Gatefold Cut Out Friendship Card

This Gatefold Cut Out Card is for all my beginners out there.  It is a fancy card that is very simple to do.  It is almost a typical double gatefold card but with the word thanks cut out of the top fold.  I saw this done with dies on HSN craft Day by Sara of Crafters Companion and had to try it.

I hope to try the other version of this technique soon, where halves of the word in the front interlocks with each other holding the card closed.  It seems easy enough so expect that soon and I will put a link to it here when it is done.

 

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

I did this card in yellow and shades of orange.  Strange color choice, I know, but 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.  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

Cut the 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 AR Delaney and you can get it free at FontZone.com.

The “thanks” is very thin and barely connected to the card so be careful when removing it from the mat.

Assembling the Gatefold Cut Out Card

First re-crease all the folds.  There is no score line for the “Thanks” pieces.  Just fold them back where they connect to the card.

Then glue all the embellishments together.  Glue the “Friends” and the “Forever” out as far as you can so they don’t interfere with the “Thanks”.  Oh and avoid my mistake, make sure the symbol for friend (the Chinese one) is facing the right way.  I glued the first one on backwards and had to re cut pieces.  Other than that it is fairly simple to place everything where it belongs.  Follow the pictures if you have questions.

 

And your gatefold cut out card is done.  It fits in an A2 envelope for mailing.

Twisted Christmas Thank You Cards

My mother made us write Thank You cards every Christmas.  We thanked everyone for or gifts, even Santa.  My mamma raised us right.  I wish there was more of that kind of behavior today.

I make Cordelia at least call to thank everyone personally.  She even thanks me for making dinner or buying her clothes.  She is a good girl.  There is not enough of that behavior in society today.

This twisted card I saw in a book and was inspired by cards by Kelly Gettafinger.

You will need:

        • Heavy cardstock for the base
        • scraps of cardstock
        • Pen
        • Glue
        • Download File
Paper Selection

Since you see both sides of the paper either two sided or solid colored paper is needed for the base card.  Everything else can be whatever color you want as long as you can see the writing. 

I went with traditional Christmas colors since this is a thank you for Christmas presents.  It can be easily adapted for any occasion.

 

Cutting the Card

I went with a white pen because it showed up well and seemed appropriate for the snowflakes.

This card is very easy to cut.

Folding and Assembly
Start by re creasing all the fold lines.  Then fold along the long diagonal line.  The short fold line now is the center of the card fold.
 
The two weird shapes panels with writing slide into the card in the front and middle.  Look at the picture for how.  They don’t require glue but I put some on just the same.
 

Glue the Thank you to the inside of the card.

And your card is done! And it fits in an A2 envelope.

Weave Card – Thank You Card

This weave card was inspired by the Encouragement Card I did a little while ago.  I thought why not even out the blinds and weave the front of the card, and here it is!  I promised this card last week but stuff happens.

This Weave Card looks complex but it isn’t really.  I was worried the stripes would look funny but they don’t.   I kept with the red color family and it looks great.

You will need:

        • Heavy cardstock for the base
        • print pattern for the weave
        • Pen
        • Glue
        • Download File

Paper Selection

The card looks best if the weave is a patterned paper.  A one sided pattern makes the inside weave white which looks fine but a double sided paper looks good too.  The border parts need to be solid colored.  Other than that whatever you want is good.

Cutting the Card

The cricut lines the stripes up very close and that makes them want to tear on thinner paper.  Move them apart on the mat before cutting if you are using thin paper or vellum (Vellum looks very nice on the weave but you can see through it a little)

You can save lots of paper by moving things around the mat especially on the page with the frames.  To see how to do this, you can watch my video on cutting things on the same mat.  You wont need to move them to a new mat, but it shows how to move things around.

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Cut the card base and the cricut will do the writing.  I used a red pen to match the color scheme.  If you want to change what the card says that can easily be done before cutting. 

Assembly

This part is a little harder.  First line up the strips alternating starting on the top and bottom of the front and glue them in place with tape runner.  Just glue the edge where it attaches to the front.  Then weave the strips in and out so that the front is “solid”.  Finally glue the frame pieces over the glued ends to hide them.  Make sure the inside frame does not cover the fold.

Next assemble the Thank You  embellishment for the front. Glue it in about the center of the front of the card.  You could make an embellishment for the inside but I liked the plain white weave inside.

And you beautiful Weave card is finished!  Enjoy