Tuesday, 12 January 2016

Guesting for The Paper Nest Dolls with Mermaid Ellie

Hello lovely people,

Just before Christmas I was asked by Christine of The Paper Nest Dolls if I fancied doing a guest card for her...Errrrr, YES PLEASE!

I also took the opportunity to do the first of my fancy fold tutorials with a gatefold design.
Well, I say tutorial, but it's so easy it doesn't really need much explaining!

First here's my card in it's closed form;

Gatefold card featuring mermaid Ellie by The Paper Nest Dolls

I like to make the base up from scratch for this design, starting with a piece of card 11.5 x 5.75 inches and scoring at 2 & 7/8 inch in from each side.

If you don't have large enough cardstock to cut this in one piece, you could overlap two 5.75 inch square base cards and cut down the front flaps.

Alternatively, use a single 5.75 inch base card, open it out and score the folds as above, then cover the extra fold in the middle with DP.

I like to add a large panel to the left hand side which can be decorated with paper layers and embellishments.
It still stands up just fine I promise!

Gatefold card featuring mermaid Ellie by The Paper Nest Dolls

The right hand flap needs to be left fairly free of embellishments so the card can still close properly but there is just room on this design for a pair of tickets.

On other gatefold designs I have made the panel sticking out from the left hand side smaller to allow room for 3D embellishments on the right hand panel too.

The mermaids are some of my favourite Paper Nest Dolls and mermaid Ellie has assured me she is ready for her close up so here we go...

Gatefold card featuring mermaid Ellie by The Paper Nest Dolls

The twine on here is from my stash but I think it came from some clothes I bought; it was used to attach the labels on them.
I have just curled it into shape and stuck it down with tacky PVA, then frayed the ends slightly.

Gatefold card featuring mermaid Ellie by The Paper Nest Dolls

Card recipe;
DP: Shoreline Treasures - Pion Design (available from Live and Love Crafts)
Flowers: Wild Orchid Crafts
Twine: from stash

Copic colours;
Skin: E000/00/21/11/04 & R20
Hair: E41/43/47
Shell bikini: YR30/31/Y26
Tail: B91/93/95/97/99
Seahorse: B91/93/95/97 & V20/22/25

I hope you enjoyed my tutorial of sorts and maybe next time I will move on to a fancier fancy fold design!

Thanks for visiting and I really appreciate any comments that you leave,


  1. A beautiful card Kat and such exquisite shading (as usual) on your mermaid. Love the upcycled twine too!! xx

  2. Absolutely gorgeous. Such beautiful colouring, and the papers are soooo pretty!
    I haven't done a gatefold card in aaaaages! Must remedy that some time soon. x

  3. Oh Kat...I sigh with admiration. A wonderful creation...love the colours and that colouring on the mermaid...SUPERB.....those scales are amazing! Wonderful card and so deserving of your guest appearance. xx

  4. This is perfect in every way Kat, your colouring is way and i really do love everything about it xx

  5. Just gorgeous your colouring is fab and the layout and papers chosen are just soooo pretty xx

  6. Wow! Another GORGEOUS card, Kat! Sweet image, incredible colouring, fantastic stitching, and fabulous design! LOVE it! :o)

  7. Gorgeous Kat, and a fab fold and colouring.

  8. My apologies Kat for being such a bad blogging buddy. My organizational skills seemed to leave me about mid November and I'm trying like crazy to get it back!
    I love everything about this card... the sweet mermaid, your colouring, the design, the flowers and yes, the twine. That is such a cute, nautical touch and looks terrific.

  9. Fabulous fold card....
    Love the mermaid image ... Beautifully coloured as always...
    Hugs Sylvie xx

  10. Wow Kat.... this gatefold card is fabulous - and thank you for the wonderful tutorial! I really must give gatefold a go again, as this is stunningly effective!

    Sorry for my lack of commenting of late - I'm still on that uphill struggle right now with with little interest in things.... but I'm moving in the right direction!

    Big hugs
    Christine x

  11. Another gorgeous card Kat, love the image and your colouring of her exquisite tail. I haven't made a gatefold card for ages - been stuck on squares for some time now - I'll have to make one.

  12. Fabulous gatefold card Kat. love the image and your design is stunning. Hugs `Jennifer xx

  13. Stunning card Kat - such a beautiful image and always coloured to perfection.
    Love your tutorial.
    Debs xx

  14. A gorgeous card Kat, the mermaid looks fab and you've coloured her beautifully. Love the colours and design too
    Lorraine x

  15. Hi Kat this is a wonderful card and a great tutorial! Well done on your GDT spot!
    Hugs Lynsey x

  16. Ooh that is stunning Kat! Love the gatefold front design. Gorgeous colouring on that lovely image and the papers, ahhh, lush! A truly beautiful creation hunny. Hugs, Wends x

  17. She is just beautiful Kat...fabulous colouring and I love the card fold with the flowers and twine..so sweet and gorgeous..

    luv CHRISSYxx

  18. Gorgeous card, love the style and the sweet image.

  19. great tutorial and fabulous colouring on that cute mermaid Kat - I love this whole card t really is lovely hugs Judith x


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