TGCDT May 2021 Blog Hop - Simply Elegant

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Welcome friends, It's time once again for the monthly Gentlemen Crafters Design Team Blog Hop. The Gentlemen Crafters Design Team (#TGCDT) are a group of male crafters & Independent Stampin’ Up! Demonstrators from around the world, that love to share our creative side with you on the 2nd Friday of each month. Be sure to visit all the presenters in this month's hop - links can be found at the bottom of this post. 

This month I am working with the absolutely stunning "Simply Elegant" suite of products found on page 68-69 in the new Annual Catalogue. The Specialty Designer Series Paper with three accent foil colors; copper, silver and gold, is just phenomenal. There is a certain old-world charm to the stamp set, with the flourishes and fine line details, and I love the mixed typefaces in the sentiments - a block font and a scripted handwriting font.  The best part of this whole product suite has to be the tag punch - what a great punch this is.  You can make tags of any length, and you can make focal points too.  I have even seen people wrap ribbon and tie a bow around the little flourish/knob at the end.  I think this is a must have from the new catalogue.

I hope you enjoy the card project in my video - a shout out to fellow Demo Cathy Miller, who introduced this fold to me at a mystery stamping hour last month.  I had never seen a gate fold with two different size flaps before, and  I knew right away this would be a great way to showcase several different designer papers on one card.  Enjoy!

  • Card Base: Basic Black or Basic Grey 4-1/4" x 5-1/2"
  • Layer 1: Very Vanilla  4" x 5-1/4"
  • Flap 1: Basic Black or Basic Grey  4" x 3-1/2"  scored 1/2 from one edge
  • Flap 2: Basic Black or Basic Grey  3-1/3" x 3"  scored 1/2 from one edge
  • Matte 1:Designer Paper  3-1/4" x 3-1/4"
  • Matte 2: Very Vanilla  2-3/4" x 2-3/4"
  • Punch Tag piece: Designer Paper 3" x 1-3/4" (shy)
  • Decorative strips: 2 x Designer Paper 4" x 5/8"
  • INK: Basic Grey
  • STAMPS: Elegantly Said
  • EMBELLISHMENTS: Matte Black Dots


Please visit all the other truly talented 
in this Blog-hop.  Click a name below:

Barry Selwood & Jay Soriano
Bruno Bertucci
Daniel Nickeson

Jason Loucks
Kevin Estey <= You are here
Martin Stone
Rene Guenther

Tony Embrey


# Rene Guenther 2021-05-14 14:56
Hi Kevin,
a great Fun Fold card with product pack.
I will take up your idea as I am still missing a third project for my online workshop in June. Thank you for the inspiration.
Many greetings from Leipzig. Rene
# Kevin Estey 2021-05-14 20:22
Thank you Rene! Feel free to use this design for your online workshop - it is a fun one to do. All the little bits add up to a bit of cutting, but it's a great way to use up scraps.
# Christine Alward 2021-05-14 20:03
Your project is so inspiring, the fun fold, simple and yet stunning. I really like that you add the video to your post. Your work and thoughts put into these posts every month are very much appreciated, maybe some of the other gentlemen should step up a bit.

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