This is a hidden message card that I first learned of from my demonstrator, Marlayne. She did a fantanstic card at one of her great workshops, a couple of years ago. Her hidden message was a CALENDAR (6 months on one side, flip & then the other 6 months. Clever!) I’m nudging Marlayne now to make a video demo of this, I’m not sure how clear it is just by still frames.
This is my take at how to do the card. I made it MUCH bigger than it’s suppose to be for demonstration purposes, but if you’re like me, you can fudge it (make it half the size) by just going by the quartered fold lines of whatever size you choose. I chose 8 1/2″ x11″ piece of C/Stock (final card came out 5 1/2″ x 8 1/2″), comme ça:
Fold it in quarters & then unfold & you end up with a ‘w’ or ‘m’.
Okay, now to score it. Because this was a BIG card, I cut it twice with spacing at 2.75″.
Be sure to unfold it, so that it is only cut in the middle of the card.
Unfold & you have a kinda’ ‘mountain’ and ‘valley’ folded card. This is good for ‘pop-up’ cards too.
I used some different colours of paper to better show (the stripes are 8 1/2″ by just under 2 3/4″ (like an 8th of an inch under). So whatever size paper you use, use like an 1/8th of an inch less than the quarter fold).
Weave. Just like you did as a kid in elementary school. Thank you Mrs. Allingham!
Okay and here’s what so cute about the card. It flips: (man this would have been more clear in video format, like I mentioned)
Pull on the sides & it flips shut & flattens out again. TAH DAH. My kids loved to play with this. I didn’t notice Malcolm’s paw in the picture, until now, but see what I mean? “Can I try it now, how ’bout now?”
Now, you may want to secure it a bit, but be careful where you glue. I glued in two spots only. Not sure how well you can see, but glue one “quadrant” on the mustard yellow strip:
and glue one spot/quadrant for the other strip:
What else have we done? Well, Malcolm’s (Star Wars) birthday coming up & we decided to make our own secret hidden message birthday invites! This was the first one we made. “Come Join Us at Malcolm’s Party”. We might add a velcro stickie (underneath R2D2) to secure it, but ribbon would be nice too.
After the flip to the hidden message, are the details of the Party. The back looks like just a weave, that’s why it’s better to have just one colour, IMO.
and Bob’s your Uncle!
My appologies for the “not so well lit” pictures … it’s been a bit dark, & rainy, autumn like, here in Ottawa. BRRR. Not sure what happened to our summer weather we were experiencing, but now I don’t feel so guilty about hanging around the house.