Frog at the Gate

Stampin up frog gate card

Isn't he handsome (easily transformed to a female if you add a few tiny eyelashes)?  This gate fold card opens to reveal a a Stampin' Up! gift certificate from Stampin' Pretty.  It's a perfect gift for anyone who is passionate about stamping and paper crafts.  I create a special card (you can even choose the colors) for the lucky recipient!  Click here for details!

Stampin up frog gate card open
Open sesame!  For a simple gate card, score a 8.5 x 5.5 piece of card stock (Baja Breeze Textured card stock used here) at 2 1/8" and 6 3/8".  I added panels of Designer Series Paper, Bella Rose (left) and Urban Garden (right). 

TIP:  It's perfectly acceptable to mix designer papers from different collections. Think about all the possibilities you open up if you consider this idea.  To compare Stampin' Up!'s Designer Series paper colors in an organized way, check out this tr?s cool  Designer Series Paper Color Chart  created by my darling niece, Kris, at Kween Bee Kreations.  It's listed on my right side bar under "Links I Love" for easy future reference.  That's how I quickly figured out that Bella Rose and Urban Garden shared Kiwi Kiss!

My handsome amphibian was inked with Stazon Jet Black and stamped on watercolor paper.  Using an Aqua Painter, I added Baja Breeze, Kiwi Kiss and Going Gray.  TIP:  I thought Basic Gray might be too dark so I went lighter on the watering can.  I stamped the flower again, colored it in Baja Breeze, snipped it and layered it for texture.

TIP:  The sweet micro brads(Assorted Pastels) throughout the project are from Just Brads.

Stampin up frog gate card close up
I shaped and embossed the main image and subsequent mats using Nestabilities Circles and my Big Shot.  My personal tips on using the Big Shot with Nestabilities are listed in Big Shot 101.  A Horizontal Slot Punch creates the "slip through" for the Basic Gray Taffeta Ribbon.  TIP:  The Horizontal Slot Punch does not cut through all three layers.  Do one at a time and keep lining up the layers for accuracy.

The Trio Flowers Punch (now sold individually for $15.95, yippee!) popped out the Basic Gray Flowers, accented with a 1/4" circle of Baja Breeze and more of my micro brad buddies.  The sentiment is from One of a Kind, stamped in Jet Black Stazon on Baja Breeze and given a lovely figure with Nestabilities Ovals (including the Basic Gray Scalloped Oval beneath). 

Hugs and Pretties . . . . M

Need to see more samples from the new catalog?   Visit my Stampin' Up! Fall/Winter Gallery

Stamp Set:  Flower for All Seasons, One of a Kind (sentiment)
Paper:  Bella Rose Designer Series, Urban Garden, Baja Breeze, Baja Breeze Textured Card Stock, Basic Gray, Watercolor
Ink:  Black Stazon, Kiwi Kiss, Baja Breeze, Going Gray
Cool Tools:  Trio Flower Punch, 1/4" Circle Punch, Horizontal Slot Punch, Circle and Oval Nestabilities, Big Shot, Aqua Painter
The Perfect Touch:  Basic Gray Taffeta Ribbon, Micro Brads


  1. Oh, it’s so cute. I see only now.

  2. Fantastic card! I really love that stamp set – it’s so full of personality!


  3. What an absolutely charming card. I love the color combo you used. I think I’ll have to give a gate card a try. You make it sound so easy.

  4. Awesome card, Mary! I love everything about it. Can’t wait to get this set. I was lucky enough to earn it. Now if SU would only send it to me. LOL
    Have a great weekend. Hugs and smiles

  5. Another great one!! This one I am CASEing FOR SURE!!! I love the colors you used here! Awesome! Awesome! Awesome!

  6. Such a cute card! I love what you’ve done with it….it makes me want to skip work, go home and make some cards!

  7. Love it!!

  8. Awesome card – love the way it opens. I also love your idea of turning the frog into a girl frog – clever idea. Joan

  9. Colleen Kramer

    Very sweet! Really like the ribbon sneaking through the scalloped circle and the little brad flower centers.

  10. Annette Pagnusat

    OMG, Mary, this is the cutest darn card ever!! Just beautiful!! Thanks for sharing it with us.

  11. Great job with the mixing and matching of colors, Mary. I also like the mechanics of your card. Very clever!

  12. Great card! Thanks for the measurements. I had been trying to figure one out and couldn’t get it is work out right. Now I can go make one the right way! LOL.
    Also thanks for sharing Kris’ link, had not seen her site before now I have a new site to visit.

  13. I love it!! The little frog, the colors, the few little brads….you’re so creative!!

  14. dang girl!! you got it goin’ on!! love it! great colors together!! fantastic!!

  15. Totally cute – Mary!!!

  16. Your frog is a cutie! Great idea for gift certificates.

  17. Great card Mary!! Kris’s color chart is wonderful!! Wishing you a fabulous day!! Kelly

  18. He’s cuter than Kermit!

    I love this card, especially the bright white circle showcasing the stamped image.

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