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.

Flower Fancy {Distressed Look}

This style is not my strong suit, but there is so much of the vintage/distressed look going on lately that I figured now is probably the best time to try it.

I had my eye on this Fancy Flowers stamp set for a while, and when it went on sale last month, I had a chance to buy it for 20% off!

While I originally was drawn to the large flower image, I decided to try the flower and stem image first. I stamped it a few times on Gina K Luxury White card stock in Memento Black ink and colored it in with Copic Markers.

Next, I cut along the top of the flowers, just following along the image, with my scissors. Since this is a “distressed style” card, I used the Distressing Tool along all the card stock edges, going back over the distressed edges with Old Olive ink and a Sponge Dauber. Then, I sponged some Creamy Caramel ink all over the White card stock using a sponge that happened to have some old Chocolate Chip Reinker/Champagne Shimmer Paint on it. The darker brown spots were just a happy accident as a result. Finally, I spritzed some Frost Shimmer Mist (Frost Shimmer Paint mixed with 70% Rubbing Alcohol) all over the card stock.

Behind that, I randomly stamped the small flower and leaves in Old Olive ink (stamping off first) on Old Olive card stock. That was also distressed using the same method described above, minus the creamy caramel. I also sprayed it with Frost Shimmer Mist. In the upper corner, I added 2 Circle Rhinestone Brads in purple, and the sentiment is from Well Scripted, stamped in Rich Razzleberry and Old Olive Marker on Whisper white that I “distressed” with sponges and Shimmer Mist. Then, I punched out the “Happy Birthday” with the Large Oval Punch and layered it onto Rich Razzleberry textured card stock, punched with the Scallop Oval Punch. I adhered it to the base with Stampin dimensionals.

The striped paper is from Cottage Wall DSP, which I layered over the Old Olive card base. At the bottom of the card, I added a little Rich Razzleberry Grosgrain Ribbon. The “pleated” look was easy to do, simply by putting Sticky Strip along the length of the ribbon and then folding it into pleats.

Elements of Style Card Samples

Here are several cards made with Elements of Style. It’s a popular stamp but it’s not the style I normally gravitate toward. My upline (hi Cindy!) asked me to help her come up with some ideas for swaps using this set and these are the results:

Version 1

Stamps: Elements of Style; Card stock: Regal Rose, Shades of Spring DSP, Old Olive, Whisper White, Apricot Appeal; Ink: Old Olive Marker, Regal Rose Marker, Old Olive Classic Ink, Pretty in Pink Classic Ink; Accessories: Modern Label Punch, Beautiful Wings Embosslit, Big Shot, Sponge Dauber, Circle Rhinestone Brad, Dimensionals, Cropadile, Glue Dots.

Version 2:

Stamps: Elements of Style, Tiny Tags; Card stock: Rose Red, Cottage Wall DSP, Very Vanilla, Watercolor Paper;  Ink: Old Olive Marker, Rose Red Marker, Old Olive Classic Ink, Rich Razzleberry Classic Ink; Accessories: Scallop Trim Border Punch, Tiny Tag Punch, Linen Thread, Certainly Celery Satin Ribbon, Aquapainter, Champagne Shimmer Paint Spray (70% Rubbing Alcohol mixed with a few drops of Champagne Shimmer Paint).

Version 3

Stamps: Elements of Style; Card stock: Soft Suede, Very Vanilla, Real Red Prints Pack, Vellum Card Stock; Ink: Soft Suede Marker, Close to Cocoa Reinker, Champagne Shimmer Paint; Accessories: Sponge Dauber, 3/4″ Circle Punch, 1″ Circle Punch, Scallop Trim Border Punch, Very Vanilla 5/8″ Grosgrain, Circle Rhinestone brads, Mini Glue Dots, Cropadile, Dimensionals.

It’s hard to see in the picture, but I sponged a mixture of Close to Cocoa Reinker and Champagne Shimmer Paint directly on the image, then stamped it onto the vellum.

Version 4

Stamps: Elements of Style; Card stock: Close to Cocoa, Rich Razzleberry, Very Vanilla; Ink: Old Olive Classic Ink, Rich Razzleberry Classic Ink, Close to Cocoa Reinker, Champagne Shimmer Paint; Accessories: Scallop Trim Border, Paper Piercer, Rich Razzleberry Polka Dot Ribbon, Scallop Oval Punch, Large Oval Punch, Sponge Dauber,  Dimensionals, Cropadile, Glue Dots, Champagne Shimmer Paint Spray (70% Rubbing Alcohol mixed with a few drops of Champagne Shimmer Paint) (Shown here on the bird and the close to cocoa base).

Version 5: I think I hate the green butterfly. I may try a different color, maybe white with sponging, or black, or razzleberry?

Stamps: Elements of Style; Card stock: Rich Razzleberry Textured Card stock, Cottage Wall DSP, Whisper White, Basic Black, Certainly Celery; Ink: Rich Razzleberry Classic Ink; Accessories: Big Shot, Oval Scallop Frame Bigz Die, Scallop Edge Punch, Glue Pen, Dazzling Diamonds, Beautiful Wings Embosslit, 1/2 Pearl (Pretties Bulk Kit), Dimensionals, Glue Dots.

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