Humming Along – Gate-Fold Card

The last stamp club that I hosted was focused on the Humming Along bundle and four different kinds of card bases.  We all had a great time making the different cards and using the very versatile Humming Along products.  After all – who doesn’t like hummingbirds and flowers, right?

Take a look at the picture below.  This is the beautiful gate-fold card that we made.

The gate-fold card style is definitely one that you should have in your back pocket of card designs.  It is quick, easy, and really packs a fun punch!  The card base for the gate fold card is made with a piece of card stock cut to 4 1/4″ x 11″.  Scores are made at the 2 3/4″ and 8 1/4″ on the 11″ side.  The picture below gives you a “cheat sheet” for the score lines.  You’ll notice that I suggest flipping the paper and scoring at 2 3/4″ on each end!

The gate-fold is made by folding the side, scored pieces into the middle of the card.  The picture below helps illustrate that folding.

There are many ways to decorate your gate-fold card.  This style is appropriate for any and all occasions!  And, the card will literally stand up on its own – too fun!

To get some additional tips on how to finish the card, please reference my previous post for a shadow box card using the same same set.

Shown below are the main products that I used to create the Humming Along gate-fold card.  If you click on any picture, you’ll go to my on-line store.

In my next post, I will share the amazing Z-fold card that we made featuring the Humming Along bundle.

Happy stamping!




Humming Along – Shadow Box Card

At our recent monthly Stamp Club meeting, the group focused making different kinds of cards with the Humming Along bundle.  We made four different card bases but always designed the cards with the images and dies from the bundle.  Today, I am going to focus on the shadow box card that we made.  Take a look at the pictures below.

The shadow box card design is unique since the card literally stands up on its own.

There are several ways to decorate the shadow box card.  We chose to add the design directly to the front of the card.  The images from the Humming Along stamp set and the Gingham Gala Designer Series Paper work together so well!  There is no need to add more to make a statement.

Here are the directions to make the card:

  • Start with a piece of Daffodil Delight card stock cut to 4 1/4″ x 11″.  Essentially, this means cutting a piece of 8 1/2″ x 11″ card stock in half.  Cut at 4 1/4″ on the 8 1/2″ side.  You will be able to make two shadow box cards from one piece of card stock!
  • Next, you will made a series of score lines on your card stock.  I’m going to refer you to one of my prior posts where I give detailed instructions on the score lines and the folds.  Please click here to go to that post.  You’ll also see another design for a shadow box card.
  • After you have assembled the base for your shadow box card, you’re ready to decorate.  For the pictured card, stamp images from the Humming Along stamp set onto Whisper White card stock.  Use Tuxedo Black Memento ink.
  • Die cut your images using the Hummingbird Framelits dies.  They are amazing!
  • Cut a piece of Basic Black card stock to 3 1/4″ x 3 1/4″.
  • Cut a piece of the Daffodil Delight Gingham Gala Designer Series Paper (DSP) to 3″ x 3″.  I am absolutely hooked on this paper.  It is so versatile!  You can use either the small or large gingham on your projects.  Each piece of the DSP is double-sided!
  • Adhere the Basic Black card stock to the card base, as pictured.  Then, adhere the Gingham Gala DSP piece to the Basic Black card stock, as pictured.
  • Cut a piece of Basic Black card stock to 1 1/2″ x 3″.  On a piece of 1 1/2″ x 3″ Gingham Gala DSP, stamp your choice of sentiment using Tuxedo Black Memento ink.  Die cut the sentiment using the gorgeous frame die in the Hummingbird Framelits set.
  • Before you adhere your die cut hummingbird, flower, and leaf, be sure to take time to decide where you want to put the pieces.  When you like your design, adhere the pieces directly to the Gingham Gala DSP, or use dimensionals to give the design some pop!
  • Adhere the die cut sentiments to the Basic Black card stock piece.  Add the Basic Black card stock piece to the bottom of the card front using dimensionals.

This is such a fun kind of card to give to someone special.  Don’t be surprised if the card ends up as a show piece on a desk, shelf, or mantel.  A shadow box card really is a WOW factor design.

The main products that I used to make this card are shown below.  Click on any picture, and you’ll go to my on-line store.

My next post will feature the gate fold card that we made with the Humming Along bundle.  Pictured below are all four designs that we made.

Happy stamping!




Stamp Club Projects Preview

Yesterday was the day for our February Stamp Club!  We had a great afternoon focusing on a few different card base designs – shadow box card, gate fold card, side step card, and z-fold card.  Here is a preview of the cards that we made.

Throughout this coming week, I will be posting each individual card with detailed pictures and instructions!

Happy stamping!


Lovely Lattice – Thank You Note Card

One of my favorite FREE Sale-A-Bration items this year is the beautiful Lovely Lattice cling stamp set The detail in the stamp is truly amazing.  If you’ve had your eye on this set, let me entice you a little with a quick note card that you can make.  Take a look at the picture below.

Here are the instructions for the card:

  • Start with a Whisper White Note CardYou know how much I love these and the corresponding envelopes.  They are just so handy to have in your stash.
  • Next, use Night of Navy ink to stamp the focal stamp from the Lovely Lattice stamp set, as pictured.
  • I chose to make my card a Thank You card.  Obviously, you can choose from several sentiment stamps to finish the card.  The “Thank You” that I used is from the new and wonderful Humming Along stamp set.  Stamp your sentiment on the bottom right corner of the note card using Night of Navy ink.
  • Stamp the focal image one more time with the Night of Navy ink.  But, this time, stamp onto a piece of Crushed Curry card stock.
  • Grab your Watercolor Pencils.  Choose a few of the flowers on the stamped Crushed Curry piece to color.  To highlight the flowers, color the leaves for those flowers on the Whisper White note card base.
  • For the leaves, I used the Old Olive and Daffodil Delight Watercolor Pencils.  To highlight the flowers, I used the Daffodil Delight, Calypso Coral, and Pumpkin Pie Watercolor Pencils.
  • Fussy cut (yeah – I know this may not be your favorite thing to do – but, it’s worth it!) the flowers from the Crushed Curry card stock.
  • Use the Night of Navy Stampin’ Write Marker to add ink to the edge of the cut out flower.  This trick will make your flowers look more finished.  Tip:  Hold the flower so the stamped image is facing away from you when you add the color to the edges. 

  • Use your bone folder to add a little dimension to the flower petals.  Use the same kind of motion with your bone folder as you do when you’re curling ribbon with the edge of scissors.
  • Attach the cut, curled flowers to the card base with dimensionals.

You’ll love the finished card.  It is simply elegant with a little pop of color and dimension.  Try other colors of card stock for the cut flower images!

Below are the main products that I used to make this card.  If you click on any picture, you’ll go directly to my on-line store.

Happy stamping!


Home to Roost – Birthday Card

Do you have challenges with masculine cards? Well – I certainly do. It’s much easier for me to get creative with flowery stamps 🙂 But, I have a great solution for you and masculine cards. The stamp set is called Home to Roost, and it’s available as a FREE SAB gift. Take a look at the great, masculine birthday card that I made with the set.

Here are the instructions for the card:

  • Start with a card base made with Thick Whisper White card stock, cut to 5 1/2″ x 8 1/2, scored at 4 1/4″ on the 8 1/2″ side. Thick Whisper White card stock adds a special feel and finish to your card. You’ll love using it.
  • Use Soft Suede ink to stamp the rooster stamp from the Home to Roost stamp set onto a piece of scrap Whisper White card stock.
  • Color the rooster image with the amazing Watercolor Pencils. You’ll see from the picture below that each rooster you color will have its own personality since the coloring on separate images will always be a little different.  I have a great time using the Watercolor Pencils and really enjoy blending and layering the colors.

  • Use the second largest circle die from the Stitched Shapes Framelits Dies set to die cut the colored rooster image.  Use the largest circle die from the same set to die cut a piece of Cherry Cobbler card stock to use as the frame piece around the rooster die cut.
  • Cut a piece of Early Espresso card stock to 4″ x 4″.  Emboss this piece with the Tin Tile
  • Dynamic Embossing Folder.  This EF folder carried over from the Holiday catalog!  It is amazing.  Confession – I used a piece of retired Early Espresso card stock that has a white core.  When I sanded the embossed piece, the effect is a wonderful weathered look.  You can get the same look by sponging some white ink onto random parts of the embossed piece.
  • Use Early Espresso ink to add the Happy Birthday sentiment from the Detailed with Love stamp set onto the bottom right of the card front, at pictured.
  • Adhere the embossed Early Espresso piece to the top of the card front.
  • If you would like, add faux stitching to the die cut circles with an Early Espresso Stampin’ Write marker.  You can also add a a button and Early Espresso baker’s twine to embellish the die cut circle pieces.
  • Adhere the two die cut circles together.  Use dimensionals to put the die cut circles in the middle of the embossed Early Espresso card piece.

I think you’ll find this design to be very useful as a masculine birthday card.  You can easily change the sentiment to make the card appropriate for many additional occasions.

Happy stamping!