Thursday, 29 January 2015

Live The Life You Imagined Offset Gate Card - Tonic Craftinator

For Today's Tonic Studios Design Team card I've made my own 8" x 8" offset gatefold card blank out of a sheet of A3 white card by placing the shorter edge along the bar of my score board and scoring at 2", then at 10" following this you need to fold that 10" score line and hold it in place against the bar and score again at 6" and trim off any excess.  Fold your card along the two score lines and place on your trimmer to cut the card down to 8" in height.

I started off by making layering panels for both sides of my offset gate so my first layer would be 

¼” smaller than my base,  both height and width wise, therefore I made my blue mirror card layer

7¾” high by 5¾” for the larger side and 7¾” x 1¾” for the smaller panel.  The top layer was cut at
7½” x 5 ½” and 7½” x 1 ½” then embossed with the Martha Embossing folder.  These were layered together and stuck in place.

I cut the 'Live The Life You Imagined' outer frame edge in matching bright blue and also in white and then cut the pattern into the white layer before gluing these together and mounting on 3d foam pads onto the card front.  The sentiment was cut out of white and layered with the bright blue mirror card which was cut twice and cut at just over the half way point allowing me to shadow the wording both top and bottom, this was also glued in place.  The corners were cut out of the Just For You Essentials die set and glued to the corners before being finished off with some blue pearls.


  1. Love the blue and white combo, gorgeous card

  2. Gorgeous card, love the blue and fabulous die.
    Linda xxx

  3. Those die cuts are just awesome. Funny how we never do live what we imagine huh? I did do all those things I dreamed about, going to college becoming and engineer,....then after the brain surgeries and all I told my hubby, hmmm, you know, I just want to do art. Now I am a housewife. If you told me that when I was a kid, I never would have imagined :) If you told me that as a college kid, I would have said, oh absolutely not! Funny how life turns out huh? I am definitely living the dream!! Hugs, Holley

    1. Aww Holley, I'm so glad you finally found your calling, sometimes it takes a big thing to put everything else into perspective, Hugs Karen xx

  4. Hi Karen a beautiful card, love the colour combo and those dies are gorgeous. Great sentiment to.

    Hugs Erin xx

  5. Hi Karen this is a gorgeous card I love the dies you have been using. Hugs Jackie

    1. These dies make cardmaking very easy :) xx


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