Oh! You know I love to follow Jennifer McGuire for fun techniques. She had a recent one that she calls Die Cut Gatefolds. While she uses other brands, she is right! It totally works for what you have on hand, i.e., Stampin’ Up! stamps and dies!
What better set to start with than the one I used to kick off the catalog season, Bloom & Grow.
Stamp: Bloom & Grow
Ink: Gorgeous Grape, Memento Tuxedo Black
Blends: Mango Melody combo, Pumpkin Pie light, So Saffron combo, Seaside Spray dark, Flirty Flamingo light, Mint Macaron dark, Old Olive light
Paper: Gray Granite, Highland Heather, Whisper White, So Very Vellum specialty DSP (just released!)
Accessories: Budding Blooms dies, Glitter Enamel dots
I almost forgot to decorate the card base behind the stamped images. What better to use than the newly-released Sale-a-bration item, So Very Vellum specialty DSP. Don’t be misled by the name! It’s dry-embossed vellum in soft, spring colors. So pretty!
I had put some temporary adhesive on the card to take a picture of the whole thing closed and flat. Here’s what it looks like without it.
And, there is the card when it is open.
There is lots of space to write (even on the back) so that the writing is not visible when the card is closed.
The sentiment strip is 1″ wide, with the mat being 1-1/4″ wide. The sentiment is framed by the second smallest enamel dot on each side.
The gatefold card is assembled the same way Jennifer did. I start with two card bases of 4-1/4″ x 11″. We will glue the “back” of each piece to form the whole gatefold card. Each half of the gatefold card is scored at 3-1/2″ and 5-1/2″. I trimmed the back portion of the piece to be glued on top by 1/16″ so that it lays directly on the bottom piece (no overlap or bunching).
The die cut is not flat on any side. However, I chose the side with least number of “bumps” to go along the fold line and it works just fine. It’s kind of neat to see the elements poking into the middle, toward the sentiment.
This is such a cool looking card. I can’t wait to try more color schemes and themes.