Gate Fold Card

by Beate Johns

Add two scores to create this simple trifold.


  • 4 1/4" x 8 1/2" piece of cardstock for card base
  • Two 1 7/8" x 4" pieces of cardstock for front panels
  • Additional cardstock for main image, sentiment and layering
  • Scoring tool
  • Adhesive
  • Stamps
  • Ink


  1. Step 1

    Score the 4 1/4" x 8 1/2" piece of cardstock at 2 1/8" and 6 3/8"

  2. Step 2

    Prefold scored lines.

  3. Step 3

    Stamp the two 1 7/8" x 4" pieces of cardstock if needed.

  4. Step 4

    Tape one of each panel to the sides of the card front.

  5. Step 5 (Optional)

    Add an additional cardstock layer on the inside of the card.

  6. Step 6

    Stamp and color the main image and sentiment, then layer on additional card stock (optional).

  7. Step 7

    Apply adhesive to half of the main image's back side.

  8. Step 8

    Tape main image over the center fold, making sure the adhesive does not overlap the fold.

  9. Step 9

    Adhere sentiment or a coordinating image with dimensional adhesive. Place it so it partly sits over the main image, keeping the card closed.

  10. Step 10

    Finish your card.



    Try different sizes
    To figure out where your scores should be, divide your card width in 4 (eg. 6" x 4= 1 1/2") and score at 1/4 of your width (1 1/2") and 3/4 (4 1/2").

Your Turn

You've seen the tutorial, now you try it! We've got a section of the gallery set aside for Gate Fold Card. 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.

Your card is gorgeous! Great tute as well! You rock, Beate!!
Rose Ann  |  Wed Apr 30, 2008 at 7:19 PM
so beautiful
thank you for this idea
I wait the next project

sylvie  |  Wed Apr 30, 2008 at 11:43 PM
Can't wait to make one of these! Also, is it possible to list the supplies you use in the tutorials? Name of stamp sets, punches, color medium, etc. All of the tutorials are great regardless, though smile Thanks!
Connie  |  Thu May 1, 2008 at 3:30 AM
Your card fold card is GORGEOUS !!! I love making these cards....thanks for the reminder to one of these again soon. !! thanks my friend smile
Corinne  |  Thu May 1, 2008 at 3:37 AM
This is gorgeous. I LOVE the colors you used.
Debra  |  Thu May 1, 2008 at 4:38 AM
Beate - is have try gorgeous!!! I'll try this....
Silke Ledlow  |  Thu May 1, 2008 at 5:16 AM

I always list all my supplies in the gallery upload in the technique gallery section. Just click on the gallery link under the tutorial to get to it.
beate  |  Thu May 1, 2008 at 5:23 AM
Thanks again for another great tutorial. It is always easy to follow your directions and pictures.
Barb  |  Thu May 1, 2008 at 8:20 AM
Thanks for this great tutorial Beate. It´s beautiful, always! Bye...Silke
Silke K.  |  Thu May 1, 2008 at 9:26 AM
Beautiful job. Colours are amazing, love the butterfly.
Kimberly  |  Thu May 1, 2008 at 9:54 AM
I don't understand the scoring directions for other sizes, can someone help?

Try different sizes
To figure out where your scores should be, divide your card width in 4 (eg. 6" x 4= 1 1/2") and score at 1/4" of your width (1 1/2") and 3/4" (4 1/2").
rln72  |  Thu May 1, 2008 at 10:40 AM
I absolutly love this and can't wait to try. I plan on incorporating this into my scrapbook pages for journaling and extra pictures.
Thanks for such a wonderful idea, and one that is so beautiful.
Ruth  |  Thu May 1, 2008 at 10:59 AM
Beate, Great job! But where were lastnight? When I needed you. For the life of me I couldn't remember how to make one of these cards.

Oh well! Thanks for sharing it now.
Nancy B  |  Thu May 1, 2008 at 11:01 AM
I love this card and would love to try it. I googled the stamps you used but cant seem to find them. Can you tell me where to get them? Thanks so much, i tis lovely.
Luly  |  Thu May 1, 2008 at 11:02 AM

This means if your piece of cardstock is 6 inches in total, you'd want to make two folds that are 1/4 of that total length (which would be 1 1/2") that way they will meet in the middle.

You could also do a variation of where the opening is by taking your total cardstock length (in this example, 6 inches) finding half of that (3 inches) which will be the main back wall of your card where you write your sentiment. The fold lines can occur anywhere as long as the two measurements add up to 3 inches. So to get your opening just one inch from the right side, you'd make your first fold at 2 inches and your second at 5 inches.
Lacey  |  Thu May 1, 2008 at 11:05 AM
This looks great!! When my friend got married last year, this was the style that we used to make her wedding invitations. However, instead of adding the layers on the top to keep it closed, we just put in two brads and tied it shut with a ribbon. They were really pretty!!
Lisa  |  Thu May 1, 2008 at 11:56 AM
Beautiful card. What size are the oval punches that you used in this project. Would it be the 3" Marvy oval and scallop punches?
lakepenny  |  Thu May 1, 2008 at 12:22 PM
Thanks for the instruction Beate! I had this on my mind already for a baby card that I need to make.
Cynthia  |  Thu May 1, 2008 at 1:53 PM

I always post all my supplies in the matching technique spotlight gallery listed on the bottom of the tutorial.
I did not use punches, but oval Nestabilities templates. I love those die cut templates. They work with most die cut machines. I use mine with my Cuttlebug.
beate  |  Thu May 1, 2008 at 1:53 PM
I would like to know where I can get the butterfly stamp that was used on the most recent "gate fold" card . Any one out there have an idea? Karen
Karen Beal  |  Thu May 1, 2008 at 3:35 PM

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