Wednesday, 13 July 2016

Gatefold, Quiet Bird Sash, Kraft Card

I have a confession to make.  
It's not a big confession, but it will hopefully clear up a misconception that I know quite a few of you are under.  
You see, as well as disliking bright, bold colours I also dislike the colour black.  It's just way too stark for me.  So I use it very minimally and very, very occasionally.  Kind of only when I absolutely have to...

Now I know that quite a few of you are going to be confused now - which is kind of my own fault really as
A)  It never even occurred to me until reading through some of your comments
B)  I didn't have the heart to tell you.  Especially when you'd been so kind to stop by...


What you see on your monitor as 'black' when looking at my 'makes' is more often than not a colour called Deep Cocoa.  It's a very, very dark brown that is my absolute favourite - which you can probably tell as I use it quite a lot!

So now you know...

But before I go on to show you my 'make' for today, let me just say that just because I don't like to use big, bold, bright colours doesn't mean that a lot of you aren't fantastic at making craft projects from these colours that I do enjoy and appreciate seeing.

I'm kind of weird like that!

My card for today has been made specifically for the latest Poppystamps Challenge...

...  and as it's a Gatefold Card you get to see more than one photo...

I thoroughly enjoyed making this card, and truth be told, it's so 'me' that I'm going to struggle to part with it!
(Now I know how sad that sounds...  but I also know that I'm not the only one).

Here's a quick run down of how this card was made:

Using a Circular Mask and a Bristle Brush, apply White Pigment Ink to Kraft Card.
Once dry, use another Bristle Brush to apply two shades of Blue Ink - one light and one dark. 
Leave to one side to dry.
Cut out Die Cuts and assemble where necessary, but DO NOT add to project as yet.
Using a piece of card slightly wider than the Kraft Card, cut out the 'Quiet Bird Sash' Die. 
Make two side panels to form the Gatefolds and attach from the back.
Make two thinner panels from Kraft Card and apply Sparkle Medium through Stencil.
Leave to dry...
Measure up and make another panel with the same dimensions as the Bird Sash Panel. 
(This will become your back panel).
Cut out a 'Distressed Rectangle' Die Cut and ink around edges with Brown Ink.
Attach to back panel and add three Die Cut Flowers.
Distress edges of all Kraft Card panels using a Distress Tool.
Slide largest Kraft Card panel carefully under Quiet Bird Sash panel and glue into place.
Add thinner Kraft Card panels and glue into place.
Apply Die Cuts and glue into place.
Ink Gatefold edges of card with Brown Ink.
Cut a thin strip of card just long enough to wrap around the Gatefold card.
Glue strip and leave to one side to dry.
Cut out a Die Cut Flower, and add Stickles Glitter Glue to the centre.
Once dry, attach Flower to thin strip of card.
Spray thin strip with Glitter Spray and leave to dry.

Now I'm sure many of you will have spotted that I could just as easily have used one large piece of card, cut out the Bird Sash from that and then added everything else accordingly.  
That is the other option IF you want to OR have a machine big enough to do that on.  
It's a matter of personal preference, I guess...  and what size machine you have to use.

Supplies Used:

Poppystamps 'Quiet Bird Sash'
Poppystamps 'Stick Frames'
Memory Box 'Long Stem Lavender'
Memory Box 'Meadow Clover'
Poppystamps 'Fresh Petals'
Spellbinders (Nestabilities) Card Creator 'A2 Distressed Edges'

ColorBox Pigment Ink 'Frost White'
Tim Holtz Distress 'Stormy Sky'
Tim Holtz Distress 'Broken China'
Tim Holtz Distress 'Walnut Stain'

Memory Box 'Shimmer' 

Tim Holtz Distress Tool
Crafter's Companion 'Spray and Sparkle'  (Pearl Diamond) 
(Ranger) Stickles Glitter Glue 'Frosted Lace'

Challenges I'm Entering...

(All die cuts from snippets - except Bird sash)

(Flora and/or Fauna)

Feminine Challenge

Create A Scene

Challenge #19   'Anything Goes'

In reality, this card has a lovely soft shimmer on the side panels from the texture paste.  It just doesn't show up on these photo's at all.   
Not to worry...  
You'll just have to use your imagination!

Enjoy the rest of your week...

Donna. x

PS.  Special thanks to Olga for very kindly posting me some goodies - including the Sticks Frame die cuts that I used on my card today.  Mine are yet to arrive and are like gold dust here in the UK!
Thank you, Olga. x


  1. It is a beautiful card you've created, Donna! So romantic and serene. It reminds me of an antique walnut root folding screen...

    1. Thank you, Olga. The folding screen door is exactly the look I was going for. Glad it translated. x

  2. Black and or brown Its a stunning and elegant card, Donna! So happy you joined us in the Poppystamps Challenge !

  3. Love this beautiful card dear friend, your colour choice and die cuts make an elegant card! not surprised you want to keep hold of it Donna..
    Thank you for joining us over on Poppystamps challenge.
    Pam x

    1. Thank you, Pam. I saw Inkylicious demonstrating their products on Hochanda a few months ago and knew this circle technique would be perfect for the bird sash. It's rare when a plan comes together! X

  4. LOVE this Donna! It reminds me of a Japanese screen. I can see why you would be loathe to part with it - and no, you are not alone - I have cards in my stash that I keep meaning to give, and then put it back in my stash, because, 'I'm not quite ready to let that one go just yet!' When/if you decide to let it go, that will be one very lucky recipient! Have a lovely evening my friend! Hazel xx
    My Card Attic

    1. Thank you, Hazel. I made the front panel initially... then stared at it - trying to figure out how I was going to continue to tie in both the brown and the Kraft card colours. It took a while, but then the Jaoanese screen door idea came to mind so I went with it. Decided not to mention my idea on my blog today as it's interesting to see if other people see it the same way I do.
      Hope you've had a good day :)
      PS. I can always keep mine and make another one if needs be!!!

  5. This is lovely, Donna! I love the bird and those lavender-like flowers and the kraft body of the card! Your scene made me smile, and I'm glad you shared it with us at the Simon Says Stamp Wednesday challenge!

    1. Thank you, Lin. Glad it made you smile :)

  6. I love making this shape card. They have such endless possibilities for decorating. I like the japanese look to this one. You could always make another one to keep. I have ended up dooing just that myself. Hugs Mrs A.

    1. I would make another one to give, I suspect!
      Hope you and the chickens are well. X

  7. This is lovely Donna! A display piece for sure! Keep it! I decorate my house with some of my makes that I can't part with! :D p.s. I love cocoa and dk chocolate! (drink and paper) :D I don't use it very often either, yep, it comes out looking like black in photos, same with dark green. grrrr

    1. Thank you, Pam. I can see the difference on my monitor - but then ours has been calibrated to display true colour. (My husband works for a colour management company)!!!
      PS. I knew I wasn't the only one who had 'makes' they didn't want to part with!!! x

  8. That's a beautiful card Donna.

    Hugs, Sarn xxx

    1. Thanks, Sarn.
      Hope things are improving for your arm/shoulder. X

  9. Amazing Donna - really beautiful card. I love it!


    Di xx

  10. Love the fun fold of this card! Thank you so much for playing along with us over at the Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge Blog this week :)

  11. Fabulous gate fold card Donna! I love the way you incorporated the Stick Frames into your design! Thanks for playing along with us at Poppystamps.

    1. Thanks, Sue.
      I have to say I just love the Stick Frames die :)

  12. Very elegant indeed! Thanks for joining us at Craft Rocket, Claire DT x

  13. Opposites attract! Colors I'm not comfortable with for myself I just love on other projects I see! You and I two ends of the spectrum - I am attracted to brights, but I totally adore your work Donna! Your color choices are natural and work beautifully!

    1. Thank you, my lovely blog friend! So nice to know at least one other person understands where I'm coming from. X

  14. An absolutely beautiful card Donna. It has a really Oriental look to it. Barbxx

    1. Hello, Barb.
      I hope you had a good break. I did go looking for you online not that long ago and noticed you were either still away or playing 'catch up'!
      Glad you like this card. Thank you. x