Tuesday, February 17, 2015

Happy Birthday - Masculine (Moose)

Latched Gate Fold
Update: The AHSC team chose this card for the Top Three!

Today's card is being entered into three challenges: the Atlantic Hearts Sketch Challenge #95, The Paper Players #233 and MFT Challenge and Inspiration. Next month I will need a masculine birthday card for a family member who is a hunter and fisherman so I thought this would work quite nicely for him. The photo does not show the paper very well. The plaid paper is brown, gold and soft aqua. The print paper is soft aqua. The sewing machine thread is bright aqua.

After creating the card I realized I had not used any elements from MFT ("My Favorite Things"), which carries fabulous products and from whom I have purchased many stamps and dies. I'll be more careful in the future!

The card qualified for the "Top Three" in the Atlantic Hearts Sketch Challenge #95. My thanks to the design team for selecting my card.

This card is styled as a Latched Gate Fold and I folded it so the front edges were off-center allowing for button placement on-center. More photos are below.
Card Front: Panels of coordinating designer paper were adhered to the front folds then run through a sewing machine using a straight stitch. The wood grain was stamped onto naturals cardstock and the moose image on top of that. The image was then die cut and the edges sponged. Using the same die set, I cut a frame from coordinating paper that I had adhered to cardstock for added strength. I folded the card flat and adhered the frame to the right side, centering it onto the card. Then I adhered the stamped die cut to the left side ensuring it was a good fit inside of the frame. I stamped and adhered a sentiment to the left side, centering it. I added a button to the top center left with a hemp bow.
Card Interior: The inner front panels were lined with designer paper to cover the back side of the machine stitching. The back panel was lined with naturals cardstock after stamping with a pheasant image and sponging the edges. Ample room was left to write a note.

Techniques: Latched gate fold, machine sewing, stamping, die cutting, sponge distressing

Recipe: Products: Stampin' Up! unless otherwise noted.
Stamps: Walk in the Wild, Hardwood, Something to Say.
Cardstock: Baked Brown Sugar, Naturals White
Paper: DSP Stack Baked Brown Sugar, "Sweater Weather" scraps (retired)
Ink: Tempting Turquoise, Crumb Cake, Chocolate Chip
Dies: Just Rite/Spellbinders Vintage Labels Three
Other: Hemp by Hemptique, Gutermann sewing thread and button from my button box.
Size: A2 (5.5" x 4.25")
Sewing Machine: Bernina

Here are other views of the card:

For great card ideas, visit Atlantic Hearts, The Paper Players and MFT Card Challenges.


  1. Mel, love your card...and showing the other views really shows off the swing card.

  2. This is a beautiful masculine card.... love the stitching.. love your distressing... the fold is cool... the stamped images are cool... great card!

  3. Awesome. Masculine cards are more difficult for most. You have done a wonderful job on the sketch, and made a card with lots of great elements on it . Thank you for sharing with us at AHSC!

  4. Great card, I always struggle with Masculine cards and I really like this one. I love how you did the gate fold card and the addition of the stamping on the inside is a nice added touch. Thanks for playing along with Atlantic Hearts Sketch Challenge!

    Brandi R
    AHSC DT member

  5. What a great card Melanie!! I love the colors and design, great use of the fun fold too! Awesome!!

  6. I just love your card. Masculine cards can be tricky sometimes - and you made an amazing one! Love that you used a gate fold- now I want to make some gatefolds today :) Thanks for playing along at AHSC!

  7. How fun that you made this a gate card! Love the masculine feel to it too! Thanks for joining us at AHSC!
    ASCH DT member

  8. Great card! I love that you made this into a fancy fold - wonderful idea. Thanks for playing along at AHSC.

  9. Awesome masculine card! I love the gate fold. Thanks for playing along at The Paper Players!

  10. I love the way you used the gatefold to frame your moose. Lovely masculine colours too, love those soft browns. Thanks for joining us for our sketch challenge over at The Paper Players this week!

  11. Very pretty! I love the fun fold and the soft colors. Perfect masculine card. Thanks for joining us this week at The Paper Players! :)

  12. Fantastic masculine card, Melanie! Love the unique folding. Glad to have you play along with us at MFT Challenges. :)