Thursday, March 12, 2009

Origami Envelope from Karen Elaine Thomas' new book Origami Card Craft

Karen never ceases to amaze me! I have known her since her Carol Duvall days and then I had the pleasure of being her producer on a bunch of other shows and she always comes up with designs that I just have to make instantly! And such is the case today.
I happen to score an advance copy (it will be available next week!)of her new book:
Origami Card Craft: 30 Clever Cards and Envelopes to Fold
and it is wonderful!

In the time it takes to pick out a card at the store, you can fold a beautiful, handmade card specifically designed for your special someone.

With Origami Card Craft, you can impress your friends with origami-inspired cards, boxes, and envelopes that pop up, fan out, and even hold hidden messages. Wow your sweetie with the Fold-Out Heart card or give a thank you to be remembered with the Pinwheel card. Here you’ll also learn to make five different envelopes to store and protect your creations. With over 25 years of experience in origami and paper crafting, author Karen Elaine Thomas shows you how easy it is to create unique cards out of folded paper, and gives you the skills necessary to read any origami pattern, in any language. With a few basic techniques under your belt and the endless opportunities that paper offers, there’s no limit to the dazzling cards you can create simply and quickly.

KAREN ELAINE THOMAS is the creative director for Yasutomo and Company. In addition to being involved in product development and education, she teaches paper crafts workshops at national trade shows and retail stores and has been a regular guest on HGTV’s Carol Duvall Show, the DIY Network, and The author of several craft books, Thomas has had her work featured in American Artist, Rubber Stamper, and Paper Crafts. Visit her at and

So ya wanna see the first envelope I had to try, yes I bet you do!
It was so easy. The directions and diagrams rocked. I made my first one (top) with a page from a magazine. I like to do this because it often takes me a few tries to get the folds just right and I don't want to waste pretty new paper. Always trying to recycle! Then I made two more. I mixed it up a bit by not doing the last fold on the "pocket" closure and added a ribbon to one and an "inchie" to the other. These babies are perfect for an ATC!

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