Throwback Thursday with Authentique Frontier

Authentique Frontier Card Tutorial for Throwback Thursday by Kathy Clement Kathy by Design Photo 01

Friendship Garden Card Tutorial for Throwback Thursday with Authentique Frontier

Hello, Friends!  Today I have a lovely Friendship Garden Card Tutorial for Throwback Thursday with Authentique Frontier.  Seems like it’s been ages since I had the time to create a Throwback Thursday post, doesn’t it?  I’ve missed them, too!  But I was tidying up the studio after vacation and my eyes landed on this lovely collection.  Since I have a couple of friends with September birthdays, I thought this would be a good way to get back in my crafting groove.

I actually made two cards.  The first one was for practice. (You take a week of vacation, and you have to learn how to make a card all over again!)

Both cards are my “go to”  5″ x 7″ top fold style.  I had a lovely pile of Frontier scraps to choose from and a square doily that I also found while rummaging around in the Closet of Shame.  Since the doily was 8″ x 8″, I was able to trim off two of the lacy corners.  The remaining panel is the backdrop for this card, stitched to the denim blue card cover.

TIP: Create your card cover “off the card.”  This allows you to machine stitch, wrap ribbon around the card sides (or in this case a doily) and keep a neat edge.

Let’s take a closer look at the first card.

Farm Girl Card from Scraps

Each layer in this card is made with scraps.  The blue denim stripe pattern in the background was a bit short for my card height.  No problem!  Simply add a border strip to the bottom of the card.  Then wrap burlap string along the edge between the paper and the border strip to cover the gap.

Adhere foam or waste chipboard to the back of paper layers to create loads of dimension.

TIP: The gingham fishtail banner piece was too short to span the card.  No worries!  Cut it in half down the middle and adhere to the card base.  The layered images will cover the gap in the center and no one but you will know!

TIP: Cluster small elements around your focal  image to frame it.  This will automatically draw the eye to the center of the card.

A Peek Inside

Create a shallow pocket inside the card.  This is easy if you score and fold the extra panel you will have after creating the card base.  Here’s how:

  • First, cut (2) 5″ x 8 1/2″ panels of kraft cardstock from an 8 1/2″ x 11″ sheet of paper.
  • Next, score the first panel at 7″ and 7 1/2″.  Fold on the score lines to create a 1/2″ top fold spine.
  • Now, adhere the 2nd panel over the 1″ overhang on the first panel.  The back panel of the card base will be too long, but don’t cut the overhang!
  • Score the overhang at 7″ and 7 1/2″.  Then fold to form a box pocket.
  • Secure the sides of the box pocket with 1 1/2″ x 1″ gussets.  Score the gussets at 1/2″ and 1″ and fold to form the sides of the box pocket.
  • Finally adhere the outer flaps of the gussets to the back side of the pocket flap and then to the card base.  Perfect box pocket!

Now wrap a tea bag and a treat with scraps of your designer paper.  Stamp a birthday sentiment on a journal card from the paper collection.  I’ll write a note on the cream panel of cardstock, then I will adhere it to the top half of the card.  It’s easier to write on this way.

Friendship Garden Card Tutorial

I call this card “Friendship Garden”.  I love the image of these two sweet girls.  There is a video tutorial for this one, so I won’t say much here.

You can see how I used one of the cut off doily corners as a layer in the card design.  I still have one left to use on another card some day.  Vintage blue buttons add a perfect finishing touch.

The die cut wreath (retired Spellbinders) is my favorite element on the card.  I rubbed the leaves with Nuvo Mousse to add a lovely patina to the leaves.

Here’s a peek at the inside.

Video Tutorial

I hope I’ve shared some tips, tricks and ideas that will inspire you to dig into your Closet of Shame and use some of your lovely paper scraps.  There’s something so satisfying about creating with an older collection!

If you’d like to see past projects created with this lovely collection, click HERE.

You’ll find links to supplies that are still available below this post.

Thanks for stopping by!




Please note:  Throwback Thursday uses older collections so not all products will still be available.  Check your stash for substitutes.


13 thoughts on “Throwback Thursday with Authentique Frontier

  1. MaryH

    WONDERFUL. Yet another masterpiece created for us to enjoy, which I did immensely!

    Glad the vacation brought even more humor forth for us to enjoy – that’s all I will say about your quips.

  2. Susan Steele

    Absolutely luv both of these cards! And the great thing about these …was I needed a thank you card and was going to use these Authentique Frontier papers for the sweet lady who shared a lot of her garden produce with us this season. Thank you Kathy for sharing these 2 lovely cards. Can’t wait till tomorrow to start! And thanks for the tutorial! I’ll catch it tomorrow too! Hugs, Suzy Q

  3. Gena L Krannig

    Kathy, what absolutely gorgeous cards! This throwback Thursday has got to be one of my favorites so far. I just love the darling images on the front of of these cards as well as all of your beautiful embellishments. Your layering effects are awesome! I think it’s going to take more than a week for you to forget how to make a card, my Dear! LOL Thank you for sharing these beauties! Hugs!

  4. Helen Budz

    Wonderful birthday cards, Kathy. Always like to see how you’ve used the papers to wrap the goodies inside. Will be checking my stash to see if I have these papers or something like them. The layers that create these card fronts form true works of art. tfs-stay well. Hugs.

  5. Sandy Artman

    I’ve been hot and lethargic. Your post filled my mind with possibilities. I think if I dug into my stash, It would inspire the energy I’ve been waiting for. Thanks, Kathy, so happy to hear you took a vacation but so glad you’re back and giving us that creative spark!

  6. soozyb2013

    Each one is so full of details. Every time I look, I see something else poking through. Wonderful cards and goodies inside :) Have a great day Kathy!!! Happy creating.


    I do believe your vacation sparked some great energy – Love, love the cards – super special for the lucky recipients, Kathy – thanks for always sharing your amazing talent!!!

  8. Judy R Driskel

    I just love these! I think I have some of the Frontier collection so I may try and make something similar. I’d never be talented enough to copy exactly but I love your design so much I try my best. Live the closet of shame, lol!

  9. Gail Scott

    I have to say – some of your posting made me laugh and some made me say – It isn’t so!! Okay here is the suspense– “Dig i into your Closet of Shame and use some of your lovely paper scraps” – I was actually cleaning up around in this craft room and found things I forgot I had! LOL and the one that said – It isn’t so — (You take a week of vacation, and you have to learn how to make a card all over again!) this one is for practice!!!!! What?????? I am slapping you with a wet noodle – hehe – everything that comes from your crafty hands is luscious! That is my story and I am sticking to it — have a blessed day crafting— and shine again with your great creations!

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