Saturday, March 19, 2011

Fan-Folded Medallion Tutorial

If you're a stalker of the handmade card and scrapbook industry like I am, you've no doubt noticed that fan-folded medallions are all the rage right now.  Being a bit on the frugal side, i've put together this little tutorial on how I make a fan-folded half medallion 'on the cheap'.  My "Blueberries and Lace" Anniversary Card, where I first used this technique, has already been mailed off to the happy couple, so i'm switching up my materials to bring you this tutorial.

To start, you'll need a piece of patterned paper that measures 1.5 inches by 6 inches, and a 1 inch round piece of paper (this round piece won't show on your finished card so you can just use a scrap of something.  For this example, i'm using a piece of elegant soiree DSP (I really like how the fan turns out when you use a horizontal stripe - you'll see at the end how it makes a really cool pattern) and a piece of whisper white punched with a 1 inch circle punch.

First we'll start with our patterned paper. Score along the length of the piece every 1/4 inch with your paper cutter or favorite scoring tool.

Next, flip the paper over and apply adhesive to one of the long edges. This is the edge we will be adhering our crochet ribbon to. I like to use a strong adhesive for this part - sticky strip will work nicely.

Adhere the crochet ribbon to the adhesive, making sure that some of it hangs over the edge of the paper. This is the part that will be showing when we flip our paper back over and form our fan.

Flip the paper back over and fold along the score lines in an accordion fashion. Make sure that on the first and last score line, you fold the paper away from you so there is a peak on both ends. This will ensure you have nicely finished edges when all is said and done.

Now, remember that 1 inch circle we punched out?  Grab that and score 2 lines 1/4 inch apart as shown.

Fold along those score lines and shmear a dimensional adhesive, like crystal effects, around the entire piece. You don't want to gob too much on, but you still want good coverage.  What I like to do is fill the part between the score lines with adhesive, then stop squeezing the bottle and just use the bottle tip to push the glue out to cover the rest of the circle.

This next part is kind of hard to describe, but by looking at the finished piece, you should get an idea of what you have to do. Take your patterned paper and scrunch it all up so it makes the fan shape.  You'll then take the base of that fan and sandwich it inside the folded round piece.  Once its in there, you can play with the fan folds a bit to make sure it is as open or as closed as you'd like.

All that's left at this point is to just trim the edges of your crochet ribbon and your half-medallion is ready to be adhered to your project!  See the cool pattern that using the striped paper gives to the finished fan? Neat-o torpedo, eh? =)

For the rest of the card, I used more patterned paper from Elegant Soiree, and the Bliss stamp set, which, as part of Sale-a-Bration, you can get free for the next 2 weeks with any $50 purchase from Stampin Up!

Here's the finished card:

And here's a closeup of the rosette:

Thanks for toughing it out all the way to the end of this post! Now your reward is to tell me what you thought of this tutorial - i've never done one before, so any and all feedback is greatly appreciated!

Thanks for taking a peek!

DETAILS - All Products are available for purchase from me at Stampin' Up

Stamps: Bliss
Paper: Crumb Cake, Soft Suede, Baja Breeze, Elegant Soiree DSP
Ink: Crumb Cake, Soft Suede
Accessories: Full Heart Punch & Embosslit, Dotted Scallop Ribbon Border Punch, Victoria Crochet Ribbon


  1. Excellent tutorial!! I have wanted to try one of these, and now I know how! Thank you. :)

  2. Great directions. I will also be giving this a try. It makes the card look so elegant! Thanks for the inspiration!

  3. Beautiful card, thank you so much for the excellent tutorial

  4. I saw that you had stopped by my blog thanks for the nice comments. I checked out your blog and was blown away the fan is beautiful and your instructions were easy to read and very clear. When I get a chance to make a card with this technique I will let you know, tfs

  5. Wtha a stunning card! I will definately give this a try. Thanks for blessing my day! :)

  6. Absolutely fabulous card and tutorial! I am now following through Stampin' Connection.

  7. wow great card! and thanks so much for the tutorial. hugz n blessings.

  8. Your card is so beautiful. All the lovely touches you incorporated in your card. Simply Gorgeous! Thank you for the tutorial.

  9. Thanks so much for posting this tutorial. This is a very stunning effect. I can't wait to use it on a card. Thanks so much. :)


  10. Well...even I could now make that means you get a "12" out of a possible "10"! lol
    Really, a great job! (You ought to summit this to SCS) TFS! - Micki from "Avenue of Art" at:

  11. Wow! Gorgeous. Your attention to deal is admired

  12. This card is beautiful and thank you so much for the tutorial!! I will be featuring this card on My Crafty Picks #9 on 3-27-11. If you wish to decline please email me at

    Take care

  13. What a great card and awesome idea, I love the addition of the ribbon to the edge to give more of a fan look. My first visit to your blog, but I will be back!
    TFS the tute also

  14. Wonderful tutorial. Can't wait to try it! I always have trouble with those scores, though. I don't own a Scor-Pal. May have to break down and get one!

  15. Well for your first time u did wonderful, easy to follow and understand. Will give this one a go when I get my word book finished. Thanks for sharing.


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