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:
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.
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.
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!
These next 2 cards I decorated the trees with gold and silver sequins.
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
Note: some of these links to the products I used are affiliate links meaning if you purchase through them, I’ll earn a small commission and it is no extra cost to you. Your purchasing helps support our small business and we appreciate that so much! – Kim
- Hero Arts Tri-fold “Winter Pine Fancy Trees” dies
- Tim Holtz, Tonic Studios called “December Skies” 6 x 6 Paper Pack or at SSS
- WPlus9 “Most Wonderful” stamp set – WPlus9; SSS
- Picket Fence Life Changing Brushes – Amazon; SSS
- Neenah Solar White 110 lb. Cardstock
- Hero Arts “Moss” Ink
- Pretty Pink Posh clear sequins
- Uniball white gel pen
- Assorted Color Envelopes
- Tim Holtz Paper Trimmer
- Tim Holtz Glass Media Mat
- Tim Holtz Scissors
- Gina K. Designs Connect Glue
- Misti Stamping Tool
- Teflon bone folder
- Martha Stewart Scoring Board (not available on Amazon) – EK Tools has this similar one
I love creating cards to make others smile, it’s my calling from God. I’m so grateful to have my hubby along supporting me all the way! Be sure to visit my Etsy Shop at etsy.com/shop/KimsHandcraftedCards