Sunday, December 28, 2014

Gatefold Easel Birthday Card

Hello, Everyone!  I wanted to share an A6 size easel card with a gate fold top with you today.  I made this card for my mother's 82nd birthday.  The little doors open to reveal a poem I wrote about her birth.

I used Sue Wilson's  Eternal Rings dies to create the doors.  I wanted them to have depth, so I tripled the die cuts and glued and stacked them and then glued them to a kraft card stock panel.  It created an effect similar to carved wood.  There are two dies in the set.  One to cut out the eternal rings pattern and an outside rectangular die to cut the panel.  I used Tombow's Mono Liquid glue to adhere them together.  I adhered tiny stick on pearls (from Hobby Lobby in the centers of the little flower shapes.

Easel card with a gate fold top. 
Here is a view of the doors opened to reveal the poem I wrote for Mom's card. I created the gate fold out of Graphic 45 's Ladies' Diary Delicate Details scrapbook paper (to create a hinge) and glued the Eternal Rings panels to it.  It was necessary to do this, so the doors would stay closed. You could skip this step and make the gatefold out of card stock, if you don't mind the doors springing open, 
but I preferred them to lie flat.  

Gate fold "doors" open up to reveal the sentiment.

Here is a close up of the poem I wrote for the card. The font I used is called Chopinfont. It can be downloaded for free from several places on the net. I printed it out onto cream colored card stock and then used oval dies from Sizzix  to cut it out and to also cut out a larger oval from Gold pearlized cover stock that I got from Kelly's Paper in Santa Ana, CA.  They are a large chain and if they don't have a store in your area, you can order from them online. Whenever I stick nesting shapes or panels together, I like to use Tombow's Mono Multi glue.  If the glue is applied and left to sit for a little while, it becomes tacky and somewhat reposition-able.  Makes it easier when trying to center layers. 

Inside sentiment poem.

Here is the "stop" for the top of the card to rest against.  I used Spellbinders  Labels Four Nestability dies for this.  For the bottom layer, I cut two out of the gold cover stock and glued them together, then used the next smaller size to create the sentiment panel out of the cream card stock. I used a lovely Happy Birthday sentiment from Inspired by Stamping and heat embossed it in gold.
For the finishing touch, I used a  Fancy Labels 2 pearl design from Want 2 Scrap .  

"Stop" for the easel card top.
Materials used:
kraft card stock
Cream colored card stock
Gold Metallic cover stock from Kelly's Paper
scrapbook paper - Delicate Details from Graphic 45 Ladies' Diary collection.
Want 2 Scrap Fancy Tags Two (S5-030-WhiteP Nestabling
the Paper Studio self adhesive Gemstones Pearl Rnd 3mm Stkr from Hobby Lobby
Happy Birthday Stamp from Inspired by Stamping's Fancy Circles stamp set.
Eternal Rings Striplet die from Craft Dies by Sue Wilson
Spellbinders Nestabilities Labels Four
Sizzix Oval Frameits dies #657563
Sizzix Big Kick (Big Shot) die cutting machine
Tombow USA Aqua Mono Liquid Glue and Mono Multi Glue

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  1. Replies
    1. Thank you so much, Cindy. I am thrilled you dropped by to see my blog and comment. Big hug!

  2. Absolutely stunning. It is perfect. And I love the poem, too. Happy birthday to Irma Jean!

    1. Thank you, Cindy! I will pass on the Happy Birthday to my mom. She told me she loved the card. Hope you are feeling better. Happy New Year to you.

  3. This is simply gorgeous,and your poem is touching.

    1. Thank you, Nancy! My mom loves poetry and I often try to write her a special poem on each card. Thanks so much for stopping by. ♡♡♡

  4. Jean, this is SUCH an incredible idea - and I've pinned it to remind myself to create a gate fold easel card. Your's is so very pretty, and I love the vintage femininity you have captured! hugs, de

    1. Donna, thank you so much for your kind comment. And you pinned it? Cool. Thank you. I feel famous now, LOL.

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  6. Wow! Beautiful!! What a work of art!!


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