Interactive Dragonfly

card front with flap closed
card front with flap open

Paper Dragonfly invited me to be a guest designer either April or May and I chose to do one for April. This challenge requires an origami dragonfly. Having been given some links to origami folding I took a look and tried to make one following along with the tutorial. Links viewed:–il4SNRhuo

Although the folding isn’t technically hard, I found it a challenge and after 4 tries got a bit frustrated. My hands simply wouldn’t cooperate and my folds were uneven each time. In desperation I went to my Japanese friend and asked for help. She does a lot of origami and has sold some of her work in craft markets. The dragonfly on my card is mostly her work and I shall be forever grateful that she was willing to help. Using an infinity die set called Peek-a-boo shapes from Hero Arts and some DSP from StampinUP I die cut the shape and added foam to the back. Using a stamp from an MFT set I stamped the word open and added it to the edge of the flap. With a StampinUp set I stamped directly to the inside of the shape on the card front and coloured the image. Then I added the top layer to the card front. The dragonfly was added to the flap along with a small mirror die cut piece for grounding him. The sentiment was stamped from the same set as the bird image and I used a decorative label die that I think is from Spellbinders but am not sure. It has been a while since I used this die but I know I got it at HomeSense a long time ago. Every once in a while they’ve had some decent craft supplies on sale. I also added a few darker blue gems on the card front. In a way, I find this card a bit on the busy side, but it does look quite nice nevertheless.

4 thoughts on “Interactive Dragonfly

  1. Thanks – I’m not sure it is for me either. I couldn’t get the folds accurate no matter what I did. Thank heavens for a friend who does this all the time and has way more patience than I do.


  2. Johanna, your card is awesome. Very creative with the window flap. It was a great way to feature this combination of birds and origami dragonfly. Congratulations again on your guest hosting. This was a real challenge for me but I enjoy playing along with the entire challenge. Sorry for the delay in commenting on your gorgeous card.

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  3. You are a wonderful friend Gayle. I love how supportive you always are and am glad you like this. I hope the blog owner can get this challenge to really take off as I think she has some great ideas.


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