Hey, glad you’re joining me today. There’s another MasterClass over at StampNation this week, taught by the wonderful people at Concord and 9th. I’m got a gatefold card to share with you today, using some of their newest products. They gave me these products for free, and now I get to share my card with you. I’m using the Petals and Pallets stamp set and matching dies. But first, let’s work on the card base.
I cut a piece of blue cardstock to 8 1/2 x 5 1/2, and marked the center lightly with a pencil. Then I folded each side to the center. Now the card opens in the middle.
This first picture is the pallet from the die. There is so much you can do with this die, but I’m using it to make a picket fence. I partially die cut the pallet, so the top is a little longer. Then I drew a light pencil line about a quarter inch from the top, and cut from the sides to the center so the pickets are all the same height.
I cut a second pallet, and taped it to the first with Post-It tape. When I cut the pickets out, they match perfectly. I accidentally cut this side a little shorter, so I had to cut the tips off the pickets so the two pieces are mirror images. I popped them up on the card with foam tape, and my garden gate is done! Let’s work on the inside.
I inked up my hydrangea stamp with Wilted Violet Distress Ink, and misted it with water. Then I stamped it on my white cardstock for a watercolor look. But I lost some of the details.
I cleaned my stamp, and stamped over it again with Dusty Concord. If you have a stamp positioner like the MISTI, it makes this so much easier to line up. This isn’t a MISTI, I’m using a DIY stamp positioner my husband made for me. I call it the Wishihadamisti. The carnations were stamped in Worn Lipstick and Candied Apple, and the daisies are Mustard Seed and Fossilized Amber.
I die cut all the flowers with the matching dies, and laid them on the card base. Once I had a layout I was happy with, I attached them with tape runner. Now my garden is full of flowers. But what about a sentiment? I heat embossed my sentiment in black onto a scrap of vellum, and die cut it with a Stitched Rectangle die from Simon Says Stamp. Next I added Ranger Multi Medium Matte behind the letters, and glued it to the card. I always lay something heavy, like an acrylic block, over the glue till it dries.
Vellum is challenging to use, because you need to hide the adhesive. I stamped and die cut a few more flowers and attached them over the vellum. Now I have more places to glue the vellum down. And I created a visual triangle, to make the design feel balanced.
For the front of the card, I heat embossed “Forever Grateful” onto white cardstock and added a black mat behind it. Then I attached it on the left side with tape runner. Don’t add tape runner to both sides, or you’ll glue the card shut. (Ask me how I know!) Have you ever made a gatefold card? Let me know in the comments, and I’ll be back again soon with another tutorial. Thanks for coming by!