May 19, 2020


Some cards are ever so irritating to try to capture in a photo so the viewer can get a fair idea of what it actually looks like in real life. This card -- a really cool card -- is just one of those. Grrr. I have quite a few photos of the card. Not one of them properly captures the reality of the card. 

I'm not sure of the exact name of a card such as this one, so I just called it a card with a gap. Clever, eh? I initially thought of "Mind the Gap", but for those of you who have never been to London, you would be going, "Huh???" 

Basically, as shown pretty well in the card below, it is a standard size card when finished, but the way the 5 1/2" x 7 1/2" piece of Whisper White cardstock (instead of the classic 5 1/2" x 8 1/2") is scored, it leaves a gap somewhere near the center into which the sentiment can be stamped.

Unfortunately, I was unable to capture the image of the card fully closed. It kept popping open. So in the following photo, you are treated to a photo of part of my thumb trying with all my might to hold it closed. Still didn't work.

You can see what the inside looks like, with the sentiment in there all by itself. 
The two flaps come open to reveal the inside completely.

And here is a photo of the card completely open. 

I tried so hard.

Finally I added a little temporary adhesive. Even that didn't work. So you have to just imagine what it looks like completely closed.

Here are the dimensions and measurements on how to make a card like this:

Score a 5 1/2" x 7 1/2" piece of Whisper White cardstock at 2" and 6" with the Simply Scored. Crease the folds with a bone folder for crisp edges. 

Cut two pieces of your chosen Designer Series Paper, one at 1 3/4" x 5 1/4" and the other at 1 1/4" x 5 1/4". Add these pieces of DSP to the fronts of the flaps.

The piece of Whisper White cardstock on which I stamped my image measures 2" x 3 1/4" and is mounted on a coordinating mat of cardstock that measures 2 1/4" x 3 1/2". When adhering your matted image, only add glue to the top half, then secure it to the top flap to the left so there is room in the open space to add a sentiment.

When adding the sentiment, hold the card closed and lightly pencil the edges where the sentiment should go. Stamp the sentiment between the pencil lines with the card in the open position. Carefully erase your pencil lines.

The stamp sets I used in my card are Butterfly Gala (will be in the new Annual Catalog!) and Inspiring Iris (also in the new Annual Catalog!)

The most difficult part for me in creating this card was in figuring out the measurements and the scoring positions. After lots of trial and error, I am happy with the results. With my measurements in hand, you should have no problem whatsoever in recreating a card similar to this. 



  1. Nice card idea! Very different from what I've seen! Thank you for sharing!

    1. Thank you so much! Yes, I like its uniqueness too!

  2. Gorgeous, Linda! Who wouldn't be thrilled to receive such a card?!

  3. Me encantan los lirios lilas, precioso trabajo

  4. Such a pretty and unique card! Look for it to be featured in tomorrow’s Creative Compulsions.


    1. Aw, thanks, Michelle! You made me smile for the first time today! (It was a lousy day.)

  5. what a beautiful card! When I first looked at your post I thought it was a piece of art. If it were larger I would hang that in my house. So beautiful. Thanks for joining Happiness is Homemade Link Party.

    1. Oh, thank you, Andrea! Such a sweet thing to say!