art deco card tutorial

Art Deco or V-fold card
There are several different methods described in these instructions for making the Art Deco or V-fold card.  I cannot take credit for the card shape as I first saw it when watching Kay Rutter creator of the Hougie Board demonstrating on TV.  The following instructions have come about by my workshop & club members requesting them.  The instructions cover using any style of score board; using a score board where there are 2 score lines close together, (See photo); & also creating the card without using any sort of score board.

In the first set of instructions the measurement of card chosen is 6” x 8.50”.  This measurement was chosen as the first person who asked me about this was from the USA & their full card stock sheet is a different size to ours here in the UK.  They have letter, we have A4.  Letter size measures 8.50” x 11”.  A4 measures 8.3” x 11.7” – a really awkward size – we tend to treat it as if it measures 8.25” x 11.5” but that can lead to problems.  Anyway, I have also given instructions for creating this card by just folding an A4 in half.  The letters in the instructions refer to points on the diagram. 

TIP:  Mark one of the score lines on the board with a permanent pen.  This will make alignment as described below easier to achieve.  Choosing one of the lines near to the centre of the board is the best idea.  On my board the green line was used. 

Let’s get started.

Score board                             Scoring or embossing tool                      pencil                      ruler

Using ANY score board;
Cut card to measure 6” x 8.50” & fold in half to create a 6” x 4.25” card 
Marking the scoring points;
Open the card & select the half of the card that is to be the front, & with a pencil lightly mark the centre point along the lower edge -  which will be at 3”, (A).

Then place 3 more light pencil marks each .25” apart to the right of  A -  (B C D).  Repeat on the left of side of A – (E F G).                            
From the lower right hand corner measure up the outside right hand edge and place a light pencil mark at 2” (H), & 2.25” (I)
Place another light pencil mark .25” down from the centre fold – (J).  Repeat on the outside left hand edge –up at 2” (K), & 2.25” (L) from the lower corner, and down at .25” (M) from the centre fold. 
Creating the fold lines;
Place the card on the score board with the right hand end of the centre fold (X) against the top of any, (or the green marked) score line.  Hold in place with a finger and at the same time slowly and carefully swivel point (A), to the same score line – this is where marking the line with permanent pen makes things easier.  Score down this line. 

Next place point (J), against the top of the score line and align point (B) on the same score line.  Score between these two points.           
Then place point (I), on the top of the score line and align point (C ), on the same score line.   Score.   Repeat between points (H) & (D).  Score.

Now place the card on the score board again, this time with the left hand end of the centre fold (Y) at the top against any, (or the green marked) score line and repeat the process as on the right hand side, as follows;
Score from folded edge (Y) to point (A), then between points (M) & (E), between points (L) & (F), and finally between points (K) & (G)  

Remove from score board and fold along score lines. 

TIP – fold them all in the same direction to start, it makes the next stage easier.  Now refold to create the fancy creases – the top fold of each pair is a mountain fold and the lower fold is a valley fold.   The action of folding along these score lines makes the front of the card smaller than the back.


Here is the completed card

 Red & blue marked lines on my scoreboard;
I noticed that these 2 lines which were closer together measured near enough .25” apart.  By using this line, in conjunction with the other one, saves having to move the card around quite so much.  So if your score board has two lines like this you can use this method;-

For the right hand side of the card, place the folded edge (X) on the blue marked line and align A on the same line & score.  Then without moving the card score down the red line which will create line (J-B) in the diagram. 

Repeat this process for points I-C & H-D where I to C are on the blue line and H to D are on the red line.  For the left hand side of the card, place the folded edge (Y) on the RED marked line & align A with the same line & score.  Then without moving the card again, score down the BLUE line which should align with (M-E).  Repeat this process for points L-F and K-G where L & F are on the red line and K & G are on the blue line.   Score & then fold as before.

Creating the card without a score board;
This is very easy – just make all the light pencil marks as diagram.  Unfold the card, and use a ruler and scoring tool over a soft mat to create the score lines.  These will be as follows;
Right hand side of card front – score from end of fold (X) to point A, then between J & B, I & C and H & D
Left hand side of card front – score from end of fold (Y) to point A as before, then between M & E, L & F and K & G

Creating with a sheet of A4 card;
The quick method for making this card using an uncut A4 card is as follows. 
I am going to give the measurements in centimetres (cms) as well as inches, as these work a little easier. But due to our odd size there is still a slight problem.
 Fold the card in half as a landscape tent fold card – that is – with the fold at the top (as the diagram at the top of these instructions).  Lightly mark with a pencil the centre point of the open edge – 10.5cms or 4 & 1/8”.  Then place a light pencil mark on both the left & right hand edges – 5cm or 2” down from the fold.

Place the card on the score board with the right hand edge of the fold on the blue line.  Hold in place with fingers & move mark A to the same line & score.  Without moving the card – score down the red line.

Move the lower edge of this last scored line to the blue line & with the score tool make a mark where the lower edge of the card now rests on the red line. 

Move that mark to the blue line, hold in place & carefully move the 5cm or 2” mark to the blue line & score. Without moving the card score down the red line. Repeat for the left side – reversing the use of the lines – that is – use the red line first then the blue line.

Now the fun part starts with the decoration

Oh, & another tip - I recently again saw Kay Rutter demonstrating this card on TV & she had reversed the direction of each of the v-folds which gave the card & different look.
 I hope this tutorial has been helpful - if you have any queries or found any problems just leave a comment on my blog.