Good morning Everyone! Another hot one today, and dry again. The combines are rolling, day and night. I urge you all to be aware of big machinery on the roads as they travel from field to field and home. Harvest is a dangerous time and requires diligence from all of us.
My card today is purely fun! The Animal Outing stamp set and dies (purchase as a bundle and save 10%!) are so much fun, and the dies also cut the Animal Expedition Designer Series Paper, which I also used for this card. As I said, ‘pure fun!’
I love a gate-fold card, and if there is a working mechanism inside, so much the better. This gate-fold is also a shutter card. Take a look.
I began with a Whisper White Thick Card Stock card base, but instead of the usual center score, this one is scored at 2-1/8″ and 6-3/8″ to make the gate-fold. For the front panels I used Call Me Clover for the mats and Liquid Glue to adhere some of the Animal Expedition DSP over the mats. How cute is that?
For the inside, another Call Me Clover mat supports a different piece of the Animal Expedition DSP. Liquid Glue adheres the two pieces together before punching the hole, pretty much centered, with my 2-1/4″ Circle Punch. You could also use the 6th Layering Circles Framelit (counting the smallest as one), which is very slightly larger than the punch. Place Stampin’ Dimensionals across the top and bottom of this piece and set aside.
The mechanism is made from two pieces of Call Me Clover Card Stock, cut 3-1/2″ x 4″. Placing the 4″ side at the top of your Score Board, score at 3-1/2″ on both pieces. Now, this next part may seem tricky, but it really isn’t. Find the center of these two pieces. This would be at 2″ for the long side and 1-3/4″ for the short side. Make a dot with a pencil at the spot where these two meet. This is easy using your grid paper as a guide.
Now, draw a line from the corner (on the end away from the score line) to this dot. Draw another line from the other corner to the dot, making a triangle. Using your Paper Snips, cut this triangle away and use it to mark the second piece. Cut this away also. Fold and burnish the score lines. Cut the tiny tips off the points.
With the fold as a mountain, lay the piece flat on your card base, lining up the edge with the fold against inside of the score line on the card base and centering vertically. This will put the green piece across the center of your card base, NOT on the flap. Apply adhesive (I used Liquid Glue) to the 1/2″ piece and fold the flap over, holding it firmly to adhere. Repeat with the other side. These form a diamond shaped opening when the card is opened. You can see how this looks in the top photo of the standing card.
Now adhere the center panel with the hole, lining up the top and bottom edges with the top and bottom of the card base, and centering it on the center panel. See how easy that was?? Now, all that is left is to add the sentiment. If this isn’t clear enough, go to Jan B Cards to watch her video, or to Stamps n Lingers to see how my friend Mary made her shutter card. I put mine together the same way Jan B did, but you can do it either way.
I used the sentiment from Best Birds and stamped it in the center of the open diamond, slightly toward the top to leave room below for the little frog on a branch. Frog is from Animal Outing. (You could use your cut out center panel to mark a circle on your card base and stamp BEFORE assembling) Both the sentiment and the froggy branch were stamped in Call Me Clover.
The inside is finished. And the outside is finished. I love this shutter card, it is so interactive. A child of ANY age would love it as well.
The belly band adds another dimension to the card as well as helping to hold it shut. Cut a 1″ strip from Call Me Clover . Holding one end just past the center opening of the card, fold it completely around the card. Remove it from the card and line up the sides to get your folds straight before burnishing. Cut off any extra, leaving about a 1″ overlap and Liquid Glue it together.
Decorate as you wish. You could use the circle cut from the center panel and add another sentiment. I chose to use the framelit for the rhinoceros from the Animal Outing Bundle, and cut one from the coordinating DSP. I also cut one from Call Me Clover and Liquid Glued it to the back of the DSP for more support. The DSP is not as thick as card stock and I didn’t want it to bend too easily. Liquid Glue adheres this over the joined edges of the band.
Close the card and slip the band over. Wow! Is this ever cute? The animals in this bundle and the DSP are so adorable.
The envelope sports a stamped rhinoceros on the front, stamped in Gray Granite, and more of the DSP on the flap. I colored the bird on his horn with a Balmy Blue Stampin’ Write Marker and his bill with the So Saffron Marker. The grass is Call Me Clover.
This is fun to make and really doesn’t take very long at all.
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Card Cuts: Whisper White Thick Card Stock: card base 5-1/2″ x 8-1/2″, scored at 2-1/8″ and 6-3/8″; Call Me Clover: front mats (2) 2″ x 5-3/8″, center panel inside mat 3″ x 5-1/2″, shutter (2) 3-1/2″ x 4″, belly band 1″ x 10-1/2″, rhinoceros 2-1/2″ x 2-1/2″; Animal Expedition Designer Series Paper: front panels 1-7/8″ x 5-1/4″, inside center panel 2-7/8″ x 5-3/8″, piece to cut animal to decorate belly band.