Category Archives: Cards with Special Folds

Farmhouse Fresh Throwback Thursday Tutorial

Authentique Homestead Easel Card Tutorial for Throwback Thursday Kathy Clement Kathy by Design Photo 01

Farmhouse Fresh Throwback Thursday Tutorial and a Giveaway!

Hello, Friends!  Welcome to Throwback Thursday!  This week we are time traveling all the way back to 2015 when Authentique Homestead was released.  This farmhouse fresh collection feels right at home in 2020!  In fact, I wish Authentique would release this darling collection again.   Today we’re going to make this darling easel card together.  Easel cards are my “go to” card base when I want a quick and easy creation that also packs a great visual punch.  I love the fact that they fold flat for mailing, but stand upright for display.  And they offer a lot of real estate for flowers, ribbons and embellishments.

This is a basic 6″ x 6″ easel card base with lots of matted layers.  To add a little farmhouse shite to the card, I die cut 2 of the corner pieces from my Amazing Paper Grace Elegant Infinity Die and tucked them between the layers. You’ll see how to put all of these elements together in the video tutorial below.

Farmhouse Fresh Details: The Stopper

The stopper or brake on this card is made with a sticker from the collection.  It’s my favorite element.   It’s actually part of the pocket on the card interior.

I always design the inside of an easel card first.

  • First, mat a 5 3/4″ square of the gold gingham paper on a slightly larger burgundy mat and adhere on the bottom half of the card.
  • Next, cut (2) 5  7/8″ x 2 7/8″ panels of designer paper to line the top sections of the card.
  • Now, create a pocket with a 6 3/4″ x 3″ panel of burgundy cardstock.
  • Then mat a 5 1/2″ x 2 1/2″ panel of the blue calico print on navy cardstock and adhere to the pocket face.
  • Cut a  5 1/2″ long scrap of the animal print and mat the top and bottom on a scrap of burgundy cardstock.  Adhere in the center of the pocket. Back with dimensionals.
  • Mat the sticker on navy cardstock and trim around it.  Repeat with burgundy.
  • Die cut 2 little houses and 2 picket fences from Amazing Paper Grace November 2018 Die of the Month.  Layer the houses together with small foam tabs and adhere at the top of the sticker.  Adhere the picket fences on either side.
  • Tie a small burlap string bow and top with a cherry button.
  • Adhere on the left hand side of the pocket.

The pocket serves as the brake for the easel card front.  I love being able to add a pocket to an easel card!

Farmhouse Fresh Finishing Touches

Tuck a 3″ x 4″ Authentic Life card, chocolate, tea bag and honey stick inside the pocket.  Now this card is a gift.

A Little Giveaway

You’ll want to watch this video tutorial all the way to the end to find out how to enter the little giveaway on my YouTube Channel.  I have a brand new 6×6 Homestead Paper Bundle, ribbon, 12 Authentic Life Cards, Cherry Buttons and some Petaloo flowers for one lucky comment.  I thought we could all use a little “pick me up” right about now.  And pretty papers always lift my spirits!

To enter the giveaway you must:

  • Subscribe to my YouTube channel
  • Like the video tutorial
  • Leave a comment

That’s it!  I’ll announce the winner on my YouTube Community page on Monday, May 25th.

You’ll find a linked supply list (for items that are not already retired) below.

Thanks for stopping by!







Throwback Thursday Z Fold Pop Up Box Card Tutorial

Throwback Thursday Z Fold Pop Up Box Card Tutorial with Prima Spring Farmhouse by Kathy Clement Kathy by Design Photo 01

Throwback Thursday Z Fold Pop Up Box Card Tutorial with Prima Spring Farmhouse

Hello Friends!  Happy first day of Spring! It’s a perfect day and time to share this Throwback Thursday Z Fold Pop Up Box Card Tutorial with you.  Since many of us are staying in, and hopefully staying healthy, I thought I’d pop in with a little springtime cheer.  And the Prima Spring Farmhouse collection is just bursting with spring themes.  This dimensional card would make great springtime home decor, too.

The base for this card is 5 1/2″ x 5 1/2″.  It folds flat for storage, and opens for display.

A few simple folds allow you to create this dynamic display.  I even found room to add in a little pocket and teeny tiny notecard.

Z Fold Pop Up Box Card Tutorial on You Tube

I hope you’ll enjoy this video tutorial and make time to make something beautiful today.  Being creative is a great way to take our minds off the current situation and fill our minds and bodies with good vibes.

Please know that I am holding you close in my heart and prayers during this difficult time. Let’s all stay calm, be kind, and focus on the simple every day beauty that still surrounds us.

Thanks for stopping by!





Stamperia Sweet Christmas Carol Easel Card

Stamperia Pink Christmas Birds Christmas Carol Box Card by Kathy Clement Kathy by Design for Really Reasonable Ribbon Photo 01

RRR December Blog Hop:  Stamperia Sweet Christmas Carol Easel Card

Hello, Friends!  Today I’m sharing this Stamperia Sweet Christmas Carol Easel Card for the Really Reasonable Ribbon Blog Hop.  You should be coming here from Karen’s sweet blog.

I’ve used the gorgeous Winter Carnival Ribbon Club Assortment to compliment the shabby chic papers.  Mineral Ice Checkerboard Satin Ribbon and Aqua Shell Print Satin Ribbon lend a frosty feel to the card design, making it perfectly wintry.  White Bead Berry Sprays are tucked in with my flowers to add lots of texture and sparkle.

Because this is an easel card, it folds for mailing and stands upright for display.

TIP:  When scoring your 5 1/2″ x 5 1/2″ card base, add in a 1/2″ spine to allow the easel portion of the card to close neatly over the easel stopper.

Stamperia Sweet Christmas Carol Easel Card: A Peek Inside

It’s easy to add a pocket to the interior of an easel card.  Simply cut your designer paper layer about 2 1/2″ longer than the height of the base.  Score along the bottom and fold.  Create gussets for the sides and then adhere to the base.

You can add a gift card pocket on one of the upper folded sections as well.  Here, i die cut the Infinity Border from both blue and ivory cardstock.  Then I adhered just the sides and the bottom to the card base.

Tuck images from the cut apart pages of the collection inside the pocket.

This folio is simply folded paper with a little journal card glued to the inside.  But it’s a great resting place for a tea bag or other small treat.

On With the Hop!

Now hop on over and see what paper pretties the lovely Linsey has in store for you.  Be sure to visit all the blogs in the hop, then finish up at the Really Reasonable Ribbon Blog where you will answer Bonnie’s question of the month.  This will enter you into the drawing for your very own Ribbon Club Assortment.

If you haven’t subscribed to the RRR Club yet, now is a great time to join.  Santa is always looking for just the right gift for us crafty girls!  You can drop him a hint and let him know that you’d love to receive the Ribbon Club Assortment every month of the New Year!  Learn how to sign up HERE.

I hope I’ve shared some tips and ideas you can use in your next crafty adventure.  If so, I’d love to hear from you in the comment section below.  You’ll also find a linked supply list at the bottom of this post.

Thanks for stopping by!




Authentique Calendar Grateful Heart Thanksgiving Folio

Authentique Calendar Grateful Heart Thanksgiving Folio

Hello, Friends!  It’s my favorite season of the year: the thankful season!  Today I’m sharing  a lovely little Grateful Heart Thanksgiving Folio made with Authentique Paper’s brand new Calendar Collection.  It’s my contribution to the Group Post over on the Authentique Blog.

Authentique Calendar Collection November Grateful Heart Thanksgiving Folio by Kathy Clement Kathy by Design

This little 5 1/2″ x 5 1/2″ folio is tiny, but mighty!  Thanks to the double z-fold design, there’s loads of room to add paper pretties, photos, and journaling entries inside.

There are 10 panels on this card, making it the perfect vehicle for the new Calendar Collection.  I love the fact that the collections come with color matched cardstock so that you have everything you need to make a beautiful card, folio, or layout.  It’s amazing!

Double Z Fold cards are super easy to make!  You can find a tutorial for making the base HERE.

You have to love the fact that these cards open out to a width of over 19″!  Wouldn’t that be pretty on your Thanksgiving buffet table?

Grateful Heart Thanksgiving Folio: What’s in the Pocket?

Of course, I added a pocket to the folio!  Don’t I add a pocket to everything?  It’s kind of my signature move!  This one is made with a 4 1/4″ x 11″ panel of kraft cardstock. Score it at 4 1/4, 8 1/2″ and then trim and fold to form a little pocket inside.

Tuck some tags and paper pretties into the pockets.

TIP:  Die cut a little decorative piece for the pocket flap.  Then use the negative cut as a second pocket.  Back the empty space where the label was with designer paper, then adhere the sides and bottom.  Instant tea bag pocket, and oh, so cute!

Grateful Heart Thanksgiving Folio: The Flip Side

Don’t forget to decorate the flip side of this folio!  You have lots of room to decorate.  Use the center panel as a photo spot.  Just be sure to adhere only the bottom edge of the little sentiment panel to the card base.  Then the photo can be tucked behind it.

And don’t forget to add a spot to write down those precious memories or a special greeting.  This lightly distressed panel is the perfect spot for that!

Grateful Heart Thanksgiving Folio on YouTube

Here’s a super quick video tour with tips and tricks in case you want to make your own version of this card folio for your Thanksgiving festivities.


Wishing you a grateful heart every day of the year!




Shabby Chic Deck the Halls Christmas Folio

Carta Bella Christmas Market Deck the Halls Christmas Folio by Kathy Clement Kathy by Design Photo 01

Shabby Chic Deck the Halls Christmas Folio with Carta Bella Christmas Market

Hello, Friends!  Happy Monday!  Let’s kick off our week with  a shabby chic Deck the Halls Christmas Folio made with Carta Bella Christmas Market!  I have had more fun with these fresh and fun papers this year.  Today’s folio is made with my quick and easy Double Z-Fold design.  This folio design lends itself well to using up scraps.  Since I’ve made so many Christmas Market projects, my supplies are dwindling. this seemed like the perfect way to use them up.  You can find the tutorial for this folio style HERE.

Deck the Halls Christmas Folio: The Details

I dug into my stash of vintage doilies and found the perfect match for this card design.  That little addition of fabric gives this card it’s wonderful shabby chic vibe.

Lots of scraps?  Die cut Christmas greenery to build a base for your focal image.  Even though this image is quite small, it still manages to take center stage because I’ve framed it with festive greenery, flowers and a lovely resin frame from ButterBee Scraps.  Here’s how the frame came together.

  • First, tap the resin frame with Versamark Clear Embossing Ink.
  • Next, cover it with Wow Super Fine Silver Embossing Powder.  Heat emboss.  The details in the frame will pop through as the embossing powder melts, no worries!
  • Now, fill the center of the frame with a scrap of patterned paper.
  • Tap the silver reindeer charm with Versamark.
  • Cover with Seth Apter Dirty Sand Baked Texture.  When heat embossed, this resembles a deer’s shaggy winter coat.
  • Use metal adhesive to secure the deer charm in the center of the frame.

To add extra shimmer, tie a double loop bow with White Glitz Ribbon.  The camera has a hard time picking up its glittery goodness, but it is gorgeous in real life.

Deck the Halls Christmas Folio: A Peek Inside

Look at all the room you have to play inside this card design!  It’s quickly becoming my favorite way to use up my leftover bits and pieces.

And of course, I had to add some sweet treats to the center pocket.

Deck the Halls Christmas Folio: The Flip Side

One of the things I love about this quick and easy folio design is that you can fully decorate the BACK side as well!  I’ve creating little tuck spots, journaling spots, pockets and even added a few photo mounts to the back pocket.  So this becomes a card, a gift, and a mini album all in one.  How fun is that?

You can find this one in my ETSY shop!

You’ll find a linked supply list below this post.

I hope I’ve shared some tips, tricks and ideas that you can use in your own crafty adventures.  If so, I’d love to hear from you in the comment section below.

Thanks for stopping by!





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