Throwback Thursday Slimline Gatefold Card Tutorial with Photoplay Friendship Collection
Hello, Friends! This Slimline Gatefold Card Tutorial is such a fun design, and so easy to make that I just had to share it with you in this week’s Throwback Thursday post. During a quick reconnaissance mission in the Closet of Inspiration and Delight, I found Photoplay’s Friendship Through the Years Collection and decided it’s fresh, somewhat modern vibe was the perfect match for this trendy card style.
I don’t know about you, but I’m loving the red, beige and teal color palette of this paper collection.
Having 4 1/4″ x 8 1/2″ inches of room to play with allowed me to create a 4″ x 6″ barn wood “gate” . An expedition through my Spellbinders dies unearthed this lovely Tiara Rondelle Die. First I die cut it from light kraft cardstock. Then I cut it a second time from a black floral print from the collection. Save the inner circle area that’s left from each die cut. Sandwich the floral print circle (which is the back side of the black floral) between the two Tiara Rondelle frames. Then back this with the kraft circle to create a lovely focal point for the card. Foam tape adds lots of depth and dimension.
A Peek Inside
Opening a gatefold card is always lots of fun. This design also gives you lots of room to add goodies on the inside, too.
There’s a little note area and a gift card pocket inside. So now the card becomes a gift.
My Cup of Tea Friendship Valentine with Really Reasonable Ribbon & Photoplay Paper
Hello, Friends! Today’s Friendship Valentine is precisely My Cup of Tea! Valentine’s Day is a great time to celebrate the friends who are like family. And any time is a great time to make a card with cute teacups, classy ribbon and pretty papers!
See what I mean? This 5″ x 7″ top fold card features ribbons from the January Sweetheart Ribbon Assortment. I was delighted to see how well they pair with Photoplay’s Our Friendship Through the Years collection. Would you like to find out how this card came together? Then read on, my friend!
Layers and Layers of Love
First, create a 51/4″ x 7 1/4″ card base with a 1/4″ spine.
Next cut layers of burlap paper to serve as mats for the designer paper. You might have some of this lurking in your Closet of Inspiration and Delight. I cut the mats 1/4″ wider than the patterned paper layers.
Now, cut and mat a 5″ x 7″ layer of the plaid pattern to serve as the backdrop. This is a large plaid print, but when you use it as a backdrop, it does not overwhelm the card design.
Then cut and mat a 4 1/2″ x 6 1/2″ panel of the red floral pattern. Center and adhere over the plaid.
Next, trim the 4″ x 6″ geometric journal card to 3 3/4″ x 5 3/4″. Mat and adhere.
Now fussy cut the teacups from the 3×4 card, back with foam tape and adhere over the circular element from the ephemera pack.
Now it’s time to dress up your Valentine with pretty ribbons from the January Ribbon Club Assortment.
First, create a belly band by layering Poppy Red Taffeta and Geometric Print Satin Ribbons.
Next, Tie a poufy corner bow with Checkerboard White Satin Ribbon.
Then tie a triple-loop bow with the geometric satin ribbon and adhere in the lower corner of the card. I was delighted to see how well this ribbon matched the geometric design in the paper collection!
Now top that bow off with some burlap string and a little teacup charm.
Add the finishing touch with an array of deep red posies.
A Peek Inside
Fill an inside pocket with all sorts of Valentine treats.
It’s a quick and easy task to create a tag for the pocket. Simply mat the tag from the ephemera pack on a scrap of burlap paper. Then top it with more of the geometric ribbon. Now you have a lovely bookmark to add to the tea, chocolate and honey stick.
Let’s Start a Trend
I think 2022 would be a great year to make Friendship Valentines a trend. Remember the excitement we all felt when we wrote out Valentines for all our school mates? I don’t know if kids take the time to do that any more, but I would love to see that come back. A simple act of kindness and an expression of gratitude go a long way in this crazy world we live in. Let’s be trendsetters this year, and send out surprise Valentines to let people know they are loved and appreciated! Who’s with me?