Tuesday, March 8, 2011

Tutorial Tuesday - Gate Fold with Hanging Embellishment

I love folded cards.  I really love any card that has a little surprise. 

Today I would like to show you how to make a Gate Fold card.  The finished card is the card I made for my husband for Valentine's Day this year.  I hope you enjoy the tutorial.

Start with a piece of cardstock that is 12 inches x 6 inches.  These dimensions will create a card that is 4 x 6 inches.  For my card base I chose to use Bazzill Raven.  Score at 2", 4", 8", and 10".  Fold as shown in the picture.  Meaning the 2" and 10" scores will be a mountain fold, the 4" and 8" scores will become valley folds.

This picture shows the folds.  For my card I am using the "Key to my Heart" set from Shelly's Images.  This file is available in a .svg format on request.  I cut the heart using Make the Cut and my Cricut.  Make the Cut is an amazing program that allows many different file formats to be cut.  If you are interested in a tutorial about using files with Make the Cut please comment to this tutorial.  I cut the heart shape out in two different sizes using Crimson Bazzill cardstock.

I wanted to dress my hearts up a little so I used my mini VersaMark stamp to cover the non textured side of my Bazzill.  

Sprinkle Clear Embossing Powder over the heart.  I used the Clear powder from Ranger.  I always sprinkle glitter and embossing powder over my trusty magazine page that is folded in half.  The magazine page is great because static doesn't collect my powders.  And the fold is perfect for pouring the powder back into my container.

Set the powder with heat tool. 

Now cut the papers that you will need to decorate the front of the card.  I used Bazzill Crimson again along with EK Success Red and Gold (I used the gold side).  Go ahead and cut 4 of the Crimson here since you will need them for a step a little later.  

Decorate the lock and key from the Shelly's Images "Key to my Heart" set. I used Copic markers and a Prisma black pencil to color my key and lock.   I chose Y21 and YR24 Copic colors to color the lock and key.  Color the key hole with the black PrismaColor and then finish with the blending stub and odorless paint thinner.

Cut out the pieces.

This picture shows the gold and red papers added to the front of my card.  The hearts are also added.  I placed them so that they over lap a little when the card is closed.  And the lock is added to the front of the big heart with Pop Dots to add a little dimension.

Now punch a hole in the blank middle section on each side.  I used the smallest hole punch that I have for this.  When I make a card like this again I will punch a little more toward the back of the card.  My punch for this card is a little forward of middle. 

Time for my confession.  :)  The picture I took to show you how to adhere the string was SO blurry.  I threaded two strands of gold string through the left side of the card and held it in place with a glue dot.  Then I added one of the Crimson Bazzill pieces that we cut earlier.  This is MUCH easier than trying to tie the ends of the string.  

Repeat for the other side.  You want your key to hang nicely on the string, but not sag down below the bottom of the card when closed.  Now cut the cardstock to decorate the back of your card.  Ok....you're right....this would have been easier before I attached the key.  But it is still possible here.  Cut a piece of gold and black to the dimensions shown and add to the inside of the card.

All finished....and what a pretty card!  


  1. Fantastic Tutorial, thank you so much for sharing it.

  2. Shelly - the final creation looks FANTASTIC! It pays to read your entire tutorial, and at least you let people know where to do something differently (example, position for hole punch). This really is a cool card, hope your husband appreciated the work you put into it!
    ☺ Sandi

  3. Really great project! I will try to make one for me. Thanks for sharing.

  4. BEAUTIFUL card! Thanks for breaking it down into such simple steps and even giving us a heads up for where we may run into a small problem.

  5. This is fabulous Shelly!! I had not seen this fold ... but really like it and will give it a try this afternoon! Thanks so much for always sharing your talents!! YOU ROCK!!

  6. ur card is beautiful!!! i 've never seen this version of a gatefold card -- but i like!!! :)

  7. Thanks for the wonderful comments. It is great to hear that people will use the tutorial. You all make me want to go home and make more tutorials! :)

  8. I just love this tutorial sis! Great work - the card is just fabulous! :)
    Hugs & Happy Days!

  9. Awesome tutorial and card! Definately will have to try this. Thanks

  10. oh this is absolutely fantastic!!! GORGEOUS card and thank you soooooooooooooooo much for this awesome tutorial!!!!

    hugs :)

  11. what a fantastic little card. i love it .thanks for the tutorial .. -anne-

  12. Lovely! The tutorial is great, too! I'm enjoying touring your blog.