Welcome to the Final InKing Royalty Blog Hop for 2018!
(AKA Where in the World did 2018 Go??)

Welcome to InKing Royalty’s December Blog Hop! This year’s Blog Hop themes are inspired by popular songs – this month’s song is “Pretty Paper, Pretty Ribbons.” As you can guess, our Blog Hop today is filled with projects that are inspired by beautiful paper and beautiful ribbons – how clever! We are excited to share our creations with you today! After you read my post, I hope you’ll hop over to the next person on the list at the base of this post. 

Christmas Break

As I’ve said, I am a teacher and, as of the date of this post, I am on Christmas break.  (YEAH!!)  Exams are done and graded, grades posted, and I am looking forward to just enjoying and relaxing.

Today’s card looks time-consuming and complicated , but it is super simple.  At the end of this post, you will find the easy step to create this diagonal gate fold.

Here’s my very fun fold card:

            Card and decorated envelope


Pretty Paper

For the top flap, I used a piece of the Joyous Noel DSP.  This paper is gorgeous, and if you like non-traditional holiday colors, this paper is for you!  The bottom flap is a piece of Merry Merlot, which was run through the Big Shot in the Basketweave TIEF.   

The Snowfall Thinlets provided the die cut snowflake flourish.  This was the most time-consuming part of the whole card because I couldn’t make up my mind for the best paper to use.  After trying a couple of other options, I finally remembered the Glossy Whisper White cardstock.  The white flourish really pops off the Merlot basketweave.  Problem solved, shine added, all is well with the card.

Making Christmas Bright

The stamping for this card is all from one set, the photopolymer Making Christmas Bright stamp set.  It’s the first Christmas set I bought this year, and the last one I used.   I didn’t want just a plain circle for my sentiment, so I pulled the starred circle and stamped it in Tranquil Tide on Whisper White, cropped with one of the Layering Circles dies.  Merry Merlot seemed like the natural choice for the sentiment, and I think the stamp set’s font is just fabulous!  The mat for the sentiment is cropped with the Stitched Shapes circle.  I used dimensionals under the top half of the sentiment only.  If you put dimensionals on the whole circle, you will adhere the gates together and it won’t open.  

I didn’t want my sentiment on the inside to just be floating on the Whisper White, so I stamped another starred circle in Tranquil Tide.  Merry Merlot was used for the inside sentiment as well.  

I did want just a touch of a border of color around the top layers of DSP and cardstock, so I used a Merry Merlot Stamping Write Marker to edge the papers.

No Naked Envelopes

Mary Deatherage, from Stamps-n-Lingers, has a fb live every Sunday evening.  During the course of the months  I have watched her lives, I have gotten into the habit of creating a coordinating envelope for my cards.  This card is no different and I used a coordinating piece of DSP from Joyous Noel for the flap.  The starred border on the front is from the Making Spirits Bright stamp set.  Love.

Card Base Directions as promised

I found this fold on a binge of YouTube videos during which I just clicked and clicked and kept clicking. Therefore, I have no idea on which demo’s video I saw these super simple steps to the diagonal gate fold card.

First, score the 8.5 x 11 cardstock at the horizontal and vertical halfway points.  Next, you will need to remove the scoring blade from your paper trimmer to cut the diagonal corners cut from tip to tip.  Be very careful with this diagonal cut, from which you will be able to get two card bases.  Make sure to use a bone folder to really crease your diagonal gates.  Sweet and simple.  

Thank you for stopping by today. 

I hope you’ll hop along to the next stop on the blog hop, Brian King at stampwithbrian.com. You don’t want to miss all the inspiration in this group!  

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!



  1. Brian King at Stamp with Brian
  2. Julie DiMatteo at The Paper Pixie
  3. Candy Ford at Stamp Candy
  4. Pam Morris at Tap Tap Stamp
  5. Robbye Hamilton at Miss Hammie’s Crafts
  6. Jackie Beers at Blue Line Stamping
  7. Rachael Shedeed at Bluebonnet Stampin’
  8. Nina King at InkPaperSequins
  9. Shawn de Oliveira at Shawn Stamps
  10. Jennifer Spiller at Westside Paper Creations
  11. Sue Jackson at Just Peachy Stamping