You're probably looking at this card and thinking, "What? The Bleach Wash again? The True Friend set again? How is this different?"
Well, what's different is that I made a gate fold card. You're still stuck with the Bleach Wash and the True Friend set. ;) (but they go together so well, so it's not ALL bad)
For this gate fold card, I cut my cardstock at 4 1/4 x 11 inches. I then scored down along the long edge at 2 3/4 and 8 1/4 inches.
I used Purely Pomegranate cardstock for the cardbase and embossed the small medallion all over the front of the closed gate. After the embossed images dried, I swiped bleach over the cardstock with a flat wide paint brush.
I usually use a small dixie cup (yes, my favorite Mickey Mouse ones), but I was being lazy today and didn't want to get up from my desk and go to cupboard to get one. I learned 4 valuable lessons today from this: 1) Don't pour bleach from a half full jug of bleach into a tiny little cap and think that you're not going to get any of it OUTSIDE of the cap. 2) Always keep paper towels close by when you spill bleach. Baby wipes just don't cut it. They make the situation worse. How in the world do you expect baby wipes to soak up bleach when they baby wipes are ALREADY wet with baby wipe solution (of course, it didn't help that it was one of the last in the bin and therefore SOAKED with baby wipe solution). 3) Keep some dixie cups at my craft desk. That way I won't have to get up and walk the 20-22 feet to the cupboard to get some. Or not walk the 20-22 feet to the cupboard. All depends on how you look at it. 4) Thank God that you didn't bleach any of the clothes you were wearing, especially your favorite pair of jeans.
After I learned my valuable lessons for the day, I got up and walked the 20-22 long and tiresome steps to my cupboard and got a dixie cup (okay, so I didn't QUITE learn one of the lessons as I didn't bring back more than one dixie cup to my craft desk). You can see some of the spilled bleach on the inside of the right hand gate fold. Personally, I think it adds character. At least that's how I'm justifying it to myself. And the true friend that I give this to won't mind because true friends don't mind. :) Or, at least they don't tell you if they do.
I added a piece of white cardstock to the inside of the card for the greeting. I stamped the image inside with Blue Bayou ink and did the direct-to-paper technique with the same ink.
The large medallion on the front of the card was done on Blue Bayou cardstock and bleach washed.
If you're wondering what Bleach Wash is, I created a tutorial here ----> Bleach Wash Tutorial. You can check out the directions there to do this awesome technique. I swiped around the edges of my cardstocks with my Whisper White craft ink pad for a little extra punch. It almost makes the cardstocks look white-washed.
If you look closely at the bleach wash, you can see that I wasn't entirely particular about making sure that every inch of cardstock was bleach washed and that there were darker and lighter areas all over the cardstock. I like to think it gives the cardstock a little more character and visual interest.
Speaking of visual interest, this card just didn't seem complete with just the bleach washing and the white ink around the edges. I felt like it was missing something.
The card felt perfect after I put a silver mini brad through the center of the large medallion.
I really like the gate fold format done the horizontal way. It's a nice twist from always being done vertically.
I'm thinking this might be in the forecast for a future "one Design - Multiple Cards"
post. The VERY near future. :)
Hope you all have a wonderful night!
Stamps: True Friend set (Stampin' UP); Cardstock; Whisper White, Purely Pomegranate, Blue Bayou; Ink: Versamark, Blue Bayou and Whisper White; bleach; wide flat paint brush; Crystal Clear Embossing powder; embossing gun; piercing tool from Crafters' Tool Kit; silver mini brad