I remember when I first saw this die I couldn’t wait to get my hands on it because I could just see this garden gate card in my mind. Is this greeting just not SO perfect? I just love the scale of these tiny cardstock flowers over the arbor and how the whole things just fits on the card so sweetly with that greeting.  For this card I used Rubbernecker’s Gate and Arbor, Sun Moon, Leaves and Greenery , Grass, Small Butterflies, Tiny Flower Buds and Kittie Says Friends.

This summery garden gate card is made with die cuts from Rubbernecker and is perfect to send to a friend who could use a smile

Card Base and Sentiment

  • Use white cardstock to cut an A2 sized card.
  • Score and fold the card.
  • Apply masking tape around all four edges of the card front.
  • Use a large blender brush to apply light blue ink over the whole open space to create a soft background.
  • Remove tape and see the white frame border.
  • Pro Tip:  When you want to create a basic single layer card base masking off a frame border can add dimension.
  • Use black ink to stamp the sentiment.

The Gate and Arbor

  • Cut the gate and arbor using white cardstock and the accessory pieces using black cardstock.
  • Cut several sections of the greenery.
  • Trim the curved ends off the greenery with scissors.
  • Begin attaching the greenery to the arch using glossy accents allowing the sections to overlap.
  • Use bright yellow cardstock to cut the tiny flowers, place them face up on the molding pad and form them with a tiny tipped stylus.
  • Use glossy accents to attach the tiny flowers al the way around the greenery.
  • Attach the gate and hinges to the arbor and the handle to the gate using glossy accents.
  • Apply thin strips of mounting tape to the back of the arbor and attach it to the card base.

This closeup of today's garden gate card shows the exquisite detail from the die cuts from Rubbernecker

Finish the Garden Gate Card

  • Use green cardstock to cut the grass layer and a few more greenery sections.
  • Attach a strip of mounting tape to the  back of the grass and attach it to the card base.
  • Attach the tiny flower buds to the greenery section using glossy accents.
  • Tuck the floral sections in behind the grass and attach using glossy accents.
  • Use yellow cardstock to cut the sun and butterflies.
  • Apply a piece of mounting tape to the back of the sun and attach it to the upper sky area.
  • Attach pre made white Nuvo Crystal Drops to the center of each butterfly using glossy accents.
  • Use glossy accents to attach the butterflies to the card base and grass.

This garden gate card can be adapted from this spring theme to any other season using different die cuts

I can see this layout turned into a garden gate card for ALL the seasons so it’s really perfect all year round. And because it’s so pretty but not occasion-specific on its own, you really can adapt this for all sorts of reasons. Check out this link to see several other cards made using the arbor with different seasons.  I would love to hear how you use this unassuming appearing but super fun die!

Gate and Arbor Die Cut 5166D
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Sun Moon Die 5147-07D
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5309-04D Leaves and Greenery Die
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Tabed Grass Set Die Cut 5152-03D
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Small Butterflies Die 5147-08D
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Tiny Flower Buds Die Cut 5147-10D
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3327 Kittie Says Friends
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Color Fuse Set #9
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Versafine Clair Nocturne Pad
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Tonic Nuvo Crystal Drops, Gloss White
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Life Changing Blender Brush – 4 Piece…
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Sizzix – Paper Sculpting Kit
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Mini Glossy Accents, Ranger Accents
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Scotch Safe-Release Masking Painter’s…
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Scor-Tape 1/8′ (3mm), Scor-Pal Tape
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Scotch Foam Mounting Tape
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Fiskars 01-005452 Recycled Bypass…
ATG Kit, Advanced Tape Glider
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Teflon Bone Folder, Essentials by Ellen
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Scor-Pal Measuring & Scoring Board 12×12
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Crossover II Fabric & Paper Cutting…
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VersaFine Clair Ink Pad, Nocturne
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Making a garden gate card for a friend is so fun.