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Gatefold Card Tutorial

July 21, 2017

Gatefold Card Tutorial - Colorful Encouragement

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.

Gatefold Card Tutorial - Colorful Encouragement

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.

Gatefold Card Tutorial - Colorful Encouragement

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.

Gatefold Card Tutorial - Colorful Encouragement  Gatefold Card Tutorial - Colorful Encouragement

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.

Gatefold Card Tutorial - Colorful Encouragement  Gatefold Card Tutorial - Colorful Encouragement

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.

Gatefold Card Tutorial - Colorful Encouragement

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.

Gatefold Card Tutorial - Colorful Encouragement

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.

Gatefold Card Tutorial - Colorful Encouragement

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!