step-by-step tutorial beautiful butterfly card, gatefold card. Close up of die cut butterfly focal topper
Cards, Die cutting, Stamping

Gatefold card idea

So this blog post is one full of mixed feelings – I really love the card… you know those makes where you’re so pleased with it and you had so much fun making it that you don’t want to give it away. Even though you made it with someone and a particular occasion in mind?! Maybe I will have to make another one…
It’s a pretty and inspiring project that I made as a Design Team member for Angela Poole. And sadly, added to which, I’m mindful that my time on the DT is now coming to an end. What a fab year, playing with fab products, I’ve been very lucky and am so thankful to have had the opportunity.

So it is fitting that my last DT card to share with you is one I really loved making!
(Disclosure- I made this card using plenty of goodies which were gifted to me free, for my work as a Design Team member.)

beautiful butterfly card, gatefold card using stamps and dies by Angela Poole, Design Team

I used the Flutterings range of stamps and butterfly dies to make this striking gatefold design.
I began by making the butterfly topper, using the ‘Flutterings Die Set – Butterfly’But rather than creating my butterfly with the interactive pull-tab to flap its wings, I decided to show off how the dies can be used to make a gorgeous topper, which works without the tab.

step-by-step tutorial beautiful butterfly card, gatefold card. Die cutting butterfly pieces

I cut the lacy butterfly pieces once from the soft pastel blue/green card in the ‘Tropical Mist A4 Gradients Card’ pack. (I love that this product is available as a digital download now, too, so you can print out even more of your fave shades!)

I snipped the wings apart, to separate away the tab which I knew I wouldn’t need.
Then I cut the wing backs and body back piece all from vellum.
It was easy to then stick the bits together, layering up my pretty butterfly topper!
I also cut a couple of extra butterflies as embellishments.

Now for the card blank… I use an A4 sheet of black card – also from the Tropical Mist Gradients pack, to fold an A5 gatefold card. I wanted to go for a bold background for my butterfly. I created a background pattern with heat embossing using the ‘Flutterings A5 Photopolymer Stamp Set‘.

step-by-step tutorial beautiful butterfly card, gatefold card. Heat embossing white on black gatefold card blank

From the outset I was tempted by the artsy look of the flourishes, and also the fun ‘mixed media’ style of the circles and dots. The arty look without the mess haha 😉

It inspired me to ignore my anti-static bag… I would usually reach for it, wiping the card surface carefully before stamping with my embossing ink, taking care to avoid stray specks of embossing powder. And I deliberately avoided my fine paintbrush that I usually have handy to flick away those rogue specks!
I kept all those little extras in as an artsy accent. Plus, I even added more random detail dots with my embossing ink pen.

step-by-step tutorial beautiful butterfly card, gatefold card. Heat embossing white on black gatefold card blank

I used a ‘tinsel’ effect embossing powder which is white with little silver sparkles in it – you can see them in the tub of powder… it’s a shame they don’t show better in my photos 🙁

Now just time to assemble my card – I stuck the topper to the left front of the gatefold only, taking care to leave the edge of the wing flying free, and the whole of the right side lies over the card opening.

step-by-step tutorial beautiful butterfly card, gatefold card. Close up of die cut butterfly focal topper

I went to town with some silver droplet gems, to sparkle-up my butterfly and couldn’t resist them on the bodies of the mini butterflies too.

step-by-step tutorial beautiful butterfly card, gatefold card. Close up of die cut butterfly embellishments

Finally, to give the whole card a professional finishing touch, I cut a white paper panel for the inside, so I can write my message inside. I rounded the corners with a punch, and stamped a greeting as well as a bonus butterfly – by using two ink colours, these coordinate beautifully with my overall design.

step-by-step tutorial beautiful butterfly card, gatefold card. Close up of inner panel of card blank, with stamped accent

I love how the whole thing turned out – a good way to end my DT placement 😉
Hope it’s inspired you today!
Thanks for stopping by, Ruth x

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