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.

OOPS ! Not butterfly - I meant DRAGONFLY ! Thanks - Karen
Karen  |  Thu May 1, 2008 at 3:38 PM
I love your card and am also interested as to what 'punches' you used, especially the scallop punch.
Happy Stamping ~ Gwenyth
Gwenyth Zwaan  |  Thu May 1, 2008 at 5:19 PM
Karen and Gwenyth,

Like I posted in an above comment, I list all supplies in my gallery upload for the technique spotlight gallery. It's listed right under the tutorial.

I didn't use punches, but Nestabilities templates.

The stamp is from the stamp set Butterfly Beauty from Unity Stamp company.
beate  |  Thu May 1, 2008 at 5:41 PM
Thank you so much for the tip about putting the sentiment so that it holds the card closed. I have done several gate cards but did not like the look because it stayed open. Will have to try this soon!
Bertha Warner  |  Fri May 2, 2008 at 5:13 AM
Preciosa tarjeta, bien explicada, gracias por el tutorial intentaré hacerla.
Monika  |  Fri May 2, 2008 at 10:10 AM
I love it, great card to make for something different! I used HPH to keep my card closed.
Jeni Bond  |  Fri May 2, 2008 at 10:18 AM
I love these tutorials. In the gallery I have seen a variation where the folded part of the card is rounded instead of left squared as in this tutorial. In guidance or advice in how to cut the cardstock evenly for a rounded appearance on the front folds
Sue.  |  Sat May 3, 2008 at 10:02 AM
I've also seen in the gallery cards that list "overlapping gate fold" technique where the front folds of the cards are rounded. Is there a tutorial any where for this technique, or can you give some advise... thanks grin
Sue  |  Sat May 3, 2008 at 10:06 AM

Beautiful card, can't wait to try this one for myself!

-- my gallery;

my blog;
Loretta  |  Tue May 6, 2008 at 2:46 PM
hi! I would like to know What kind of pencil you use when you want to color the image that you have stamped in black on white? thank you
Nancy  |  Tue Jun 10, 2008 at 12:42 PM
This is a beautiful card!! I have one question, how did you do the scallop on the brown where the butterfly is??
Dotty  |  Sat Jun 14, 2008 at 12:03 PM
I cut my scalloped shapes with Nestabilities die templates and my cuttlebug.
beate  |  Sat Jun 14, 2008 at 12:21 PM
Hi Beate,

I love the 3-fold card and plan to make one for my sister-in-law's birthday this week. I like guide you used to score your card. Where can I purchase one? Please let me know. Thanks.
Carolyn Gavranich  |  Wed Aug 26, 2009 at 11:13 AM
Great Card! I will try this for sure!!!!
JoAnn  |  Wed Aug 26, 2009 at 2:14 PM
Very clever use of the circle border. Beautiful card!
Diane  |  Wed Aug 26, 2009 at 5:37 PM
I love this simple but lovely fold.My sister and I have a card buisness and we make these to sell.Poeple lik them!

Sarah H (13)
Sarah H  |  Mon May 31, 2010 at 9:21 PM
I have seen many cards with gate folds, I have also seen some with curved flaps. How do you make the flaps curved? None of the cards give this in their directions.
Mindy  |  Mon Aug 2, 2010 at 8:49 PM
i am a very big fan of your cards
ayash  |  Mon Oct 22, 2012 at 12:50 PM
Shouldn't the panels that you stamped be 1 7/8 by larger than 4"?? My card is 5 1/2 inches tall. So 5 1/4" for a 1/4 border.... Unless I'm totally missing something....? Halp! LOL
DreamsInPink  |  Thu Dec 12, 2019 at 9:32 PM
Nevermind.. I see now it's not a full size A2 card.. Ugh.. I skipped that part. ha ha
DreamsInPink  |  Thu Dec 12, 2019 at 9:34 PM

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