The Starting Gate

Stampin up gate
Have you ever tried a gate card?  If not, you are just a few scores away from a delightful change up in your card making "repertoire." The colors are a unique blend of Groovy Guava, Chocolate Chip and So Saffron inspired by this card by Silke, SCS's sparklegirl.

I started with an 11 x 4 1/4" sheet of Chocolate Chip card stock and scored it at 2 1/2" and 7 1/4".  Fold both sides in (the larger one below) and create panels 1/4" smaller all the way around to fit on top of the corresponding areas of the base.  Groovy Guava was used on the left and So Saffron on the right.  I stamped these panels with the True Friend multi-floral image in matching inks.

The main image (medallion) is from True Friend.  It's inked in Chocolate Chip and stamped on Whisper White card stock.  Using a Blender Pen and a quick squeeze of my Groovy Guava ink pad, I gathered some color to transfer and color in the image.  A Stampin' Up! marker adds the So Saffron touches. 

Stampin up gate close
Paper Snips kindly assisted me with cutting out the image, which was mounted on a circle (just under 2") of Chocolate Chip and matted on So Saffron (circle just over 2").  Nestabilities Circles and a Cuttlebug created the circles.  TIP:  My Crop-A-Dile couldn't quite reach the center to set my Jumbo Eyelet so I used the large anywhere punch, eyelet setter and hammer from my Crafter's Tool Kit.  A tad noisy but does the trick.  The eyelet was added along with a yellow Circle Rhinestone Brad from the Fire Collection.

The larger circle die cut (above) revisited my Cuttlebug with the scored card base card, chomping out a half circle on the left (guava panel).  TIP:  Some removable tape helped me keep things in place.  Groovy Guava Double Stitched Ribbon is cut and adhered to the far sides of each panel.  The medallion image was fit into the cut semi-circle and adhered (over the ribbon) on the saffron panel.  I then tied the ribbon to keep the gate closed.

The sentiment was done in a flash using a Chocolate Chip "hello" from Fundamental Phrases and a couple more chomps with my small and large oval punches on Guava and Saffron.

Hugs and Pretties . . . . Mary

Stamp Set:  True Friend, Fundamental Phrases
Paper:  Chocolate Chip, Groovy Guava, So Saffron, Whisper White
Ink:  Chocolate Chip, Groovy Guava, So Saffron Ink Pad and Stampin' Up! Marker
Cool Tools:  Anywhere Hole Punch, Hammer and Eyelet Setter (Stampin' Up! Crafter's Tool Kit),  Blender Pen, Large and Small Oval Punches, Cuttlebug, Nestabilities Circle
The Perfect Touch:  Groovy Guava Double Stitched Ribbon, Jumbo Eyelets (Pewter), Circle Rhinestone Brad (Fire)


  1. I adore these colors together! You are wonderful with color combos!


  2. Just got back from vacation, and I see nothing has changed :). This card is fabulous,

  3. Gorgeous card. I love the colors.

  4. love it!! great colors!!:) and love the oval sentiment….i don’t use the ovals near enough!:)

  5. Mary, your card is gorgeous and the directions so easy to follow! It inspired me to create a gate card for the SCS Color Challenge this week:

  6. I’m impressed, look at that bow, and you said you couldn’t tie a bow. Great colors.

  7. What a beautiful card Mary!! Love the color combo and your technique is gorgeous. Thanks for sharing.

  8. I’ve wanted to try a gate card and this is definitely great inspiration! Love everything about it!

  9. colleen kramer

    Pretty! Nice touch to cut out the semicircle of Guava, to let the medallion rest inside. I think the use of different folds/shaped cards give the stamps a whole new life. Thanks for sharing.

  10. Mary – this is just beautiful – I love it too!!! The colors are fab!!!

  11. What a great color combo – and I must order this set soon! Great card!

  12. What a gorgeous card! I love it and the colors are fabulous together!

  13. Amazing card! Your talent just astonishes me Mary. You were made for this business!

    Hope your week is going well. Take care.

  14. This is by far my favorite card so far. Ok, ok, I need to order the oval punches sometime ! I love those colors, the design, it is just gorgeous!!!

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