Hello! We’ve been given yet more creative freedom for the latest Creative Fingers Challenge. Again, I thought I’d create yet another tutorial, this time for a 5″×7″ Double Dutch Fold Card. This card design isn’t new but no matter how hard I searched, I couldn’t find a 5″×7″ card template. I love making cards that are slightly larger than the average, mainly because I think if I’m going to put so much effort into a card design, it may as well be big enough to be seen from a reasonable distance. This time, I had to start by making my own template first.
The template below is not to scale because I made my card base using a single 12″ square sheet of cardstock. As most printers won’t accept a piece of cardstock that size, I thought it better to just be as thorough as possible with my measurements instead.
To start, I cut my card down to 12″×10″ before marking in the measurements, ready to cut and score where required. If you don’t have a 12″ piece of cardstock, you can make this card base with two separate pieces:
- One piece sized at 12″×5″, scored at 5″ in from one end.
- One piece sized at 2″×10″, scored at 2.5″ in from either end. This piece will then need to be glued into place at the end of the 7″ side of the first piece. Once opened up flat, it will resemble the template above. If you are particularly fussy about the join showing on the back of the card, just add another 5″×7″ card to the back to hide the join. That extra piece will help to reinforce the whole card as well.
Once the card base is made, it’s just a matter of creating matting layers for the card front and I made 3 sets of layers for mine:
- The bottom set of matting layers were two 2¼”×1¾” pieces and one 4¾”×4¾” piece.
- My second, middle matting layers were two 2⅛”×1⅝” pieces and one 4⅝”×4⅝” piece.
- My third and top matting layer were two 2″×1½” pieces and one 4½”×4½” piece.
These panels left me with a one eighth inch border between between the card base and the first matting layer but only one sixteenth inch border between the first and second matting layers, and again between the second and top matting layer. If you want a more even space between matting layers, just leave the second, middle matting layer out completely. I just thought that extra layer helped frame my top layers that little more, being they were the same base color as my card base.
For my top matting layers, I white heat embossed a stamped image onto each of my three panels. I used a retired Hero Arts wood stamp to stamp my image with Versamark ink. I then sprinkled it with white embossing powder and heat set it. As my card was going to be monochromatic, I wanted my patterned panels to have just a little extra interest. It would have been much quicker for me to use a printed patterned paper instead but I wanted a little more of an exotic look. I also used a metallic paper as my largest matting layer. Again, I went for something a little more classy to add to the raised, heat embossed panels. I was then able to create my middle layer of matting from plain white card to help frame the embossed pieces even further.
For my feature, I chose a decorative oval frame die set I had in my stash and cut the largest frame from the metallic paper. As it was going to be hanging over the lower edge of the top flap and being used as a support when the card is opened, I cut a second frame from the black cardstock and glued the two together. This helped to strengthen the oval, as well as keep a consistent color to the feature frame when the card is viewed from the inside. I then cut the smaller frame elements from both black and white cardstock and inlayed the white centre into the black outline, gluing both pieces directly to the metallic base frame.
As a feature image, I chose to go with the Bodacious die from Penny Black and cut it from more metallic paper, backed with double sided adhesive. After die cutting it, I simply peeled the backing paper off the adhesive and added the flower across the frame. I finished off with a simple white bow, glued into place with Ranger Multi Medium Matte Adhesive.
The beauty with this card style is it’s ease to create. And, any feature panel of any shape will work as the centrepiece. Just make sure that your feature is centered on the 5″×7″ card while it’s closed. Once it’s opened back up into a standing position, the feature will balance the card and hold it all in place sturdily.
For this card, I decided it better to reserve the sentiment for the inside of the card. I’m not actually sure what occasion I’ll use this for just yet. I think it would suit a special birthday, a wedding or even a sympathy card. I’ll simply die cut a decorative frame white insert and add a stamped, a die cut or even a printed greeting and glue that decorative panel to the inside of the card. My options will be only limited by the occasion and the supplies in my stash but I think it better done when it comes time to actually use the card, rather than commit to an event just now.
As this is such an old card style, I’ve also created a Pinterest board with lots of ideas on how this card style can be decorated. You can find that Pinterest board here. That board also contains a couple of other template sizes for this card style so I’m sure there’ll be something available to suit your mood and need.
Thanks so much for spending time with me today, I look forward to next time. 😊