You’re A Treasure | Gatefold Card

I’ve been working hard on cards all day, but nothing I can actually share yet. I’m halfway through the cards for my first (yes, first!) video using the Love From Lizi August card kit. I spent pretty much the whole day on it. Actually, more than that, because I started planning out what I would be making before the kit even arrived. The first video is going to be one sheet wonders with some of the patterned papers in the kit – 14 cards from 6 papers. But, this post is not about those, because I’m not done with them yet. (Check back in the week to see them, whenever I’m finally done! Or subscribe on YouTube and find them there.) Today’s post is a relatively quick card I made as I realised I was running out of time to play along with this week’s Craft Roulette challenge.

I started by creating my card base. The parameters call for a fun fold, and I figured a gatefold would be relatively easy to make. I trimmed a piece of A4 paper (which is similar but not identical to US letter size) to 5½” whilst leaving it the full length. I then scored in at 2⅛”, then 4¼” along from that which is 6⅜”. I folded both flaps in, and trimmed the longer flap so that it would nicely meet the shorter one in the middle.

The second parameter is to pick colours from a patterned paper. I kept the third parameter (maps) in mind as I was looking through my patterned papers. I found this cute one with keys and a love theme, which I thought would work well, and had a decent selection of colours, plus was big enough to cover the front of the card. I trimmed it to 5½” tall but didn’t trim the width. I put double sided tape on the left flap of my gatefold and carefully lined up the patterned paper and adhered it into place. Opening the flap I trimmed off the piece right down the opening edge. I was then able to add more tape to the right hand flap and adhered the remainder of the patterned paper into place, making sure the pattern was continuous.

For my map element I used the largest stamp from Love From Lizi’s Bon Voyage stamp set. I stamped the map with MFT Black Hybrid ink onto some kraft coloured paper, which I felt matched nicely with the background colour of my patterned paper. I then ink blended (the fourth parameter is a pick-one of which I chose ink) Volcano Lake across the water area of the map, then also used some Barely Beige ink to add a little texture to the islands.

I finished off my stamping by adding a heart stamp (any heart will do, this was from a retired Simon Says Stamp set) with Ruby Red ink, then stamped the sentiment with Versafine Onyx Black ink. The sentiment is from Lawn Fawn’s Ahoy Matey.

I lightly distressed the edges of my map, then crumpled it up and flattened it back out again before adhering it onto a rectangle of white card to strengthen it. Finally I adhered the map panel onto my card base, overlapping the opening in the card, so it is adhered just on the left hand side.

This isn’t really my normal style of card, but it was fun to challenge myself with the parameters. And it was nice to finally get some use out of that patterned paper, which has been sitting in my stash for several years now. I really don’t use patterned papers all that much!


Charlotte E (Lady Joyful)


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