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A Proper Gentleman Retirement Card

Graphic 45 A Proper Gentleman Retirement Card with Really Reasonable Ribbon

Hello, Friends!  I love Graphic 45’s masculine collections, don’t you?  Today’s A Proper Gentleman Retirement Card features ribbons from the RRR March Ribbon Club Assortment.  There are so many ribbons in this club assortment that are perfect for masculine cards!

Graphic 45 A Proper Gentleman Retirement Card by Kathy Clement for Really Reasonable Ribbon Photo 01

My husband has used the same CPA for our family business for over 30 years.  When Tom decided to retire this year, I wanted to make him a card to thank him for all the wise counsel and financial advice he’s given us over the years.  So I made this 4 1/4″ x 6 1/4″ gatefold card folio with Tom’s retirement in mind.

Graphic 45 A Proper Gentleman Retirement Card by Kathy Clement for Really Reasonable Ribbon Photo

The ribbon closure is Charcoal Checkerboard Satin.  Soft, supple and easy to tie, I’m a big fan of this style of satin ribbon!

TIP:  To create a ribbon closure, place 1/2″ Scor-tape on the back of your card.  Measure your ribbon length by wrapping it around the card BEFORE you attach it to the Scor-Tape.  This way you can place the bow exactly where you want it to be.  When you’re happy with the placement, then peel off the tape liner and secure the ribbon to the back side of the card.

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TIP: Mat your focal image on a double layer of foam adhesive or waste chipboard to really make it stand out.   Add a die cut word to the ribbon panel for a fun surprise when the ribbon is untied.

A Proper Gentleman Retirement Card: A Peek Inside

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To make the base for this gatefold card, score an 11″ x 6 1/4″ panel of grey cardstock at 4 1/2″ and 8 1/2″.  The panel for the focal image on the front is 4″ x 4″  I fussy cut a bunch of clocks and layered them on the first 4 1/4″ panel along with a strip of Red Satin Mini Swiss Dots Ribbon from the Club Assortment.  This adds a lovely pop of color, and complements the red hues in the paper.

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I always add designer paper to one half of the focal panel of a gatefold card.  That way, when the card is opened, everything looks beautifully finished.

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Since Tom is a CPA, I thought the New York Stock Exchange paper would give him a chuckle. The center panel has a little note card tucked into a pocket.  This is where we will add a personal note to thank Tom for his many years of outstanding service to our family.

I’m thinking I’ll have lots of fun making masculine cards with this month’s Ribbon Club…and feminine cards, too!

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!

Cheerio,

kathy

A Proper Gentleman Card Folio Tutorial

A Proper Gentleman Card Folio Tutorial is Now Live

Hello, Friends!  Good news!  Many of you asked me to create a tutorial for THIS .  Thanks to the generosity of Graphic 45, who sent me another DCE, I am happy to report that A Proper Gentleman Card Folio Tutorial is now available on my YouTube Channel.

Graphic 45 A Proper Gentleman Card Folio Tutorial by Kathy Clement Kathy by Design Photo 01

Because I was out of a few supplies, you will find a few of the details in this tutorial are slightly different from the original project.  (And truthfully, I hate making the exact same thing twice.) But the basics are all the same, and the process is exactly the same.

Graphic 45 A Proper Gentleman Card Folio Tutorial by Kathy Clement Kathy by Design Photo 02This is a “beginning to end” tutorial that will guide you through every single step in creating this folio.  (A labor of love, my friends…this took 2 1/2 days of my life.  LOL)  I had to split the tutorial into two parts because of its length.

A Proper Gentleman Card Folio Tutorial Part 1: Building the Base and the Folio Interior

A Proper Gentleman Card Folio Tutorial Part 2: Creating the Frame Border and Card Front

Now that should keep you busy for a day or two!  LOL

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And if you love this folio, but don’t have time to make one  yourself, I have the sample available for purchase in my ETSY shop.  First come, first served.

Thanks so much for stopping by!

Cheerio,

kathy

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Graphic 45 Proper Gentleman Card Folio

Graphic 45 Proper Gentleman Card Folio for Frilly & Funkie “How Do I Love Thee?” Challenge

Hello, Friends!  Today I have a really neat masculine project to share with you. I created this Graphic 45 A Proper Gentleman Card Folio for the latest challenge over on the Frilly and Funkie Challenge Blog. Hosted  by the amazing Sara Emily, the challenge theme is “Let Me Count the Ways”  Before I share my project with you, let’s see what this challenge is all about:

 Challenge Theme: Let Me Count the Ways
Since it’s just a day away from Valentine’s Day, the opening line of Elizabeth Barrett Browning’s famous love poem “Let Me Count the Ways” (Sonnet 43) comes to mind. “How do I love thee? Let me count the ways.” For this theme, I would like to see your vintage or shabby chic project that includes three of something. This could be three colors, three words, 3 stamps (you get the idea); just be sure to tell us what those three elements are.

And real quick…let me apologize right off the bat!  I have 3 separate postings today. How ironic is that?   This almost never happens, but sometimes there’s just no way to avoid it.  I’m so sorry for stuffing your inbox today.

Proper Gentleman Card Folio: A Party of Three

Graphic 45 A Proper Gentleman Card Folio by Kathy Clement for The Funkie Junkie Boutique Photo 01 Even though I don’t make them very often, I love making masculine cards.  I’ve been wanting to dig into the Graphic 45 A Proper Gentleman DCE for quite a while.  This fun challenge theme was the perfect excuse.  This is a 5″ x 6 3/4″ card folio with a 1/2″ top fold spine.  Here’s how I used threes on the card front:

  • Paper: 3 layers:  kraft card base, the plaid pattern and the sepia frame.
  • Machine stitching around the outer, middle and inside perimeter of the card frame
  • Three clocks
  • Gears: Two trios of gears

Graphic 45 A Proper Gentleman Card Folio by Kathy Clement for The Funkie Junkie Boutique Photo 02

TIP: Fussy cut the clock border and leave the inside edge open.  Tuck the chipboard frame and element behind the open edge.  This creates a wonderful feeling of dimension.

Proper Gentleman Card Folio: A Peek Inside

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The party continues on the inside of this card.  You’ll find 3’s here:

  • Pockets
  • ATC Tags
  • Paper Dolls
  • Buttons (in the border design)
  • Little Gifts…the first of which is the Ghiradelli Chocolate tucked into the upper pocket

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Tim Holtz Paper Dolls and Clippings Stickers, Quote Chips, and Small Talk Stickers add so much to the folio design.  I just love this dapper gent in his bowler hat!

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The side pocket is sized perfectly to hold these 3  Graphic 45 ATC tags.

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Turn the flap to find another pocket…with the second  little gift tucked inside.

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I dug this Graphic 45 Inspire, Create, Imagine Square Tag out of my stash, then used the matching Square Tag Die to cover the back side.  This makes the laser cut words pop.  Then I created a little 2 3/4″ x 4 1/4″ gift card wallet.

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Room for a note…and a gift card/cash pocket.

Graphic 45 A Proper Gentleman Card Folio by Kathy Clement for The Funkie Junkie Boutique Photo 10Clean up the scraps on your table!  This bookmark only took about 5 minutes to make thanks to the 12×12 Sticker Elements that come with the Proper Gentleman DCE.  Turn a border scrap into a tuck spot by adhering just the side of it to the back side of the flip page.  Then tuck the tag in place, and that’s gift #3!

Let Me Count the Ways: Now it’s YOUR turn!

I hope you will join in on this fun challenge.  To do so, simply create your own vintage or shabby chic project where  you use 3 of something.  Then link it up over on the Frilly and Funkie Challenge Blog before 11:55PM EST on Tuesday, February 26th.

The winner will earn the chance of a Guest Designer spot  at Frilly and Funkie, and everyone who enters and follows the rules will go into the draw for the chance to win a $25 spending spree at The Funkie Junkie Boutique. In addition, the Design Team will select three further outstanding entries and those creators will receive a Top Pick badge to display on their blogs!

I can’t wait to see what you make!

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 so much for stopping by!

Cheerio,

kathy

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