Friday, November 15, 2013

Top Flip Gate Fold Birthday

Well, so far so good this week with getting my cards on here. Hopefully, I'll be able to continue getting a card on Mon, Wed, Fri like I've been doing. Things are really getting busy for me now with Operation Christmas Child National Collection Week being next week. We've been getting our collection center ready for receiving all the shoe boxes and for doing our church packing parties. Last year, we collected over 11,000 shoe boxes from 5 Central Texas counties at our Mid-Texas OCC center, here in Temple. Those, along with over 6 million boxes collected in the US last year, went to poor children in over 130 different countries. We hope to increase our number of boxes this year so that even more children can learn about our lord and savior, Jesus Christ.

Ok, for today, we are turning our gate fold card on end... well, just flipping the card around by a quarter so that it opens top to bottom instead of side to side.

Materials needed:
Crisp Cantaloupe card stock 5 1/2 x 8 1/2"
Patterned paper from Patterns Pack II (#114325, retired) 2 pieces 2 x 5 1/4"
Polka Dot Parade pattern paper (#126902) a 1" strip about 8" long will do
Whisper White card stock
Best of Birthdays stamp set (#132929)
Extra Large Oval punch (#119859)
1/2" Circle Punch (#119869)
1" Circle Punch (#119868)
1 1/4" Circle Punch (#119861)
Modern Label punch (#119849)
Old Olive ink
Tangerine Tango marker
Old Olive marker

1. To gate fold your card, lightly score the card stock at 4 1/4". Fold each side in to touch the scored center. You can score the card stock at 2 1/8" from each side and fold there. Every time I do that, I end up with a gap where they meet in the center. It shouldn't but it always does with me, so I fold to the center.
2. Adhere the striped patterned paper on the sides of the gate fold.
3. Use your extra large oval punch to punch a 1/2 of an oval on each side. To do this, turn your punch over so you can see the placement of the card stock.
After you punch the first side, make light pencil marks on the edge of the other side to line up the punch and have the halves look like they were punched at the same time. Punch through the card stock and the patterned paper on both sides.
4. Stamp the oval birthday greeting in Old Olive ink in the center of the oval punch. If you wish, you could mark the oval with a pencil and then punch with the card open. Be sure to erase all your pencil marks.
5. Stamp "celebrate" in Old Olive ink on white card stock. Punch it out with the Modern Label punch. Adhere it to the center of the bottom side of the fold.
6. Punch out circles from the Old Olive Polka Dot Parade paper. I punched 1 circle 1 1/4," 3circles 1" and 3 circles 1/2". Since the paper is doubled sided, it is easy to use both sides of the paper to give you "different" balloons. Adhere the circles on the front of the card as shown. Lay 2 of the 1" circles aside.
7. Use the brush end of the marker to draw balloon strings from each balloon. Use the fine tip to draw ties near the balloons. Use an Old Olive marker to draw crescents on the right side of each circle balloon.
8. Open the card up. Cut 2 stripes of the striped patterned paper to measure 1/8 x 4." Adhere them to either side of the birthday oval placing them fold to fold. Adhere the two 1" circles from step 6 to the tops of these strips of paper, as shown in the picture. Use an Old Olive marker to draw crescents and strings on the circles like we did on the front.
You card is now ready to place in an envelope and mail or give to your best birthday buddy!

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