Posted in Project, Technique

Die Cut Gatefold Card

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.

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New Sale-a-bration Choices Available!

Stampin’ Up! released additional Sale-a-bration choices today! There are two specialty papers and a stamp set available with a purchase of $50, and two stamp sets that can be selected with a purchase of $100. Wow!

Here is the PDF of the new brochure. You can see all available Sale-a-bration items at the online store as well.

Note, two of the items from the first brochure have already sold out:

  • Kerchief Card Kit
  • Metallic Baker’s Twine & Sequins Combo pack

The Golden Honey specialty DSP has also been popular. If you have been waiting to get a pack, don’t wait!

Posted in Project

Two Coordination Products and a DSP

Sounds like a reality TV show or something… 🙂

Actually, I wanted to use a die from two different coordinating product sets. These were the reasons I got each set. (And, I gave in, and got the stamp set to coordinate with one of them.) I also wanted to use the Country Club DSP. We had gotten a pack of these at the last OnStage (wow!). But, no one that I know is a golfer, so I struggled to use it.

Well, out came a stamp set that I struggled to use, and my card is born! Well, two cards, actually!

Stamp: On to Adventure, Seriously the Best

Ink: Gray Granite, Memento Tuxedo Black, Seaside Spray

Blends: Soft Suede combo, Crumb Cake combo, Daffodil Delight dark, Seaside Spray combo, Night of Navy light, Petal Pink combo, Flirty Flamingo light

Paper: Night of Navy, Garden Green, Whisper White, Seaside Spray, Country Club DSP

Accessories: Special Day dies, Nature’s Thoughts dies

I was contemplating scattering pearls to represent golf balls, but in the end left them off.

Here is the inside of the card.

Love that the grass die can be used for all sorts of cards, not just with the critters in the coordinating stamp set. The subtle stitching on the frame of the Whisper White piece adds a really fun touch as well.

The reason I made two cards was that I wasn’t sure which outline would work better for this stamp set, stamped in Memento Tuxedo Black or Gray Granite. I like using Gray Granite stamping for my Blends work because it creates a softer image. However, this particular stamp set is highly detailed, and almost needs that detail. Some of it gets washed out once you color, especially with darker colors. Here is a closeup of both together.

The top is stamped in Memento Tuxedo Black, and the bottom with Gray Granite. The coloring was done in the same way for both. What do you think?

Oh, and can I say, I really love the sentiments in the Seriously the Best stamp set? You don’t need to get it with the coordinating card kit (although, you are welcome to get it). They are of a nice size, nice font. As you can see, I fussy cut around the whole thing and added to my card with lots of dimensionals. It looks fabulous in embossing powder, FYI. 🙂

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An Extra Project for an Extra Day!

You may have noticed (or not) that I have been trying to post something Monday, Wednesday, and Friday. Since today is the leap day, I thought it would be fun to throw in an extra post. Today is an “extra” after all! 🙂

I went for something quick and simple.

Stamp: Positive Thoughts, Simply the Best

Ink: Mint Macaron, Pretty Peacock

Paper: Mint Macaron, Whisper White, Sahara Sand

Accessories: Rhinestones basic jewels

I am rather happy with how it came out, considering it was a simple card and that it didn’t take much time to make.

The stamped piece measures 2-7/8″ x 4-3/8″. The sentiment is stamped on a 1/2″ wide strip.

I thought it would be fun to make a stepped-up version as well.

Stamp: Positive Thoughts

Ink: Mint Macaron

Paper: Mint Macaron, Whisper White, Sahara Sand

Accessories: Nature’s Thoughts dies, Rhinestones basic jewels, Subtle 3D embossing folder

I like the effect of “anchoring” the fancy border die cut with rhinestones.

Can you believe that both cards together took less than 30 minutes to complete? I love it!

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Accordion Tri-fold Card, Parisian Blossoms Style

Okay, you know that I couldn’t resist trying to make the accordion tri-fold card with a different DSP, right? I just wanted to show that the design works for a lot of different colors and patterns.

On this one, I added a colored and die-cut sprig of cherry blossoms on the front of the card. I also love the scripty patterns in foil.

Here it is open:

I took a piece of the cherry blossom patterned paper measuring 2-7/8″ x 4-1/2″. Then, I cut them into 2-7/8″ x 1-1/8″ strips, keeping them in order. I was able to reassemble them to show the (almost) continuous pattern.