I've never made a gate fold card before, at least not that I can remember! But Linda's tag shown below inspired me to give it a try. Not only was I inspired by her folded tag, but look at that plaid! I fell in love with that and that sweet bundle of embellishments, and that's just the front of the tag! You should pop over to her blog, and see the surprise inside.
Probably the hardest thing about this card for me was to think ahead,so it would come out the way I wanted it to in the end. I had to have that tree centered! Probably not hard for most of you, but I don't roll that way! My creativity flows...it's rarely planned, so throw in some ciphering, and I'm toast! But that bee was still in my bonnet, and I wanted to get'er done! I love this one...my favorite...it's like a little gift you open.
First, you slide off the paper twine with the little Tim Holtz Christmas Ephemera tag written out to "YOU ALL" from "ALL OF US". Then the rustic belly band (festooned with a tiny silver reindeer from Linda's shop and the little snippet of ribbon that held the bag of reindeer closed all held on with a tiny antiqued silver safety pin) slides off to be used again, when the greeting is put away, and hopefully treasured for years to come.
Inside, a Christmas greeting is embossed, then heat embossed with gold powder.
The tree was fussy cut from the edge of my card after I embossed it. I did this by using the negative from a die cut Woodlands tree as a stencil. Afterwards, I masked it off and used the plaid embossing folder to "stamp" the background in two colors, and then stamped with the music image. Lastly I applied Frantage to the tree and the background for "snow". After adhering the embossed paper to the interior, I had to fussy cut the tree a second time. I'm now legally blind!
If you are thinking of joining in with Linda's challenge, she has graciously extended the deadline to December 27th, so there's still plenty of time! The Funkie Junkie Boutique is sponsoring this challenge: Linda has three generous gift vouchers to her shop for three lucky winners, and everyone who participates and follows the rules will get a 15 % off coupon to use for a January order! Wow! If I can do it in 7 days, you can do it in eleven!
Products used (some of them fresh out of the box from my last order from The Funkie Junkie Boutique): Exterior: Darice embossing folder; Distress inks in Barn Door, Mowed Lawn, Vintage Photo; Christmas music stamp: Hero Arts; Archival ink in Watering Can; Frantage; Die: Tim Holtz Woodlands; Embossing Powder: Distress in Peeled Paint and other greens from my stash. Interior: Tim Holtz Merriment Paper Stash; Tim Holtz Fancy Christmas Texture Fade, gold embossing powder/Versamark ink; Vintage Photo Distress ink. Embellishments: Recollections burlap ribbon, silver charm/dyed ribbon from Linda's shop; pin, paper twine from stash; Tim Holtz Christmas Ephemera.
I would like thank Linda for her TREMENDOUS energy, inspiration, and for hosting and sponsoring this challenge (The Funkie Junkie Boutique).
I would like to enter this card into the following inspiring challenges:
A Vintage Journey Vintage Christmas Tim influence: his vintage style, his spritz and flick technique used on the exterior of my card, his Distress and Christmas products.
Scrapy Land Challenge #32 Holidays I used a Sizzix die (used the negative space of Tim Holtz Woodlands die as a stencil.)
Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge Just a Pinch I used a pinch of Frantage.
Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge Die Crazy I used Woodlands die by Tim Holtz/Sizzix.
Thank you for stopping by and for your lovely comments! I hope you all have a joyful and Blessed Christmas! I appreciate each one of you who cheered me on as I worked my way quickly through the 12 Tags of Christmas! You all are awesome! Big hugs!
PS I will be back tomorrow and Friday with three Guest Designer projects. I hope you'll join me for those posts!
UPDATE: I promised a photo of my Closet when I got all my 12 "tags" done...don't judge me! I've been very busy! This actually looks much better than it has this week! How can anybody work like this????