Making gatefold cards using Hero Arts fancy dies

I really like making gatefold cards but this set is a bit different and even eye catching and it starts off with the dies! I learned about this set from this video from Jennifer McGuire and I loved what she did with it that I had to try it too! You can also watch it below:

Hero Arts Fancy Trees Die Set

The dies come from Hero Arts Tri-fold “Fancy Trees” dies (pictured left). The set comes with 3 separate dies. So you can make a gatefold card like I did or you can use the dies separately to make some cool looking cards.

To make my cards, I decided to do the assembly line technique. So, the 4 trees together I numbered as die #1, the small 2 trees far apart with the slope I labeled die #2 and the 2 larger trees closer together is die #3. To begin, I started with a 4-1/4″ x 5-1/2″ cardstock sheet and put die #1 first from the top of the cardstock through my Big Shot die cutting machine.

Making gatefold cards using Hero Arts fancy dies

Next, with another sheet of cardstock at 4-1/2″ x 4-1/2″, I lined up die #2 with my pencil mark on the right edge of the paper and die cut that. For die #3, again with another cardstock sheet at 4-1/2″ x 4-1/2″, and lined it up with the pencil mark on the left side and die cut that. You can see by the pic above when the 3 pieces are put together how they line up. If you’re confused, be sure to watch Jennifer’s video, I watched it several times before I tried it!

I then scored both the edges (NOT the cardstock from die #1) 1/4″ on the right for the die #2 and the left side of die #3. Now it was time to assemble the card. Unfolding die #2, I glued that fold on the inside of this piece and wrapped it on the right side of die #1. Then, I glued the left side of #die 3 and adhered that to the left side of the card. I pressed both sides well to make sure they were secure.

Making gatefold cards using Hero Arts fancy dies

I wanted to place the trees on a dark cardstock for contrast and I had just the thing! I used the dark blue embossed cardstock by Tim Holtz, Tonic Studios called “December Skies“. These sheets are so pretty, they have subtle designs but also a shimmery effect. I drew some snowflakes with my white gel pen and then glued my trees on it. The whole piece ends up as an A2 size and now opens as a gatefold card! To decorate the trees, I added clear pearls!

Making gatefold cards using Hero Arts fancy dies
Making gatefold cards using Hero Arts fancy dies

These next 2 cards I decorated the trees with gold and silver sequins.

Making gatefold cards using Hero Arts fancy dies
Making gatefold cards using Hero Arts fancy dies

The last 2 cards I decided to add a little color to the trees so I used Hero Arts “Moss” and my life changing blending brush to add some light shading to the taller trees and a little more for the others. Finally, I decorated them with clear sequins and jewels.

The sentiments come from the WPlus9 “Most Wonderful” stamp set. I just love the fonts in this set which includes layering stamps for 2 snowmen. I plan to use them in a future card!

Love, how these turned out, it’s a different type of card than anything I’ve made thus far. And, these cards are in the Shop here >> https://etsy.me/2Ydj5mc

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Making gatefold cards using Hero Arts fancy dies

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