Monday, March 4, 2019

Sweet Bouquet Gatefold Cards

Hi! I have a duo of cards to share with you using some awesome products from Pink & Main! I love the February release! It's full of so many stamps and dies that are perfect for spring! I saw the Sweet Bouquets stamp set and I wanted to make sure those large bouquets sat at the forefront of my card - so I kept everything else fairly simple! Get ready! This post is full of a bunch of photos! Here we go!

I started with a piece of cardstock that is 5 1/2 inches tall and 8 1/2 inches long - basically take a standard piece of cardstock and cut it in half like you were going to make a top folding landscape card. Instead of scoring down the middle I scored at 2 1/8 inches from each end so that when I folded the sides of the card they both met in the middle.

For my first card I trimmed down a piece of peachy orange polka dotted patterned paper from the Sunrise paper pack so that I could add a piece to each flap of my gatefold card. I wanted there to be just a little extra "something" so I took a white piece of cardstock and die cut it using the Basket Cover Die. The last time I made a gatefold card I die cut two panels and carefully found the center part and folded it in half and wrapped it around each half of the card. Not this time! I found an easier way! I just die cut one panel and cut it right in half and glued each half to one side of my card. It was so much quicker!

I stamped out the bouquet of flowers from the Sweet Bouquets stamp set and colored it with my watercolor markers. I used the coordinating dies to cut out the banquet and stamped a sentiment onto white cardstock and used one of the banner dies to cut it. I cannot describe how excited I was that this die set comes with banner dies! I've used them so many times all ready! I adhered the bouquet to the center of the card being sure to only add adhesive to the left side of the image so that my card could still open.

Once I made one card I was on a roll and decided to make another! This one has a mistake though! But no matter - I rarely throw a card in the garbage! I made an error while scoring my card - I cut a panel the same as before and I meant to score at 2 1/8 inches from each end, but I scored too far in on the left side, so the two sides overlapped and it's not a true gatefold card.

You can better tell what I mean from this angle. The two sides overlap just slightly. I could have trimmed a hair off of the left side, but I decided to run with the wonky fold and make it my own!

I created this card almost exactly as the first - just with some adjustments for the incorrect scoring. I used a piece of blue polka dotted paper from the Sunset Paper Pad and rather than measuring down to the tiniest of measurements I just adhered the patterned paper to one flap and used scissors to trim off the excess and repeated the process with the second flap. I again cut a piece of white cardstock using the Basket Cover Die and adhered it to one side, trimmed the excess, and adhered the remaining portion to the other side. 

I stamped my flowers and sentiment from the Sweet Bouquets stamp set and die cut them with the coordinating dies. Rather than adhering my bouquet to the center of the card like I did for the first card I moved the bouquet to the left side. It was blaringly obvious that I had misfolded my card when I tried to adhere the bouquet to the center, but I quite like it moved left! Again - be careful to only add your adhesive to the left portion of the image so that you don't glue your card shut! 

I hope these cards inspire you! Thanks for reading! 

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