So I was looking at the Twisted card from yesterday, and as I still had some of the ATCs from last week’s play on my desk, it occurred to me that the card, with a little change, could work well for an ATC holder. When we did the WOYWW swap of ATCs I seemed to get either just the ATC, in a plastic sleeve, in an envelope, OR I got the ATC in a card that looked like it took as long to make as the ATC did! I thought that old, unloved double-sided papers could be used to make a twisted card, starting with a slightly wider strip, and used as both protector and card. I don’t doubt some people would still put the ATC in a plastic sleeve, but they would still fit.
The only change to the cutting is to start with a 5 inch wide strip – I used the A4 papers from the pack, but I am fairly sure a US letter sized sheet will work fine. Try it with scrap paper and see. Using double-sided paper means no other decoration is needed, really.
Then the first part of the scoring and folding is exactly the same:
Score corner to corner on the diagonal
Fold and crease sharply
Fold in half to create the card.
Now a little change – if you slip the ATC into the inside pocket, you can see where to fold over the right edge – the key marker is that the ATC not overhang the top edge. See the top left corner of the ATC? Still contained within the diagonal …
and that pocket, when folded, works for portrait or landscape.
I folded the front over, then folded the opposite side as well, so the edges matched
then stuck all those folded edges down –
Gee, you can really tell some of those photos were taken last night and a couple this morning! Amazing the difference in colour. Anyway, I also ran a thin line of adhesive in the middle near the fold to secure it all nicely.
And still, the card with ATC enclosed fits nicely in a 5 1/4 inch square envelope.
So now I’ve solved two problems – using up paper I am unlikely to use for any other purpose AND making a card that holds my ATC for mailing and looks cute but doesn’t take hours to make. Result! I added a card adapted from my ATC info backers, which could be stored with the ATC (same size) if you wanted to keep the personal note along with the actual ATC. They would work well in my hanging display sleeves…
I also wouldn’t discount this variation on the twisted card as a card in it’s own right. With the right double-sided papers it only needs the bare minimum to decorate it, it is sturdy enough to stand up, can hold a gift card or photos and is easy enough for a kid to make.
I just love it when a plan comes together….