End of Summer Sunflower {Gatefold Card}

Gatefold cards are easy to make, and you can find many tutorials online. Below, I’ve provided measurements for this card, but you can alter them to make any size card you like. I was inspired by the recent Stampin Success issue I received, more specifically, the sunflower.

Sunflower Instructions:

  1. Run So Saffron card stock through the Big Shot with the Scallop Circle Bigz Die.
  2. Then, cut between each scallop to make the flower petals.
  3. Next, I used a sponge dauber and So Saffron ink (with a very small amount of Champagne Shimmer Paint) to color the flower petals.
  4. Finally, I punched Early Espresso card stock with the 1/4″ Circle Punch and attached them to the center of the flower with mini glue dots. See the close up below.

Gatefold Measurements:

The card base is Early Espresso, cut to 5 1/2″ x 8 1/2″, scored at 2 1/8″ and 6 3/8″. I used So Saffron card stock on the front panels, layered with Greenhouse Gala DSP. I attached the sunflower to the left panel only with a small piece of Sticky Strip.

Inside, I lined the base with So Saffron, Greenhouse Gala DSP, and Whisper White stamped with the Curly Cute congratulations stamp in Early Espresso ink. At the bottom, I attached a strip of card stock and DSP with mini glue dots (along the sides and bottom only) to form a little pocket. It will hold a  gift card or folded bill/check.

Little Boy 1st Birthday Card {Punch Art Red Car}

This card is for my nephew’s 1st Birthday, and although it’s not very babyish, it does fit the theme of his party (and the cake I’m making for him).

The card base is Bemuda Bay textured card stock, layered with the cloud patterned paper from Welcome Neighbor.  (Yes, I know, I use this paper on almost everything I make, but it’s so varied and I love the colors so much that I find myself reaching for it time and time again.)

I made the hills by freehand cutting Gable Green card stock, and then sponged them all over using Gable Green ink and a Sponge Dauber.

The sentiment is from On Your Birthday, which I inked up using the Basic Black Marker (leaving out the “o” in this “Happy O’ Birthday”–I’m not even sure what that means anyway!) I drew in “1st” using Real Red Marker and Basic Black Marker. The Whisper White card stock is layered on yet another piece of Welcome Neighbor DSP, and I notched the edges to make it look like a flag or banner. I also Paper Pierced along the bottom edge of the sentiment and attached it to the card using Stampin Dimensionals.

As for the little red Punch Art Car, I made it using the Modern Label Punch for the body of the car and the Large Oval Punch for the window/hood.

  1. First, I punched out Real Red card stock with the Modern Label Punch and sponged it with Real Red ink.
  2. Then, I punched two Large Ovals–one from Real Red, one from Whisper White. I layered the White on top of the Red, leaving a Red border, and then trimmed the bottoms so they would not stick out past the bottom of the “car”. Adhere the White Oval to the Red Oval.
  3. Using SNAIL adhesive, attach the hood of the car to the back of the Modern Label Punch out, positioning it as shown.
  4. Draw or stamp a little person driving the car. I also drew some gifts in the back seat and added a door handle.
  5. Make tires for the car using the 1/4″ Circle Punch (in Basic Black) and the Cropadile’s larger hole punch (in Basic Gray). Attach the tires to the car with SNAIL Adhesive.

That was pretty easy! Now, I adhered the car to the base using Stampin Dimensionals and stamped some balloons from the All in the Family Accessories set onto Whisper White. I colored them in with Markers, cut them out, and attached them to the card base with Mini Glue Dots. Then, I used the Basic Black Marker to draw strings from the balloons to the back of the car.

Finally, in the upper right corner, I added 1/4″ Circles of Gable Green card stock with Ice Circle Rhinestone Brads in the darker blue to tie all the colors together.

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