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Sunflowers Gate Fold Reverse Pop-Up Inspiration Card┃Yasmin Diaz

Sunflowers Gate Fold Reverse Pop-Up Inspiration Card┃Yasmin Diaz

01 Sep 2022 3 Comments

Happy Thursday, Pinkfresh friends! Yasmin here sharing with you an inspiration card made with a “Gate Fold & Reverse Pop-Up” effect using: Sunflower Fall Version Washi and Sunflowers Washi Die to add the quick and easy floral touch. Along with this beautiful set, I used Small Butterflies Hot Foil Plate and Small Butterflies Die for the subtle butterflies. Also, Phrase Builder: Hello Hot Foil and Phrase Builder - Hello Die Set for the hot foil stamped sentiment and last but not least, Hexagon Tiles Cover Plate Die to create the detailed and textured background pieces. So, without further ado let’s jump right into the step-by-step for how I made it.

Therefore, I started off by creating a quick and simple gate fold card in a landscaping form using an A2 size top folding card base. So, to do that first, I went ahead to open up horizontally the card base. Secondly, I placed the fully open card base facing down over my score board tool and then, I used my Teflon bone folder to add a score line at 2-3/4 inches and another at 8-1/4 inches.

Thus, in the image above, you can see how the card base looks like after adding the scoring lines along with the originally score line already created on the pre-made A2 top folding white card base. Having that said, after I had added the scoring lines, I proceeded to fold them over to create a regular gate fold card base but, due the reverse folding mechanism, I went ahead to turn the gate fold opening to the back leaving the back of the card facing towards me and then, to complete the full reverse pop-up effect, I pushed the middle fold inwards.

You can see a top view in the image above for how the card should look like once it’s folded and standing up for display; a card base with a W shape if you want to call it that way as well. Moving on, after getting the card base finished, I went ahead to trim down a small white cardstock piece at H 1.0 x W 7-1/2 inches and then, I added some scoring lines to that piece of cardstock at 1.0, 3.0, 4-1/2, and 6-1/2 inches.

So, for the card assembling you can either leave it plain without adding anything for a clean and simple look or, you can add texture by using a cover plate just like the one that I used on this example. Thus, for the texture, I went ahead to add the detailed texture to two A2 size white card panels using a die cut machine and Hexagon Tiles Cover Plate Die.

Then, after I had added the texture to both card panels, I went ahead to get trim down 1/4 of an each from each side from each of them and then, I placed one of them horizontally on my paper trimmer to cut out a smaller panel at H 4.0 x 2-1/2 inches. Then, I kept going to cut out a second smaller panel from the same panel in the exact size as the first one. Once, I had that done, I repeated the same steps for the other textured card panel and then, I placed them down in 1, 2, 3, and 4 order for a continuous background look.

Moving on, to start with the card background assembling, I went ahead to glue down the smaller panels 2 and 3 to the center of the card base. Then, I went ahead to add the pop-up mechanism to it so, to do that, I went ahead to adhere down the end of the smaller and scored white cardstock piece using double-sided adhesive. By the way, as you can see, I got it adhered right in the center edge-to-edge to the last fold of the card base. Next, I proceeded to finish the last fold off by gluing down the number 4 smaller white and textured panel hiding that way the end of the pop-up mechanism, as well.

Next, I repeated the same exact step as, I did to get the right side of the pop-up mechanism to get the other end adhere it to the left side fold. At this point, I went ahead to fully flatten the card out and them, to fully close it up just to make sure that, I would not have a problem with the pop-up mechanism nor have any problem when getting the card open and close.

This is how the pop-up mechanism for this card should look like from the back when it’s fully open and displayed, as you can see in the image above, both ends holds up the pop-up mechanism together on the right and left sides of the card base while the center of it pushes forward the fully pop-up or floating effect.

To give you a better look, here in the image above, you can see how the center part of the pop-up element looks like. It certainly adds up a whole lot of dimension and if, you are extra creative, you have enough space to add an extra pop-up element in the back of the one already created on this card.

Quick Note: Make sure to use heavy wight cardstock (110lb or more) for the pop-up mechanism if, you’re using a heavy layered focal point. Because the more layers you use the more your floating pop-up element will make your card to lean forward. So, to avoid that, I would recommend the use of heavy weight cardstock.

Back to the card embellishments, I went ahead to use Sunflower Fall Version Washi and Sunflowers Washi Die for the die-cutting floral elements. As usual, this step was quite simple, as all I did was to unroll the washi and tape it down over a large piece of white cardstock then, I used its coordinating die along with the die cut machine to cut the images out from the cardstock just as, you would do it with all Pinkfresh Studio Washi-tape Rolls.

That being said, after getting the die-cutting done for the sunflower images, I went ahead to put them aside and then, to get the stamping done for the card sentiment along with the hot foil stamping for the butterflies and hello phrase. By the way, for the card sentiment, I used one of the sentiments included in Sunflowers Washi Stamp which happens to be the coordinating stamp set for the washi. Then, I used the hello foil plate included in Phrase Builder: Hello Hot Foil along with its coordinating die which is included in Phrase Builder - Hello Die Set however, I did not use the regular hot foil stamped image instead, I used the reverse hot foil stamped image and for that, I’d like to mention that I used Solid Hot Foil Plate and of course Glimmer Hot Foil System and Glimmer Hot Foil Roll - Gold for the hot foil stamping process.

So, to add the large sunflower image first, I went ahead to close the card up. Secondly, I got the center of the sunflower image gluing down to the center of the pop-up mechanism. Then, I proceeded to glue down the three first letters of the dimensional hello phrase and lastly, I got mounted the smaller sentiment under the hello phrase. To add a sweet and subtle touch to the floral element, I also went ahead to glue down a butterfly; a die-cutting butterfly which I had already hot foil stamped and cut from translucent vellum using Small Butterflies Hot Foil Plate and Small Butterflies Die.

And, because this card fully display all four folds when it’s fully open, I went ahead to get the gate fold openings embellished using some of the smaller sunflower images along with some of the hot foil stamped butterflies.

Finally, here is the final look for today’s card and with that being said, thank you so much for stopping by we hope you have enjoyed reading the step-by-step for how I’ve made this sweet and floral hello inspiration card with a “Gate Fold & Reverse Pop-Up” effect using, amazing products by Pinkfresh Studio. And, if you get inspired by today’s project don’t forget to tag us @pinkfreshstudio and use #pinkfreshstudio so we can see your projects! Happy crafting and much love to you and yours.

Crafty Hugs,
- Yasmin

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17 Sep 2022 Jan

Yaz I think you are the all time best card maker on the planet. You give such great instructions and I love your inspirations you post.

12 Sep 2022 Linda

I love this card, and I love sunflowers so much!!

01 Sep 2022 Pamela Fernandes

How VERY beautiful! 🥰 I wish I could color like that. I keep trying 🤷 You create such great cards!!!

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