Saturday, January 14, 2017

A Victorian Garden Gate

I have always been impressed with beautiful, old-fashioned gardens and of the graceful Victorian Gates that welcomed you. There was a time when we called such gardens Victory Gardens – signs of a new beginning.

For this card, I used a combination of three different textured papers: Elizabeth Craft Designs, Dark Fuchsia Soft Finish; Neenah Crystal StarDream; and USArt Quest, Forest Green Indian Batkin.

To create a standard A2 card base, cut the Crystal 8.5” x 11” in half. Then score in the middle giving you a 4.25” x 5.5” card front. Cut the remaining piece to give you two 4.25” x 5.5” pieces.

For the background layer, cut Dark Fuchsia to measure 4” x 5.25” and adhere to the base card. Set remaining piece aside. That will be used for the flower.

Now the fun part! For the gate, I used the Crystal paper to die cut Heartfelt Creations’ Botanic Window (HCD1-7100, a three part die). On the backside, I cut very small pieces of regular tape to adhere the two parts together. Then I used a glue pen and a few pieces of double-sided tape to adhere the “window” to the Fuchsia paper.

The flower, Amaryllis (1218) from Susan’s Garden was die cut out of the remainder of the Fuchsia cardstock.  This is a great flower die. There are just two pieces to the flower with one smaller than the other. Using Susan’s Loop Tool, I then added the veining on the underside and did a little shaping. Glue and offset the two sections.

For the center, I elected to glue Go-Man-Go Prills from USArt Quest. When dry, I then used glue dots to adhere the flower to the card.

The leaves are a variety of previously cut pieces from several different sets. I really like the way this particular paper works. This is Forest Green Indian Batik paper. USArtQuest carries a fantastic line of unique, imported papers. In the near future, I will show a few flowers created from the Indian Batik and similar lines of blended papers.

Thank you for stopping by.

I hope you liked this Victorian Garden Gate.

Till next time,


  1. Love the purples you've used in your card. And the wooden card holder, bet hubby made it for you; nice way to photograph your cards.

  2. Thank you Linda. I am using a new photo setup and yes, Jim did make the card stand. Also, the trim for the room with the woodburned doorframes is complete. I will be reorganizing again!

  3. LOVELY! You have created a gorgeous card. The white gate is lovely against the dark fuchsia background. Your pictures are very pretty.

  4. Thank you Dianne - you are always so kind. I'd also like to thank you again for your suggestions on the photo enhancements. I'm taking a little time off to reorganize my craft rooms. Now to remember where I put things!


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