How to Make a Twisted Gatefold Card and Baby Gift

Homemade card and baby gift by Natalie Lapakko featuring Delightful Daisy DSP and May Flowers Framelits from Stampin' Up!

How to Make a Twisted Gatefold Card and Baby Gift

My cousin just had a little baby girl and we got to meet her yesterday for the first time! Since this was such a special occasion, I went all out on her card and gift, making a Twisted Gatefold Card and coordinated gift packaging!

Homemade card and baby gift by Natalie Lapakko featuring Delightful Daisy DSP and May Flowers Framelits from Stampin' Up! Color inspiration: Pink Pirouette, Flirty Flamingo, Bermuda Bay, Pool Party, Night of Navy

Homemade card and baby gift by Natalie Lapakko featuring Delightful Daisy DSP and May Flowers Framelits from Stampin' Up!

Challenge Inspiration

This project was inspired by Global Design Project Challenge #101!

I thought these colors were just perfect for a little baby girl! I started with Delightful Daisy Designer Series Paper because it is Night of Navy with white flowers, then I used Stampin’ Write markers to change the colors of the flowers. Since this paper has a watercolor feel, with lighter and darker versions of each color, I added Pool Party and Pink Pirouette as lighter versions of Bermuda Bay and Flirty Flamingo, respectively.

Special Pinterest Images

If you want to pin this slightly altered color combination, remember to click the Pinterest button on the side (computer) or bottom (mobile) of your screen. You’ll get a special pinterest image with the color combination and two pictures of my project!

 

Twisted Gate Card Tutorial by Natalie Lapakko

Twisted Gatefold Card Base Directions

Make sure to refer to the image above; it should help visualize some of these directions!

  1. Card base: First, cut a piece of cardstock for a card base that is 8 1/4″ by 5 1/2″ (21 x 14 cm).
  2. Next, score at 2 3/4″ and 5 1/2″ (7 and 14 cm) to create three even sections. Crease along the score lines using mountain folds.
  3. Then, flip the card over. In the first and third sections, score a line from the bottom left corner to the upper right corner. For nice straight score marks, I use a trimming tool and line up the corners with the track for the blade, then use a bone folder or special scoring blade to add the score lines.
  4. Crease along the diagonal score lines using mountain folds. This is your card base!
  5. Triangle layers: Each of the triangle layers starts as a rectangle and is cut from corner to corner to make two triangles that fit on opposite sides of the card opening. Be careful not to mix up which layers go on which panel! Notice that on my card the layers with Flirty Flamingo and Bermuda Bay borders are mirror images of each other. Flirty Flamingo is cut from bottom left corner to upper right and the Bermuda Bay is cut from upper left corner to bottom right.
  6. You can use both layers like I did or a single layer, if you want to keep things simpler. The larger, solid colored layer starts as a rectangle 2 1/2″ by 5 1/4″ (6.3 x 13.3 cm). The smaller Designer Series Paper layer starts as a rectangle 2 1/4″ by 5″ (5.7 x 12.7 cm).
  7. Interior panel: 2 5/8″ by 5 3/8″ (6.6 x 13.6 cm). I used Whisper White and added some die cut flowers for decoration.
  8. Front and center: This type of card looks most complete when you’ve got some sort of decoration in the front center. Remember to only adhere it to ONE side, or you may end up gluing your card shut. (Been there, done that.) I find it is easier to open and close the card smoothly if this center element is propped up on dimensionals.
  9. For this particular card I used two layers of dimensionals. The ribbon is sandwiched between the two layers.
  10. Decorations: I used Stampin’ Write markers to color the flowers on a piece of Delightful Daisy Designer Series Paper. I used May Flowers Framelit Dies to cut Daisy shaped diecuts to decorate the inside of the card (these are glued flat) and the central element (these have the petals curled up for extra dimension.) The ribbon is Bermuda Bay Satin Ribbon.

Coordinated Gift Packaging

I love coordinating my gift package and my card! Somehow having those two things match makes a gift feel that much more special! Here’s a couple of things you can do to give your gift a totally coordinated look:

  1. Use coordinating stamps and ink to decorate the edges of your tissue paper.
    • I saved time by putting 4 stamps on one giant stamp block and inked and stamped them all at once.
    • Only decorate the edges, since that is the only part that will be visible.
    • Put a piece of scratch paper underneath the tissue when you stamp, because it will bleed through!
    • It doesn’t have to be perfect! You are stamping tissue that will be all crinkled up anyway, so if you make a mistake, it is no big deal. No one will notice.
  2. Layer your tag.
    • I used three of the exact same shape (from Lots of Labels Framelits) to make my tag. I staggered the heights a little bit when I punched the hole so the different layers would show at the bottom.
    • If you use the same papers and cardstock colors you used in your card, your tag will automatically coordinate!
  3. Decorate the gift itself, if possible.
    • My gift was swaddling blankets and hair bows, so I wrapped a piece of coordinating Delightful Daisy Designer Series Paper around each blanket. The hair bows were the perfect way to add a finishing touch, but I could have also made more die cut flowers.
    • Another way to decorate a gift is with a little mini tag made from coordinating papers. Depending on how your gift is packaged, you could attach it with a piece of baker’s twine or a dimensional.

Homemade card and baby gift by Natalie Lapakko featuring Delightful Daisy DSP and May Flowers Framelits from Stampin' Up!

Materials

Cardstock: Night of Navy, Bermuda Bay, Flirty Flamingo, Pool Party, Pink Pirouette (c) Stampin’ Up!

Paper: Delightful Daisy Designer Series Paper (c) Stampin’ Up!

Ink: Bermuda Bay, Flirty Flamingo (c) Stampin’ Up!

Stamps: Falling Flowers (c) Stampin’ Up!

Markers: Bermuda Bay, Flirty Flamingo, Pool Party, Pink Pirouette Stampin’ Write Markers (c) Stampin’ Up!

Dies: May Flowers Framelit Dies, Stitched Shapes Framelit Dies (c) Stampin’ Up!

Other: Flirty Flamingo Baker’s Twine, dimensionals, Bermuda Bay Satin Ribbon

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4 thoughts on “How to Make a Twisted Gatefold Card and Baby Gift”

    1. Sadly, it does not. I got around this issue this weekend by not using an envelope at all and just tucking the card into the gift bag. I’ve been curious to see if there is a variation that would fit in an A2. If I find some measurements that fit, I’ll let you know!

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