Thursday, July 7, 2022

Baseball Themed Angled Gatefold Latch Cards

My dear demo friend, Lori, held her June Christmas Spirit Club sharing the Angled Gatefold Latch Card but I was unable to attend virtually via Zoom due to a double booked commitment. Following that appointment, I went to work and made four of this fun fold since I had recently received my "Last Chance" order from the Jan. - June Mini Catalog. 

I really liked the "Hey Sports Fan" Designer Series Paper (now retired) and had been meaning to order it, so I finally did before it sold out. My friend Lori, loves the San Diego Padres, so I was thinking of her when I made these cards. 

Cardstock used - Bumblebee (retired), Night of Navy, Very Vanilla

Colored Cardstock: 5 1/2” X 11”, score as shown in the diagram. Then trim angles as shown.

 4” X 5 1/4” Very Vanilla for inside greeting layer.

Designer Series Paper: two complementary pieces 3 1/8” x 5 1/4” (be mindful of paper directionality and which side you want facing out. You may have to reverse the pattern below.) 

How to make the Baseball by hand:

Gather either a 1-3/4" and 2" circle punch or similar sized Circle Dies.
Gather 2-1/4" squares of cardstock - 1 piece Night of Navy, 2 pieces Very Vanilla.

Create 2 Very Vanilla Circles with the 1-3/4" Punch or 1-3/4" Circle Die. One circle will be used as a curve template to draw the sewing seam lines and the other piece will be used to make the actual ball that will go on the Night of Navy 2" Circle.

Create a Night of Navy Circle with the 2" Punch or 2" Circle Die.

With a Night of Navy Stampin' Write Marker, fine tip end, use the Very Vanilla circle template to draw the two curved seam lines as shown in the photo.

With a Poppy Parade Stampin' Write Marker, fine tip end, you will draw by hand the "V" stitching marks on both sides of the curves. I found it was easy to do only one side of the "V" at the time and go back and do the opposite side, so I could try for an even stitched look.

When finished with both Stampin' Write Markers, you will stamp the Happy Birthday sentiment in Night of Navy ink from the "A Grand Kid" stamp set.

Then adhere both layers together. Dimensionals will only go on the left side as you look at the ball, to create the closure mechanism. You will have to "bend" the card front a little bit to go under the baseball, but it is a great way to keep the card closed.

Here's the finished cards below - Enjoy! Don't forget to decorate your envelope flap too with a piece of 2-3/8" x 6" coordinating Designer Series Paper. Adhere and trim off excess with paper snips.

Part of the package of Hey Sports Fan Designer Series Paper had these great baseball ticket and Play Ball saying that I fussy cut out and adhered to the card front. 
The Resin Star embellishments were added on the finished card.

Here's the Products I used to create these cards: Some are retired, some are current. You may be able to find some of these products on Ebay or Etsy if they are not in my online store. This list is for reference only, no clickable links.

I encourage you to give this fun fold a try with whatever products you have on hand in your papercrafting stash. 

Please contact me anytime if you have any questions 

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