Saturday, April 23, 2011

A Gate Fold Card and the CTMH April Stamp of the Month

I have always enjoyed making fun fold cards.  Today, I made a Gate Fold card for the City Crafter Challenge Blog's Weekly Challenge #53.   The challenge was to do just this...make a Gate Fold Card.  There are many ways to score the folds.  You need a sheet of card stock that is 12 x 6 inches.  You score and fold on the long side at the 3 and 9 inch marks.  When folded, the card will meet perfectly in the center.  You then need some way to hold the card closed.  This is usually done with an overlapping piece of card stock and then tied with a ribbon.  You could also hold it closed with Velcro.  Easy peazzy and makes for a very interesting card!  Now for my card...

I started with a CTMH Hollyhock card base.  I matted each side with  pieces of Colonial White and Blush.  The Blush was scored at the 1/2 marks to replicate the slates of a gate.  I sponged both pieces in Hollyhock.  The closure piece is made from a piece of Hollyhock that has been punched with my MS punch around the page punches.  The gate image is from a terrific set I have had for years from Artist Impressions.  The set is made specifically for water coloring.  I stamped the gate image in Cocoa and then water colored using Gray Wool, Gray Flannel and Cocoa.  The set also includes a variety of flower, greenery, grass and stone images that you randomly stamp to complete your scene.  Now for the inside...
The Flower Pot images are done the same way as the gate.  The pot is stamped and water colored and then the flowers and greenery are added.  The sentiment is from the CTMH April Stamp of the Month (only available through the end of the month.)  I even added the stepping stones on the bottom of each panel to reflect the message of the sentiment.

Fancy fold cards and fun and always delight the receiver.  Just remember to score at the 3 and 9 inch mark and you've got it!  Thanks again to the gals at City Crafter Challenge Blog for another fun challenge.  For Now, Happy Crafting!

5 comments:

Barb said...

Simply gorgeous, Cindy!! Love it!

Kirsty Vittetoe said...

Amazing!!!! thanks for playing along with us at CCCB!

Ros said...

Beautiful card Cindy ... well done on your win too ... Thanks so much for playing along again this week at CCCB

Linda R. said...

Your card is beautiful.. How clever to use a little gate for your gate card.. Love it.. Thanks so much for playing along with us over at CCCB!

Cheryl Nelson said...

So lovely! Thank you so much for joining us at CCCB this week!