Gatefold Cards

Gatefold cards are easy to make yet they can have such impact!

"The fence that makes good neighbors needs a gate to make good friends"


There is something about receiving a handmade greeting card that you need to untie before you can see the personal message inside. This papercraft technique does not really require any special materials either.

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How to Make Gatefold Cards

Here are the papercraft tools and supplies you will need:

  • A piece of cardstock measuring about 30cms X 15cms (12" X 6")
  • Designer series paper and embellishments of your choice
  • A pencil and ruler
  • A craft knife and a pair of sharp paper snips (scissors)
  • A bone folder (if you don't have one, use a blunt knife to score the paper and the rounded handle of the knife to crease the folds)
  • Some way to fasten the two folded sides of the card together. I used brads and gold cord on one card and eyelets and gold cord on another
  • A cutting mat

Here's what to do:

  • Find the middle of the length of your cardstock and mark it lightly with the pencil. Then find the quarter points of the length of cardstock and mark those lightly with a pencil

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  • Now score the quarter lines on each side of your length of cardstock (don't score the middle line!) with your bone folder or knife. Carefully fold the two sides in to meet in the middle
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    Next, measure the designer series paper to make a square that fits over both 'doors' of your card. Cut it out and glue/adhere it down to the entire front of the card, covering up the centre as well. Make sure you glue or adhere the edges of the two front sections so that your designer series paper will stick down to the folds once they are cut open

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  • Once the glue is dry or the designer series paper is firmly adhered, take your craft knife or sharp paper scissors and slowly and carefully slit the designer paper down the middle where your card halves join
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  • Once you have cut the centre open, trim the edges of the fold carefully so they meet in the middle perfectly
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    Now you can decorate your card and finish it the way you want to.

    You can also decorate the inside of your card, of course. Here I used more of the designer series paper from the front and printed my sentiments on Vellum, then anchored them down with more brads like the ones I used at the front of the card. I used one continuous piece of designer series paper to cover the entire inside of the card, then carefully cut it into panels to fit each section so the card would open and close easily without too much weight in the creases.

    Why not try custom altering your own brads to match your papercraft projects?

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    Of course, the possibilities for decorating your gatefold card are endless, limited only by your imagination and what's in your stash.

    Have fun making your gatefold cards!

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