Thursday, 29 October 2015

Offset gate fold card

Here the final 2 cards from my class that I held last Monday. I got here eventually! They are another take on the Offset gate fold card and utilises watercolouring techniques.

In this post you can have a look at how to construct this card. It's really easy but just adds a little something extra to your card design. Start with an A5 piece of card stock (A4 cut in half). Score along the long side at 6.5 and 17 cm. Fold on each score line in towards the middle. Make sure the edges butt up to each other before creasing firmly with a bone folder.

The Curvy Corner Trio Punch is great to use on the corners of the flaps. I have CASEd this idea from page 18 of the 2015 Stampin’ Up! Holiday catalogue. One thing to remember is that the scallop edge is not symmetrical. So that your scallops match (or mirror each other) always position the same edge of the cardstock in the same side of the punch. So to make these cards, I make sure that the long side is against the left hand edge of the punch guide. To do the other corner just flip the cardstock so that the long edge in the correct position.

Decorating the cards are easy. Grab some DSP, a banner triple punch and some stamped and die cut elements, layer them and stick them on the left hand flap. To add a pop of colour I have just used an aqua painter and some ink from the lid of a stamp pad on water colour paper. Start at the bottom edge of your shape and paint backwards and forwards moving slowly up. The colour will gradually lighten. Try not to overwork it.
 I really love the Typeset Speciality DSP by Stampin' Up! It is really versatile and gives a great backdrop to the watercolour elements.

The Blended Bloom stamp is perfect for watercolouring. Gorgeous Grunge has great stamps in the set to add detail to background. Crumb Cake cardstock with matching ink adds a subtle touch.

Creating a ribbon closure is easy with the Curvy corner trio punch. Rule a light pencil line across the front of the card where you would like your ribbon slot to be positioned. Line each flap up with your pencil line and punch a ribbon slot. Erase your pencil line. To keep the ribbon secure, anchor on the left hand flap with a glue dot or knot. Securing with the ribbon first makes it easier to decorate the front.

Silver cord trim is perfect for the closure. It is easy to rethread and tie.

PS - In my last post I mentioned that I am working on a tutorial and project kit for Christmas using the Peaceful Pines bundle. I had hoped to have it finished by now but have been really sick and have had to put it on the back burner, much to my disappointment. I have a lot of it done but hope to get it finished in the next few weeks. I am really happy with all of the projects but unfortunately lifes get in the way of crafting sometimes! 

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