29 June 2017


Recently I saw a couple dutch fold cards and thought it might be a fun fold to try myself. So, going into this card I had a few things in mind for the design: dutch fold, circle, lace doily under the circle, and a fruitful paper. Everything else evolved while I was creating. Even the stamp I used wasn't one of the first things in my list, but Lisette does fit so perfectly.

This dutch fold card features a Kraftin' Kimmie Stamp, Stampin' Up DSP (Designer Series Paper, another name for patterned paper), a doily die from Scrapbooking Made Simple, Distress inks with waterbrush, gems from Hero Arts, and an inside sentiment from Stampin' Up stamped with Simon Says Stamp ink. For more details, see the supply list below.


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Putting It Together

I recently got Lisette as part of a 'clearing out' type sale at Kraftin' Kimmie Stamps. Kim has been clearing out the retired rubber stamps as well as doing a clean up in her Krafty Kave and finding odds and ends of those retired stamps. She's been having Facebook Live "Rubber Parties" to show us the last of these older stamps and offer them to us. KKS went to all clear stamps a couple years ago.

One of my recent goals with my projects is to use all the stamps, dies, and papers I have in the stash, not just a few. So, on each new project I try to look to use items in my stash that I haven't used before. That goal guided my choice for the stamp, the patterned paper, the die, and the blue gems. So, while my stash is still growing (I am a magpie), I am also trying to use it all.

I stamped the image with Memento because it dries water impervious (won't budge when wet) and is a light colour for the "no lines" colouring. I used a light pink because I originally intended more of her to be in pink or reds. But, the pink easily blends and 'hides' behind most colours. I used 140lb watercolour paper so the panel would have some rigidity to stand up with the card.

I used Distress ink with waterbrushes to paint/colour the image. I keep a list of the colours I use as I go along so I don't have to try to remember them. I also added some Gelly Roll for a bit of sparkle. I used a blue metallic on the buttons, silver on the spoon, and white Glaze for the eyes. Then I die cut her as a circle.

I die cut a doily using the new Simply Refined doilies. The Simply Refined (and Simply Defined) sets are generally "one and done" so, if you like it on the day it's released, you have to get it pretty quick or it's likely never to be offered again. Die cutting the doily was made easier with the Precision Base Plate. I completely forgot to get a picture of the doily alone, it is rather lovely. The die is actually a half circle without a cut edge on the diameter. You can rotate the circle to make a full doily with two passes though the Big Shot. It's a little extra work, but allowed or more dies in the set. Some of the other dies in the set are quarters with cut edges on the flat sides. This is one of the sets I wish would be a regular item because of its versatility.

The dutch fold is kind of like a top fold flap overlapping a gate fold. The easiest way to make the card base is in 2 pieces, one for the top fold flap and another as a wrap around gate fold. So, I just needed to figure out how big my top flap would be to determine how tall my gatefold could be with a bit of overlap from the top fold. I try to make mostly A2 cards (4 1/4" x 5 1/2") since they fit in a commonly used envelope (called an A2) which is easy to mail and rarely gets extra charges for mailing.

I did a partial die cut of the circle for the top flap and trimmed the top part of the card base beneath to match. With the doily backed circle dry fit on the partial circle flap, I trimmed the bottom part of the base to have a 5 1/2" total height. I wish I had taken a picture of this. It's easier to show than explain.

I then measured the bottom flat area below the top flap to determine, I could have 2 inch flaps at the bottom. So, I cut a strip 2" x 8 1/2" (to wrap around 4 1/4"). Using the Scor-Pal, I scored the strip as if I was going to be making a gate card. The version of Scor-Pal I have has marks specifically for an A2 gate fold with a 4 1/4" back so this was so easy. Without it.. a bit of math.. 4 1/4" divided by 2 to make two equal gates with 4 1/4" at the back, so.. a score at 2 1/8" and 6 3/8" (I think..) Geesh. I'm glad the marks on on the Scor-Pal *laugh*

I dry fit the scored and folded strip around the top fold flap and, voila, perfect base. I did have to trim just a nudge from the side of my top fold base to fit in the gate fold part, but that helped because I had gotten my partial cut circle just barely off-centre.

Closed flat.

I cut a 12" strip of the strawberry/cherry paper just under 2" wide. I then cut two panels at 2" and one at 4 1/8". I later cut the rest in half to have two more almost 2" panels. I inked the edges with the blender tool using Festive Berries.

I also inked around the circle with Festive Berries and added a bit of Weathered Wood to ground her.

I adhered the circle to the doily to make it easier to work with.

Just as there are times I wish I had taken a specific picture, there are times when I am writing up a post and wondering, "why did I take this picture?" This does distinctly show the two parts of the dutch fold base.

I adhered the  bottom part of the dutch fold to the back of the top fold. Alternatively, it can be adhered to the inside, especially if it's a different colour, as an inside design element.

And... showing the fold of the base. It would be possible to do a single piece dutch fold but you might want to start with a 12" x 12" and there would be more than a bit of math, too. I might have to try it some time for a "single layer" card.

I adhered the patterned panels to the outside bottom flaps and across the inside. I also adhered the doily backed image panel.

I added a sheer blue bow (and still can't tie one pretty perfect) and blue gems.

Inside, I used a stamp from a Stampin' Up Sale-a-brations set. I will admit I've used this stamp already a few times. It's the one stamp in the set that I've used, so far *laugh*. I also added panels to the insides of the gate fold flaps for a continuous fruitful inside.


Creative with Stamps: Fruit
Kraftin' Kimmie Stamps Saturday: Circles
Happy Little Stampers with Dies: Anything Goes
Seize the Birthday: Anything Goes
Polka Doodles: Anything Goes
Scrapper's Delights: Anything Goes
Happy Little Stampers Watercolour: Anything Goes
Simon Says Stamp Wednesday: Anything Goes
Crafty Gals Corner: Anything Goes


  1. How very interesting. Thank you so much for sharing this technique! Love the card :-)

  2. Ooh many thanks for the tutorial
    you are the best..
    great coloring the image
    and love your DP with strawberries and cherries
    love this adorable shape card
    Dont forget to added our CHALLENGE BADGE to eligible to win the prize
    I believe our DT member will love your card. Not only me :)
    Many thanks to play with us at Creative With Stamps this month

    1. Thank you, Monika. Thank you for the reminder, too. I was rushing on the end of the post 'cause I had to run off to my day job *laugh*

  3. Wonderful card and tutorial. Thanks for joining us for our Anything Goes Polkadoodles Challenge

    Karon DT, Polkadoodles

  4. How adorable thank you so much for playing along with us this time hope to see you again soon
    Jacki (PD DT) ♥

  5. Wow! Love this! I will have to try this fold! Such a cute image and papers used!
    Thank you for joining us at Creative With Stamps!
    The Leaf Studio

  6. Great card and I love that fold! Thank you for playing along at CWS Challenge. Hope to see you again!
    Mary (DT)

  7. This is a great card! Love this unique fold (and thanks for the tutorial!)! Thank you so much for joining us at Seize the Birthday challenge!
    xx Ashwini

  8. Great card! Thanks for joining us at Crafty Gals Corner!

  9. what a fun card this will be to receive
    thanks for joining us at Happy Little Stampers
    Barb Housner (DT)


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