Card Technique: Gatefold Card

Hello my crafty friends! For today’s technique I decided I wanted to do a different type of card fold. Specifically, a gatefold card. I learned this technique from the amazing Jennifer McGuire. If you’ve never heard of her, I highly suggest checking her out- I’ve learned so many new techniques and ways because of here. Let’s get to it!

You’re going to start with two side fold A2 cards. Then you open them up and on one side score the paper at 2 1/8″ and then fold it along that line. You do this to both sides so that they mirror each other.

Next you will take them and line them up. The card that is going to be in the front position you’re going to want to cut just a little off of it, less than an eighth of an inch. You’re cutting just enough off to make it so the two folded parts making the gatefold line up flush to each other. I suggest cutting off less than you think and seeing how that fits. You can always take more off but you can’t add it back on.

Next, to make the card lay flat, I cut a band for the card. I took some patterned vellum and cut it to a width of 1 1/2″ and cut the length to a little under 9 1/2″. That way there will be wiggle room when you start decorating the front and adding layers to the card. Keep reading to see the rest of the card.

Next, I cut my sentiment out of glitter black cardstock from Tonic and from Neenah solar crest white 110lb cardstock. I did this to give the sentiment a bit more stability because part of it would be floating free. I glued them together using Ranger’s Multi Medium Matte.

I cut a butterfly full card die out of Tonic’s rainbow mirror cardstock. After I had punched all of the dots and butterflies out, I took it to my trimmer and cut it right down the middle at 2 1/8″. I then used my Nuvo glue and glued the fronts to the folded part of the card. In the left image you can see that some of the words are loose and that’s because I only applied glue to the part of the word that would be on the right side of the card.

On the inside I embossed a sentiment from a Simon Says Stamp birthday sentiment set in silver glitter embossing powder from Michaels. I then took three of the butterflies that I had punched out from the front and glued them around the sentiment.

Here is the final product. The final touch I added was to add five butterflies in descending size to the vellum wrap connecting it further to the card. Doing a gatefold card isn’t too hard but there are so many options to play with, I don’t think I’ll ever get bored making these! I hope you enjoyed today’s technique. If there is a technique you want to see me attempt, please leave it in the comments! As always, my social media is linked down below if you would like to check it out!


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