THE INCREDIBLE GATE FOLD

GROCERY LOT TREESYES… its still FALL HERE in fact I would say we are having a bit of INDIAN SUMMER…its not warm weather but I don’t call it cold either around 60 in the day and 40 at night and fog in the am and then sunny… for us at this time year….AMAZING…

I have no idea what type of tree this is but think its either some type of maple or a sweet gum in any case it turns this lovely kinda iridescent orange every fall and I do love them…the color is quite intense and really draws your eyes.. ok on to GATE FOLDS

First for those who don’t know its called that because instead of the card opening either to left or from top to bottom these cards open in the middle … well not always but close…

CENTER GATE FOLD

FOR ALL OF THESE CARDS THE BASE CARD SIZE IS 5 1/2 x 8 1/2 “

For the center you take a piece of cardstock that is 5 1/2 x 8 1/2 and you lay it on your scor-pal ( or whatever you use ) on the long side (8 1/2) and you score and 2 1/8 and then I flip the card end to end and score the other end also at 2 1/8 AND THE REASON IS because on the SCOR-PAL there is a small dot at the 2 1/8 ”  mark… then you can fold each flap into the center…you can then use a belly band to hold it closed or tie it with a ribbon or use a die cut adhered to only one half of your front “GATES”…. Yep, they look like gates so that’s where the name for the card came from…

this is scored at 2 1/8 on each end and it will fold correctly to center.

this is scored at 2 1/8 on each end and it will fold correctly to center.

Then this is what it looks like when folded closed…the space on the inside is 4 1/4 x 5 1/2 and you can layer a peice of designer paper inside or something that you have stamped.  This one is opening like a front gate with a flap on each side but you could rotate it a mere 90 degrees and make it open from top to bottom either way its fun to play. Then you can also layer paper , die cuts etc on the front I don’t like it to get tooo busy so I would leave one have blank and only layer on the other half..but you could use small designs and layer squares or circles no more than 3  one either side or both sides and it would look like little tiles and that would be fine… or hearts..or balloons… just let yourself go… I chose leaves…on squares.  If you wanted designer paper on the front flaps that you would need to cut it 1 7/8 x 5 1/4... or do what I did and cut 3 squares and put leaves or images on them… lol… ( this is for those who are ruler challenged..) You can see that I also used embossed background on the squares and then pop dots to hold the leaves up so that there is big more interest in them.  

kath's leaf squares

kath’s leaf squares

ok next up 

OFF CENTER GATE FOLD using base card size

This is exactly what it sounds like this time you are going to have the flaps meet BUT NOT IN THE CENTER…and until you start to decorate it …it won’t matter whether the smaller flap is on the left or on the right …ONCE YOU START THOUGH be sure you look when you add your insert on the inside or you recipient will get a big laugh…. if you do it DON’T THROW IT AWAY or tear it up …you must have at least one friend who would like the laugh…hey do do happens…

SCORING OFF CENTER..using same size base card ON THE LONG SIDE

score at 2 1/2 and then at 6 3/8…for your designer layers on top of these flaps you could cut 2 1/4 x 5 1/4  and

1/1/2 x 5 1/4.. ( you have picked up on the fact that for just a narrow 1/8″ margin around your designer cuts you just reduce the size of the paper by 1/4 inch…)

off center gate fold 1above image is open with score lines

below is closed with designer paper on 2 1/2 inch side.

off center gate foldYou will notice however that I shifted the 2 1/2 inch side to be on the right rather than the left ..either way doesn’t matter..once again this could also be from top to bottom rather than left to right but I would need different designer paper if it was top to bottom…


You can also use designer borders along the edges or layers

I have to say that this is one of the more versatile cards that you can learn to make. Its quick its easy and the layers allow you to use up scraps.

Now I want to share one more HALLOWEEN ALPHABET WITH YOU… Sharyn's fuzzy lettersThis was used by my fellow calligrapher..SHARYN HOPLEY…and I am not totally sure what tool she may have used to scratch out these letters ( I think of them as scratchy letters or fuzzy letters) but I was reminded of a tool /tools that I use called the FUNNY BRUSH ( here is the link to them ) and they do make very rustic letters. Well who knew you could write with rubber bands…but I do like them so I am show you the exemplar that I made using all caps, no flourishes and the smallest FUNNY BRUSH and you can see they are still quite large but they reduce down nicely and are still quite legible and a single short name on an envelope and you are good to go. I don’t think you will find these in either Michael’s or Jo Ann’s but they are available at other on line stores such as DICK BLICK, JERRY’S ARTORAMA AND CHEAP JOE’S.  So those are just the ones that I came up with by typing funny brush into goggle… is technology grand.  Anyway now that you know how to get the tool here is my exemplar.

kath's funny brush letters

kath’s funny brush letters

You can see that they are not perfect letters that’s there charm for me… and its ok to share them but don’t forget to leave my name on this exemplar…and if you decide to teach this then you can share my exemplar but MAKE YOUR OWN to teach from… everyone’s letters will look different . You can also probably create very similar letter by breaking off he end of a popsicle stick or a wide popcicle ..they won’t be quite the same as there will not be any flexibility to the sticks and it will also depend on how much ink you get on the end of the stick/or funny brush….I just like the character and texture they give to letters .

So that’s it for this week and AS ALWAYS THANKS FOR STOPPIN BY…wire headed cyber toad…aka kath

 PLEASE NOTE THAT I HAVE ADDED SEVERAL LINKS TO THE BLOG ROLL AND you can click on them to see what they have …. some are on line purchasing and also I added some CALLIGRAPHIC web sites…some have newsletters some are on FB and all tell you about membership and meetings… check them out and ENJOY.  

 

UPDATE FOR STAMPIN UP THINLITS AND FLIP FLOP CARDS

fall leaves from internet

fall leaves from internet

THAT’S RED!!! Or maybe Orange…whatever its really beautiful..and I have to say I think Fall is my favorite time of year.

UPDATE FOR STAMPIN UP THINLITS AND SCS FLIP FLOP POST

OK I discovered that SIZZIX has several thinlits dies that work as flip flop folded cards…Of course I found them on AMAZON. They are terrific well at least I like them I have given you two links one to the 3 tiny square thinlits and the amazon one takes you to the three round thinlits .. If you look down the page you’ll see that there are others a large square and also a large round and then one in the center that is similar to the label shape of the one from STAMPIN UP…they are not cheap but they are really cool… well at least the square / round ones with three each are… Here is a card I made with the that die and while its a bit pricey bare in mind that it comes with 10 DIES… That works out to about $3 a die so not really pricey and the extra dies all work with the card unlike the ones from STAMPIN UP there are no words just shapes that work to create layers on the card..here are all 10 of dies in the triple circle packet.

sizzix thinlits triple circle

sizzix thinlits triple circle

So it cuts the complete card and then there a various shapes for creating layers to with the card.  It is very cool and I didn’t buy the triple square yet but I have a feeling it will be coming to mailbox near me soon…lol…here is the card I made with triple circles and the tiny circles are using a layer of YOU GOT  fused fabric that looks like tree branches then I layered on some punched out leaves and the bottom circle is the tiny punch of the tree.

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Ok so these are the thinlits..ie they are the thin metal outlines as you can see but before I found them I also found a round and a square flip flop card die but its the old style SIZZIX that is THICK..about a good 1/2 inch thick and it will work just fine in either the BIG KICK or your CUTTLEBUG…and it is cheaper than the thinlits sets because there is only the card. No extras for layering here is one of the round ones I made up.

sizzix flip flop circleI used tape and ribbon on the outside and then I used that fused fabric of the tree branches on the front with three wooden birds glued on to the branches..( I colored them with stamp pad ink), then inside looks like this and I again used fabric but glued this time to the inside circle ie the web and the spider is a sticker.

sizzix flip flop circle 1I do like the round card just fine… if I had found the thinlits in the round I might have bough it but its fine just as it is and I can always embellish the sides as I choose… however, I really wish I had not purchased the square one..again its the thick platform which is not the problem the problem for me is that its not centered well… the flipper part is not square but rectangle and it to me it looks clunky…. I will continue to use the pattern I gave you in the first post of this design as it is centered and I like it much better… I can’t tell if the thinlit version is also off center but it looks like it is so I won’t be getting it either… I suppose I could return it but I think I will share it with a friend instead who never having made the pattern one I have will probably think its just fine…

TIP: .before you throw alway all the packaging think about trying it out to make sure it works and that you like it …AMAZON is great a letting your return and maybe you have to pay the shipping back but otherwise its good especially since this was a PRIME order which means I paid no shipping to begin with HOWEVER… I didn’t that’s mostly why I won’t be trying to return this …they might let me but it was my fault I can’t send it back in original packaging so I am not going to try.

OK that’s it for this week and hope enjoy… AS ALWAYS THANKS FOR STOPPIN BY wire headed cyber toad…aka kath

 

TOP NOTE GIFT CARD HOLDER from Dawn and me

DAWN’S GIFT CARD HOLDER (TOP NOTE) Dawn's topnote gift card   Isn’t this cute…. I don’t usually give gift cards at halloween but I thought wow…I have lots of friends who love STARBUCKS so bet a $ 5.00 card would be great in here….It doesn’t have to be halloween though but that’s my theme for this week…  It’s my favorite holiday… so if you click on the blue title it will link you to Dawn’s video and then here are the measurements BASIC CARD …..CUT 5 X 11 SCORE IT AT …..3 3/4…, 5 1/2… AND… 7 1/4 I am pretty sure that the die she used is called TOP NOTE and that it is by SIZZIX…and I checked at AMAZON and it is available as a nestibilities ..WHICH I tried with the lightest card stock I have and it wouldn’t cut thru all the pieces….so…. I then tried it with a piece of text weight paper to see if that would work…and it didn’t want to work…it was cutting just not all the way thru and it seemed the fold was the problem..,,then i tried adding more paper or the shim mat ….both too heavy might break machine…finally a dim candle lit in my brain …something about wax paper…so I went to kitchen grabbed a piece of wax paper laid it on top of the die which was on top if the card stock…placed the cutting platform On top of all and ran it thru cutter….VIOLA!!!! It worked …apparently the wax paper is just enough to cut thru perfectly…SO NOW YOU KNOW KEEP THAT WAX PAPER  HANDY.  So here a few of my samples and a picture of the die I used.

top note gift card 4

This is the die I used and its the largest one in that set of nestibilities..it is the same one that I used ( this one larger ) in the SCS LAYERED WINDOW POST…It was just about the only one I had that would work as it must be large enough to hold the gift card.  I did have a square or a circle that would have worked but thought this shape had a little more pizzaz. I did measure it from the inside rim (cutting edge to cutting edge ) and it was 4 3/8 inch… Dawn uses the little oblong punch to make the slit for the insert of the card but you can just use either your xacto or your scissors and cut  a small opening …DON’T however cut all the way to the edge at either end or it not stay in there it needs a POCKET not just a hole. lol

top note gift card kh

On this one as you can see I was using my tagger again and halloween tag to decorate the front of the card.

top note gift card 2

 

This one has extra layer then a die cut ( kwik-cuts I think ) jack-o-lantern and of course can’t forget the googlie eyes…lol.. and looking at it here think I might go back and stamp a BOO into the mouth opening ..I have a tiny one… or even and eeeeek whatever you have..

top note gift card 3

 

Here is what it looks like inside I was just using up scraps of halloween paper  but you can see my starbucks card stuck in pocket on the left.. I was able to buy 5 10$ cards for $50 at the grocery in case you don’t have time to make a run to starbucks…or you know you won’t be able to resist the SALTED CARAMEL MOCHA….aaaahhhh…

top note gift card 1This last one has again an extra layer with next size smaller die and the a ready-made embellishment from K&C CRAFTS… they have great ones and if you can find them ( they don’t last long) there are a lot in a package for minimal $$.

EYE CANDY…

I meant to put this in last week with the halloween letters… I think I got this link for CYBER SCRIBES on FB.  It was just so amazing to have been created such a long time ago and to actually be able to write… you gotta take a quick look…AUT0MATON WRITER.

THE PEN Mark Powell’s envelopes … as a calligrapher we often think that its the pen that will make those perfect letters. (at least that’s excuse that I use for buying a new pen) Well here are some drawings on envelopes done with a BIC…yes that cheapest of all ballpoint pens….he has drawn some amazing birds using just that pen and so it just proves that sometimes its the TALENT not the PEN that makes the difference.  Below the drawings on envelopes it links you to his web site to see more of his work…worth the look see.

Enjoy the EYE CANDY and this card and AS ALWAYS THANKS FOR STOPPIN BY…wire headed cyber toad…aka kath harney

 

HALLOWEEN HOUSE CARD AND HALLOWEEN LETTERS

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HAHAHAHAHA… thought you would all get a laugh out of this and since I am well into my HALLOWEEN MODE… get ready cause it may be a bumpy or repetitive ride..lol

I spent last weekend with a bunch of calligraphy /card/ book/scrapper/ie PAPER FREAKS…lol.. we had demo’s on some of the paper equipment and then lots of us were busy making halloween cards… so here we go with one of my favorites… and I am so embarrassed to say that I have no idea where I got this idea… I don’t think it was mine I think I either saw a ready made card or something that triggered my decision to try this..

YOUR BASE CARD IS STANDARD 5 1/2 x 8 1/2 folded… 

THEN YOU SIMPLY CUT OF THE TOP CORNERS TO CREATE A HOUSE LOOK.

THEN USING A PUNCH OF YOUR CHOICE I MAKE A HOLE IN THE FRONT OF THE CARD TO SERVE AS A WINDOW…YOU CAN MAKE A FRAME AROUND IT OR YOU CAN JUST LIGHTLY INK AROUND THE CUT .  IT’S PRETTY SIMPLE AND WHILE I LIKE TO MAKE IT CROOKED BY CUTING ONE SIDE LONG AND ONE SIDE SHORT SO THAT IT LOOKS MORE HALLOWEENY…BUT IF YOU ARE USING IT as a birthday or my house to your house type of thing then you can make it straighter…you can also add a small rectangle to have a chimney if you wish…

THEN I USE AN XACTO to cut a door and a small brad to for a door know and I either stamp people or words on the inside of the card for when the door is opened..

Ok if  a picture is worth a 1000 words here are a few thousand…

MY SPIDEY HOUSE CARD

MY SPIDEY HOUSE CARD

INSIDE MY SPIDEY HOUSE

INSIDE MY SPIDEY HOUSE

BOTH the outside and the inside of this one had charms fastened on with the use of the tacking tool ( the one you use to price things )  in the window at the top is a metal web/spider and the little witch behind the door is carring a tiny TRICK OR TREAT bag..

house with windowscreen and owl... kh

house with windowscreen and owl… kh

THEN I HAD TO TAKE A TRIP TO LOWE’S with my HUBBY…

house with owl/screen

house with owl/screen

NOW I hate going to Lowe’s about as much as my Hubby would hate going to a paper store with me… but It was necessary so after I picked out what I was supposed to I wandered off …. suddenly I was in the screen replacing section and I found a 6 ft by 36 inch roll of screening ( the plastic kind not metal) for only 8$….my brain went into over drive and the above was my first effort… ( well actually I spend about 30 minutes cutting the screen up into about 9×12 pieces so it would be easier to use.. ) next I went ohhhhh I could put screen in the window on the house card and then I went to my owl punch .  Now if you think the owl looks like he has a copper vest …BINGO… years ago I bought pieces of copper to use to emboss on /with and I also got a cool little lighter so that if you flame the copper (USE TWEEZERS TO HOLD IT AND BE CAREFUL IT WILL GET QUITE HOT) it comes out kinda multicolored…so I thought lets give HOOTY a jazzy vest… so what do you think..the blue words above will link you to AMAZON in case you want to get a lighter.  I liked this because there is a very tiny flame but very hot…its a wire and so with all the paper I have around me at all times….lol… I thought this might be safer than use a regular cigarette light but that will work also just watch that flame….my owl is from the STAMPIN UP punch that mentioned when I was talking about the tent cards and making it into a BAT….ps that little squirrel brad just jumped into the card and I didn’t have the heart to chase him away… lol…

HALLOWEEN LETTERS

OK I am kinda claiming ownership or actually developement of these letters… they are based on a single word that I saw on another exemplar years ago and I am again sorry to say I have no idea whose they are or if credit was even given…but the word was ANGST…and they did write it with a chisel ( calligraphy ) nib….but I decided to play with it and make up a complete alphabet…and at the time I was using a brush pen..more than likely a TOMBOW …but almost any brush will work… Like all the letter exemplars I share YOU SHOULD PRACTICE  at least the words you want to write but ideally the whole alphabet so you get a feel for it before you attempt it on a card… you know its the old measure twice cut once principle… get you hand into the flow before you actually work on your card.

BRUSH EXEMPLAR OF HALLOWEEN LETTERS BY KATH

kath's brush halloween letters

kath’s brush halloween letters

As you can see this was done with a smaller brush than the tombow I used a PITT ARTIST PEN by Faber Castell as it has a smaller brush tip… you can usually find them in open stock at Michaels, and maybe in sets at ARRON BROS. You can also find (sometimes) the ZIg MICRON BRUSHS…also smaller… or you can resort to ink and a small paintbrush …ok if you are shaking your head at all of these… option number two

kath's halloween letters

kath’s halloween letters

These were done with my Zig Writer the small end… I can’t actually show you the stroke I use with either the brush or the pen…but its basically a FLICKING MOTION… I place the pen on the page and rather than draw  a line down….I FLICK…this gets that streaky effect at the end of the stroke or the tail of the letter… again I highly recommend that you play with that a little before you start… but remember too that these are not perfect letters as they are supposed to look spooky…

Ok have fun and remember to Play… AS ALWAYS THANKS FOR STOPPIN BY…wire headed cyber toad….aka …..kath harney