Interlocking Gate Card

by Brenda Quintana

Add a locking element to a classic gate fold card.


  • Cardstock (Stampin' Up!® Wisteria Wonder, Blushing Bride, Pink Pirouette, Watermelon Wonder used here)
  • Scoring tool
  • Punch or die (Stampin' Up! Sweetheart Punch used here but any shape of similar size can work)
  • Ruler
  • Pencil
  • Scissors
  • Adhesive
  • Other supplies as needed to complete the card (Stampin' Up! supplies used here: Bloomin' Love Stamp Set, Bloomin' Heart Thinlits Dies, Pearl Jewels, Blushing Bride and Watermelon Wonder inks)


  1. Step 1

    To make the card base, start with an 8 1/2” x 4 1/4” piece of cardstock. On the long side, score at the 2 1/8” and 6 3/8” marks.

  2. Fold the card base along the score lines.

  3. Step 2

    Cut TWO 2” x 4” front panels from coordinating cardstock and adhere them to the card base, making sure they meet in the middle.

  4. Step 3

    Punch or die cut a symmetrical shape approximately 3-1/2” wide. Use a pencil and ruler to make a line down the center. Cut along the pencil line.

  5. Adhere the cut pieces to the front of the card, making sure they meet in the middle.

  6. Step 4

    Punch or die cut TWO shapes approximately 1-1/2” in width. Use a pencil and ruler to make a line down the center of both pieces.

  7. Cut a slot slightly more than halfway up on one shape and slightly more than halfway down on the other.

  8. Step 5

    Interlock the two shapes together with the slotted cuts, making sure they can align evenly.

  9. Step 6

    While keeping the shapes interlocked, put adhesive on the back of the hearts. Be sure not to get any glue near the slots.

  10. Adhere the interlocked pieces to the front of the card, making sure the slots align with the opening of the card. If using glue, give the glue a chance to dry before opening the card.

  11. Step 7

    Open the card by pulling slightly up one side and slightly down on the other.

  12. Step 8

    For the inside panels, cut a 3-3/4” square for the middle and TWO 1-5/8” x 3-3-/4” for the sides. Stamp as desired.

  13. Step 9

    Embellish the front of the card as desired to 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 Interlocking Gate Card. Try this technique, then upload your artwork to the gallery. Show us your creations!

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Questions and Comments

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Thank you for showing that! I've been trying to figure out how to interlock something on the front of a gate fold card but never thought of doing it that way. I was trying to use 2 different die cuts (like butterflies) but the card would never stay shut. I haven't been making cards for very long ( a few years) and still feel like a beginner - your technique will help a lot! Thanks again!
Janice Johnson  |  Wed Feb 10, 2016 at 4:29 AM
Nice photo and great instructions! Thanks for sharing
Susan Mack  |  Wed Feb 10, 2016 at 6:36 AM
Super tutorial. Thank you for the clear and simple directions. Looking forward to trying this.
Jean Fitch  |  Wed Feb 10, 2016 at 8:14 AM
I like this too especially if you just want a gate fold not just Valentine but can keep it closed.
Thank you for the great instructions
Diana  |  Wed Feb 10, 2016 at 9:27 AM
Thank you for the great Tutorial. It is a great way to make a beautiful and simple card very elegant.
Carolyn Rakowski  |  Wed Feb 10, 2016 at 4:22 PM
Very nice, love the card.
debbie horve  |  Wed Feb 10, 2016 at 8:39 PM
Love this, it's a must try ,thanks for sharing
Margaret Jenks  |  Thu Feb 11, 2016 at 2:16 PM
That card was so cool. Will have to say, you made it look so easy. I made it too and thanks so much for putting this on.
hope wilkes  |  Thu Feb 11, 2016 at 8:13 PM
Very pretty card and great tutorial
Dilly B.  |  Fri Feb 12, 2016 at 4:54 PM
Loved this tutorial, you make it look so easy. Thank you.
Angela McGuinness  |  Sun Feb 21, 2016 at 5:19 PM
very nice and creative, thank you
Margaret Johnson  |  Wed Apr 27, 2016 at 7:27 AM

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