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I'm Lesley and I've been a crafter all my life. I discovered paper crafting about 30 years ago and this is now my great passion.

Monday 2 October 2023

13 frights of Halloween 2023 No. 10 - Pop out gatefold card (Beginner friendly)


Good afternoon,

Here is another recent caravan make for the 13 Frights of Halloween. The precious scraps of the Craft Consortium Happy Halloween Collection are holding out very well. It makes me realie that with careful cutting and wise choices, a collection can go on for a very long time when the quality is as good as CC. Overall. It is incredible value.

This card today, is a fancy fold but a very simple one that looks more complicted than it is so ideal for a beginner.

Base: is half a sheet of A4 black card   8 1/4 x 5 3/4. (metric 21 x 14.5) (US cut yours down to 8 1/4 x 5 1/2) Score across the long side at 2 1/16, 4 1/8, 6 3/16. If this is too complicted, reduced size to 8" and score every 2 ".Fold Valley, mountain, valley. Fold ouside 2 flaps towards the centre to make a Gatefold and ensure they meet well down the centre. Then burnish well.

Mechanism for pop out - scrap black card 1" x 3", score 1/2, 1, 2, 2 1/2. Fold 1" and 3" folds towards centre and then bend back at the 1/2 and 2 1/2 folds. This makes a little spring. Adhere it centrally across the centre fold with the "legs" sticking to the panels but the centre spring hs no glue and bounces freely. 

Papers: 6 panels equal size in 3 different designs. 5 1/2 x 1 7/8. cut 2 white panels for writing personal mesage on the back. When adhering the 2 centre front panels, glue them over the "legs" of the spring to hide it. I didn't do this so I could take a photo to show how it is fixed. 2 papers go on outside  panels on the back with the white ones in the centre. 

The topper is a base panel from one of the decouage sheets. I decided NOT to back it with card as it is quite substantial and without a backing allows the outside panels to close neatly over the top. To add the topper, place wet glue on the flat edge of the Spring mechanism then hover the topper over the top until there is an even margin all round. Lower carefully, check it didn't move, then hold until the glue grips.

To make the belly band, cut a strip of blasck card 1" x 8 !/4 plus - and scrap will do. Fold in the wings of the card and wrap the strip around it but not so tightly that it will not slip up and down. glue together if it is long enough. If not, take one of the topper panels from the 6 x 6 paper pad and add glue across the centre. Stick across band while it is still on the card. 

TIP!!!!  If you are nervous about getting glue onto your card, plce a scrap of paper over the front before wrapping band and gluing so any excess goes on the paper not the card. 



I run various classes, both in-person and on line, for all levels from total beginner to confident. Please email me or send me a message so we can chat to find the right level for you.

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As always, I hope you give this fold a try and please message me on my Facebook page or tag me on IG posts so I can see your makes. 

You can contact me via messenger or email: lkilby3591@gmail.com especially if you are interested in my cardmaking classes for beginners to confident.

Craft Consortium products are available from their website at https://www.craftconsortium.com

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Lesley x

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