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Folding Fan Card
|Design idea: Create a lovely Victorian fan. Use
off-white card stock and stamp with your favorite floral stamps. Embellish with bits of
lace or paper doily. Secure a lovely tassel to the bottom.
Note: You might want to make a prototype to get a feel
for how the fan is assembled before you use good card stock.
- 2 pieces of fairly stiff 8.5 x 11 or 9 x 12
- 12 inches of 1/4-inch ribbon (very soft ribbon
such as silk is best)
- Glue or adhesive to attach the ribbon to the card
- Tassel or ribbon to hold the fan together at the
- Other embellishments as desired, such as rubber
stamps, embossing powder, lace, and so on
- Fancy edging scissors (optional)
- Use a photocopier to enlarge or reduce the fan
blade template to suit your needs. I suggest that you start with a 6-inch blade.
- Cut six to eight blades (eight 6-inch blades will
give you a half-circle fan).
- Punch holes at the marking in the narrow end,
making certain that each hole placement is exact.
- On the back of each blade mark an "X" at
the location of the "X" on the template.
- Stamp and embellish each blade as desired. Edge
the top of each blade with edging scissors, if desired.
- Attach a piece of ribbon or a tassel through the
hole using a lark's head knot (a simple knot will do).
- Turn the fan to the wrong side and lay it down
horizontally on your work surface with the narrow end on the right.
- Moving from left to right, spread the blades out
evenly so that there is no space between the blades. (When you are done, the topmost blade
should be to your right.) You might want to use removable tape to secure the fan to your
work surface so that the blades don't move during the next steps.
- Glue one end of the ribbon to the "X" on
the top blade.
- Carefully continue gluing the ribbon to the "X" on each blade. Allow to dry
- Fold the fan closed. The ribbon will fold up between the blades.
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