Written and Created by PaperCraftCentral Susan
Make an origami fox to embellish the front of a handmade birthday card.
"I am sometimes a fox and sometimes a lion. The whole secret of government lies in knowing when to be one or the other"
I followed the tutorial at The Origami Resource Centre to make my fox out of scrap paper first, using a 3" x 3" square of thin writing paper.
The picture below shows my original animal made out of a 3" square of stationery next to one made with a 4" square of designer series paper (dp). The dp is thicker too so you wind up with a thicker embellishment using it.
I decided the 4" square would be a better size for my handmade card idea.
TIP: There is a tip for how to make your dp a bit flatter below, but it will never be as flat as an embellishment made with thinner paper.
You can use these cute embellishments for a handmade card and for a scrapbook page, too.
Another thing I found was that the larger the square of dp, the less I liked my fox! They seem to be cuter if you make them the smaller size, but of course this is a personal choice to make.
I needed the following to make my folded animal:
After making a practice fox or two out of 3" x 3" stationery, I took my 4" x 4" square of dp, decided which side of the design I mainly wanted to feature, and folded it corner to corner with the main colour facing me.
TIP: Here is the first part of the secret to making your folds as crisp and flat as they can be: use your paper trimmer to score the lines first, whenever possible. This works when using several layers of dp, though you can score on both sides of the fold if you flip your project and place it carefully to match up the score lines exactly.
TIP: The second part of the tip is to use a bone folder to burnish each folded line well.
The picture below shows you the difference between using a bone folder and not using one. Can you see how one embellishment is thicker and less defined than the other?
The nest step was to fold the paper in quarters, so I had a triangular shape like this:
Next I formed the face and ears. You need to take both of the openable corners of your triangle and fold them back like this:
Then fold the front corner out and flatten it to make the face. The back folded piece becomes the back ear.
Leave the centre bit standing up to be the front ear.
Then fold the corner sitting on the table towards you to form a tail.
Again, if you need extra help, go to the Origami Resource Centre page.
Make a card with the rest of the elements, stamping your Whisper White with a background stamp and sentiment so there is plenty of room to place your folded embellishment later.
I also finished the centre of my card with extra dp, Whisper White cardstock and stamps.
I like to stamp on cardstock layers first while they are still flat, then add them as layers and glue them down. This gives a better result as you are not stamping over the edges of paper layers.
Now fix your origami fox's tail to its body with glue dots.
Finally, attach your folded element to the front of your card. S/he won't be entirely flat, as you can see from this side view of mine:
I think this is such a cute idea! I hope you do too and that you will show me how your own origami fox card or scrapbook page turns out.
Do you make 3-d PaperCraft items? I'd love to see your work. Please do share below.