Amazing Paper Grace Garden Gate Mixed Media Card

Amazing Paper Grace Mixed Media Garden Gate My Mind's Eye Gingham Foundry by Kathy Clement Photo 01

Amazing paper Grace Garden Gate Mixed Media Card

Hello, Friends!  It’s time to share this Amazing Paper Grace  Garden Gate Mixed Media card!  The May 2021 APG Die of the Month is another dimensional vignette creation.  You can learn more about it and see lots of pretty samples HERE and on Becca’s Blog.   When you pair this charming set of dies up with the Spellbinders May 2021 Clear Stamp of the Month you’ve got a dynamic duo on your hands! 

Welcome to My Garden!

Vignette Garden Gate May 2021 APG DOM My Mind's Eye Gingham Foundry May 2021 Spellbinders Clear Stamp of the Month by Kathy Clement

Welcome to my garden, friends!  Step through the chipped paint on this vintage fence and enjoy a glass of cool lemonade under the shade of the arbor with me.  How does that sound?  The minute I took this die out of the packaging, I knew I was going to travel in a mixed media direction.  Here’s how I did it:

  • First, die cut  two each of the fence (With the insert panels) and the arbor. Use a sturdy (85# or more) cream cardstock for this step.
  • Next, rub the flat side of a Spellbinders Bricks and Bark embossing folder with Weathered Wood Distress Ink.  (Use the bark side.)
  • Now spritz the ink with water until little beads form.
  • Then place the die cut fence pieces face down over the inky panel and run through your  machine following your manufacturer’s directions. The ink will sink into the debossed areas of the fence giving it a lovely patina finish.
  • Dry the gate with a heat tool, or let set overnight. Then very lightly dry brush the surface with ivory chalk paint.
  • Now adhere the two gate and arbor layers together with 1/8″ foam tape strips.
  • Finally, sponge the raised areas of the gate and arbor with a little Brushed Corduroy Distress Ink to create a vintage, chipped paint finish.
  • Die cut several scraps using the grass die.  Color with inks, then layer on the bottom of the card with foam tape.  Simulate flowers by attaching Prills to dots of Dries Clear Adhesive.
Creating the Arbor

To create the arbor that goes over the garden gate, follow these steps:

  • Die cut a whole bunch of leaves, flowers and berries from cream cardstock.
  • Spray the leaves with Kiwi Glimmer Mist or other spray. Set aside to dry.
  • Place 1 drop of Chipped Sapphire Distress Re-Inker in a disposable plastic container.  Spray some water to create about 1 Tablespoon of stain. Then drop the flower layers in to the puddle to stain them.  When you are happy with the depth of color, pour them out onto folded paper towels or an old grocery bag.
  • Repeat this process with the “berries” using Mustard Seed Distress Re-Inker.
  • Press the center of each flower with a small ball stylus to raise the petals.  Place a drop of Art Institute Dries Clear Adhesive in the center of  half the flowers.  Add another layer on top.
  • Fill the “cup” of each flower with a drop of glue, then sprinkle with “Go Man Go” Prills.

The fun part is arranging the leaves, flowers and berries on the arbor.  Top the berries with a dot of Glossy Accents to give them a domed top.  While the GA is still wet, sprinkle with Lion’s Mane Flower Soft.  Now you just need to add bows, buttons and a vintage metal gate latch to the card front. (Paint a small metal drawer pull with chalk paint.  Let it dry a bit, then rub away a little bit with a paper towel to slightly expose the metal.)

Sentiment Tag

This little sentiment tag comes together in a jiffy!

  • Stamp the sentiment and posies from the May Clear Stamp of the Month onto a scrap of gold cardstock.
  • Trim around the sentiment to form a small rectangle.
  • Round the bottom corners with a punch.
  • Shape the top corners with a scalloped punch.
  • Repeat this process with a slightly larger scrap of navy cardstock.
  • Add a hole to the top and string with Journey Twine.
  • Tie on some glass leaf beads and adhere a few flat back pearls to finish the tag.
A Peek Inside

There’s a tea party beneath the arbor waiting inside this box pocket style card.

Turn the flap page on top to find a gift card pocket on the side.  You can add a note or a photo to the sentiment panel.

The box pocket has everything you need to throw a tea party for one.  Even a vintage silver plate demitasse spoon!

TIP: Dress up a Ghiradelli chocolate and a Biscoff cookie pack with scraps of designer paper.

Create a little note card/tea wallet with ephemera bits and scraps of designer paper.

This is the perfect spot to tuck in a tea bag to complete the tea party ensemble.

I hope I shared some tips, tricks and ideas that you can use with the May 2021 Amazing Paper Grace Die.  If so, I’d love to hear from you in the comment section.  Simply click on the “Replies” button found under the title at the top of this page to do so.

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

Thanks for stopping by!





12 thoughts on “Amazing Paper Grace Garden Gate Mixed Media Card

  1. Joan Howaniec

    This is soooo lovely. The little tips and tricks you share are wonderful too. Inspiring…every folio card you create is filled with so many little nuances. Beautiful ❤️!

  2. Denise

    Lovely arbors with the blue that we used in my daughter’s wedding 20 years ago. I still enjoy this color combo today. Thanks for sharing!

  3. Susan Steele

    Oh my my Kathy …this card is gorgeous! Wish I could be there and sip lemonade with you! Always luved a gate and arbor ….and these two are beautiful!!! Luv how you painted, embossed and distressed these! And all those beautiful blue purplish flowers framing the arbor remind me of those baby violets! We just came in from picking the tops to make a batch of jelly! Lol! And luv all your details …the gate latch, the blue bows, the flower buttons and all the prills to make your flowers look so real! P.S. Adore the inside too! Another tea party in a box! Beautiful!!! Thanks for sharing your creation. Hugs, Suzy Q

  4. MaryH

    What a wonderful tag sentiment! Those blues and yellows remind me of the French cottages. I am captivated by those colors together and they make for a very pretty garden indeed. Of course in my folio day dreams, the Queen must be coming to tea as the teapot has that beautiful crown on it! You took the fence to the next level with the shabby chic effect and that gate latch is perfection! Another day you have brought happiness my friend. Thank You!

  5. Priscilla Hughs

    This is so pretty and inviting! Love arbors laden with flowers. And picket fences…great texture!

  6. Martie Rollin

    This entire project is lovely, but my eyes are drawn to that little teapot image on the mini clothespin…nice! I so enjoy creating all my own flowers…thanks for your details on these pretty little flowers…very much appreciated! Spring is blooming in stages around my house…Dogwood tree is nearly finished and purple Iris petals are just beginning to peek out of their buds (they always bloom for Mother’s Day). Thanks for your most enjoyable narratives, Kathy…your words create a lovely picture.

  7. Rebecca Nicklin

    The arbor is sheer genius, Kathy! Bet it was fun to put together. So creative the way you colored the paper leading to variations in color.

  8. Cheryl Wells

    Really gorgeous gate and arbor card Kathy!!! Love all the embellishments with the tiny flowers and prills – with this card, you just need to add a cup of hot tea and sit back and enjoy!! Thanks for sharing this with us!!

  9. Gena Krannig

    Kathy, this is a favorite already! I at once thought of “The Secret Garden”. I loved that book. I can imagine that beautiful old gate leading into a secret paradise. We could have tea there! These colors and the motifs are so beautiful and that arbor is gorgeous! Those pretty little ribbons and buttons really add icing to the cake! Thank you for sharing! Hugs!

  10. Helen Budz

    Oh my goodness…you had me intrigued with the first paragraph of your blog, Kathy. What a work of art! It brings back memories of the times my sister and I attended tea parties at a local herb farm. I’ve got to try something like this for her to remember those days. Your attention to detail in his project is “amazing” to borrow the term. Great idea to use the prills on the grass. As for the inside, it’s a great way to celebrate memories of those past tea parties. This is one of my favorite projects. I learned so much from your tutorial. tfs-stay well. Hugs.

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