Friday, May 23, 2014

Origami Challenge

It's Leo's turn to set the challenge for The Daring Cardmakers  this time:

"This week we're turning to Japan for our inspiration and more specifically to the art of paper folding,
I'd like you to use either something inspired by Origami on your card or to have a go at making your own Origami embellishment. There are lots of online tutorials to look at with lots of different origami designs perfect to use in paper crafting so it's well worth having a go. If you need more inspiration to kick start your imagination take a lookat the BLOG to see what the design team have cooked up, (and folded up!) this week"

Quite a few years back I had a phase of doing a bit of Origami, thanks to a little paperback book I had.  I remember making things like an elephant and a bird which, when you pulled it's tail, flapped its wings.  I didn't really get much further with my paper-folding though, and probably moved on to another of my Crafty Dabbles - lace making...candle making..or whatever else took my eye!

So, when I read Leo's dare, I thought it would be fun to revisit the craft and hopefully, with the (new) help of the t'internet with all those video tutes etc maybe I'd actually manage to get a bit further and have less squares of crumpled paper.......
Hmmm. or maybe not!
I must have looked at LOADS of tutorials, and even sat with my squares of paper and followed quite a few of them.   Some were really good and some started off fine and then got to a tricky bit and no amount of scrolling back and looking again helped show what the person was doing.
So, my bin is full of crumpled squares of paper - good job that in most cases I used squares cut from scrap paper. 
In the end though, I found Leyla Torres' "Origami Spirit" blog and things started to look a lot brighter.  Her videos are so clear and she explains carefully and at a lovely, slow pace what she is doing at every step.  From here I made this flower - taking her advice to use a supple, malleable paper so that tearing isn't so likely.  I used some handmade paper that matched the other papers I wanted to use.
Do you like the paper designs?   They are a sneak peek at a brand new, "coming soon" paper collection from Funky Hand..... gorgeous, aren't they?

Tools and Materials
Origami flower
"Hollow Petal Flower" - tutorial is HERE
Handmade Mulberry paper
All papers Wash It All Away Download coming soon from Funky Hand 
(printed on white Bazzill card)
Spellbinders Leaf Swirl dies (top left and bottom right), Butterfly
Crafters Companion Leaf 2 (behind flower)
XCut Tiny circle punch to make "card candy" pink and aqua embellishments from scraps of the papers - shaped with an embossing tool
Ice Stickles (Crystal)

 It would be fab if you'd take a look at what the The Daring Cardmakers team have made this week for Leo's unusual challenge - and better still if you'd join in and fold some paper too!

That's all for this time, thanks for visiting


Kaz said...

It's really pretty Kathy, love the glitter highlights.
I'd have had lots of paper in the bin too! xxx

Angelnorth said...

What a lovely shade of green - so pretty! Great flower too! I've found a tutorial for a lovely one but it looks very complicated (of course I couldn't choose anything simple - :rolleyes:), not sure if I'll manage it!

Lythan said...

All the hard work (and tears!) has paid off Kathy. I adore that beautiful pale green flower with all its sparkles

Rein said...

Pretty card, I love the flower.