For September, my Tuesday Techniques blog posts are going to focus on fun folded cards. Those that I’ll be posting are almost as easy to make as a traditional “fold-in-the-middle” type of card. If you have any ideas that you’d like me to include, I’d love to hear about them. Meanwhile, I’ll be posting folds that I’ve used in my own card-making. One aspect of card folding that I find very important is that the card must be able to stand up on its own. This is so that the recipient can show it off on her shelf, table or desk without having to prop it up. So all of my folds will meet that criterion.
Starting Off With a Simple Gatefold
My basic definition of a gatefold card is that it’s made using one half of a piece of cardstock, with two folds that come together in the middle to form an opening. Today’s card is about as basic as you can get.
This card starts with a piece of cardstock 8-1/2″ wide by 5-1/2″ high. You score it along the 8-1/2″ side at 2-1/8″ and 6-3/8″. Another way to put it is to score 2-1/8″ in from each end. Fold each side in so that the ends meet in the center.
- Tip #1: The Stampin’ Up! Paper Trimmer is so very helpful with this. You can cut the cardstock and score it with one tool. Just remember to move the cutting blade out of the way before you score your cardstock!
- Tip #2: Wait until you’ve brought the ends in to meet at the center before your crease the folds. No matter how careful you might be in scoring, one or both of those scores might be just a teensie bit off. Hold those two ends together with one hand while you score with a bone folder using the other hand.
Decorating the Front
Each side of the front of the card is 2-1/8″ wide by 5-1/2″ high. I cut my Garden Green Cardstock 1/4″ smaller in both directions – at 1-7/8″ by 5-1/4″. This gave me a 1/8″ border all around that layer (1/8″ = half of 1/4″). I again subtracted 1/4″ from both measurements to cut the Printed Paper, from the Tis The Season Designer Series Paper set, at 1-5/8″ by 5″. If you really want to work in small increments, you can get into 1/16″ measurements. But, for an easy card, I try to be easy on the arithmetic.
The strip across the card in the middle is NOT a belly band. It’s just a strip of the same Printed Paper on which I stamped the bow from the Gift Wrapped Stamp Set. My plan had been simply to add the bow to decorate the front. But when I did that, the bow seemed to merge into the printed papers. So I die-cut a circle with the Layering Circles Dies set and embossed it using the Scripty 3D Embossing Folder. That lifted the bow away from the paper nicely.
Inside the Card
A fun aspect of a gatefold card is that it’s easy not to add a sentiment to the front of the card. After all, you’ve created a gate. It might as well open to something special. While there is a sentiment that has “wrap” in it – as in the wrapped looked on the front of the card – that’s not the one I chose for this card. Instead I found a fun sentiment in the Perfectly Plaid Stamp Set. I stamped it using Real Red Ink and then added a smaller bow from the Gift Wrapped Stamp Set to accent it.
The Bottom Line
I hope you’ll try this very easy fun fold. It’s so much fun to make something that surprises someone when they take it out of its envelope – especially when it was so easy to make the card! I can hardly wait to share next Tuesday’s card. Oh, my! There are FIVE Tuesdays in September. Lots of folds.
Whatever you make this week, I have you have fun with it – maybe even a fun fold!