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
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
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
The party continues on the inside of this card. You’ll find 3’s here:
- ATC Tags
- Paper Dolls
- Buttons (in the border design)
- Little Gifts…the first of which is the Ghiradelli Chocolate tucked into the upper pocket
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!
The side pocket is sized perfectly to hold these 3 Graphic 45 ATC tags.
Turn the flap to find another pocket…with the second little gift tucked inside.
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.
Room for a note…and a gift card/cash pocket.
Clean 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!
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What a great masculine card. Love it.
Three truly is a magic number here Kathy! I love how you’ve used so many multiples of three throughout this wonderful card folio, emphasising and complimenting the Proper Gentleman collection in such a clever way. As ever it’s a visual feast for the eyes x
This is very lovely however needs a tutorial to be really helpful!
This has so much goodness I don’t know where to start!! Awesome
Love this! What a no way to showcase this dapper collection!
What a magnificent display Kathy, I am in awe of your stunning creation full of such wonder and intrigue with so many things to discover. A creation that I could flip through daily as i’m sure there would be something new to spot each day. An outstanding creation.
Thank you for the inspiration, I have loved every inch of it!!
Creative wishes Tracey xx
Suzz hit the nail on the head! You over-achieved on this challenge theme, for sure! I gave up trying to count the trios, but one did stand out–the three posts in my in-box! Anyway, I really got distracted by this beauty of a masculine folio. Love every single detail–the little clocks, the buckle with the handsome ribbon and those little steampunk charms. This is just charming from the front to every pocket and tag within! LOVE your wonderful style, Kathy! Hugs! PS The papers are really cool, too!
This masculine folio is amazing, Kathy. The “threes” are a great design idea (and even a blog posting number :)) that you’ve carried through so well. I need to keep an eye out for this paper set–it’s perfect for the men in my family. tfs
You overachiever! Plenty of awesome trios on your folio! You always make it look so effortless to create all the clever pieces to your wonderful designs! Another success! Beautiful!
Fabulous card, Kathy!! Sometimes male themed cards are kind of hard to do. This is just fabulous!!
I absolutely love this! I wish you would do a video, step by step, of exactly how you did it. It is too hard to duplicate without a video.
Luv this gentleman’s card Kathy! It’s perfect and right down dapper! Lol! Luv the three ideas that you used everywhere!!! And your color combos ….luv, luv, luv! So guy-ish!!! This folio for a guy is my favorite! Just luv your ideas! And …p.s. you can stuff my mailbox any day! Hugs, Suzy Q
Kathy, what a wonderful folio. Who would think that a guy card could be both beautiful and masculine at the same time? Well you have just proven that it can be. The patterns in the papers you have used remind me of fabric used in men’s ties and shirts. The images and embellishments are fantastic. I especially like all the time pieces and the belt buckle! I don’t generally make masculine cards but if I do, you have now given me some great inspiration! Thank you for sharing! Hugs
Kathy you made the perfect card…love the patterns and way you combined them. love the way the gentleman is sitting right there..lol so realistic..i am in love with these folios. just cant seem to make mine come together like you do. you can never overload my mailbox…I love your creativity.
hope you have a wonderful day..keep warm..if I could id wheel myself and find that darned groundhog lol.
big ladybug hugs and love
Love the plaids in this collection! Interesting challenge…makes for an unusual card. Nice!