Karen here today. It’s my turn to share a Project of the Week here at Repeat Impression’s blog. I decided to share two new ideas with you – a fun fold and a great product for stamping, sponging and distressing. The fold is the Reverse Gate Fold and here is a picture of how the fold looks from the top:
Start with a base card that is 9 1/2″ by 4 1/4″. Score at 2 3/4″ and 3 3/4″ from both sides. Valley fold the first score lines on both sides and mountain fold the two inside score lines on both sides. Cut a piece of cardstock 3 1/4′ by 4 1/4″ for the front of your card and then decorate the card and front as you wish.
For the front of the cards I am sharing today, I chose to use a Specialty Stamping Paper by Ranger which is a matte coated surface for distressing and other techniques. I sponged on blue and green distress inks (also by Ranger) and then spritzed with water to create the spotted background. Then I stamped the 8304-U Over the Hill swing stamp (part one) in black archival ink. The sides were embossed with a Tim Holtz Sizzix pine trees embossing folder and then sanded for a distressed look.
This is what the back of the reverse gate fold card looks like and it does fold flat to mail in an A2 envelope. I stamped the punch line of the Over the Hill swing stamp set on patterned paper and left the right pieces blank to write a happy birthday greeting to the over the hill recipient.
This fold and the specialty paper were way too fun to play with so I had to make a second card to share with you today. I created the reverse gate fold the same way described above out of a shiny pink card stock. I embossed the whole card with a flowery embossing folder by Cuttlebug. I sponged pink, green and blue distress inks onto a 3 1/4″ x 4 1/4″ piece of Ranger’s Specialty matte paper and then spritzed with water. Then I stamped Repeat Impression’s 2605-P Ode to Spring with archival black ink and attached it to the front of the card. On the back I attached some pink patterned paper and stamped 1304-J The Beauty of Springtime greeting.
I hope you will try this fun fold and specialty paper. Have a great day – Spring is on the way!
Wendy here. I just wanted to add a special note to today’s post… Today is Rock Star, Karen Hasheck’s birthday! So let’s be sure to show her a little extra love in the comments section below. Karen has been on the Repeat Impressions design team for quite some time now. She has always been a pleasure to work with and I have enjoyed watching her talent grow and expand over the years. We really are blessed to have her. Karen is not only generous with her time and talent, she is also the most published designer we have ever had. You rock, Karen! Here’s wishing you a very Happy Birthday and many more wonderful years of creativity!!