August 28, 2021


In cardmaking, do you make a lot of gatefold cards? Do you know what a gatefold card is? It's when, instead of simply folding a piece of cardstock in half, you fold it twice so the two sides meet in the middle, creating a sort of gatefold.

I personally love making gatefold cards because I think they are a little more interesting to behold that the plain old folded-in-half card. 

Most of the time when I make a gatefold card I add two elements, usually one on each side of the gatefold so they sort of flip flap when the card is opened and closed. 

This time, however, I wanted to step it up a little by adding a belly band to hold the card closed. The disadvantage of this type of card is that you can't just sit it on your desk. It needs to lean on something or be put on a small easel as I did to take these photos. Oh well. Minor inconvenience.

For my card I stuck with the simple combination of blue and white, 
somewhat reminiscent of delft blue pieces. 

A modest blue and white combo:

Follow along for a tutorial on creating a card similar to this one. Of course, the look of your card probably won't be like mine because it all depends on the Designer Series Paper and coordinating colors you choose for your own creation.

Basic White cardstock
Designer Series Paper of choice
Coordinating cardstock

Black ink
Ink that matches the cardstock you've chosen

Stamps from the June 2021 Paper Pumpkin kit or any similar stamps

Die cutting machine
Tasteful Labels dies (page 166, Annual Catalog)
Stampin' Dimensionals

Take a piece of white cardstock that measures 5 1/2" x 8 1/2" and with the Simply Scored, score it at 2 1/8", flip it completely around, and score it at 2 1/8" again. By doing it this way, I always end up with a more successful gatefold. Crease these score lines well with a bone folder.

Cut two pieces of Designer Series Paper that measure 1 7/8" x 5 1/4". Adhere these to each of the gates.

On a piece of white cardstock, stamp the flower stamp from the June 2021 Paper Pumpkin kit or your chosen stamp in Memento Tuxedo Black Ink.. Choose a color that will coordinate with the colors in your DSP, and use the solid watercolor stamp from the same set to stamp over the black flower.

With one of the Tasteful Labels dies, die cut the flower piece. Set it aside for now.

Using cardstock in the same color as the ink you used over the stamped flower, cut a piece that measures 1 1/4" x 8 1/2". Carefully, but not too tightly, wrap this piece around the card. Don't worry that it won't meet in the center; it will be covered up.

Going over the gap in the colored cardstock, add a strip of white that measures 1" x 4".

Next add another strip of the colored cardstock to the center of the white piece. This should measure 1/4" x 3 3/4".

Once this is all finished, add the flower label to the center with a couple Stampin' Dimensionals.




  1. I love blue and white together, and this card does it so well!

  2. I love gatefold cards; I just started making them in the last year or so and they are quickly becoming my favorite fold. This card is so pretty; my favorite color is blue!

    1. I'm so glad you like it, Joanne! I also like the fact that you make and love gatefold cards. A Kindred spirit!