The Snail Mail Suite was on the bottom of my wish list from the current mini-catalog. After seeing all the fabulous cards, and the pretty darn cute DSP. Today, I am using this double-sided DSP for the double gate fold card.

Here’s my card:

Here’s the challenge icon and card:

Debbie included this link to Dawn Olchefske’s tutorial on Splitcoast Stampers. Dawn has pictures along with her step-by-step instructions as well as a video. While the finished cards look very complicated, it’s actually not very complicated. But that can just be a secret, because the recipient will be very impressed!

Helpful Tips

  • Big tip #1: Make sure the patterns are different in colors or pattern density. I first thought I’d use Forever Greenery DSP, but I didn’t choose wisely. You can see what I mean in my “bad” choice in the picture below:
  • Big tip #2: Be very careful when working with one-way up patterns of DSP. I love the white background snail DSP, but it is one-way. When I got ready to flip the triangles to the bottom, I realized my problem. To solve the problem, I traced each triangle on another piece of the DSP so I could adhere it the correct way.
  • If I lost you with tip # 2, just remember not to start your first double gate fold card with one way up DSP.

Measurements and Such

  • I followed the tutorial for the measurements of the DSP. Therefore, I cut the double-sided DSP to 5-1/2 inches by 12 inches.
  • The front Real Red square panel and the snail were both cropped using the accompanying snail dies. Don’t you just love when you can use dies to crop the DSP? While I could’ve stamped and then colored this snail, I went for quick and used the die.
  • I used both the pink and the white baker’s twine from this suite for a sweet little bow on the front.
  • The Real Red mat on the inside measures 3-1/2 inches by 5 inches.
  • The white panel measures 3-3/8 inches by 4-7/8 inches.
  • I used the envelope die from the snail die set to crop out the adorable little stitched envelope. The die set also includes the little heart, which I cropped in Real Red.
  • Then, I stamped the “hello” greeting on white and cropped it using the rectangle stitched dies. In order to have the greeting panel stand out from the envelope, I outlined it using my Real Red marker.
  • I couldn’t figure out a way to get this greeting on the front, so I carefully placed it on the top of the inside so it shows when the card is closed.
  • Then I stamped the “You snailed it” greeting on the inside panel.
  • Finally, I worked on the envelope. I stamped the front of the envelope with “HAPPY MAIL enclosed”. After adhering and trimming a piece of the pink swirly pattern on the DSP to the envelope, I’d completed this card/coordinating envelope set.

Thank you so much for stopping by today.

I’d love to hear what you think, and greatly appreciate every comment.

Have a Peachy Day!

Colors Used:

Supplies Used:

Pre-Order Has Begun!

So far, I’ve only gotten the new In-Color basic supplies. However, I will be putting in another pre-order. There are two suites at the top of my wish list, and as soon as I can order them, I will. There’s a sneak peak of the first suite on the cover of the 2021 – 2022 Annual Catalog:

That DSP is absolutely, stunningly gorgeous! I can not wait to order this on May 4th!

Do you live in the U.S. and need a demonstrator? If so, I’d love to talk to you!

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