front facing view of the completed cactus fold a long card by sizzixby Richelle Naegle

At CHA 2017 I overheard others asking, what is a Sizzix Fold-a-Long card? If you haven't ever seen one, then you are in for a treat. Jen Long is the world-famous Sizzix designer who is the brains behind these fabulous cards.

Let's take the Cactus Fold-a-Long Card Sizzix Thinlits die set for example. It makes a 3-panel card and when closed, has the appearance of a delightful shape. In this case, it looks like a saguaro cactus. When the card is opened, the insides of the 3 panels are revealed. You can get really creative with what you hide within the card, but each set of dies includes Thinlits for embellishing the card. Those die-cut shapes and phrases will match the overall theme of the design.

Jen Long has made a name for herself with this unique solution for card-making. Personally, they are some of my favorites to use in my craft projects. Other Fold-a-Long cards include:fold a long cards by jen long and sizzix

  • Jar Fold-a-Long
  • Owl Fold-a-Long
  • Fox Fold-a-Long

I really can't decide which one I like best. They are all so much fun to make and to give to friends.

Here is what this cactus fold-a-long card looks all folded up. This card measures approximately 5.5" tall and 4.25" wide, so it will fit perfectly in a standard envelope.

front closed view of the completed cactus fold a long card by sizzixAs mentioned, when you open the card, you can see all the fun details that come with the die set. Everything from the sunglasses and bow, to the eyes (not pictured), are included. There are also three different smiles you can use give each card a different personality. I added some Chillax Sparkle Lightz to the glasses and the bow to give her a little extra pop! I love the way that it turned out.

Remember that Thinlits are wafer-thin dies, so you may need to get a Precision Base Plate. Save on all Sizzix dies here at CraftDirect.

Have you made any of Jen Long's Fold-a-Long cards? I would love to see them. Please share them with me on our Facebook page. Don't forget, we have other brands and solutions when it comes to cutting dies for card making.

Happy creating!