April 28, 2013


It is a lot of fun to deviate a bit from the traditional card by switching up the folds. Thus the moniker "fancy fold".

This fancy fold is a variation on the gatefold card where the right and left sides of the card come together to meet in the center, something like a stage curtain.

Although I have created this card as a birthday card, don't you agree that it would make a truly lovely Mother's Day card? I mean, a (chrysanthe)mum for Mum? 

It looks so interesting when it is standing, with all the components freeing themselves from each other. 

Upon first laying my eyes on the beautiful chrysanthemum in the Blooming With Kindness set, many ways of using this image popped into my already-full brain. 

For this card, it was fairly easy to achieve a stunning look. I used heat embossing and -- guess what! -- emboss resist!! 

Loverly, eh?

To recreate your own card, here's how you do it:


Whisper White card stock
Regal Rose card stock (unfortunately Regal Rose is retiring)

Blooming With Kindness

VersaMark Ink
Regal Rose ink

Big Shot
Woodgrain Textured Impressions Embossing Folder
Simply Scored
Bone Folder
Sponge Daubers
Embossing Buddy
Heat Tool
Black Embossing Powder


Using the Simply Scored, score a 5 1/2"  x 8 1/2" piece of Regal Rose card stock at 2 1/8" and at 6 3/8". Crease with a bone folder on these score lines to create a gatefold card.

Place a 3 3/4" x 5 1/4" piece of Whisper White card stock inside the Woodgrain Embossing Folder and run it through the Big Shot. Cut this piece in half vertically so each piece measures 1 7/8". Attach these pieces to each of the gatefold flaps.

Rub a 3" x 3" piece of Whisper White card stock well with the Embossing Buddy. Stamp the chrysanthemum in VersaMark. Cover the stamped image with Black Embossing Powder, tapping the excess powder back into its container. Heat to emboss.

With a Sponge Dauber, add Regal Rose ink to the embossed flower, using a gentle touch at first. You can always darken areas if you want a more dramatic look.

Adhere the finished flower piece to a 3 1/4" x 3 1/4" piece of Regal Rose card stock. DON'T PUT ADHESIVE ON THE LEFT SIDE OF THIS PIECE. Attach to the right flap of the gatefold.

On a 1 1/4" x 3" piece of Whisper White card stock, stamp sentiment in Regal Rose ink. Attach this to a 1 1/2" x 3 `1/4" piece of Regal Rose card stock. DON'T PUT ADHESIVE ON THE RIGHT SIDE OF THIS PIECE. Adhere to the left panel of the gatefold.



  1. I absolutely love the look of this flower! The bold look of the lines with the soft color fill is fabulous. I love it! Krista @ A Handful of Everything

    1. Oh, thank you, Krista. What a nice thoughtful thing to say! :>)

  2. What a beautiful card. I love that flower and I'm glad I have it. Now to try your technique with it.

  3. I've never actually made a card like this, I'll have to try it! I'd love if you stopped by to see the most recent cards of mine:

    1. I checked out your latest cards, Jill. They are lovely! :>)

  4. Linda, thanks for stopping by my blog and commenting. I decided this morning to make homemade mother's day cards for the women in my life..I have some stampin up products and occassionally find time to scrap book. Your card is adorable!

    1. Thanks, Mary Anne! I hope your were happy with how your mother's day cards turned out! :>)

  5. Beautiful! You are so talented. Thank you for sharing on Fluster’s Creative Muster Party!

    Fluster Buster

  6. What a pretty card! I love how it overlaps and opens. Really neat.
    Thanks so much for linking up at the Real Family Fun link party! Hope to see you next week.

    1. Thanks, KC. I thought the fancy fold made this card extra special. :>)

  7. Linda that's so cool! And yes, a perfect Mother's Day card it would make!
    Lovely job!

  8. Wow - it's beautiful! =) Thanks for linking this card up at the Pinterest Power Party!


  9. Your card is beautiful! I love the layout of it. You did a terrific job. Thank you so much for sharing with us at A Bouquet of Talent this week. So thrilled to have you share with us. Happy Friday!!

    1. Thank you, Kathy, for the nice comment and for letting me link up! :>)

  10. That looks so pretty! I now know what a fancy fold is!

    If you have a minute to spare I'd be thrilled if you could share this post at my weekly Say G'Day Saturday linky party which has just started. I'm also inviting Pinning Bloggers to pin to my Mother's Group board; if you are interested the details are all at my blog.

    Best wishes and happy weekend!
    Natasha in Oz

    1. Thanks, Natasha! I have taken you up on your offer and am linking up at your linky party! :>)

  11. Absolutely beautiful! You amaze me each time I come over to visit :-) Thank you so much for sharing your lovely cards with us at our ALL MY BLOGGY FRIENDS party !

    With A Blast

    1. Oh my, Linda. Thank you! I wish I could carry you around in my pocket for your encouraging words. :>)

  12. this is stunning Linda, great instructions too! " a mum for Mum" would be perfect!!
    Thank you so much for sharing @Inspire Me Fridays!

    1. Thanks, Maria! I'm glad you found the instructions to get good. :>)

  13. This mum looks gorgeous! Thanks for linking up at Romance on a dime!!

  14. Thank you, thank you, Jamie! I am honored! :>)