Tag Archives: Fancy Fold Cards

Summertime Blues Double Gatefold Card Tutorial

Little Birdie Crafts Aqua Medley, Fairy Sparkle Aqua Medley Flowers, Primed Chipboard Ornate Frame Double Gatefold Card Folio Tutorial by Kathy Clement Kathy by Design Photo 01

Little Birdie Crafts Aqua Medley Summertime Blues Double Gatefold Card Tutorial

Hello, Friends!  Today I’m celebrating Summertime Blues with a Double Gatefold Card Tutorial.  Little Birdie Crafts Aqua Medley Collection is filled with dreamy shades of blue, gorgeous florals, sweet summer songbirds and delightful patterns.  I think you’re really going to enjoy this post, and add a new fancy fold design to your crafty toolbox!

The Basics

My favorite kind of fancy fold is the one that makes people say, “How did she do that?” Especially when the answer is, “It’s so easy, you won’t believe it!”  That really is the case with a double gatefold card design.  More than just a card, this 6×6 card doubles as a folio and makes a wonderful gift!

Little Birdie Primed Chipboard creates the perfect base for this gorgeous hydrangea image.  Cluster flowers, butterflies and metal embellishments around the frame to create a truly striking cover.

Look at all this gorgeous texture and dimension.  That makes my heart happy!

A Peek Inside

Opening a double gatefold card is always dramatic! Flap pages, pockets and tags add to the excitement.

Did you know Little Birdie makes a Die Cutting Machine?  I didn’t either, but as soon as I  learned about it, I added it to my tool supplies.  It is amazing!  I used it and Little Birdie Oval Tags Dies to make these precious oval tags for the side pocket.

The large center pocket holds a pull out page in place.

This is a great place to tuck in notes, small gifts and photos.

There’s even a hidden pocket page with just enough room to tuck in a bookmark.

Oh, how I love little birds!  We have a pair of bluebirds that live in our crabapple tree and every time I see them, it makes my heart happy!

The Tutorial

Are you ready to get your craft on?  I’ll begin with a short tour of the project.  Then we will dig in and create this lovely double gatefold card together.  It’s going to be so much fun!

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

And if you haven’t subscribed to the Little Birdie Blog, you might want to pop over and see all the amazing projects that are being shared.  It’s truly inspiring.

Thanks for stopping by!

Cheerio,

kathy

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Authentique July Desk Calendar Tutorial

Authentique July Desk Calendar Tutorial

Hello, Friends!  It hardly seems possible, but it’s time to share my Authentique July Desk Calendar Tutorial with you.  This year is really flying by, isn’t it?   If you’re new to the blog, I’ve been sharing a monthly desk calendar made with the Authentique Calendar Collection.  These 6×6 easel style calendars double as a mini folio to hold photos and memories from each month of the year.  Many of you have told me that your are giving these as birthday cards.  I think that is a brilliant idea!

The easel design of each calendar allows it to fold flat for storage.  My hope is that you will pull these out year after year, perhaps adding a new photo or memory as time goes by.

This month I’ve added lots of stars, glitter clothespins and patriotic plaid ribbon to enhance the gorgeous vintage images and patterns.

You’ll find all the usual bells and whistles inside the folio: a July calendar for recording special dates, wallet sized folios, photo  mounts, journaling spots and a nifty hidden pocket folio.

Authentique July Desk Calendar Tutorial by Kathy Clement Kathy by Design Photo 01

This larger folio has a pull out tab and room for (3) 5×5 photos.

Authentique July Desk Calendar Tutorial on YouTube

If you’d like to make this July calendar project, just follow along in this video tutorial.

If you are new to the series and want to get caught up, you can find the other Desk Calendar Tutorials HERE.   You can also find other calendar projects made by my Authentique teammates over on the Authentique blog.  To purchase the products used in  making this calendar, check out the linked supply list below this post.

I hope you enjoy making these sweet calendars as much as I enjoy designing them.  We only have 5 more to make!

Thanks for stopping by!

Cheerio,

kathy

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Little Birdie Boho Dreams Secret Summer Garden Card

Little Birdie Boho Dreams Bold Butterfly Garden Double Gatefold Card by Kathy Clement Kathy by Design

Little Birdie Boho Dreams Secret Summer Garden Card

Hello, Friends!  Will you join me for a stroll through my Little Birdie Boho Dreams Summer Garden?  This double gatefold style card is bursting with the saturated colors of summertime! The chipboard gate on this 6″ x 6″ double gatefold card looks like the entry to a secret garden filled with vibrant blooms, sweet berries and flirty butterflies.

Rub the primed chipboard gate with Little Birdie’s Silver Glitz Metallic Wax to give it an aged appearance.  Then fussy cut elements from the Boho Dreams 12×12 and 6×6 paper packs to create a dimensional floral wreath in the center of the gate.  A cool breeze carries the scent of the fragrant blooms and refreshes the spirit.  I would love to sit in this glorious garden forever!

 

A Peek Inside

So many beautiful colors and patterns wait for you inside this secret garden!

There’s even a secret pocket hidden inside the fold on the right hand side of the card.

This is a great place to tuck in a little bookmark or tag.

When the card is fully opened, you discover a sweet gift pocket.

Mat a 3″ x 4″ journal card on a 3 1/4″ x 8 1/2″ panel of the distressed orange dot pattern.  Score in half to form a little top fold tea wallet.  Cut a border strip, wrap it around the wallet and trim away the excess to form a belly band.  Now the card is also a gift.

I hope you enjoyed this stroll through my secret garden.  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!

Cheerio,

kathy

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Bee Themed Joy Fold Card Tutorial

Craft Consortium Tell the Bees Joy Fold Card Tutorial for Throwback Thursday Kathy Clement Kathy by Design Photo 01

Bee Themed Joy Fold Card Tutorial with Craft Consortium Tell the Bees for Throwback Thursday

Hello, Friends!  For this installment of Throwback Thursday I have prepared a Bee Themed Joy Fold Card Tutorial.  We’ll be working with Crafty Consortium’s “Tell the Bees” release from 2012.  But you can use whatever papers you have in your stash to make this  fun fold card.

Joy Fold Card Tutorial by Kathy Clement Kathy by Design Tell the Bees Craft Consortium Photo 01

I’ve combined the patterned papers with digital ephemera from Polly’s Paper Studio, Ephemoire Digital Designs and Gecko Galz.

TIP:  File digital images by theme so that they are easy to find when you want to use them.  After I print out a sheet of digital images, I file the extras away in small bags that are sorted by theme and arranged alphabetically.  So all my digital bee images and ephemera are in a bag labeled “BEES.”

Bee Themed Joy Fold Card Tutorial: The Basics

Joy Fold cards have been around for as long as I’ve been making cards.  But I wanted a larger card base that could double as a mini folio.  To make this Joy Fold card we will be combining a 6×6 side fold card base with a 4 1/2″ x 5 12″ side fold card base.  Adhere the smaller card base inside the larger one to form a flap.  It’s a really simple card base to make, but affords lots of room for photos or decoration.

TIP: Enhance the lavender hues in the patterned paper with Lilac Seam Binding Ribbon and flowers.

Bee Themed Joy Fold Card Tutorial: A Peek Inside

Add bee images or photos  to the card panels.  You could fit quite a few photos in this mini folio.

You’ll learn how to create this sweet double pocket in the center panel.

This design gives you lots of room for images or photos and journaling.

This 4 1/4 ” x 5 1/4″ tea wallet fits neatly behind the top pocket.  You could easily convert this to a photo folio.

But I turned it into a tea wallet and note card.  A honey stick fits neatly into the card pocket to complete the gift.

Bee Themed Joy Fold Card Tutorial on YouTube

If you’d like to take this fancy fold card for a spin, here’s an easy to follow video tutorial for you.

Remember, even if you don’t have these papers in your stash, I’m sure that you have something in your stash that will work beautifully with this fancy fold card base.  You’ll find a linked supply list below the post.

Thanks for stopping by!

Cheerio,

kathy

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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!

Cheerio,

kathy

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