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Old 01-14-2008, 07:40 AM   #1
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Default A no waste criss cross fold!!!

I love these criss cross cards but I hated the waste so I figured out a way to fold it so there is no waste AND no glue at the bottom to get in the way of the insert. Just another take on the other great folds out there!

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  1. cut your cardstock as usual using a half sheet of 8 1/2 x 11 paper
  2. fold like you're making a regular landscaped card
  3. hold it with the fold at the bottom
  4. cut a diagonal line (you can use your cutter once you figure it out, but I want you to visualize what is being cut) that runs from the top left hand corner of the "front" of the card down to the bottom right hand corner. This will cut off a triangle.
  5. flip the loose triangle upside down (so the 90% angle is at the bottom) and slide it in place on the right hand side of the card
  6. glue the far right and far left sides of the card (you don't need to glue the bottom of the triangle down because it is now resting in the fold and you don't want glue getting in the way of your insert.
  7. create an insert and embellish as usual


Here's a card using this fold.
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I've been wanting to try my hand at these--thanks for the tip Lynn!!
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Here is a word doc to go along that shows the cut!

Hope it works for ya!
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You are a GENIUS! I haven't shown these to my customers because of the waste, and you solved that problem for me. Thanks again and again for sharing!
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This is how I've always made them. I actually even altered the size for my wedding thank yous so I could insert a 4x6 picture in the pocket.
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Great!!!! Thanks so much!!! I love it and the word document is very easy for customers to follow as well!!!!
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Very clever-I had one from way back that met in the middle, but I like the look of yours quite a bit-thanks for sharing!
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Thanks so much. This is great!
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You are so clever! Thanks. I will use this type of criss-cross card now.

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I had just decided today to try my hand at making a criss-cross card. Your way of making the card makes so much sense. I hate to waste paper so this was perfect for me. Thanks for sharing.
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thanks for the great tip!
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HOW COOL!!!! Thanks so much!!!!
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Brilliant. If there is a will there is a way. Saving paper is always great. thanks
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Fantastic! Thanks for taking the time to show, and explain to us all, how it is done. You clever girl.
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Lynn, you are such a clever crafter! I just made my first one while looking at your pictures! Thanks very much for sharing.
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tfs - I love criss cross cards and yuo've just saved me paper and time
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I went to make up another card like the one I linked at the top (...after all, coming up with the design is the hardest part), and I realized I should share my tip on not wasting DP to embellish the criss cross part.

I cut two identical rectangles out of the same DP, 5 1/8" x 3 3/4". Then I cut one diagonally from the top right hand corner to the bottom left hand corner and the other from the top left hand corner to the right.

This will leave you with two sets of triangles (four triangles all together). Use the left from the first and the right from the second set to cover one card base, these triangles will fit on top of the criss cross with room around each one. Then use the other two triangles (flipped around) to go with a second card.

The reason you have to do two is that you cannot get the angles to line up from one piece cut diagonally (unless you don't mind two different sides of the DP showing on the top).

Yep, you'll just have to make two criss cross cards, but hey, waste not want not! If you're prepping for a workshop, just prep for an even number and you'll be fine.

I just snapped some quick pics to illustrate.
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Wow, thanks so very much. I'll have to try the new way.
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Thanks you - I also have been wanting to try!

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Thanks! I have never made one of these. Then I read your tips, checked out the gallery...WOW! I can't wait to try them! Thanks also for the great tip on the paper. I have lots I need to use, and these cards are gorgeous. (having a warm-fuzzy-SCS moment)
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One question, the measurements you gave for the DP, will that leave the cute little border of the base CS?
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Awesome...thanks for sharing.
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thanks for this wonderful tip! I thought these were cute cards too but hadn't played with them much because of the waste. Now I can get to criss-crossin'!!!
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One question, the measurements you gave for the DP, will that leave the cute little border of the base CS?
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Yes, those measurements allow for the space around the triangle to let the cardstock show as a border !
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Yes, those measurements allow for the space around the triangle to let the cardstock show as a border !
You got it!
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This is GREAT ~ TFS!!!
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Wonderful, thanks!
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You are brilliant! I love your pics and very easy directions! What a dear for sharing!!!
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I have the tutorial for this on my blog as well: http://paperpleasing.typepad.com/my_...cross-col.html

I have measurements and everything, so it will be easy to follow.

Here is a newer version I made, as well.
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Ooooh, Lynn!!! You clever girl!!!

Great instructions and visuals! Thank you!

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Lynn thanks for sharing! Great directions. Easy to follow!
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THANKS so much! I love those cards too, but the waste was too much. I have all these little triangles everywhere!

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Thanks so much! Just made one at work out of copy paper!
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Thanks for the info! Cant wait to try one.
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Brilliant! Love it!

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I did this type for my Christmas cards - if I only knew - I could have saved weight for mailing and paper
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