Wednesday, March 10, 2021

Latched Hearts Gatefold Card

Atlantic Hearts Sketch Challenge # 411 is underway. This is a weekly challenge that began on Monday, March 8, and will end on Sunday evening, March 14, 2021. I always enjoy participating in AHSC challenges because it was the first challenge I ever attempted and it was the first challenge where I eventually won a Top Three designation. I was so new to card making!

This sketch just begged to be used for a gatefold design so I obliged. I also created the card with a portrait orientation rather than a landscape. Inspired by the heart in the sketch, I went with a heart motif as well. The die-cut hearts interlock when the card is closed, creating a latch. I found using a heart shape requires patience when unlatching the card. I created a standard A2 card base with the double gate closing in the center, embossing each door to add texture. 

Using a set of heart nesting dies, I cut five images, alternating between a solid color and a Hound's Tooth check pattern and attaching them to the front gates. The three solid-colored hearts were added to the left gate with glue applied to the left half of each heart. Likewise, the two patterned hearts were added to the right gate with glue applied to the right half of the heart. Carefully nestle the hearts so they fit together. In keeping with the sketch, I added a sentiment but placed it below the focal image so it would not interfere with the latch. The sentiment banner is attached only to the left gate. Because the card is in soft colors, I added a few white pearls for interest and dimension. The inside of the card was decorated with coordinating die-cut hearts.

If you're looking for a card challenge I hope you'll visit the AHSC Blog. The Design Team always contributes plenty of inspiration to get you going.

Stamp: Concord & 9th "Say Hello"
Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black
Cardstock: Stampin' Up! Whisper White, Perfect Plum & Pale Plum
Paper: LDRS Creative "Pastel Patterns" 
Dies: Spellbinder's Classic Hearts
Misc.: Stampin' Up! Embossing Folder ("Parisian Flourish") & pearls from stash


  1. Very fancy! Great job with the interlocking hearts.
    Thanks for sharing with AHSC,
    Patty S - Design Team

  2. So pretty! Love the interlocking hearts and the colors are perfect! :)

  3. Great card, Melanie! I love this interlocking heart feature--it's perfect with the gatefold. Thanks so much for sharing your talent with us at AHSC this week.
    :) Marie

  4. Awesome, Melanie! I love the intricate latch and the colors are beautiful. The dry embossed card really makes your card so elegant. Thanks for joining us at AHSC.

  5. Wow, the hearts look so good against the embossed background, and the way it opens is so neat. What an original take on the sketch! Thanks for playing along at Atlantic Hearts this week.

  6. Such a stunning, unique card! Thanks for playing with us at Atlantic Hearts Sketch Challenge!

  7. Wow that is very intricate and fabulous! I love it! Thanks for playing along with Atlantic Hearts Sketch Challenge (AHSC).

    Brandi R.
    DT member AHSC

  8. Lovely interlocking card! Thank you for joining us at Atlantic Hearts Sketch Challenge this week!