I love dis­play­ing cards on my man­tle, but the prob­lem is my top fold cards al­ways end up flat! How can I pre­vent this from hap­pen­ing?

Cardmaking and Papercraft - - Crafter’s Q & A - Maisy Brown, Tid­worth

Sarah says: I love top fold cards, but oc­ca­sion­ally you can have a lit­tle trou­ble with the card spring­ing out or slid­ing about. Firstly, make sure you use a suit­able weight card for your ba­sic base card. An ideal weight is be­tween 220 and 260gsm (grams per square me­tre) so the card won’t bend out of shape or be too heavy to fold in half prop­erly. Next, make sure the fold at the top is very crisp to stop the card spring­ing open. Use a pa­per creaser to run over the fold to en­sure a sharp and even crease. To help keep the card sta­ble, don’t add too many heavy lay­ers or em­bel­lish­ments to the front. If you avoid stand­ing the card on a very smooth or shiny sur­face it will help to stop slid­ing. Fi­nally, if your card still seems to have a mind of its own then hang it over a length of pretty rib­bon or baker’s twine in­stead.

Make sure your top fold card isn't top heavy

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