Confession time. I may be using the term “card” a little loosely here. This form is one of my favorites, and I’ve used it for everything from an elaborate card, to a mini album, to a book full up of tags. However, you don’t have to make the origami book guts–you can add a fancy fine translucent vellum liner paper and stitched cover to any card.
1. I started with the origami pocket fold signature below, but a simple half fold insert from a text weight paper will work just as well. However, if you’d like a go at the origami guts, you can find info HERE, on my blog.
|This origami signature is folded from a page from an atlas.|
2. Sandwich the guts, vellum, and cover together, and clamp them together, open, with clothespins. Cradle the spine of the papers in the open center of a phone book or magazine, and poke a hole using a pokey tool or darning needle about 1 inch from the top and bottom of the folded spine.
|You can mark where to stab with a pencil, if you prefer.|
3. Leaving the clothespins in place, use a length of waxed book thread or embroidery floss to start a stitch from the outside of the spine . . .
4. . . . through to the inside of the spine, and back out again through the second hole . . .
5. . . . to the outside of the cover, leaving the two tails to . . .
6. . . . tie into a square knot.
I spritzed some Natural Basis Cardstock with various inks, stamped them with a passport stamp image, and tore them to fit on the outside of the front and back of the card,
also adding this little “All Aboard” ticket shape for a masculine, travel themed graduation card.