At the moment, when you walk into a card or gift shop, the shelves will be stacked with cards...A6, A5 in size, maybe larger, sometimes square and occasionally shaped ~ but there are times, when you make them by hand, that you want to make it look individual. You want to make it special and there's nothing wrong with a front opening card, I absolutely adore working on a square shaped card and especially 8" x 8", they have to be my favourite cardstock at the moment...there's something about the symmetry of a perfectly square card, that always produces the perfect design. But sometimes I want to keep those creative juices flowing and for me, I want to "think outside the box" and try and come up with unusual folds or styles. Something that will make the card feel more like a gift for the person that I give it to...something that they know is unique, that has been made by hand and hopefully, something that they will want to treasure forever.
So for this card, I used a standard A5 front opening style card but to make it slightly different, I folded the front of the card in half, back onto inself, so that it gives me a tri-fold card to work with. I put this together with some more wonderful map papers and vintage images that I printed off, from The Crafthouse Press ~ Men's Travel & Sport CD Rom. Once again, I used the Tim Holtz Distress Inks on the edges of the papers and images to give them an aged feel and then as the final finishing touch, I added a couple of buttons and some twine through the tag.