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

Paper Flowers – The Simple Lily

The first paper flower for Wednesday is the Simple Paper Lily.    This is one of the simplest flowers to make.  I made several from felt and more from paper including patterned paper.

These paper flowers have 3 different parts in the download file.  You can attach leaves or not.  The leaves are in this file but I simplified them to make them one piece.

What you will need:
Paper Selection

The paper flowers can be cut from any color or patterned cardstock.  The simple lily comes in all varieties of colors.  In this lesson I cut  some flowers from patterned paper and some from felt.  Your imagination is your only limit.


Cutting the Simple Lily

If you want to cut the flower out of felt or fabric and you have a maker use the rotary wheel. 

If you don’t have a maker, it is a little harder.  I tried using fusible material and haven’t made it work yet but I’m still trying. What I did do to get the felt cut was first use the deep cut blade and then attach the felt to contact paper. I used Duck Brand contact paper.  Place the felt on your mat with the contact paper down and cut on the felt fused setting.  Tape the whole piece down to the mat with painters tape.  The cricut cuts the design twice.  It cuts it well if it isn’t to intricate of a cut.

The parts of the flower can be cut on one mat.

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Watch my video for cutting Multiple colors on one mat

Assembling the Simple Lily

The little half circles on the flowers are the glue points.  Start by gluing them to the back of the rest of the flower making the flower curve inward.  I tried several types of glue.  Liquid glue works fine but you have to hold the flower together until the glue dries enough to hold.  Tape runner glue failed miserably.  Glue gun works on the paper too, but of course, you generate “strings”

Next, stack the two pieces of the flower together and turn them  to fill in the gaps.  Then roll the stamen to form a tight roll and glue it, then glue the stamen inside the center of the flower.  You can also attach leaves if you like.  See I told you this one was easy!

I have made a page with all the links to the paper flower tutorials.  The tutorials for the other paper flowers and felt flowers from Flower Week can be found here.

Here is a picture of the wreath I made from the paper flowers of Flower Week.

Flower wreath made from all the flowers made this week.