Garden Gate Mini Album

I discovered this amazing mini album designed by Anna-Karin on The Sizzix Blog. I highly recommend stopping by both blogs for a huge dose of inspiration.  Anna-Karin used Eileen Hull’s new Garden Gate Album and lots of new Karen Burniston Journey dies.

Garden gate mini Album

The Garden Gate Album is so pretty and such fun to use. For mini-albums, smaller sized patterned paper pads are great and here Anna used Graphic 45 Secret Garden 8 x 8 and 6 x 6 papers.

Start by die-cutting the Garden Gate album from cream mat board. You’ll need the Extended Cutting Pads since it is an XL die. Paint with Picket Fence Distress Paint and let dry.

Mix a little bit of Walnut Stain Distress Paint into Wendy Vecchi’s Embossing Paste. Don’t add too much paint, since the paste might become too thin then.

Wood Grain Look

Smear the paste through a woodgrain stencil, using a palette knife or an old plastic card.

When the paste is dry, paint with Antique Linen Distress Paint. Use a paint brush since the texture of the paste might damage the dabber top.

Ink the edges with Gathered Twigs. 


Cover a piece of mat board with patterned paper. Die cut the title with the Word Play die. Also die cut flowers from mat board, using the Bouquet Leaves die. Ink with Victorian Velvet, Bundled Sage, and Gathered Twigs and stamp with a script stamp.

Album front

Add a second word to one of the letters with rub-ons and glue the title and flowers to the fence. Apply strong adhesive (Anna used Wonder Tape) to the spine of the gate and adhere to the spine of the back piece to form the base of the album.

Inside Pages

Start to create your inner pages by stamping the pages with a variety of background stamps, using your  Distress Ink and Versafine Vintage Sepia.

Cut a piece of transparency slightly larger than your pages and stamp it with different stamps using Stazon Cotton White ink. I love the look of stamping in white on a clear surface like acrylic or transparencies. The inside of this beautiful mini album is where you can really make it your own.

To see Anna-Karin’s  full tutorial in all its glory, be sure to stop be her blog Layers Of Ink. You will be in awe when you see the inside of her album.

Back cover of gate album

Here’s a picture of the back of the album. The texture of the woodgrain is just gorgeous.

My hope for you is to be fearless when it comes to your creativity, to try new things and most important to have fun!

Thanks for visiting and have a very creative day.



Graphic 45 Secret Garden Paper Pad   Sizzix 6x13 Cream Mat Board


Hero Arts 19th Century French Script Stamp Set    Hero Arts Woodgrain Stamp


Sizzix Album Garden Gate DieSizzix XL Window Die       Sizzix Bigz Leaves and Bouquet Die


Sizzix Envelope Seed Packet DieSizzix Phrase Bloom Plat Markers DieSizzix Word Play Die


Prima Woodgrain Stencil Mask    Tim Holtz Idea-ology Chit Chat StickerTim Holtz Idea-ology Word Remnant Rub-ons


Dies: Eileen Hull Sizzix ScoreBoards XL Die – Album, Garden GateEileen Hull Sizzix ScoreBoards XL Die – Window Box, Eilleen Hull Sizzix Bigz Die – Phrase, Bloom & Plant MarkersEileen Hull Sizzix Bigz L Die – Envelope, Seed PacketEileen Hull Sizzix Bigz Die – Leaves, BouquetEileen Hull Sizzix Sizzlits Decorative Strip Die – Vine #2Eileen Hull Sizzix Sizzlits Die Set 3PK – Gardening Tools SetEileen Hull Sizzix Sizzlits Die Set 3PK – Hearts & More SetEileen Hull Sizzix Sizzlits Die Set 3PK – Lovely Labels SetKaren Burniston Sizzix Pop ‘n Cuts Magnetic Insert Die – Mug & Heart, 3-D (Pop-Up)Karen Burniston Sizzix Pop ‘n Cuts Magnetic Insert Die – Label Window, 3-D (Pop-Up)Karen Burniston Sizzix Pop ‘n Cuts Magnetic Insert Die – Label, Funky 3-D (Pop-Up)Karen Burniston Sizzix Pop ‘n Cuts Magnetic Insert Die – Butterfly Window, 3-D (Pop-Up)Karen Burniston Sizzix Pop ‘n Cuts Magnetic Insert Die – Phrase, Friend 3-D (Pop-Up)Karen Burniston Sizzix Framelits Die Set 5PK – Labels, WavyKaren Burniston Sizzix Bigz Die – Butterflies & LabelsKaren Burniston Sizzix Movers & Shapers Magnetic Die Set 2PK – Flower & HeartKaren Burniston Sizzix Movers & Shapers Magnetic Die Set 2PK – ButterfliesKaren Burniston Sizzix Sizzlits Die – Phrase, FriendsTim Holtz Alterations by Sizzix: Word Play Bigz XL DieTim Holtz Sizzix Sizzlits Decorative Strip Die: Tattered BannersTim Holtz Sizzix On the Edge Die – BracketsSizzix Big Shot Die Cutting Machine
Surfaces: Neenah Smooth Cream cardstock; acetate; vellum
Stamps:  Tiny Heart Background CG604,  Heart Background CG505, Wise Bird H5719, Three Flower Balls K5598, Leafy Vine CG509, Lattice Background 331065, Friend Definition CG125, Magical Background CG211, Flourish Background CG119, Old Letter Writing S4878, F5738, Take Time to Savor G5374, It’s a Parade G5469, Newspaper Tulips K5576, Each Moment F5579, Pocket Watch CL639, Anytime Messages CL129, Come Fly With Me 3311481, Wonderful World 331068, Be Silly CL635, Home Sweet Home ST513, Hey Y’all 331073; Stamper’s Anonymous Tim Holtz: Urban Tapestry
Ink: Ranger Archival Ink Jet Black; Ranger Distress Ink: Bundled Sage, Antique Linen, Gathered Twigs, Scattered Straw, Victorian Velvet; Versafine Vintage Sepia; Stazon Cotton White

Stain: Ranger Distress Stain Brushed Pewter

Paint: Tim Holtz Distress Paint: Picket Fence, Antique Linen, Walnut Stain
Medium: Wendy Vecchi Stamper’s Anonymous Embossing Paste
Adhesive: Ranger Wonder Tape, Glossy Accents; Claudine Hellmuth Multi-Medium Matte

2 thoughts on “Garden Gate Mini Album

  1. Deborah says:

    the gate mini lbum and the gae one another gate sizzies one is so cute.

    where can i get the gate . please let me know and tysvm and have a sunshine day

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