I have another fancy fold video for you today! There are several different names for this card on YouTube, but the one word they all have in common is Dutch. I’m not sure why this is, but I imagine it has something to do with the narrow tall rooves a lot of houses have in Holland. If you know why this card is called a Dutch…….., I’d love to know. As I said in the video, nearly all the videos I watched on YouTube said the width of the main piece of cardstock should be 4 3/16″, but I always found it a tad too wide for my 2″ strip. I’m giving the width as 4 1/8″ as this will definitely work!
I also increased the length of the top flap. My measurement makes the top flap come down past the top of the doors. I did this so I could rest the flap on the two doors when they’re open, so the card will stand on a shelf. It really worked a treat, and well worth re-working the measurements! This was the first time I used this gorgeous ribbon. It’s amazingly soft, and looks and feels a bit like seam binding, but it behaves much better. I found it was easy to spoil seam binding if I pulled on it in the wrong place. This didn’t happen with this ribbon.
The flowers I used on the video card are called Blossoms Elements. They are fabulous but very tall for an embellishment. If I needed to send this card to the recipient in the mail, I would put a piece of bubblewrap over the flowers. This would be to keep the flowers in place, and to protect the envelope from being torn to shreds! I always protect any greeting cards I send through the mail that have either Basic Pearls or Basic Rhinestones on them. The white cardboard we receive in our packs of Designer Series Paper is ideal for this. I cut a piece big enough to cover the front of the card. This was a great tip I received from my crafting friend in Canada. Many thanks, Geraldine!
That’s about it from me today. I wish you a very blessed Sunday, and until I’m back with you again tomorrow, happy crafting!
Heather V says
I love your card, as always.. I love the way the front flap sits on the doors. Thank you for your attention to detail when you craft.
Dutch Doors are the doors that only go half way up. They were popular in the Netherlands in farmhouses to keep the animals out. So because the flaps on this card only go up partially they are called Dutch Door cards and not Gate fold cards.
Hi, Heather. I’m pleased you like this project. Many thanks for explaining about Dutch doors. That’s what we call stable doors; to keep the horses in but so they can look out and breathe the air! Happy crafting, JanB. xx
Jeanette F says
Many thanks, Jeanette. Happy crafting, JanB. xx
LaRae Prentice says
In our part of the world Dutch doors are those that have a “split” horizontally across the door so that you can open the top and leave the bottom closed, or close the top while leaving the bottom open (for pets, for instance). My best recollection of a Dutch door was an old TV show called Mr. Ed, about a talking horse!
Hi, Larae. Oh my goodness! Yes, I remember Mr. Ed! Split doors are what we call stable doors. Many thanks for explaining. Happy crafting, JanB. xx
JUDY WESTCOTT says
My pleasure, Judy. Happy crafting, JanB. xx
Susan P says
The name is a dead giveaway (though they’re sometimes called stable doors, half doors, and double-hung doors). Dutch doors were common in the Netherlands in the 17th century. They were devised for use as exterior doors on farmhouses to keep animals out and children in, while allowing air and light to come and go.
Hi, Susan. Yes, we call them stable doors here in the UK. Many thanks for expalining. Happy crafting, JanB. xx
Patricia Gessner says
Really looking forward to making 3 of these cards! Thank you for sharing the how to’s. Patricia
Hi, Patricia. I’m so pleased you’re going to making this card…….enjoy! Happy crafting, JanB xx
TREVYA M CURRY says
I made one for my son’s birthday tomorrow. Want to post a picture.
Hi, Trevya. I’d love to see your card. Have you joined my Facebook group: https://www.facebook.com/groups/JanBHappyCrafting/ This is a group that isn’t Stampin’ Up! specific. You’re welcome to share your crafty makes, whatever products you use. If you’re on Facebook, head on over there. If you’re not on FB, you’re very welcome to email me your photographs direct to me at firstname.lastname@example.org I hope you have a great weekend, and happy crafting. JanB. xx