Lily Gatefold Cut Out Sympathy Card

This Lily Gatefold Cut Out Sympathy Card is elegant.  We all are going to need sympathy cards at one time in our lives.  I went looking for some and found only a few.  So I made a couple.  This is the more complex and bigger one where the word interlock over in front. 

It is almost a typical double gatefold card but with the word Sympathy cut out of the top fold and interlocking.  I saw this done with dies on HSN craft Day by Sara of Crafters Companion. The other version of this technique, where halves of the word fold back in front can be found here.

You will need:
        • Heavy 2 sided cardstock for the base
        • Various Cardstock scraps
        • Pen
        • Glue
        • Download File
Paper Selection

I did this card in black and blue with more colorful accents.  It seemed appropriate to the Sympathy Card.  You can choose any color you want.  The base card needs to be two sided because you do see a little of both sides, but not much.  Subtle patterns would work well with any part of this card as long as the pen showed up.  Just don’t use too many patterns.  This would get confusing.

Cutting the card

The Lilies and the pink accents on this card are print/cut images.  If you are unfamiliar with this technique, there is a tutorial as part of Design Space – There is Nothing to Be Scared of here.  

Cut the Lily  Gatefold Cut Out card base and the Cricut will do the writing.  I used a black gel pen.  Did you know that you can use any pen in your Cricut?  You can see the trick here.  I used a font called Agustin Script and you can get it at Creative Fabrica.

The “Sympathy”  and other embellishments are very thin so be careful when removing it from the mat.

Assembling the Lily Gatefold Cut Out Sympathy Card

First re-crease all the folds.  The base card is in two parts so I could make the card a little bigger.  The first step is to glue the two parts together.  They fit overlapping at the center base with the section with the writing on top.  Be careful not to overlap any of the score lines or your card will not work properly.

The two parts of “Sympathy” cross over and interlock in the front.  Be careful when interlocking them.  They are very thin and without the backing on them, they tear easily.

Next glue all the embellishments together and glue them to the card.  You may have to trim a little from the stems of the lilies to not have them showing in the cut out of the vase.  It is fairly simple to place everything where it belongs.  Just make sure you glue the background on the right side of the letters.  Fold the card to make sure.  Follow the pictures if you have questions.

And your lily gatefold cut out sympathy card is done.  It fits in an A7 envelope for mailing.

The other sympathy card looks like this and can be found here.

Open Gatefold Cut out Sympathy Card

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