Gatefold Card Variations

Gatefold cards by Natalie Lapakko featuring Tasty Treats DSP and Foxy Friends stamps from Stampin' Up!

Gatefold Card Variations

Gatefold cards are cards that have the opening in the center, so there are two flaps to open. For a fancy fold card, they are simple to make and there are a lot of different variations to jazz them up.

I have two variations of gatefold cards today to show you just some of the possible ways these cards can be decorated. One card has a removable little belt that slides over the card to keep it closed. The other card uses two interlocking pieces for a fun surprise when the card is opened.

Gatefold cards by Natalie Lapakko with Foxy Friends stamps and Tasty Treats DSP from Stampin' Up!

The Perfect Solution for Patterned Paper

Gatefold cards are a really great way to show off a really pretty patterned paper. Sometimes really bold patterns can be difficult to use because the pattern draws so much attention that any other focal point can become lost. A problem that I have sometimes is that a paper is SO pretty that I’m afraid to cut it. I worry that if I don’t end up liking the card I make, the paper will have been wasted.

Gatefold designs are such a great way of showcasing a patterned paper that they are certain to look great. Never fear to cut into your only piece of Tasty Treats Designer Series Paper, like I did, gatefold cards are here to help!

Gatefold cards with Foxy Friends stamps and Tasty Treats DSP from Stampin' Up! Card design by Natalie Lapakko.

Gatefold Card with Belt Directions

  1. To make a gatefold card base, use a half sheet of cardstock and crease it at the 1/4 and 3/4 marks. I used Crumb Cake cardstock. See the tutorial image below for exact measurements.
  2. Cut your most beautiful patterned paper, such as Tasty Treats Designer Series Paper, into two panels, each 1/4″ (0.6 cm) smaller than the two front pieces of the card base. Adhere these panels to the card base.
  3. Cut a strip of cardstock 1-1/2″ (3.8 cm) wide and 9-3/8″ (22.5 cm) long. Crease this strip twice at 2-3/8″ (5.85 cm) from each ends. This will give you a belt that is just a hair bigger than your card base, so it will slide easily over it.
  4. Cut a strip of patterned paper 1-1/4″ (3.2 cm) wide. Wrap this around the cardstock belt, creasing it in the same places and trimming the ends to match.
  5. Position the belt around the card (not too tight!) and adhere the ends together. The overlapping section can either be hidden by a decoration, such as in mine, or can be positioned in the back.
  6. Using Layering Ovals Framelit Dies, cut a Whisper White oval (in an appropriate size to fit behind a raccoon) and coordinating scalloped oval in Crumb Cake. Adhere these together, then adhere them to the center of the belt.
  7. Stamp a raccoon onto a scrap of Whisper White cardstock using Foxy Friends stamps. Use Crumb Cake ink for the body, Soft Suede ink for the mask, paws, and tail, and Early Espresso ink for the eyes and nose.
  8. Fussy cut out the raccoon and use dimensionals to adhere him to the center of the belt.
  9. Fussy cut out your favorite treat from a scrap of the Tasty Treats, minus a little off the top, and glue it into the raccoon’s hands.

Gatefold card with belt tutorial by Natalie Lapakko featuring Tasty Treats DSP and Foxy Friends stamps from Stampin' Up!

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Interlocking Gatefold Card Directions

  1. To make a gatefold card base, use a half sheet of cardstock and crease it at the 1/4 and 3/4 marks. I used Crumb Cake cardstock. See the tutorial image below for exact measurements.
  2. Cut your most beautiful patterned paper, such as Tasty Treats Designer Series Paper, into two panels, each 1/4″ (0.6 cm) smaller than the two front pieces of the card base. Adhere these panels to the card base.
  3. Stamp the sentiment from Happy Happenings onto a scrap of Whisper White cardstock with Soft Suede ink.
  4. Die cut the sentiment using an appropriate sized circle from Layering Circles Framelit Dies. Cut a second circle and layer it behind the first one for extra thickness.
  5. Die cut two scalloped circle about that is 1/4″ (0.6 cm) larger than the circle. Cut the same circle from step 4 out from the center of the scalloped shapes. Adhere the two layers together for extra thickness.
  6. Place the scalloped circle shape and the sentiment circle in their correct positions on the card. Adhere the left half of the scalloped shape to the left gate flap and adhere the right half of the sentiment circle to the right gate flap.
  7. Stamp a raccoon onto a scrap of Whisper White cardstock using Foxy Friends stamps. Use Crumb Cake ink for the body, Soft Suede ink for the mask, paws, and tail, and Early Espresso ink for the eyes and nose.
  8. Fussy cut out the raccoon, separating his tail from his body. Open the card and place him next to the sentiment circle to determine when he needs to be trimmed, mark with a pencil if needed.
  9. Use the same circle die to trim the raccoon and his tail. Adhere the raccoon and tail right next to the sentiment. Don’t use dimensionals this time, or it will interfere with the interlocking pieces!

Interlocking gatefold card tutorial by Natalie Lapakko with Foxy Friends stamps and Tasty Treats DSP from Stampin' Up!

Note: I accidentally used a piece of Tip Top Taupe instead of Crumb Cake on my interlocking card. Can you tell the difference when you see the two cards side-by-side?

Gatefold cards by Natalie Lapakko featuring Tasty Treats DSP and Foxy Friends stamps from Stampin' Up! Color inspiration: Watermelon Wonder, Peekaboo Peach, Pear Pizzazz, Pool Party, Crumb Cake, Soft Suede, and Early Espresso.

Tasty Color Combination

This tasty color combination is inspired by Tasty Treats Designer Series Paper. I added Soft Suede as a lighter brown, since it worked well for the layers of my raccoon.

I do love these colors together! They are so tropical feeling, that they make me wish I was on a beach sipping something with an umbrella in it. Summer is coming sooner than we think!

Stampin' Up! color inspiration: Watermelon Wonder, Peekaboo Peach, Pool Party, Crumb Cake, and Soft Suede.

Materials

Cardstock: Crumb Cake, Whisper White, Pool Party (c) Stampin’ Up!

Paper: Tasty Treats Specialty Designer Series Paper (c) Stampin’ Up!

Ink: Crumb Cake, Soft Suede, Early Espresso (c) Stampin’ Up!

Stamps: Foxy Friends, Happy Happenings (c) Stampin’ Up!

Dies: Layering Circles Framelit Dies, Layering Ovals Framelit Dies (c) Stampin’ Up!

Other: dimensionals

Thanks for visiting and happy stamping!

By Natalie Lapakko

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33 thoughts on “Gatefold Card Variations”

  1. Update: Made my husband a card for our anniversary using the idea of the locking circle that I liked so much, just instead of a circle I used a heart, the die I used hast two parts a solid heart and a lace border, I thought it was perfect!! Thanks so much for the inspiration!! Love your tutorials, Have a blessed day!!!!

  2. I too have only just found you and hope to learn much from you. I was pretty old when I started on cardmaking so I am quite slow (now 86 and slower still) Hope to hear from you soon. Marie (In Coppull U.K.)

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