Last week I got together with the South Burlington stamp club group, and this was the first card that we created. I’m really in love with the Gorgeous Leaves stamp set, and I wanted to give the group an opportunity to create a card with these lovely images. One interesting thing with this set is there are no sentiments included. This means that if you want to include a stamped greeting on your card, you’ll need to search around for other stamps that have what you need. This means that the sky is the limit to pairing some words with these great natural stamps. I pulled out the Lovely You set which had just the right sized greeting that I wanted for my card. And the ‘just because’ sentiment is perfect to send a card to someone special that you’ve been thinking of. I’ve been sending a lot of cards for a while, and I consistently hear from folks how much they enjoy receiving a card – especially when it isn’t for a specific occasion. Therefore, I encourage you to get more cards in the mail to people because it really will add a bright spot to the recipients’ day.

I titled this post “Mystery Fun Fold” because I have no idea what to call this particular fold. Believe me – I did a lot of internet searching to see if I could find it – to no avail. I was inspired by a swap that my friend Heather received. Her card was a Christmas card with Santa on the front panel where I have leaves. I immediately fell in love with the card, and I measured all of the layers so that I could replicate it myself. The center section (that I’m holding down with my finger) is a gate fold layer with DSP on the front edges that opens to a panel that you can write a greeting on. It’s a wonderful, unique design that shows off some pretty DSP and is different than a regular Hallmark card. Here are the measurements for the main layers:

  • Base layer:
    • Cherry Cobbler: 4 1/4″ x 5 1/2″
    • Patterned Paper: 4″ x 1″ (2)
  • Folding layer:
    • Cherry Cobbler: 4″ x 11″, scored at 2″, 3 3/4″, 7 1/4″ and 9″
    • Patterned Paper: 3 3/4″ x 1 3/4″ (2)
  • Front panel:
    • Old Olive: 2 3/4″ x 3 1/4″
    • Basic White: 2 5/8″ x 3 1/8″
  • Inside panel:
    • Old Olive: 3 1/4″ x 3 3/4″
    • Basic White: 3 1/8″ x 3 5/8″
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