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Sunday, February 3, 2013

"Through the Looking Glass" a Wicked Valentine Gate-fold Card

Howzit Everyone!

Today I'm sharing an Alice in Wonderland themed gate-fold card.   I'm honoured to be the Spotlight Guest Designer for February over at the Smeared and Smudged forum and I'm having a ball creating with Smeared Ink's edgy AIW digi images!  The sexy Queen of Hearts featured on the front would make this one a quirky Valentine if you so desired ;0)  Check out my Mad Hatter's Top Hat project too if you missed it!

I used two of Smeared Ink's AIW digi images:  Alice and Queen of Hearts and printed them out on to Neenah Solar White cardstock.  Both images were then coloured with the following Copic markers:  E0000,00,02,15, 19, 41, 43, 44, BV01, 02, 04, B34, Y11, 15, YG00, G82, 85, C3, 5, R39, 46 and used the O Colourless Blender to create a speckled texture on the large mushroom as well as for blending and creating highlights.

I scanned both images after colouring and printed out 3 copies of the Queen of Hearts image so that I could cut out sections to make the front of the gatefold card and create the dimensional layering.  I printed out the coloured Alice image too so that the colouring would match and cut all the printed panels with my Perfect Squares tool.  I made the gatefold card out of dark red cardstock embossed with Craftwell's 8.5 x 11" Regency embossing folder which I ran through my eBosser machine (now available at Crafter's Companion).  I scored the fold lines on a TopScore Multiboard and adhered a portion of the Queen of Hearts image to the left hand panel.  This panel is cut along the Queen's legs.  I cut another of the Queen of Heart images and adhered the 'Alice in the Looking Glass' side of the design to the right hand panel making sure the Queen's legs lined up. 

The image of Alice in the looking glass gives you a peek through to the inside of the card.  Open it and see the very forlorn Alice image adhered inside.  Run Tim's paper distresser tool around all the card edges to tatter them and then apply Black Soot Distress Ink with a foam ink applicator tool to all the edges and to the embossed design.

Fussy cut out two roses from the left over portion of the second Queen of Hearts print and adhere them to the left panel with black foam dots.  Fussy cut out the Queen from the 3rd print along just one leg, a portion of her body and around her arms and head and adhere it to the card front with black pop dots too.  You can see all the fun dimension in the photo below.

Apply Inkssentials Matte Accents to the heart on the Queen's leg, her head and also on the glass bottle and spilled liquid in the Alice image to make them stand out.  Fold the card and wrap a dark red organza ribbon around it and tie in a bow!

Thanks for visiting with me today and have a great week!

I've entered the following challenges:
Smudgy Antics - Make a Gatefold Card
Crafter's Companion Feb Challenge - Love is in the Air
Color Me Creative Copic Challenge Group #61 - Colour with Texture
 Copic Marker Europe - Anything Goes
Digi Haven - Love or Valentine
Simply Create Too #30 Valentine's Day or Hearts
Happy Stamping!
I design for Blockheads Paper Arts * Third Coast Rubber Stamps * Lost Coast Designs * About Art Accents


  1. Wow that looks like a lot of work! Amazing. Glad you joined us at CMC this week.

    1. Thanks Kim, yep, a tiny bit time consuming but the result is worth it :0)

  2. oh my gosh! this is wonderfully made and beautiful perfect in every way. i love your creativity.
    thanks for joining us at smudgy antics.
    susan s

  3. OMG Leigh, what a stunning, super, card, and so much work and love has gone into it, thank you so much for sharing with us at Delicious Doodles this week, good luck xxxx

  4. So many details on your card, wow! It looks like you put a lot of work into it too! Thanks for sharing it with us at My Sheri Crafts! :)

  5. Hi Leigh..your Alice gatefold card is amazing in so many ways! Not only is the coloring beautiful but your concept is wonderful. the fussy cutting for one but I especially like that you noticed the similarities in the two images and made them work for you!!

  6. WOW, this is stunning Leigh. Your work is fabulous...so much detail that really tells a story. I love seeing your creativity. Thanks so much for sharing with us at Delicious Doodles this week. Pat K x

  7. Leigh,
    This "Gate Fold card" is so amazing! I love how you layered up the images! Your coloring on them are perfect! Very clever arrangement too! Tks for using Smeared Ink digis! And thanks for joining us at Smudgy Antics!! I really love what you have done here!
    (SA DT)

  8. Amazing! You've put so much detail into this gate fold card! Love your coloring! Thanks for joining us at Digi Haven!
    visit my blog @ sandy's crafty creations

  9. OMG - Mindblowing AWESOME !!! Your colouring knocks my socks off. A stunning creation :-D
    IKE xxxxxxxxxxxx

  10. Great job with all the details and coloring! Thanks for joining us at My Sheri Crafts!

  11. No freaking way!!! this is the bee's knees!! seriously I am actually a little speachless here, simply amazing!!! Thank you so much for sharing this with us at Smudgy Antics xxx

  12. Wow! Your gatefold card is beyond awesome! I love your coloring and use of texture and layers. Your work is absolutely fabulous! I'm gobsmacked! Thanks for playing along with us at Smudgy Antics :)

  13. Wow what a detailed and beautifully colored card! Thank you so much for sharing it with us over at 365 Cards!!

  14. Holy cow, this is amazing! You put so much work into this and it shows!!!!! WOW!

    Thanks for playing along with us at Crafter's Companion!

  15. What a wicked cool Valentine's Day card!!! Love the stamps and embossing. Thanks for Joining the Crafter's Companion monthly challenge.

  16. WOW! your gatefold is stunning! beautifully coloured and I love the layers ........just gorgeous! Thank you for sharing with us at Smudgy Antics and congrats on your Guest DT spot :)

  17. You put a lot of work into this project, thanks for sharing with us at Digi Haven,Lisa (DT) x

  18. Very creative, awesome use of texture, Thanks so much for joining us at CMC this time
    Hugs Julie P

  19. Wow...what an amazing card!!!! Thanks for joining us at CMC.


  20. Love your wicked Valentine gatefold card!


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