Do you like pirates? My husband loves the pirate theme so I decided to make him a card fit for the best pirate I know! Arghh!
This card style is called Dutch Door because of the two flaps at the bottom that meet in the middle. When displayed, the card front rests on the flaps and it turns into a sweet easel card.
The base of my card is made with Basis Teal card stock. It’s the perfect weight (80 lb) as sturdiness is important for this fold. You can’t go wrong with teal for a nautical card because navy, gold, brown, pink and coral looks great with it and they happen to be common colors for nautical images.
The pieces needed for these cards are:
Basis Teal Card Stock: Main card base – 4 1/8″ x 10″ Score at 5 7/8″ Flap for the doors – 2″ x 8 1/2″ Score on each end 2 1/8″
Designer Paper of Your Choice: Front Flap – 3 7/8″ x 3 7/8″ Inside of Card – 5 5/8″ x 3 7/8″ 2 pieces for the door fronts – 1 3/4″ x 1 7/8″
You’ll also need several pieces of white card stock for mats. I used Neenah Classic Crest Solar White. This card stock is well known by Copic colorists and is a favorite for coloring images. I used it for all the stamped images in this card. Front flap mat – 4″ x 4″ Inside mat – 5 3/4″ x 4″ For outside and inside door mats: 1 7/8″ x 2″ Front image and sentiment – approximately 2 1/4″ x 3 1/2″ (cut with a steel stitched rectangle die) Inside image and sentiment – approximate 2 1/4″ x 3 1/2″ (cut with a steel stitched rectangle die)
Attach the teal card stock pieces together with glue so you can close the door flaps at the bottom of the card. Glue the mats and designer paper to the outside and the inside of the card.
Next I stamped and colored me matey, his fish and the treasure chest sea bottom image. You’ll see in the photos that I used yellow initially to make the sentiment glow but I didn’t like it so I used a light turquoise marker and went over it. That’s why the finished pictures show turquoise around the sentiment instead. The yellow was light so it was no problem going over it.
I cut the fish out using my Brother ScanNCut and trimmed the chest scene with my scissors. I glued these to the inside of the card and prepared some fish brads to go into the scene.
I had not thought of using them right away and didn’t want the prong brads to show so I just cut off the prongs and used glue dots to adhere the decorative part of the brad to the card. Problem solved!
Then I stamped and colored the interior lady pirate and stamped the Father’s Day message. I adhered these inside the card and also added a strip of bling and pearls that reminded me of air bubbles. Here you can see the fish and seahorse brads I attached on the flaps too.
To finish the front of the card, I attached the male pirate image to a gold mat cut from Mirrisparkle Gold Glitter card stock at approximately 3″ x 4 1/4″. I embellished the mat with a compass brad. I think you’ll agree that gold is gorgeous on teal! The matted image was then glued so the bottom is about 3/4″ below the flap.
This creates the notch that holds the doors open when you display it. The front flaps are decorated with sand dollars and starfish from a brad set called Seashore Brads. All the brads and the bling strip are from Eyelet Outlet. The pirate stamps are from Jessica Lynn Originals called Pirate Brentwood Owl. The fish & treasure chest scene is from a Stampendous set called Nautical Treasure.
As you can see, this card folds flat for mailing or giving. I really love this fancy fold. It’s an easy way to jazz things up a little.
This card can be adapted to any occasion, season or reason! Use your imagination, grab your favorite CutCardStock brand and get creative! Thanks for stopping by.