside will end up facing out on the completed piece so be sure to decide which one you want facing outside before folding.
Open up the folded circle.
Fold in the opposite direction but this time only crease up to the fold line created in the first step. Leave the other half unfolded so to create the flat fanned area of the finished piece.
When you open the circle again, this time you will have the top half with one fold line and the bottom half you will be able to see a “T” shape.
Fold one section inward as shown, folding the area between the horizontal and vertical lines. Repeat this step for the second area.
Turn the piece over.
Fold the left area back and line it up with the score line in the center. Repeat this step with the right area.
Your finished piece will now look like this. Continue to do the other 7 circles folding them using the steps from above for each.
Add some of the tape from the tape runner to the back of each piece and arrange them on the front of the card only adhering them down when you have them spaced evenly.
Using a paper trimmer, cut a 1 ½” x 3” piece of cardstock and a 1 1/8” x 2 ½” piece of cardstock and layer them together. Stamp the sentiment onto the piece and attach it to the card. If necessary, you can tuck it under the bottom petal of the large flower.
Cut two coinciding sized circles and layer them on top of one another and stamp or place a focal onto them. You can also leave them blank. For this card, I’ve chosen to stamp the “63rd” (number stamps) on it in honor of my parents 63rd anniversary that is coming up. Add some 3-d adhesive to the center of the flower and attach the circles to complete the outside of the card.
The next time you want to fill the front of a card with an awesome design this is a great way to do it. Use it with any theme and for any occasion. It will quickly become one of your favorite card designs and techniques.