Tag Archives: Slimline Cards

Friendship Slimline Gatefold Card Tutorial

Photoplay Friendship Through the Years Slimline Gatefold Card Tutorial by Kathy Clement Photo 01

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.

Friendship Gatefold Card Tutorial Photoplqy Friendship Through the Years by Kathy Clement Photo 01

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.

Here’s a closer look at the gift card wallet that is tucked into the pocket.

There’s a little note area and a gift card pocket inside.  So now the card becomes a gift.

Gatefold Slimline Card Tutorial on YouTube

If you’d like to learn how to create this fun fold card base and learn some of the sneaky tricks I used to put it together, please enjoy this 20  minute video tutorial.

I think Throwback Thursdays are my favorite.  How about you?

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

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Slimline Butterfly Garden Birthday Cake

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Slimline Butterfly Garden Birthday Cake for Really Reasonable Ribbon

Hello, Friends!  Today’s Slimline Butterfly Garden Birthday Cake card kicks off Birthday Season in the Clement household!  Between June-September, we celebrate 10 birthdays!  All of them call for cards, of course.  But they also call for cake!  So I’ve featured this pretty Butterfly Garden Cake.  The whole thing is tied together with a bodacious Island Blue Diamond Satin  Bow from the Really Reasonable Ribbon  June Ribbon Club Assortment.

Your card will always take the cake if you follow some simple designer tips & tricks:

  • First, anchor your card base with a ribbon border.  Before you add your card front to the card base, wrap it with 1/2″ Scor-Tape and a length of Island Blue Satin Ribbon.
  • Next, tie a bodacious double loop bow with a little help from the Bow-it-All Tool.
  • Now, top that bow with an Iridescent string bow to add a bit of birthday sparkle.
  • Then tuck a few birthday candles behind the bow, just for fun.
  • Finally, glue a white chrysanthemum to the top of the bow.
Sweet Details

You might think that growing a year older is the best reason to have a birthday.  But I happen to think that cake is the better excuse!  Here’s how I dressed up this sweet birthday cake.

  • First, heat emboss a Reneabouquets Small Butterflies and Roses Chip with Opaque White Embossing Powder.
  • Next, fussy cut the birthday cake from a 3×4 card.  Back it with foam tape and adhere between the bow and the chipboard.
  • Now, cluster up some roses and mulberry flowers around the base of the cake plate.
  • Then scatter some beautiful beads around the flower cluster.
  • Finally, adorn the cake and the card with lots of tiny butterflies! (linked below)
A Peek Inside

Add a sweet pocket and gift card wallet inside the card.  This paper is sooo pretty, I didn’t want to cover it up, so I kept the inside pretty simple.

The gift card wallet is decorated on the inside and has a stripey pocket for a gift card or other small treat.

Do you have a birthday season in your family?  Getting this card made leaves me with just 9 more to go!  Better get busy!

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

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Let Them Eat Cake Birthday Cards

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Let Them Eat Cake Birthday Cards for Spellbinders 20th Birthday Celebration!

Hello, Friends!  Today we’re going to sample two Let Them Eat Cake Birthday Cards!  Why?  Because I’m celebrating Spellbinder’s 20th Birthday with TWO varieties of cake!  How fun is that?  Spellbinders has launched a great big Birthday Celebration Release to mark the occasion.  So if you love cake (who doesn’t?) and if you love pretty papers, and if you love clever dies…then this post is for you!  Let’s sample some cake, shall we?

Tutu Pink Fringed Cake Slimline Card

Spellbinders Fringed Cake Slimline Card by Kathy Clement Kathy by Design Photo 01

Our first Let Them Eat Cake sample is this frilly little pink number made with the Fringed Cake die.  Let me just say, I had so much fun making this slimline card!  The papers are from the Cheerful  Celebrations 6×6 pad, so I had to do a little paper piecing to cover the front of this 4 1/2″ x 8 1/2″ slimline card. It’s a pretty basic recipe, so I’ll share it with you here.

  • First, score an 11″ x 8 1/2″ sheet of heavy cardstock at 4 1/2″, 5″, and 9 1/2″.  Trim away the small flap on the end of the panel, then fold to make a 4 1/2″ x 8 1/2″ slimline card with a 1/2″ spine.
  • Next, cut a 4 1/2″ x 8 1/2″ panel of soft pink cardstock.
  • Then cut (2) 4 1/4″ wide panels from the floral and gold foil geometric papers in the paper pad.
  • Now adhere the floral pattern at the top of the pink panel.  Trim the gold foil panel to fill in the gap.
  • Here comes the fun part: stitch pink tulle trim along the edge where the two papers meet.  Then wrap 3/8″ Coral Rose Small Check ribbon above the tulle.
  • Die cut the center panel from Becca’s Eyelet Lace Frame and adhere it.
  • Finally, die cut the cake and the cake plate and adhere to the base.

TIP: All the layers of the cake are cut with the same die.  Rather than stack them as they are, try trimming  the ends to create the tiered effect that you see in the photo.

Dress up the spine with a few girly birthday charms.

Create a pocket on the inside to hold a special Birthday Cake chocolate bar.

Let Them Eat Cake Birthday Card #2: Topsy-Turvy Layer Cake

Because this Topsy-Turvy Cake Die made me think of Dr. Seuss, I decided to take a walk on the wild side for this cake sample.

Once again, I created the same 4 1/2″ x 8 1/2″ slimline card base.  But this time I covered the card using Photoplay’s “Add Another Candle” paper collection.  The end result is this vibrant confection.

TIP: Place foam tabs between your cake layers to add extra dimension to the cake.

TIP: “Frost” the cake with some Dries Clear Glitter Glue and a little clear fine glitter.  It doesn’t show up as well in this photo, but in real life, it looks amazing!

Add a box pocket inside the card. Then fill it up with goodies for a Birthday Tea party.

Dress up the goodies with scraps of your designer papers, and don’t forget the spoon!

So are you craving cake?  If so, I’ve done my job!  You can find a linked supply list below this post.

Thanks for stopping by!





How to Make a Collage Style Card Tutorial

Graphic 45 Let it Bee Collage Card Tutorial Reneabouquets by Kathy Clement Photo 01

How to Make a Collage Style Card Tutorial with Graphic 45 Let it Bee for Throwback Thursday

Hello, Friends!  Today’s How to Make a Collage Style Card Tutorial was inspired by YOU!  Several of you mentioned that you struggle when it comes to making a collage style card.  So I thought it might be fun to take a Throwback Thursday and share some of my tips and processes with you.  Now, I know that Graphic 45’s Let it Bee has not been languishing in your Closet of Inspiration and Delight.  It was, however, still on my desk after our Tuesday Tutorial session.  And because my crafting ( and life) philosophy is “use what is in front of you” I decided to use it again.  I hope you won’t mind!   So, grab a cuppa and a snack and let’s get this Throwback Thursday rolling!

Collage Card Tips and Tricks

Let me start by saying that I really, really like creating collage style cards. Oh, you are not sure what a collage style card is, you say?  Well, take a moment and check out this excellent article.  It explains things clearly and gives a great breakdown of the 4 types of collage art.  My collage style cards would fall under the category of being an assemblage. In an assemblage, An assemblage combines 3-D items, found objects and paper in an artistic composition.  I think of it as combining images and elements to tell a story, evoke a feeling, or prompt a memory.  Almost everything I create would fall into this category.

Although I don’t consider myself an expert, I do seem to have a natural ability to compose these little vignettes. Here are some simple guidelines you can make note of:

  • First, try to create  within an invisible triangle on your card.  I’ll talk more about this in the video tutorial.  But the human eye will follow the lines of a triangle so that all the details will be taken in.
  • Next, echo shapes within your collage.  For instance, in my card, I used a lot of circles:  a bottle cap, a clock, the chipboard, and even the sunflowers in the patterned paper are all basically circles.  This creates a feeling of harmony.
  • Then I like to create in themes.  Bees, sewing, nature, butterflies…having a cohesive theme really helps to make a collage make sense.
  • Overlap elements within your invisible triangle, or at least have them touch.
A Peek Inside

Let it Bee is such a happy collection!  And making this slimline trifold card made me super happy!

Can you believe I put 5 pockets inside this card?  That might be a new record!

All those pockets gave me lots of room for cute tags, journal cards and even a bookmark!

Throwback Thursday How to  Make a Collage Style Card Tutorial on YouTube

If you’d like to join me as I create the cover of this Let it Bee Slimline Collage card, please enjoy this YouTube video.

Did you enjoy this little class on collage composition?  I hope you found some tips that will help you the next time you put together your next collage card.

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

Thanks for stopping by!





Stamperia Winter Tales Slimline Card

Stamperia Winter Tales Spellbinders APG Jingle Word Frame Slimline Card by Kathy Clement Photo 01

Stamperia Winter Tales Slimline Card with APG Jingle Frame Die

Hello, Friends!  We interrupt out normally scheduled fall projects to bring you this Stamperia Winter Tales Slimline Card.  Yes, I  know I am going to be called out for rushing the season.  But the fact is, Spellbinders has just released some gorgeous new holiday products that I just had to share with you.  Besides, it takes a while to get  all those Christmas cards made.  So why not get a jump on things?  That’s my story and I’m sticking to it!

Holiday Medley Jingle Frame Die

Holiday Medley Jingle Frame Die Slimline Card by Kathy Clement Photo 01

Talk about a match made in heaven!  I love the way this Jingle Word Frame Die complements the Stamperia Winter Tales Collection!  The flourished background of the paper plays so well with the frame.  And yes, I turned it into a shaker element…did you ever have any doubts that I would?

Don’t you just love the way the sequin mix sparkles through the openings in the frame? It makes me think of looking at Christmas lights through a wintry window pane.

Next I die cut the sentiment from regular blue cardstock and silver foil cardstock.  If you adhere them together slightly offset, it creates a drop shadow effect and helps the words pop off the paper a bit better.

A Peek Inside

When a Christmas card doubles as a gift, it’s a real time saver.

Create a little tea wallet/note card to tuck inside the pocket.  Notice how I used the Jingle Frame die to create a nice backdrop for the Snow Queen image.

You have plenty of room in this wallet to tuck in a winter tea bag, mini chocolate and even a gift card, should you desire to do so.  The panel on the left is the perfect place to add a personal message.

Do you feel inspired to get started on your handmade Christmas gift list?  I’ll be back soon with more ideas for using these lovely Spellbinders holiday dies.

You can find a linked supply list below this post

Thanks for stopping by!



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