- Step 1: Choose a Pattern and Print It
Choose the pattern for the heart template you would like to use. Download and
print the pattern on paper. Each pattern includes a template in two
sizes—2¼" and 3". Tip: Print the black
& white templates if you plan to use colors other than blue and red,
then color the template strip areas to match your color scheme.
The sample card featured in this tutorial uses the Heart
Templates. Once you understand the strip folding technique, try the
Striped Hearts template.
Patterns are Adobe PDF files. The
Adobe Reader is available for free.
All of Aunt Annie's project patterns are designed to be printed on standard letter size paper (8.5"x11" or A4).
When printing from Adobe Reader, you may need to select Auto-Rotate and Center or
Choose paper source by PDF page size to ensure the best fit.
Step 2: Select Papers
Select coordinating papers for the heart motif's strip areas, the
inner frame and the outer frame. Choose solid color papers for the
frames and decorative papers for the heart motif. A colored card
blank works well with the heart motif.
The recommended colors for the heart motif's strip areas are blue
for the background areas and red for the heart areas. You can use
multiple papers in each tone or a single decorative paper.
The sample card uses two of of Aunt Annie's ePapers for the
Green-blue Marbled Stones and
nonpareil marbled paper. The inner frame is made with
yellow paper and the outer frame with turquoise paper. The sample's
card blank is dark blue cardstock.
Step 3: Using a Strip Folding Template
A strip folding motif is created by applying folded strips to
a paper frame according to a template. The template consists of
areas to be filled with folded paper strips, numbers indicating
the order for filling the areas, and arrows showing the
direction an area is filled.
For example, fill the strip areas of the heart template in
numeric order, 1 through 7. Lay the strips with the folded edge
in the direction of the arrow in the area. If multiple strips
are used to fill an area, lay overlapping strips at a
right-angle to the arrow. Start from the arrows tail and align
the last strip to the side of the area pointed to by the arrow.
Tip: Review the step-by-step illustrations
Step 4: Make Folded Strips
Cut, fold and glue strips to fill the template's strip areas.
You may use a single strip to fill an area or multiple
overlapping strips. For overlapping strips, cut strips that are
¾" to 1½" wide (widths are before folding.)
When using a single strip for each area, the 2.25" inch
template requires 2½" wide red strips and 2" wide blue
strips. For the 3" template, use 3" for red and 2½" for
Tip: Plan on using overlapping strips with
the Striped Heart templates.
Fold the strips in half lengthwise and glue the layers
together. Tip: For better adhesion, roll the
strips with a brayer or a wallpaper seam roller.
Step 5: Make Inner Frame
Cut four yellow folded strips for the frame—2¾"
long for the 2.25" template and 3½" long for the 3" template. Arrange the
strips into a square using the template as a guide. Glue the
strips together at the corners. Be
sure to turn the folded edges of the strips toward the center of
Step 6: Tape Frame to Template
Tape the frame to the template using removable tape on each
corner. Turn the frame so the best side is down—this is
the front of the frame. The heart motif will be built on the
frame by gluing strips to it in the order specified on the
Step 7: Apply Folded Strips
Cut a length of the blue strip for area #1 that is long
enough to go across the corner of the frame. Lay the strip, with
the folded edge toward the center, across the corner and glue to
the frame. Align the folded edge of the strip to the side of the
area pointed to by the arrow.
Do the same for areas #2, #3 and #4, filling each corner area
with a single folded strip or overlapping layers of folded
For the Striped Heart template, use the dashed lines in
area #3 as guides for placing overlapping strips to create a
Tip: Don't worry if the strips extend beyond
the outside edge of the frame. You will trim them in a later step.
a red strip to fill area #5, glue in place, applying glue to the
strips that are overlapped. Cut a blue strip to fill area #6 and
Tip: Be careful not to glue the strips to the
template or the tape holding the frame corners in place.
a strip that is large enough to cover the remaining area, #7,
and glue in place.
the tape and flip the frame over to see the completed heart
Step 8: Add Outer Frame (optional)
If you like, use solid color blue strips to create an outer
frame. Glue the strips in place, leaving just a little of the
yellow frame showing.
9: Trim Motif
Trim any paper that extends beyond the outer edge of the
frame. Tip: For best results, use a craft
knife, ruler and cutting mat to trim the excess paper away.
Place the ruler such that a narrow sliver of the frame will also
be cut way.
- Step 10: Assemble Card
Glue the heart motif to the card front. Add a coordinating accent
strip across the card near the bottom.
Tip: The motif's back can be difficult to glue to
the card due to uneven layers. To avoid this problem, use
double-sided foam tape to mount the motif.
That's it! Use the same technique to create folded
strip motifs using other templates.