Authentique Solitude Winter Survival Kit Tutorial

Authentique Solitude Winter Survival Kit Tutorial and Video Tour

Hello, Friends!  Winter can be such a tough time of year.  So I thought I’d brighten up your day with this Authentique Solitude Winter Survival Kit Tutorial.  It’s the perfect way to chase away the winter blues, send a bit of love to a friend who’s down with the flu, or just to let a loved one know they are in your thoughts.

Authentique Solitude Winter Survival Kit Tutorial by Kathy Clement Kathy by Design Photo 01

This fancy fold card design is adapted from a tutorial I saw on Ginny’s YouTube channel.  I fell in love with the basic design, but thought of some fun ways to change it up and add my own KBD style to it.  (You can find another example of this card design HERE.)

Please don’t let this card design intimidate you, as it is really very simple to make.  This time, I created a 6″ x 6″ card base with a 1″ side fold spine.  Then I added a 5″ x 5″ card base with a 1″ spine on the right.  This forms the fun gatefold/flap feature on the front of the card.  So if you can make a basic side fold card base, you are already more than half way there!

Winter Survival Kit Tutorial: Some Details

  • Add extra volume and texture to your card design by hot gluing some cheesecloth behind a die cut panel.  The lacy appearance of this Spellbinder’s Floral Assortment Nestabilities Die added a snowy feel to the card design.
  • To strengthen the delicate edges of this die, emboss with clear embossing powder.  It’s amazing how much stronger the delicate points are after this treatment.
  • Add some fun dimension by curling the “winter greetings” sentiment against the edge of a ruler.  Then adhere just the ends with hot glue.

  • Add snowy accents to your card by spattering it with diluted white acrylic paint.
Winter Survival Kit Tutorial: A Peek Inside

I absolutely love the drama of unfolding this style of fancy fold card!

Decorate the side panels with elements from the paper collection.  I carried the winter bird theme inside the card by wrapping the cardstock elements image with burlap string and a rusty snowflake.

When the card is fully opened, the Winter Survival Kit is revealed.  This is a 4″ x 2″ box style pocket filled with goodies to make winter more bearable.

Tuck in a teabag, some pocket sized tissues, a chapstick, some hand cream and a honey stick.  That’s sure to brighten up someones day!

I wrapped the back side of the card and the spine with 1 1/2″ wide Ivory Silky Crush Ribbon to add texture, shine and elegance to the design.

Winter Survival Kit Tutorial and Video Tour on YouTube

To help you get a better feel for this fun project, I’ve prepared a short YouTube video tour.  This is followed by a picture and text tutorial where you will learn how to build the base and the box style pocket.  I hope you enjoy!

If I’ve managed to brighten your day, share a helpful tip or inspire you to get crafty, then I’d love to hear from you in the comment section below.

Thanks for stopping by!



Winter Survival Kit Tutorial Cutting Guide

For the 6″ x 6″ card base:

  • 13″ x 6″ panel of brown cardstock (you can join two panels of cardstock together with Scor-Tape.)
    • Score this panel at 3″ , 6″ and 7″
  • Cut mats from designer paper:
    • 5 7/8″ x 5 7/8″  (2)
    • 2 7/8″ x 5 7/8″ (4)
    • Spine 7/8″ x 5 7/8″ (2)

For the 5″ x 5″ card base:

  • 11″ x 5″ panel of brown cardstock
    • Score this at 5″ and 6″
  • Cut mats from designer paper
    • 4 7/8″ x 4 7/8″ (3)
    • 7/8″ x 4 7/8″ (2)

For the box pocket:

  • 8″ x 4″ panel of brown cardstock
    • Score on long side at 1″, 2″, 6″, 7″
    • Score on short side at 2″, 3″
  • To cover the finished pocket
    • 5 7/8″ x 1 7/8″ panel of designer paper scored on long side at 1″, 4 7/8″
    • 4 7/8″ x 7/8″ panel to line the bottom of the box
Winter Survival Kit Tutorial Supply List

Authentique Paper

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10 thoughts on “Authentique Solitude Winter Survival Kit Tutorial

  1. Helen

    Great idea, Kathy. Like everything about this kit’s design. I’m thinking of how this basic design can make all kind of “kits” for various seasons and occasions (birthday celebration kit, summer vacation survival kit, retirement starter kit)…ok, I’ll shut down my imagination and just say you’ve truly inspired me with this one! Thanks hugely!

  2. Sara Emily Barker

    Well, Kathy, you have done it again! I love love, LOVE this style of card which is without a doubt a gift! I love the papers and how wonderfully the designs flow throughout. I adore the birds and how you’ve wrapped that panel with twine and hung a rusty snowflake. Squeal! And your tip to emboss the delicate edges of the die cut is genius–thank you for sharing that! The crinkly ribbon is the icing on the cake! Well done and a fabulous video flip through and tutorial! Wow! You made my day with this! Sending hugs!

  3. Suzy Q

    Oh Kathy …just luv this wintery card! It’s gorgeous, adorable and luv the goodies inside! Who wouldn’t luv a cheerful card as this! So thoughtful! This one is amazing! Hugs, Suzy Q

  4. Betsy

    Kathy, this is just beautiful and thank goodness you included tea! It’s a staple of life : ) xoxoxo

  5. Gena L Krannig

    Kathy, this is such a fantastic project! I love that Solitude collection and actually bought it after seeing the card you did with it a couple of weeks ago. It is so beautiful and I just love the combinations of papers and images you have used in this survival kit. Also the tip on double embossing the delicate die is much appreciated! Thank you for sharing! Hugs!

  6. Sherry

    So pretty just love this collection. The colors are so gorgeous and different. Great winter card

  7. lyla

    Outstanding! Using the cheesecloth is a great way to give it a winter look! You have given me some needed inspiration. Love this card…thank you!!

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