Gatefold Card Tutorial: Crafty Secrets February Linky Party
Welcome, friends, to the Crafty Secrets February Linky Party! I have a gatefold card tutorial to share with you in this month’s love themed party! With just a few short days until Valentine’s Day, the design team has put together loads of inspiration for those last minute Valentines. This month, we chose papers and images from the following sets:
Before I share my project with you, here are the links to the rest of the team. Visit their blogs, leave them some love and then link up your project using any Crafty Secrets product you have in your stash on the Crafty Secrets blog. Each person who plays along will be awarded a $6 gift certificate to the Crafty Secrets store and one participant will be randomly chosen to win a $50 shopping spree at Crafty Secrets.
Elizabeth Lincoln (Splitcoast Gallery I Love Rubber)
We are sad to say good-bye to our dear team mate Rebekah Faries. Rebekah is leaving the team to focus on her new marriage and home. We wish her all the best, and thank her for all the gorgeous projects she created for Crafty Secrets.
Gate Fold Card Tutorial
To create your gatefold card, simply score a 10″ x 7″ rectangle of kraft cardstock at 2 1/2″ and again at 7 1/2 ” .
Use a bone folder to crease these folds so that your card looks like this:
I printed the red polka dot paper from the Vintage Valentine kit and cut two strips measuring 2 1/4″ x 6 3/4″ . I glued one of these strips onto each flap of my card front. Then, I added the doily layer over that.
I sized and printed a vintage tag from the Vintage Valentine Digital Kit. There are several different tags to choose from, but I fell in love with this boy and girl. They made me think of the Campbell’s Soup kids. I used my craft knife to cut the heart shape and kids from the background of the tag. Then I covered the tag with a coat of Versamark embossing ink and UTEE. This was heat embossed and when cooled, I cracked the embossed area to give it a vintage glass look. I backed this with ruffled brown ribbon, which I held on with double stick tape. The tag was matted with cardstock and the heart was secured with foam adhesive. I added a wooden heart and some pretty ribbons to the top of the tag, and a button and twine at the bottom.
The tag was glued onto only the left hand side of the card front. (If you aren’t careful, you can glue your card shut, so I usually open the card all the way, turn it over onto it’s “belly” and then glue my focal in place.) The photo above shows the card opened from the left hand side. The right hand panel is just the lace over the polka dot paper.
Here’s the card, partially opened. You can see that I decorated the back of the tag with some tickets that were printed from the kit. In fact, all the papers and images in this card come from that kit.
And here’s the card opened all the way up. I lined the inside of the “gates” with music paper. I think it’s fun that on Valentine’s Day, you can mix red and pink and get away with it! LOL
Here’s a close-up of the sentiment panel. Another darling ticket and hearts punched from the music paper decorate the stamped sentiment.
Gatefold cards are easy to create, fun to decorate and make for a dramatic opening. I hope you’ll give it a try! Do you have special plans for Valentine’s Day? I have to make cookies for the grandgirls, and if the schedule permits, I’ll have them over for heart shaped pancakes! Thanks for stopping by the blog. Don’t forget to link up your love-themed project on the Crafty Secrets blog. I love sharing my projects with you and hearing your thoughts….it makes me happy right down to the tips of my crafty little fingers.