Dragonfly Season Gatefold Card Folio with Really Reasonable Ribbon and Reneabouquets
Hello, Friends! Summertime is Dragonfly Season. These dazzling beauties hover in the sweet summer breeze and fill our hearts with delight. I tried to capture the feeling of a perfect summer day in this Dragonfly Season Gatefold Card made with Really Reasonable Ribbon’s July Ribbon Assortment and some paper pretties from Reneabouquets. Let’s share a cuppa and take a closer look at the details and elements in this summery creation.
Here’s how I created this gatefold card base.
First, cut a 12×12 sheet of white cardstock to measure 11 3/4″ x 7 1/4.
Now place the long side on your scoring tool and score left to right at 2 3/4″, 3″, 8 1/2″ and 9″.
Then fold along the scored lines to form a 5 1/4″ x 7 1/4″ gatefold card. You will have 1/4″ spines on the left and right hand sides of the card base.
Line the card with Ciao Bella Microcosmos papers. You will need (2) 2 3/4″ x 7 1/4″ panels for the front, (2) 2 5/8″ x 7 1/4″ panels for the inside, and (1) 5″ x 7″ panel for the center. The 4 spines are 3/8″ x 7 1/4″.
The Shaker Element
True confession: I love the way this shaker frame turned out. It makes me think of a dragonfly hovering over a bird bath or fountain. It takes a minute or two to put together, but the effort is definitely worth it!
First, heat emboss a Reneabouquets Simply Beautiful Frame with Versamark Ink and Stampendous Aged Silver Embossing Powder.
Next, dry brush a little chalk paint over the frame to soften it.
Once the paint is dry, die cut an oval from clear cardstock, (acetate) and adhere to the back of the frame with Dries Clear Adhesive. Use a damp paper towel to clean up any excess adhesive.
Now back the frame with 3 layers of 1/8″ foam strips.
Locate the oval dragonfly image from the paper collection.
Then place your shaker mix and some glitter glass in the center of the image.
Now center the prepared frame over the image and gently press into place.
Embellish with a Reneabouquets Dragonfly.
Then heat emboss a resin crown with Diamond Dust Embossing Powder and adhere it on the top of the frame.
This card was a little “blah” until I added the Turquoise Taffeta bows and flowers . Then everything popped! The Silver Metallic String Bows echo the silver in the shaker frame, adding just the right touch of sparkle. I also heat embossed Reneabouquets Tiny Butterfly Flourishes with Diamond Dust Embossing Powder and added them to the corners. Can you say yummy?
A Peek Inside
Gatefold cards are so dramatic to open! You can see how I added a Large Sugar Bee Corner from Reneabouquets to the right hand flap.
Add a sentiment panel on the right and create a box pocket in the center of the card.
Turquoise Taffeta Ribbon adorns both the book mark and the mini folio that are tucked into the pocket.
Did you think I forgot to add tea? You know me better than that! Here is the tea wallet and vintage silver plate demitasse spoon. Now we’ve got a gift on our hands!
Of course there is room to add a gift card in with the tea bag if you should decide to do so. But I think this gift is complete as it is.
You’ll find a linked supply list below this post. And if you would like to purchase this card, you can find it in my Etsy Shop.
I hope I’ve inspired you to break out your ribbons and embellishments today and make something beautiful.
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.
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.
Prima Fruit Paradise Shaker Card for Really Reasonable Ribbon
Hello, Friends! Do you do this? Say, “I’m not going to buy any more paper.” Then you see a paper that speaks to something deep in your memory and brings you joy. And then the paper falls into your shopping cart. Yeah. That. But it’s all good, because now I have this Prima Fruit Paradise Shaker Card made with Really Reasonable Ribbon to share with you today. See? Things usually work out for the best when you listen to the little voice in your head!
Doesn’t this just look like summer on paper? This 6″ x 6″ easel shaker card is adorned with Bright Pink Plaid Ribbon and a teeny tiny snippet of Hot Pink Satin with a metallic edge. Gorgeous Fruit Paradise Papers, Flowers, Laserowe Love Chipboard and sparkly sequins add to the delicious fruit salad going on here.
Here’s a fun little embellishment you can make in a jiffy:
Find a paperclip. This one is gold, but you could use pink or white and it would still look great.
Cut fishtail banner ends on a scrap of ribbon. This one is about 2″ long.
Now loop the ribbon between the legs of the paper clip. Add a dot of hot glue to hold it in place.
Then thread a wee vintage button and hot glue on top.
The stopper on this card is the cascade of flowers. I also tucked in the center from a crocheted doily to add more texture. And Gold Metallic String adds just the right touch of shimmer to my bow cluster.
The inside is simple and sweet with just enough room to add a little note. This is pretty enough to be used as table decor at a summer party.
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.