We had a great card-making class in Robin's Craft Room earlier this month, and I've already shared a couple of the cards that we made. Here's a card that was a bit of a nice and simple break in between some cards that required a bit more thinking to make them turn out just right. It's a simple "Gatefold" card made with some products from this year's Stampin' Up! Sale-A-Bration sale – still in progress!
A gatefold card, like most other cards that I show off here, is cut from 8-1/2" x 11" card stock. It can be cut in the way most frequently cut – across the short side of the card stock. But for today's card, I cut the card stock along the long side, ending up with two pieces of card stock 11" long x 4-1/4" high. As you'll see in some of the other cards that I'll share in a few days, you can make lots of different variations of cards with that cut. But here's the way that the gatefold card is scored to make the basic card (yes, I'm sharing the sketch a little early in this blog post!).
After you've cut your card stock, score it 2-3/4" in from each end (or, if you're measuring from one end only, score at 2-3/4" and 8-1/4"). Then fold both end pieces to the center. So the inside of the card is the center section of the card stock, and the two side sections meet in the middle to form, well, a gate!
Once you have this fold done, all you have to do is embellish the outside and even the inside as you wish. You'll note that I put the measurements for the layers on both sides of the card. This card is very pretty if you decorate both the outside and the inside of the side sections – in fact, that's what my class did. And, since when the card's recipient has the card sitting up on her desk or table, the inside of the card will be shown off, it's nice to add a bit of decoration – in this case, stamping – to the center of the inside, too.
For this card, I repeated the same image with which I decorated the front – the "For You" stamp from the Sale-A-Bration Stamp Set, Punch Bunch. Remember that this set is ONLY available during the Sale-A-Bration sales period and you can only get it FREE with a purchase of $50 from any current Stampin' Up! catalog. That's also true for the Designer Series Paper that's on the front of the card – this is from the Ice Cream Parlor Designer Series Paper & Quick Accents Pack, also available only during Sale-A-Bration!
I like to have a latch for the gatefold whenever I make this style card. Since this card is not heavily embellished either inside or outside, it stays closed by itself quite nicely, so no need for ribbon or Velcro® to keep it closed. For this piece, I first stamped the image using Pacific Point Ink (to match the Pacific Point Card Stock of the basic card) and then punched the center piece of the stamped image out using Stampin' Up!'s 1-3/8" Circle Punch. Then I layered it on a piece of Peach Parfait Card Stock that I punched with the Stampin' Up! Scallop Circle Punch. I used my Peach Parfait Stampin' Write Marker to color in the center of the flower then used some Stampin' Dimensionals to adhere it to the left side of the card. On the inside of the card, I stamped the same image, again in Pacific Point Ink,
Nice Card! Nice and SIMPLE, too! This is something that you can whip out in no time with any papers, inks and card stock that you might have on hand. Of course, if you'd like any of these fabulous Stampin' Up! products, I'm always here to help you purchase them.
But whatever you create with your creative time this week, I hope you have fun with it!