Thursday, April 7, 2011

Relax with an Origami Tutorial

Hello Bloggers,

Hope everyone is well.  Today I have a corner bookmark to share.  I love making these - they are quick and fun. 
For this project I used the Sarah Kay image 'Isabelle with Puppy Coco' from Stampavie.  Sadly, Isabelle did not make it out to play this time.  I taped around the puppy so just the areas I needed would get inked and stamped it onto a file folder (yes, you read correctly) with timber brown Stazon.  Next to watercolour paper, file folder paper is the best paper I have found for water based colouring.  The image was coloured with Distress inks (tumbled glass, walnut stain, antique linen, fired brick, forest moss).  Coco's closeup:

The paper is from my stash, and I do not know who it is by - sorry.  The sentiment was computer generated and printed on a file folder.  The cardstock is Bazzill and the base is made from - yes, you guessed it - a file folder.  The edge punch is by Martha Stewart and the flourish is from the Straight from the Nest Cricut Cartridge.  I used mini pinking scissors by Fiskars to make the trim at the top of the triangles (I am aware these triangles have a special name, but it has momentarily escaped me).  The flowers are handmade origami flowers.  I saw a photo of a fabric flower like these on a blogging pal's blog and thought it was really beautiful.  She didn't know how to make them and was hoping a visitor might know.  Last time I checked her blog, no one knew so I was determined to figure it out.  I tinkered until I did.  A tutorial follows to save you from the same agony I went through in case you would like to make some.  I coloured them red with a marker and it kind of made them look more like poinsettias - I think they would be perfect for Christmas cards.
I am entering this project in the following challenges:

Playing in Paradise - Banner inspiration
Papertake Weekly - anything goes with optional something new
A Spoon Full of Sugar - Tons of Texture (hope the string on the banner and the flat back pearls on the flowers count!)
Simon Says Stamp and Show - anything but a card

Now for the tutorial:
Start with a perfectly shaped pentagon - all sides must be the same length.  (You can use Office Word and insert shape to make a pentagon.)  Find and mark the center.  I folded it in half in a couple different directions and just pinched it near the center - put a dot where the lines intercept.  Next find the midway point of each side and mark it with a little dot.

For some reason, some of my photos like to turn themselves sideways and, though I now know how to fix it, it is time consuming and late (or early, depending on your perspective) so I am going to leave them this time.

For each of the sides, match your little dot along the edge to the center mark and put a crease in the center of the fold only.  Once you have done this, you should have a creased pentagon that is half the size of your original as shown:

Fold two adjacent sides over and work the crease into a fine point without making a crease from apex to apex, as shown.

Ensuring that your center mark lines up with both edge centers and the tip of the corner, press the corner down down flat creasing the paper.  You should have created a diamond like shape.  Unfold and repeat for each side.  It should now look like this:
Tilt your head to the right :) and working with one side of the diamond shape, lift up the flap and fold the edge closest to the center under so that the edge lines up with/touches the fold on the under side as shown below:
Repeat for the other side and for each of the diamonds.  It should now look like the flower below.  Embellish as desired.
If you are still with me at this point, thanks for visiting.  I hope you have enjoyed my bookmark and tutorial.  I hope you have time to leave a comment - I do love reading them.  Also, if you use my tutorial for a project, I would love to see it - drop me a comment so I can pop over to your blog!




Dana said...

Eeep!! Thanks so much, Dawn!!

Dana said...

Oops, now to comment on your amazing project!
What an incredible idea! Such genius to use a file folder as a bookmark! I totally need to make something like this for myself! I always seem to leave my books propped open...
Thanks again for the origami tut and thanks for Playing in Paradise!

Allison said...

Oh wow...that is brill! And I just love that corner bookmark...such deep colors and pretty embellishments.

Lori said...

Wow, this is gorgeous! Love the idea! Thanks for joining the Simon Says Stamp and Show Challenge!