Category Archives: Fancy Fold Cards

Spellbinders Amazing Paper Grace Dahlia Dimensional Doily

Amazing Paper Grace Dahlia Dimensional Doily Die of the Month Spellbinders Carta Bella Flower Garden by Kathy Clement Photo 01

Spellbinders Amazing Paper Grace Dahlia Dimensional Doily Die of the Month April 2021

Hello, Friends!  Today’s post features a fun fold card made with  Spellbinders Amazing Paper Grace Dahlia Dimensional Doily.  This is the April 2021 Die of the Month, and it’s a beauty!  If you love gatefold cards and delicate filigree designs, then I think you will love this card design. Before we dig in, here’s a look at the dies in this months’ club:

In addition to the gorgeous filigree panel, you get the dimensional dahlia dies, rolled roses, leaves and a lacy insert.  I opted to work with just the filigree panel, rolled roses and leaves this time.

Presenting the Gatefold Easel Fancy Fold Card Design

Amazing Paper Grace Dahlia Dimensional Doily Gatefold Easel Card by Kathy Clement Photo 01

Easel cards are the “show-offs” of the cardmaking world, wouldn’t you agree?  Simple to make, but visually impacting, easel cards look great on display!  Gatefold cards have a high drama factor.  Open the doors of this fancy fold to see what delights await within.  I make a lot of both styles of cards for these reasons.  I don’t think I have ever combined the two fancy fold card style before.   But I immediately saw how this lovely die could marry the two styles together to make fabulous fancy fold card design.  So, I present to you the Dahlia Dimensional Doily Gatefold Easel Card.

Here’s how to put this unique fun fold card together.

  • First, create a 6×6 easel card base.
  • Now die cut the filigree panels from pink cardstock.
  • Then adhere the panels over brushed gold cardstock.
  • Next, trim the gold cardstock so that you have an extra 1/2″ of gold on the left and the right hand sides.
  • Now score a flap on each side.
  • Cut between the two filigree panels to create a gate fold.
  • Wrap the flaps behind a 5″ x 7″  card front.
  • Then wrap a ribbon closure around the entire assembly and adhere to the front of the easel card base.
Open the Gates!

When you open the gate fold, this is what is waiting inside.  Decorate the inside of the gates with vellum versions of the die.

Rolled Roses

This elegant set comes with 2 sizes of rolled rose dies.  I’ve used them on the pocket/brake area and on the gatefold door sentiment.

A Peek Inside

Here’s a peek inside the easel card base.  Add a pocket to the bottom half of the card to serve as a stopper/brake for the easel mechanism.  This gives you room to tuck in a little gift card wallet/note card.

I can see this die used for many different purposes.  It would make a gorgeous bookmark.  You could cut it from heavy cardstock and use it as a stencil.  Or add the dimensional dahlia to the center.  Becca has lots of great ideas on her blog.  You can also find samples on the Amazing Paper Grace Die of the Month Club Page.

So what’s the verdict on Gatefold Easel Cards?  Do we love them?  I’d love to hear your thoughts in the comment section below.

You can find a linked supply list below this post.

Thanks for stopping by!

Cheerio,

kathy

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Really Reasonable Ribbon March 2021 Blog Hop

Authentique Springtime Easter Derby Card Folio for Really Reasonable Ribbon by Kathy Clement Photo 01

Really Reasonable Ribbon March 2021 Blog Hop:  The Easter Derby Card Folio

Hello Ribbon Lovers!  Welcome to the Really Reasonable Ribbon March 2021 Blog Hop!  You should be coming here from Ginny’s gorgeous blog.  Today’s Easter Derby Card folio features the Spring Fling Assortment from the March Ribbon Club.

Bunny Derby Card Folio

Authentique Springtime Easter Derby Card Folio by Kathy Clement for Really Reasonable Ribbon Photo 01

These pretty pastel ribbons matched my project perfectly.  Perky Pearl Pink Checkerboard Satin Bows add just the right amount of texture and shine to the folio cover.

Create a border with Lemon Diamond Satin and Mixed Pastel Vertical Striped Grosgrain Ribbon.

Even though this folio is tiny, it is loaded with flips, flaps and surprises.  Pop up elements are always fun to discover!

And it just wouldn’t be Easter without the Easter Bunny and a bit of chocolate!

On With the Hop

Now hop on over and see what paper pretties Cheryl has in store for you!  Remember to stop by the RRR Blog and answer Bonnie’s question of the month.  Maybe you will be the lucky winner of your own March Ribbon Club Assortment!

If you’re not a member of the RRR Ribbon Club yet, now is a great time to join!  You can find out all about it HERE.

If you’d like to see another example of this fun fold card base design, please check THIS blog post.  I share a tutorial for a very similar base.

I hope you enjoy the rest of the hop!

Thanks for stopping by!

Cheerio,

kathy

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Beach Window Twisted Easel Shaker Card

Ciao Bella Sound of Summer Beach Window Twisted Easel Card Amazing Paper Grace Snip It Grid Calendar Die by Kathy Clement Kathy by Design Photo 01

Beach Window Twisted Easel Shaker Card for Really Reasonable Ribbon

Hello, Friends!  What do you see out the beach window of this Twisted Easel Shaker Card?  Seagulls soaring high in the sky?  Pelicans diving into the waves?  Or maybe there’s a school of dolphins frolicking not too far from the shore.  Whatever you can imagine, you can see through the panes of my beach window card.  Even though I have not been able to “see” the sea in a long time, my imagination can take me there, and I can enjoy the beautiful coastline that I love so much.

I’ve paired up some luxurious ribbons from the July Ribbon Club Assortment with Ciao Bella’s delightful “Sound of Summer” and Spellbinders Amazing Paper Grace Calendar/Grid Die to create this magical beach scene.  Capri Blue Double Faced Satin Ribbon and Blue Variegated Shell Print Satin Ribbon match the blues in this paper collection perfectly.

TIP: Die cut burlap stars then string as a banner across the top of the window.  Silver shell charms add just a touch of sparkle.

TIP: Die cut flowers from your designer paper scraps for perfectly coordinated florals.

TIP: Alter Reneabouquets Starfish Beauty Board with Little Birdie Crafts Silver Metallic Wax. Then tuck them in with the floral cascade.  This adds a soft shimmer and texture.

A Peek Inside

This style of card is designed to serve primarily as a decorative piece.  But I did manage to add a simple pocket.

TIP: Cluster real shells, flowers, and banner flags together on the pocket flap.  Then dangle a silver seahorse charm from a mini clothespin to create a beachy vignette.

TIP: Don’t be afraid to fold a large image in half.  This 8″ x 5 1/2″ journal card converts into a lovely mini folio.  Add a fussy cut image and decorative key in the corner.  This is the image you see peeking out when the card is opened for display.

Line the inside of the folio with cream cardstock.  You can write a message here, or add photos.

I hope you enjoyed looking through my beach house window with me today.  There is something very calming and relaxing about working with these shades of blue.  If you’d like to see other projects made with the Sound of Summer collection, please click HERE.

Thanks for stopping by!

Cheerio,

kathy

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Christmas Mittens Twisted Easel Card Tutorial

Eileen Hull Mitten Box Die Sizzix Chapter Christmas Mittens Twisted Easel Card Tutorial with Authentique Paper A Magical Christmas by Kathy Clement Kathy by Design Photo 01

Eileen Hull Christmas Mittens Twisted Easel Card Tutorial with Authentique A Magical Christmas

Hello, Friends!  Today I have a Christmas Mittens Twisted Easel Card to share with you.  The Eileen Hull Educator Team is featuring Eileen’s darling new Mitten Box Die and Snowman Box Die this week.  (Be sure to check out the Eileen Hull Blog on Wednesday. You’ll find a group post filled with inspiration, tutorials and ideas for her new release.)

There’s something magical about mittens at Christmas!  Instead of using the die to make a box, I created a cute focal point for this holiday card.  Authentique’s A Magical Christmas Collection is such a great partner for this cute die!  Hanging the mittens upside down with a cluster of ribbons and flowers at the top gives them the appearance of an ornament.  In fact, you could even make tree ornaments this way!  I’ll show you how to do this in the tutorial below.

TIP: Add festive mini banners by cutting card scraps with Eileen’s Banner and Pennant Thinlets Die.  Stagger the die layers to create a sense of depth and dimension   Then add cute little bows and bitty buttons to the corners.

The Twisted Easel Card

Twisted easel cards may look complicated, but they are actually very easy to make.

  • First, create a 6″ x 6″ top fold card base.
  • Next, fold the point of the bottom right corner up until it lines up with the point of the top left hand corner.  (It will look like a triangle.)
  • Then just fold and crease!  Now you have a twisted easel card base.
  • Cut mittens, rickrack, and hearts from mat board or medium weight chipboard.
  • Flip the mittens so that you have a thumb on the right and a thumb on the left.
  • When die cutting the designer paper to cover the mittens, put one piece in face down and the other face up.  This way your papers will “match” and fit the die cut properly.

TIP:  Fold the bottom left hand corner up to the top right hand corner to make a twisted easel card that faces the other direction.  Isn’t that fun?

I love using twisted easel cards as home decor.   This Christmas version would be so pretty perched on a holiday mantel!

A Hidden Pocket

The video tutorial will show you how to build the card base, add layers and create this fun hidden tag pocket.  Eileen’s Pocket and Tag Die fits perfectly behind this pair of Christmas mittens.  You can easily add a gift card to the tag with a dab of hot glue or a glue dot.  So now, this card is also a gift!

A Peek Inside

The pocket part of Eileen’s Pocket and Tag die fits perfectly in the corner of the card interior.  I tucked a little Holiday Tea Bag inside, just for fun.

Christmas Mittens Twisted Easel Card Tutorial on YouTube

So are you ready to get your craft on?  Please enjoy this video tutorial showcasing Eileen’s dies and Authentique Paper’s A Magical Christmas Collection.

Once you learn how to make this fun card base, I know you’ll want to make a ton of them.  They would make great Christmas luncheon favors or girlfriend gifts.

To see more projects made with Eileen’s new dies, click HERE.

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

Thanks for stopping by!

Cheerio,

kathy

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Hello Sweety! Tall and Skinny Box Card

Stamperia Sweety Tall and Skinny Box Card by Kathy Clement Kathy by Design Photo 01
Hello Sweety!  Stamperia Sweety Tall and Skinny Box Card

Hello, Friends!  Or should I say Hello Sweety?  Because today I have a tall and skinny box card made with Stamperia’s new Sweety collection to share with you!  Ooh la la!  This collection is divine, my friends!  I almost passed it by, but then one of my regular patrons in my Etsy shop requested a custom order made with these darling papers.  So into my shopping cart it went, and I am so glad!  This lovely little pink confection is all packaged up and on its way, but I loved it so much, I just had to share it with you.  It’s always nice to start your Monday off with something sweet, don’t you think?

This is a 4″ x 8 1/4″ side fold card base with a 1/2″ spine.  Layer the designer papers up with some Reneabouquets Beautiful Board, Printed Beautiful Board, and fussy cut teacups to create lots of depth and dimension.

Little Birdie Flowers and gauzy ribbon from Really Reasonable Ribbon add even more texture and a dreamy element to the card design.  My favorite element is the little silver spoon filled with pink “sugar.”  What’s yours?

A Peek Inside

Create a box pocket on the side to hold some little treasures.

This round magnet and lacy bookmark turn the card into a gift.  So much sweetness!

The Week Ahead

So that’s it for me this morning!  I’ll be sharing more Sweety projects soon.  But now I have to go get out of my jammies and get busy creating my next Button Farm Kit.  Do you want a hint? Well…it is Christmas in July this month!   I haven’t done a card kit in quite a while.  And Authentique paper has a gorgeous new Christmas collection out.  That’s three hints!  I bet you know where I’m headed.

So if I’m a bit scarce this week, you know what I ‘m up to.  Putting these kits together takes all my attention and about 4 full work days to complete.  That means no Throwback Thursday this week, unless I get this kit finished in record time,  Hey, anything can happen!

I have a couple of posts scheduled to go live later this week…both tutorials, so that should keep you busy!  Look for the supply list for this project below.

Thanks for stopping by!

Cheerio,

kathy

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