Welcome everyone to our January 2020 blog hop. Each month’s theme represents a holiday or occasion for the following month so that you have time to create the project.
This month’s theme was to create a project for Valentine’s Day or, simply use red and white to create a card for another occasion, like a birthday. I chose to make a card for Valentine’s using a popular fold called the gatefold. I had recently watched a video by Jennifer McGuire where she uses a die to create an interesting gatefold. I will add a link to that video so you can watch for yourself.
Real Red cardstock that measures 8-1/2″ x 5-1/2″
Whisper White cardstock that measures 4″ x 5-1/4″
Vellum that measures 2″ x 11″
Meant To Be stamp set (Annual catalogue)
Stitched Be Mine dies
Real Red ink pad
Versamark ink pad
White embossing powder
Flirty Flamingo blends light and dark
All of these supplies can be found in my online store.
To create a gatefold, typically you would score at 2-1/8″ from each side then fold each side to meet in the middle. Unless your cardstock has been cut perfectly, often the two sides do not meet perfectly in the middle. A better way is to score one side only. Fold and burnish this scoreline. Now bring the other side to butt up against this piece Run your bone folder over to create the fold and create a crisp edge.
Take a heart die and position it in the middle of the gatefold. Use a post-it note or washi tape to hold the die down on one side. Run it through the Big Shot. Reposition the die in the centre then tape it to the other side and again, run it through the Big Shot. This will be shown clearly in Jennifer’s video.
I stamped a small heart using Whisper White ink all over the front of the card. Our Whisper White ink is a pigment ink and needs time to dry. Be careful not to smudge.
I stamped the heart image in Real Red, let it dry and then coloured it with the Flirty Flamingo blends. I added some Wink of Stella to the little heart and a rhinestone. The coordinating die cuts out two pieces, the heart, and a frame. In order to keep those pieces together, I placed small dimensionals all around the edge of the heart.
I adhered the Whisper White layer to the inside of the card and then the heart, adhering it through the front of the card to position it properly.
For the vellum belly band, gently fold it around the card checking to make sure it slides off easily. Stamp the greeting with VersaMark ink and then emboss with white embossing powder. Wrap it back around the card and adhere to the back.
Before you create this gatefold card, have a look at Jennifer’s video here.
Now hop along to our other contributors this month.