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Flat Unit Origami Ideas for Handmade Cards
Handmade Greeting Cards
Handmade card ideas just got easier. Use this new flat fold origami pattern series for the next round of handmade cards you want to give out.
After pursuing this flat unit origami paper craft for a few years, a designer of paper rosettes will start to tweak folds they find a bit too simple for the look they want to achieve. I have published a couple of new tea bag fold designs I have not seen in tea bag folding books and on the Internet. Here I present a few variations of a fold that appears in the book pictured below.
The main reason to make these paper rosettes or card embellishments is to apply them to something. I will include a picture gallery of the greeting cards made with the pattern ideas. We now have 4 variations to explore below for new hand made card ideas. This paper craft is also called tea bag folding.
This is one of my well worn books. I can not locate it a the moment, but the pattern that I start with for this series of variation tea bag fold patterns 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.
Most of the tea bag folding books available were published during the turn of the 21st century: the late 1990's 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 the 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 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.
If you are new to this paper craft see my introduction page about tea bag folding titled Tea Bag Folding | Flat Fold Origami Craft.
Original Tea Bag Folding Pattern - from Book #5119 Memory FoldsClick thumbnail to view full-size
G)This is the original fold from the Terri Pointer book. It is called a Star within a Star. Now I will show a few variations of this theme.
Completed Variation #1
Tea Bag Folding Variation #2
Put the the fold indicated by blue arrow behind the fold of the red arrow. The gray and white rosette below is another example.
Two Cards and 3 Paper Rosettes - All are the Two Variations I illustrated Above
You can see how color, type of paper and weight, can give subtle looks that make each project interesting to work with.
Do You Make New Tea Bag Folding Patterns
Have you tweaked some new designs of your own?
Teabag Fold Variation #3Click thumbnail to view full-size
Tea Bag Folding Variation #4 - New Pattern for June 13, 2012Click thumbnail to view full-size
Use the 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 Simple Beginner Fold for Tea Bag Folding
Do you design hand made cards? I hope these ideas are enjoyable. Add them to your greeting card idea book.
© 2012 Sherry Venegas