Saturday, June 30, 2012

Punched gatefold card

I had seen a card similar to this and decided to use this technique for my special folds club card. Instructions for making this card are included at the end, keep reading!

My first idea was to use the new blossom punch and mixed bunch. I chose pacific point and daffodil delight for my colors, but didn't have any pacific point ribbon, so instead went to Tempting turquoise and daffodil delight (see card below). I do think the pacific point flower stands out better, but it really needed pacific point ribbon even with the button added to the daffodil delight.
So I settled on turquoise and daffodil, and cut all the cardstock and accessories. THEN I realized that I had used the same stamp set and even the same flower from that set for last month's card, so moved to plan B (see below).
 So with all the cardstock and accesories prepped, I needed another idea. I had the set "Easy Events" from convention last year that I hadn't ever used, so decided to try that . I really like the cupcake image and easily chose that. I changed out the punch to the large scallop circle punch.
I used tempting turquoise, daffodil delight, and a touch of melon mambo on the cupcake. The 2 way glue pen and dazzling diamonds glitter really added some bling! I pulled out another set that hadn't seen much love lately "Circle Circus" for the background and on the sentiment, also used it to decorate the envelope. I was quite pleased with the finished card.
To make this card: start with 1/2 sheet of cardstock 5 1/2 x 8 1/2. Score at 2 1/8 and fold in then instead of scoring the other side, just fold in to the center and use bone folder to get a good fold.
I tried several ways of punching before I found the winning way to use the punch. Slide the folded front of the card into the bottom narrow side of the punch. I had a bit of trouble getting the edge to go all the way in (it caught on the scallops) so I used a strip of cardstock between the punch and the card to allow it to slide in all the way then remove the strip of cardstock before I punched. Clear as mud? ask for more info. You can lay the punch on the table to punch, but need to hold the edges of the card together to punch evenly. Slide the strip of cardstock in again to easily remove the card from the punch. I may do a picture tutorial for this if you need it, let me know.

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