Hello, Friends! For this week’s edition of Throwback Thursday, I have a Graphic 45 Botanical Tea Double Gatefold Card Tutorial to share with you. Did you think I forgot? Well, I didn’t! I’m just having a major case of “the slows” this week, so I’m running behind But better late than never, right?
Earlier this week, I shared a Graphic 45 Farmhouse Double Gatefold Card with you. The response was so amazing, I decided to create a Throwback Thursday project with a tutorial you can use to create this style of card in any size or format.
Today’s card is a 6″ x 6″ base with a vintage style shaker frame on the cover. One of the reasons I love this style of card so much is that it is a great way to use up scraps. I had a lot of 3″ panels left over from an earlier Botanical Tea project. That’s why I chose to make a 6″ x 6″ card.
Botanical Tea Double Gatefold Card Tutorial: The Grand Opening
Opening a double gatefold card is sort of like watching the curtain rise on the stage. This card opens to more than 18″ wide! They make great table decorations for a party table or home decor items because of all the beautiful panels inside the card.
TIP: I used 18″ wide cardstock (linked below) to create my card base. If you don’t have it, you can create your own. Here’s how:
First, cut 2 panels of 12″ x 6″ cardstock.
Next, place 1/2″ Scor-tape right along the 6″ edge of one panel.
Then carefully overlap the second panel over the Scor-Tape line and burnish to seal.
This gives you a 23 1/2″ x 6″ panel of cardstock. It can be tricky to score over the joint where the papers overlap, so try to keep that in center panel of your card.
Botanical Tea Double Gatefold Card Tutorial: Pockets and Tuck ins
Fill pockets with journal cards from the cut apart pages. Or, die cut teacups as I did here. I had a leftover Pocket from the Tags and pockets page, but no tag to fill it. Substitute a miniature Lindt Chocolate prettied up with a scrap of designer paper instead. Problem solved!
Go ahead and decorate the back side of the card if you have enough extra paper.
And why not add a pocket here as well? Fill it with a fancied up tea bag, honey stick and little note card.
Botanical Tea Double Gatefold Card Tutorial On YouTube
I hope I’ve shared some tips and ideas you can use today. If so, I’d love to hear from you in the comment section below.
Happy Throwback Thursday!
Graphic 45 Botanical Tea (I used the original collection, which is now retired. But you can also use the Deluxe Collector’s Edition)
Really Reasonable Ribbon Hop: Graphic 45 Botanical Tea Party Tag Box
Hello, Ribbon Lovers! It’s time for the Really Reasonable Ribbon July Blog Hop! You should be coming here all inspired after having visited Karen’s lovely blog. I’ve created the cutest little Graphic 45 Botanical Tea Party Tag Box to share with you today. It’s all decked out with the RRR Blue and Yellow Ribbon Mix and ready to party.
These are the gorgeous ribbons in the July Ribbon Club. I love all the ribbon club assortments, but this one is especially beautiful. The colors are just so perfect for summer crafting!
Graphic 45 Botanical Tea Party Tag Box with Eileen Hull Card Box
Summer parties, here I come! The base for this tag box is Eileen Hull’s Card Box Die from her Book Club I Collection. I’ve decorated the box with beautiful Botanical Tea Papers. Then I added a lovely border strip to the bottom of the box. Next, I wrapped the top of the box with the gorgeous Capri Blue Plaid Ribbon from the Ribbon Club Assortment.
This sweet little banner is from the original Botanical Tea Collection. To make it, twist Natural Burlap String until it begins to coil in on itself. Then, tie knots on either end of the string and adhere to the box base with hot glue. Next, I threaded some of my precious vintage pearl buttons and adhered them between each banner. The finishing touch is a beautiful Beaded Fancy Flower from my Etsy shop.
The back side of the box is just as pretty as the front!
Botanical Tea Party Tag Box: The Tags
I created a trio of tags to slip into the box. These are Graphic 45 Square Ivory Laser Cut Tags from the Celebrate, Party, Cheers assortment.
This tag also has a magnetic folio attached to it. I’ve tucked some sweet cut apart images into the pocket.
The back of each tag has room for a photo or a note.
On With the Hop!
Now hop on over and see what fabulous creation awaits you on Linsey’s lovely blog. If you get lost along the way, you can find a complete blog list at Really Reasonable Ribbon. Finish the hop at the RRR blog where you will answer Bonnie’s question of the month. This will enter you into the drawing for a free July Ribbon Club Assortment.
If you’re not already signed up for the RRR Monthly Ribbon Club, now is a great time to join. It’s like getting a Christmas present every month of the year. You can find all the details and sign up HERE.
Hello, Friends! It’s time for a brand new challenge over on the Frilly and Funkie Blog. The theme this go round is “B” Happy, and Cec is our hostess. I’ve created a Graphic 45 Botanical Tea Card Folio that’s got some fun new twists in the design. We’ll take a look at that in a moment, but first, let’s see what Cec has to say about this challenge.
Challenge Theme: “B” Happy
Create a shabby chic or vintage project that makes you happy and features birds, bees and/or butterflies. You must use at least one of these things with wings and it must have a place of prominence on your creation but if you wish to use two or more, please feel free to do that.
Botanical Tea Songbird Card Folio
I know I shared a Botanical Tea tag project a couple weeks ago. So I hope you are not tired of this collection. It is one of my top 5 favorite G45 collections of all time. I honestly set out to make a regular card…nothing fancy. But as I was working, this idea began to take shape in my head (never listen to the voices….they will get you in trouble every time!). Before I knew it, I was in the middle of making another card folio. Now that it’s finished…I’m glad I made it. But in the middle of the process??? Not so much!
Botanical Tea Songbird Card Folio: The base layer
This is a 5.25″ x 7″ top fold folio with a 3/8″ spine. The background layer is a beautiful duotone botanical print with birds, butterflies, dragonflies and clocks. I love it when I machine stitch around a card, because it makes the piece feel framed.
The lacy corner effect comes from die cutting with Tim Holtz’ Mixed Media Die #2. I cut through both the designer paper and the cardstock matting to reveal the white card base. That was spritzed with Dazzling Diamonds Glimmer Mist. I really love this combination of stitched edges and die cut corner.
Botanical Tea Songbird Card Folio: The Focal Image
In keeping with the challenge guidelines, I chose this sweet pink songbird to serve as the focal image. First, I die cut the image from one sheet of Botanical Tea using a large Spellbinder’s circle die. Then, I die cut the doily frame using Graphic 45’s Square Tag and Clock Dies. I adhered the frame over the die cut. Next, the second image of the pink bird was fussy cut and layered over the original with foam tabs. I love the dimension this created. Foliage from Little Birdie Crafts (what else on a bird card?) adds lots of lovely green leaves to the fussy cut branch. And Gilt Trip Prills add loads of beautiful texture.
If you look above the focal image, you’ll see a metal butterfly that I altered with Distress Paints.
Botanical Tea Songbird Card Folio: The Flowers
The flower cluster features altered metal flowers and Little Birdie Grey Printed Linz Petals. Linda has added these fabulous metal flowers to the shop and I received some in my design team allotment package. Before altering the silvertone flowers with paint, I used my Tonic Scissors to cut between the petals of one flower. Then I lifted every other petal to create a sort of cup shape. Then I painted the flowers with a combination of Antique Linen, Broken China and Tumbled Glass Distress Paint. The two layers are adhered together with Glossy Accents.
Next, I reshaped one of the Little Birdie Flowers by sort of cupping it between my fingers. ( You can see me use this technique in my Little Birdie Video tutorials. ) Then, I adhered it in the center of the metal flower. All the flowers are dry brushed with Antique Linen and Broken China Distress Paint and sprinkled with Prills.
The large pink rose is just fussy cut from the paper, popped up on foam tabs and shaped a bit with my fingers.
Botanical Tea Songbird Card Folio: A Peek Inside
Inside, I’ve created a hinged waterfall feature and a fun tag pocket.
The waterfall feature took a little figuring out, but basically, I scored a flap, then scored a second line 1/4″ to the right. This created a little spine. If you want to give this a try, don’t adhere your liner paper until after you’ve built the waterfall. That way, you can run your ribbon closure behind the page, wrap it around and tie it shut.
I’ve added some little flaps, tuck spots and journal spots inside the waterfall. The tea cups are die cut with Tim’s Tea Time Sizzix die. Aren’t they fun? I wish I had a pink polka dot tea cup. The reason I included the tea cups is that I am a real tea lover. And since the challenge said to create a project that makes me happy…well…there had to be tea.
Botanical Tea Songbird Card Folio: The tags!
Tags make me happy, too. So I covered a Graphic 45 Ivory Square Tag with designer paper. Now that I can cover these tags so easily with the G45 tag dies, I want to make tags even more often! This tag has a little pocket adorned with a fussy cut image from the collection. Because pockets also make me happy. Would you like to see what’s in the pocket?
A sweet little trio of ATC tags. How fun is that? Oh, and there’s a honey stick in the box style pocket, too. (I have video tutorials for how to make a box pocket, too.)
“B” Happy Challenge: Now it’s YOUR turn!
I hope you’ll play along in this fun challenge by linking up your vintage or shabby chic Bird, Bee or Butterfly inspired project at the Frilly and Funkie Challenge Blog.
The winner will earn the chance to be a Guest Designer here 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. We are also awarding Top 3 Badges for three further outstanding entries, chosen by the Design Team, because we can’t pick just one favorite!
You have until 11:59PM EDT on Tuesday, July 17th to link your project.
I can’t wait to see what you make!
I hope I’ve shared some tips, techniques and ideas that you can use in your own craft adventures. If so, I’d love to hear from you in the comment section below.
If looks like “your cup of tea” (see what I did there?) I hope you’ll pop on over and say hello at the Frilly and Funkie blog. I’m sharing a great video tutorial, tips for how to use these fabulous G45 Tag Dies, flower shaping techniques, gift card pocket tutorial and so much more! This is a great way to get your creative mojo flowing this weekend!
Botanical Tea Pop Up Birthday Card with Natural Burlap String Bow
Hello, Ribbon Lovers! Natural Burlap String is one of my crafting staples! I love it and use it so much that I purchase it by the spool. It’s a great way to add texture to a card design. It looks fabulous when threaded through a button. Wrap it around a card to create a border. Tie a little loopy string bow and add it to a bow cluster. The possibilities are endless! I used Natural Burlap String to make the fluffy string bow on this Graphic 45 Botanical Tea Pop Up Birthday Card, and I just love the way it turned out.
Burlap string comes in a rainbow of colors, but I love the rustic feel of this big, loopy Natural Burlap String Bow. It really sets off the soft pinks and blues in the paper collection.
The inside of the card has a lovely pop up gift card holder!
If you’ve never made a pop up card before, this is quite possibly the easiest style to start with. I have a video tutorial HEREwhere you can watch and learn how to make it. The papers I use are different, but the steps are the same.
The best thing about Natural Burlap String, apart from it’s amazing versatility, is that it is also incredibly affordable. You can’t beat that!
I hope I’ve shared some tips and tricks that you can use in your own crafty adventures. If so, I’d love to hear from you in the comment section below.