With Valentine’s Day only a couple of days away, I’ve got an emergency Valentine’s card if you haven’t made one yet. This is suited for the person who is not partial to the reds and pinks. I’ve gone green today and really like the look of this non-traditional card for Valentine’s day. What’s more, it’s a gate fold card so you can create a quick card which is also a fancy fold the recipient will love.
Gate Fold Card Directions
Cardstock – 21cm x 14.8cm
Score on the long side at 5.2cm and 15.8cm
Designer Paper – 14.2cm x 4.6cm (2 panels)
I chose the Tropical Escape Designer Paper against the Pear Pizzazz card base. The colours blend so well together. The gold elements in this card are from the Painted Love Gold Vinyl Stickers which were from last year’s Occasions catalogue. These are retired but the good news is that they are on the Clearance Rack and you can get them for just $4.90. There are some really lovely items on that Clearance Rack at some great prices so definitely check them out to grab a bargain.
I adhered the heart sticker to Very Vanilla cardstock. Although I did have the die to cut this out, I fussy cut it for this card. I also added some sticker borders to the Shaded Spruce cardstock. To make the 2 sides of the card sit together, I used the new Rectangle Stitched Framelits Dies and embossed with the Subtle embossing folder which really gives it texture without being too busy.
A simple stamped sentiment in the corner and the card is ready to give for Valentine’s day. I think this is perfect to give a man as it’s not too girly (I’ve kept it ribbon and doily free!) and with the leaves and green shades it’s more masculine.
The Easel fold is a very simple fancy fold but looks really effective. When you decorate it and add all your embellishments it looks more complicated than it is. For this card, I stamped the image. Instead of that, you could add Designer Series Paper and add a die cut circle or oval to stamp on. This would add extra dimension.
Card base – 14.8 x 21cm
Score and fold at 5.2 cm and 10.5cm
- Cardstock – 2 pieces 14.2 x 4.6cm
- DSP – 2 pieces in different designs 13.6 x 4cm
- Cardstock – 6.8 x 8.4cm
- Whisper White Cardstock – 6.2 X 7.8cm
This panel can vary in size. You just need to make sure that when the card is folded flat, it still fits inside the envelope.
Stamp your Whisper White panel with chosen image and embellish as you like. Then layer this onto your matte and mount with Stampin’ Dimensionals onto your card.
Sentiment – This needs to be mounted with Stampin’ Dimensionals and attached at about 1/4 way up the back of the card so when it is opened the sentiment will stop it from closing.
This is my second card I’ve created with this fancy, yet easy fold. The first time I made it was for my daughter, Cassidy’s, birthday. Each year she gets a card with a new fold which I haven’t tried before. This is part of the excitement for her each year and she really looks forward to seeing what I make for her. You can see the original card here – Bridge Fold Birthday. This is an enlarged version of Lyssa Griffith Zwolanek’s card.
I’m using the Nature’s Poem Designer Series Paper to create today’s card. This paper is part of the buy 3 get 1 free promotion so if you love it, why not make the most of this offer and grab 4 of your favourite packs and only pay for 3.
Cutting and scoring measurements
8” x 7” – scored at 1 1/4”, 2 1/2”, 5 1/2”, 6 3/4”
5 1/2” x 1 1/4”
Centre panel 2 3/4” x 6 3/4”
4 pieces 1” x 6 3/4”
Bridge panel 5 1/4” x 1”
Follow Envelope Punch Board directions for 5 1/2” x 7” envelope
DSP 10 1/8” x 10 1/8”
Fold card base with mountain and valley folds.Distress all the edges of the DSP with Soft Suede ink using a sponge dauber. Glue all DSP pieces to card base.
Attach the bridge piece by folding down the left side of the card and adhering the left part of this piece on the card base. The right side is attached in the same way.
To create the tree I inked up the trunk in Soft Suede and the foliage in Mint Macaron and went over sections in Tranquil Tide. Stamp leaves in Tranquil Tide on Mint Macaron and die cut. Distress edges of tree and leaves in Soft Suede ink. Attach the bottom half of tree with Stampin’ Dimensionals. Use a bone folder to curve the leaves and attach using liquid glue and Dimensionals.
The twine has been secured on the back of the sentiment with tear and tape adhesive and the circle mounted with Stampin’ Dimensionals.
You can either write your message in the centre of the card, prior to assembling or attach a separate panel on the reverse of the centre section and write on the back. The latter is my preferred method because then I can decorate it any way I like and decide at a later time who I’d like to send it to.
Try this fold with other Designer Series Paper to achieve different looks.