Saturday, July 17, 2010

Donkey smiles for Michelle

Todays card has been created as a RAK for a special person in the crafting world. Michelle is a design team member for many of my favourite sites and I've always admired her work although I've never actually communicated directly with her. She clearly is special though because since she was injured (see her full story here) more people than I can count have jumped forward to send her cards, words of encouragement and financial assistance with medical bills. Several digital companies are offering free images in honour of Michelle and I picked this one from Karen's Doodles.

Isn't the donkey just too cute? Of course I coloured him with Copics - the hooves were a challenge but finally ended up OK (although perhaps still a bit too dark?). I wanted to create a special/interesting card so I went with this overlapping tri-fold. If you want to try it, here are the steps. I'm afraid I don't have exact measurements.
  1. Stick 2 card blanks on top of each other to create a 3-panel card. Make sure the front panels overlap each other, then close the card with the left panel on top.
  2. Open the card and on the front left panel, measure about 1/3 of the way from the top-left corner and then about 2/3 of the way from the bottom-right corner. Cut a diagonal line between these 2 points making sure to stop at the fold.
  3. Close the card so that the right panel is on top. Measure 2/3 of the way down from the top-right corner and 1/3 of the way up from the bottom-left corner. Cut a diagonal line between the 2 points, again making sure to stop at the fold.
  4. Trim 1/2 - 3/4" from the shorter edge of both front panels.
  5. Matte and layer the different card panels (I used Basic Grey patterned and miscellaneous purple card).
  6. Decorate as desired
Here is another photo of the card taken to show the different panels.

I chose a Rainbow Echo sentiment (created just for Michelle) which I circle punched and then layered onto another circle of the same size. I adhered the donkey onto some white card and then cut out the entire thing so that he could be popped out and up. P.S., never fussy-cut an image with flower petals on it ... what was I thinking?

Well the card is on its way to Michelle and I hope it brings her some pleasure. Reading her blog it sounds as if she is being flooded.



  1. very interesting fold, great colors too!
    Thanks for joining us at Paper Sundaes!

  2. Great card, I love the way you folded it! Thanks for joining us at Paper Sundaes this week!

  3. Oh wow, Shelley, what a clever card - love it! I love your donkey - super cute!

    Thx for joining us at Totally Gorjuss and hope to see more inspiration from you next week!

  4. Hi Shelley

    this is beautiful a great cut and folds it looks very effective, thanks for joining us at KDUK


  5. Fantastic card. Love that fold - may have to try it! Thanks for joining us at TG this week.

    Kat x

  6. Fab card - such an adorable image!
    Great shape too.
    Thanks for playing along with my challenge at Allsorts this week.
    Take care
    Debs xx

  7. Fab card, you did a great job of the colouring, it's perfect.
    Thanks for playing along with KDUK this week
    Anne x

  8. Hi Shelley,

    Fabulous folds, love it.

    Thanks for joining us at Karens Doodles UK.

    Hugs Tracy x

  9. Shelley this is gorgeous! Love the fold design. I'm sure Michelle will love this card! Thanks for joining us at Karens Doodles UK and good luck! Viv x

  10. Your card is wonderful! I love the donkey. Thanks for the directions and for joining us at SSDS this week.

  11. Beautiful card. Love the colour combination and the cute image. Thanks for joining us over at By the Cute and Girly this month and good luck. Hugs Hanna

  12. This is an absolutely adorable card! Love it! Thanks for joining us in our animal challenge at SSDS. Hugs, Kim

  13. Lovely colours. The donkey looks so cute sitting in the floral background. Thank you for joining us at BTC&G this month.