Flat Unit Origami Ideas for Handmade Cards
Handmade Greeting Embellishment
Handmade card ideas just got easier. Use this flat fold origami pattern series for the next round of handmade cards you want to give out.
After pursuing flat unit origami for a few years, a designer of paper rosettes will start tweaking folds they find a bit too simple for the look they want to achieve. Presented below are variations of a fold that appears in the book reviewed below.
The main reason to make these paper rosettes or card embellishments is to apply them to something. Explore four variations below for new handmade card ideas.
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Table of Contents
- Original Pattern From Memory Folds
- Variation #1
- Variation #2
- Variation Idea #3
- Tea Bag Folding Variation #4
- Memory Folds Book Review
Original Pattern From Memory Folds BookClick thumbnail to view full-size
This is the original fold from the Terri Pointer book reviewed below. It is called a Star within a Star. This guide shows variations of the pattern.
Completed Memory Fold Variation #1Click thumbnail to view full-size
The gray and white rosette below is another example.
You can see how color, type of paper, and paper weight can give subtle looks that make each project interesting results. Tucking the half kite as in #2 makes the center pop. The gray and white rosette at center top is an example.
Do You Make New Tea Bag Folding Patterns
Have you tweaked some new designs of your own?
Variation #3Click thumbnail to view full-size
Tea Bag Folding Variation #4Click thumbnail to view full-size
Rosette #4 as a Gift Package Topper
Use an islet punch to make a hole in the center. Tie two simple overhand knots in the center of a length of ribbon to go around your box.
This is the book that presents the simple fold for our variations explored above. The pattern that I start with for this series of variations is on the cover of the book. It is the sample that says Love You at the top center.
I have made something from each of the patterns in the book. Instructions are easy to follow and pages are colorful with professionally designed graphics. Most of the tea bag folding books available were published during the turn of the 21st century: the late 1990s and early 2000 decade. I have not seen a new book about the technique for some time. Do not be afraid to buy a used book or a "like new" book. Don't buy a book that is over priced, though. There is lots of tea bag folding information on the Internet.
Tea Bag Folding and Memory Book Ideas
Tea bag folding, or flat unit origami, is perfect for scrapbooking as this book illustrates on the cover and inside. The pattern folds generally lay flat and then pop out when the page is opened to give the scrapbook page some depth. The card embellishments slip into envelopes nicely, as well. Do you design hand made cards? I hope these ideas are enjoyable. Add them to your greeting card idea book.
If you are new to this paper craft see my introduction page about tea bag folding titled Tea Bag Folding: a Flat Unit Origami Craft.
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