Die Cut Gate Fold

by Dina Kowal

Use border dies or nesting shapes to create unique gate fold openings.


  • Cardstock
  • Border die (Impression Obsession Hill Landscape Layers DIE343 used here)
  • Nesting shape dies (Spellbinders squares used here)
  • Washi tape
  • Coordinating patterned paper
  • Scoring tool
  • Die cutting machine
  • Trimmer
  • Adhesive
  • Other supplies as needed to complete the card (Simon Says Stamp "Happy Every Day" set (retired), Impression Obsession Party Kisses C8441, The Cat's Pajamas retired set, Quickutz banner die, Copic markers)


  1. Step 1

    Trim cardstock to 5 1/2" x 11” or 12”.

    Score at 3 3/4" and 8”.

  2. Fold in on the score lines.

  3. Step 2

    Open the folded card on your die cutting platform. Center a single-lined border die, and tape it into place with the cutting surface up.

  4. Step 3

    Trim a piece of decorative paper to 4” x 5 1/4". Center it in the card opening and tape it into place.

  5. Close in the sides of the card front and die cut the card.

  6. Step 4

    After cutting, your card base will have a decorative cut opening that matches up perfectly.


    if your cardstock is heavier weight, you may need to remove the paper inside and take a second run, or cut one flap at a time.

  7. Step 5

    You will also have 2 layering pieces for the card front, with edges that match the card opening. These can be aligned with the cut edges or the folds.

  8. TIP:
    Alternatively, the cut flaps of the card can be used for layering, on the outside or inside of the card flaps. They may need to be trimmed slightly.

  9. Step 6

    Create a focal piece for the card front. Remember to use adhesive on only one side of the back of the focal panel if it will cross over the cut line. A belly band was created for the sample card.

  10. Assemble and complete the project.

  11. Step 7

    To die cut a shaped opening in a gate fold card, trim cardstock to 5 1/2" x 8 1/2".

    Score at 2 1/8” and 6 3/8”. (Your scoring board may have a mark at these measurements.) Fold on the score lines.

  12. Step 8

    To position the cutting die, line up the center line with one cut side of the opening. Tape the die in place with the cutting surface against the inside of the card.

  13. Step 9

    Fold in the flap, and fold the opposite flap over the die.

  14. Center a piece of decorative paper over the card front and tape it into place.

    Die cut.

  15. Step 10

    After cutting, your card base will have a shaped opening that matches up perfectly at the center line.

  16. You will also have a decorative panel that frames the opening.

  17. Step 11 (Optional)

    Before cutting a center line in the decorative panel, center a nesting die around the opening and cut.

  18. This will create a larger window that frames the opening in the base.

  19. Step 12

    Use a trimmer to cut the decorative panel along the center line.

  20. Step 13

    The first window cut can be used as a layer inside the card. Use the cut opening to place it in the center.

  21. Step 14

    Create a focal piece for the center. Line the inside of the card if desired.

  22. Assemble and complete the project.


Your Turn

You've seen the tutorial, now you try it! We've got a section of the gallery set aside for Die Cut Gate Fold. Try this technique, then upload your artwork to the gallery. Show us your creations!

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Questions and Comments

We'd love to get your feedback or questions. Leave your comment below.

Thank you for this cool way, so much easier than when I first learned to do a gated card.
bette  |  Wed Nov 16, 2016 at 4:43 AM
Great video with two cards that I must make. The only thing that I seemed to miss was how you open the last card with the white banner attached.
Jean Chaney  |  Wed Nov 16, 2016 at 8:23 AM
Hi Jean! It's the same as suggested in Step 6 - the banner is only glued on the left panel.
Dina  |  Wed Nov 16, 2016 at 8:28 AM
Fantastic ideas. I love demos that use products I already have. TFS.
Jennifer  |  Wed Nov 16, 2016 at 8:30 AM
Thanks so very much for this tutorial. I struggle with measurments and getting things straight. Think I can master this and share it with my classes.
Susan Miller  |  Wed Nov 16, 2016 at 8:30 AM
Beautifully presented tutorial. Super idea, can't wait to try it!
Katey  |  Wed Nov 16, 2016 at 1:03 PM
Thanks so much for a technique that I will be using regular now I realize how easy you made it look! Always seemed a big challenge to me to attempt something like this.
wendy aka kiwi jane  |  Wed Nov 16, 2016 at 1:23 PM
Thank you , very good, will definitely make some cards like yours
eluned jeffery  |  Wed Nov 16, 2016 at 1:27 PM
What a great idea something different to use my dies, thank you
Lee Gysberts  |  Wed Nov 16, 2016 at 3:16 PM
I love these variations on the classic gatefold. Thanks so much for sharing your talents!
Kathy Rudolph  |  Wed Nov 16, 2016 at 9:07 PM
Terrific technique to get things all lined up straight and tidy. Thanks for the tut.
Sonja Van Laar  |  Wed Nov 16, 2016 at 9:19 PM
These are both such neat ideas Dina, thanks for sharing this smile
Stacy Sheldon  |  Thu Nov 17, 2016 at 1:41 PM
What a helpful tutorial! Once again you make it so easy!
Vicki-Joy  |  Fri Nov 18, 2016 at 1:28 PM
What a fun tutorial. I had fun making a card. Thank you for your clear instructions. The only thing I'm not following is getting my card into the gallery for the Diecutgatefold.
Catherine Dimick  |  Fri Nov 18, 2016 at 10:25 PM
thanks so much for the tutorials!!! They are great!. It has been so long since I have created them that I had forgotten how to do it!!! thanks to you I am going to give it another try. Have a great holiday.
Sue H.  |  Sun Nov 20, 2016 at 8:17 AM
Wow! Needed the inspiration, was really struggling with these, thanks for such a brilliant tutorial Dina!
Terri Hawke  |  Fri Jan 6, 2017 at 12:26 AM
love these fun shapes for the gatefold
Conniecrafter  |  Fri Jun 18, 2021 at 8:24 PM

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