Gatefold Treasure Map Card with Distress Inks for the Craftin Desert Divas and Card Magazine Summer Blog Hop

Hello everyone! Today I am quite excited to be here, as this post is part of an amazing blog hop hosted by Craftin Desert Divas in collaboration with Card Maker magazine. I will tell you more about this at the end of this post - there is a really amazing prize for one of you guys! 
For such a great occasion I wanted to make something really special, and I decided to try my hand at a gatefold treasure map using some super fun digital stamps by Craftin Desert Divas. And I have to tell you, I am really happy about how this one turned out! 
The open card measures 11"x4 1/4", and it is scored at 2 3/4" and at 8 1/4", so that when the flaps are closed the card measures a standard 4 1/4" by 5 1/2". 
And here's how it looks when it's folded:

To keep the card closed I created a "belt" which measures 1" by 12", and which I scored at 2 7/8" and at 8 5/8". I folded it at the score lines, glued the loose ends together and used the little pirate girl to hide the seam.

To make it easier for you to follow along I also created a video, you can watch it on my YouTube channel by clicking here! 
And if you like it, don't forget to let me know in the comments, leave me a thumbs up and subscribe to my YouTube channel!

If you liked this project and you wanted to give it a go, I prepared a **FREE treasure map template**  that you can check out and download at this link. Please don't redistribute the downloadable files, but link to the original post in case you want to share them with your crafty friends! And feel free to leave a comment on my blog with a link to the projects you made using my gatefold treasure map template!
And here is the list of all the supplies I used

Digi stamps by Craftin Desert Divas (each 0.99$ only!):
- Ahoy Matey
- Pirate Pal
- Shiver Me Timbers
- Treasure Hunt
- Dino Tyrannosaurus
- Summer Days
Distress Inks: 
- Broken China
- Stormy Sky
- Vintage Photo
- Antique Linen
Ranger Mini Ink Blending Tool
Prismacolor Premier Colored Pencils -set of 132
Zest-it Blending Solution 
Paper Stomps
Windsor and Newton Cotman watercolor cardstock
Neenah Solar White 110 lb cardstock
Hama Repositionable A4 Packing Labels
Tonic Studios Guillotine Trimmer
Tombow Mono Multi Liquid Glue
Silhouette Portrait
Canon Pixma TS5055 printer

And finally for the juicy part of this post, as I mentioned above, today I am part of a fantastic blog hop hosted by Craftin Desert Divas and Card Maker magazine. You can hop along all the blogs in the hop and leave a comments for a chance to win a 75$ gift certificate to the Craftin Desert Divas store! Yes, you read right...75$! Quite a rich prize! The winner will be selected from all the comments on all the blogs, so the more you comment, the higher your chances will be! The winner will be announced on July 17, so good luck and happy hopping! :P

The hop starts here →Craftin’ Desert Divas:
Mayras Designs:
Clare Prezzia:
Lissa Beck:
Diana Carr:

You are here → Laura Volpes:
Next Stop → Gaylynn Martling:

Waleska Galindo:
Jen Shults:
Tatiana Trafimovich:
Nicole Coursey:
Lindsay A.:
Savannah O’Gwynn:
Christine Riley:
Teresa Kline:
Ale Suta:
Jan Phat:
EK Gorman:
The hop ends here → CardMaker:

And that's it for today's post! I really hope you liked my project and you will give it a try. Again good luck to all the blog hop participants, and I will catch you guys soon with another fun project! Ciaooo!


  1. This is an amazing treasure map card!!

  2. Such awesome work with treasure map fun, totally love it!

  3. This is stunningly beautiful 😍 creation

  4. Oh, what a FUN card! Love it!

  5. Fabulous make! Thank you for such a great post.💕

  6. Love the scene and the gatefold layout!

  7. This card is so AWESOME and so UNIQUE! I LOVE IT! What a fun card! I'd be thrilled if I ever received a card like this!!! Thank you so much for sharing your design with us too! It is so thoughtful of you to do that! Thank you sooo much!

  8. Such a great card!! Thanks for the layout, it is fun!!

  9. What a unique idea. Your colors are just perfect. For Christmas a couple years ago we gave our granddaughter and her family a pirate ship tour which they loved. I want to use your wonderful map when I scrapbook this page for them. Thanks for this wonderful idea.

  10. What an unusual card. I've not seen something like this before. I loved that you used a "belt" to keep the card closed so the recipient opens it like a package.

  11. what a unique card.
    Love the map. I'll be
    using your guide for
    making it. Thanks for
    offering it.

  12. Reminds me of the treasure hunt birthday party my son had when he was little :)

  13. How creative how you incorporated the stamping of images on a treasure map! Beautiful project

  14. Laura , OHHH I LOVE This soooo much !!! I adore everything about this amazing card !!
    Hugs&Blessings ,

  15. Wow what an amazing map card. And a really good video. I need these pirate digits!! 😍

  16. Your card is incredible. I love that it unfolds to reveal your island and ocean scene on the inside.

  17. Truly amazing and so creative! Love this treasure map card!

  18. What a cute treasure map card!!

  19. This card is amazingly created and so details... Beautifully done Laura!/Hugs-Jan

  20. Great idea for a little boy's birthday, Laura! Fun!

  21. I love the scene performed. Thanks for the video tutorial.

  22. Oh Laura your card is so awesome, I really love it.♥ And your video is so fantastic.Many thanks for sharing your inspiration.♥

  23. Beautiful card! So unique! Thank you for the free template!

  24. Beautiful card, love your design!!

  25. Such a fun fun card and treasure map! Thanks for all of the pics and the template!

  26. What a brilliant idea! So cute!

  27. Such a fun treasure map! I love it and any child would thrilled to receive this!

  28. Fabulous treasure map card. I like the inking and thanks for the template.

  29. Love this card Laura ! Such a fun and creative card!

  30. Awesome release! Fantastic creation! Thanks for the video!

  31. Neat idea. Love how you made a belt to keep it closed!

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