This week I spent time working on Dutch Fold cards. While I saw many techniques, I didn't see any technique explicitly for the Cricut or Design Space, so I went to work and explored. Ultimately, I found a way to make them quite easily. Watch the video below to see how to make your cards. For further pictures and inspiration, scroll below.
If you're thinking about making Dutch Fold cards, here's what the results look like. This is them lying flat:
And here is what they look like propped up:
And here's what they look like when they're opened up:
For the past few months, I've really given my Anna Griffin Empress Machine a workout. For those not in the know, The Empress is a high powered non-crank emboss and die cutting machine. It's akin to devices such as the Cuttlebug, The Big Shot, or the Gemini. I Have a Cricut / Cameo / Silhouette - Why This? The short answer is, you can create texture in your cards. While the aforementioned devices are no doubt powerful and create designs that the Empress can only dream about, there's no doubt that emboss machines give textures and creates intricacy that cutting machines cannot compete with. My most complimented cards are not the ones with the most layers or even the most elegant, rather it's the cards with texture. Cricut and other Cutting Machines just lack that ability to create the"feel" of a higher quality card. Pros of the Empress I absolutely adore my Empress. For those with arthritis or other mobility issues, a device like the Empress is a
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