Hidden Gate-Fold Card

Hi, thanks for stopping by! I’ve been enjoying my card-making time this week, and have another fun fold to show you. I’m calling it the hidden gate-fold card, because I haven’t seen it called anything else! It was inspired by an old UK cardmaking magazine that a friend gave me. the card opens like a normal top-fold card, but inside is a hidden gate-fold, with lots of room to show off pretty paper!

This does make for a thick/ heavy card, and although it does fit in a standard A2 envelope it might need extra postage! I cut the outside card from thick cardstock at 4 and 1/4 by 10 and 7/8 inches- the reason for the slightly shorter length is that I scored it at 5 and 3/8 and 5 and 1/2 inches to allow for some thickness, and I needed the sides to match! I cut three panels of colored cardstock (Terracotta Tile) to 3 and 3/4 by 4 and 7/8 inch for the front and inside flap, and for inside of the gate-fold portion,and layered them with 3 and 1/2 by 4 and 5/8 inch printed paper (the front of the card is hand-stamped with the leaf from the Daisy Lane stamp set).

To make the gate-fold, I used regular thickness cardstock measuring 5 and 1/4 by 8 inches, scored and folded at 2 inches and 6 inches. I cut four pieces of Terracotta Tile cardstock to 1 and 3/4 by 5 inches, and four pieces of printed paper cut to 1 and 1/2 by 4 and 3/4. Isn’t this Ornate Garden paper gorgeous?

To decorate, I stamped “Smile” from the Daisy Lane set and another leaf (stamped off), and cut and matted it with Stitched Ovals, and I stamped and punched the medium daisy. On the gate-fold, I stamped and punched one large daisy, and punched two more out of colored cardstock, layered them, and cut the entire thing in half, removing a few partial petals at the edges. Glue the halves in place on both “gates”. The inside sentiment is from the retired Forever Lovely stamp set, cut with Stitched So Sweetly dies.

I hope this inspires you to make your own hidden gate-fold card, and I would love to see a picture in the comments! If you need any supplies, click of Visit My Site above- I appreciate the support. Also, if you love cardmaking as I do, and want to inspire others to create, I am always ready to welcome new members to my team! During June 2020 Stampin’ Up! is offering, in addition to the usual $125 worth of product for $99, your choice of a stamp and die or stamp and punch bundle! Contact me if you have question. In the meanwhile, as always-

Happy stamping!

Michelle

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A New-To-Me Fun Fold

Have you seen all the posts about the Theater Card (or Theatre Card, for those using the Queen’s English!)??? Well, I decided to give it a try, but I altered the design just a bit to hide the mechanism better. This is the first card I made:

For this one, I used the designer paper from the Ornate Garden Suite, the Basketweave embossing folder, and stamps from the Celebrating Sunflowers (available in the 2020-2021 catalog), Timeless Tropical, and Daisy Lane sets. I also used the Medium Daisy punch, the Sprig punch, and a flower center from the To A Wild Rose suite. The gems are new, too- Gilded Gems. I put together a video (sorry I was off camera on occasion!), and it is not as complicated as you might think.

You start with one sheet of 8.5 by 11 inch cardstock. Cut it in half, so you have two pieces measuring 4.25 by 11 inches. Trim one of these pieces to 4 by 11 inches, then cut both the 4.25 inch and 4 inch wide pieces in half. You will have two pieces that are 4.25 by 5.5 inches, and two that are 4 by 5.5 inches.

Score the 4 inch wide pieces at 1.25 inches and 2.75 inches, and use a bone folder to smooth the folds. Fold at the score in the same direction, so you get C-shaped pieces. Take one of the larger cardstock pieces, and glue the small flap of each folded piece to the edge of the larger piece, so that the larger flaps meet in the middle. I then glued designer paper to the flaps and center, measuring 2.75 by 4 inches, and on the sides of the “theater” I used 1.25 by 4 inch strips.

Ignore the cut away pieces on the edge- that was a mistake! The cut away pieces should be on the front of the card, as in the card at the top of the page! 😦 I later fixed them by adding some white cardstock to the back… Next, I glued a piece of 4 by 5.25 inch designer paper to the front of the card, and cut out an opening with a Stitched Rectangle, measuring about 4 by 2.75 inches. On the back of this frame, I used two pieces of .5 by 5.5 inch pieces of cardstock (I used white but you could match it to the card), and folded the ends in so that the folded length was about 4 and 1/8 inches. Glue these to the back of the frame so that they line up with the frame opening, and are centered top to bottom on the card.

Now all that’s left is to add sentiments and decoration as you wish (I’ll leave it to your imagination, or I’ll never get this post written!), then slide the large flaps of the theater “curtains” into the straps on the front of the card. I rounded the edges to make that easier.

Voila! The theater card is complete. Let me know if you give it a try- I would love to see pictures of your finished card. As always, thanks for stopping by and for visiting my shop if you need supplies- I listed the ones I used below, although I didn’t list the designer paper in the second card as it will soon be retired.

Happy stamping!

Michelle

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