Masculine Gate-Fold Card

August 7, 2014

Good morning! It’s Karen Aicken here and I have a masculine birthday card to share today. Gate-Fold cards have been around for a long time, but it’s also been a long time since I’ve made one!


1.  Cut your patterned card stock 5-1/2″ tall and 8-1/2″ wide, as you would for a standard A2 card.

2. With the 8-1/2″ side at the bottom of the scoring board, score a vertical line at 2-1/8″ from each side. Note: The ScorePal has markings on it to make a Gate-Fold card! The two sides fold forward, meeting at the center front to create an A2 sized card.

3.  Cut decorative panel from patterned card stock (3-1/4 x 4-1/2) and ink edges with brown.

4.  Cut white card stock (2-3/4 x 4″) and lightly stipple with blue ink and ink edges with brown.

5.  Die cut the sprig from Kraft card stock and lightly ink edges.

6.  Cut two pinecone base from Kraft card stock and two overlays from brown. Adhere the overlays to the bases and set aside.

7.  Add the white panel to the decorative panel, then arrange/adhere the sprig and one pinecone as shown. Lay this now finished decorative panel on the front of your Gate-Fold card, centering it as shown. Make light pencil marks on the back to show where to add the adhesive. You only want to adhere it to one front panel. It looks like it’s attached to both sides, but then the card wouldn’t open.

8. Thread a button with Bakers Twine and attach to the panel with Glossy Accents.

9.  For the inside, cut a decorative panel  (4 x 5-1/4″) and ink the edges. Attach inside, centering it between the two folds  and the top & bottom edge.

10. Cut a white card stock panel measuring 3-1/2″ x 4-3/4″. Using the Happy Birthday Stand Up Helper die cut the words across the top edge. Trim the panel at both ends of the bar beneath the words. Stipple panel lightly with blue, ink edges with brown, and add fine line details to the letters with a fine nib black marker.


11.  Stamp greeting on this white panel and adhere the 2nd pinecone as shown.


Here is another peek, with the card in the closed position …


Gate-Fold cards are quick and easy to make, and give your standard  A2 cards just a little something extra for the recipient. I hope you will get out some Elizabeth Craft Designs dies and make one yourself!

Elizabeth Craft Designs supplies Used:

766 Pinecone
765 Sprig With Berries
937 Happy Birthday Stand Up Helper

Other supplies used:

Patterned paper – Recollections
White and Kraft card stock –
Button – Papertrey Ink
Bakers Twine
Birthday stamp – My Favorite Things
Black fine Sharpie
Glossy Accents (to adhere button)

Thanks for stopping by today. 


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  • Frances Byrne August 8, 2014 at 5:23 pm

    So many fun details on this card, love it Karen

  • Mary Prasad August 8, 2014 at 3:55 pm

    Excellent card for a guy! Cool woodsy feel.

  • Judi Kauffman August 7, 2014 at 8:55 pm

    No reason why it can’t be for girls and women who like rich and rustic colors! I’d be happy to be on the receiving end for a card like this.

    • Karen Aicken August 7, 2014 at 9:22 pm

      That would be me too, Judi!

  • Joset van de Burgt August 7, 2014 at 11:10 am

    Gorgeous card! The paper looks very nice with the pinecone and the Gate-Fold. I like how it has so little details which makes the card so pretty.

    • Karen Aicken August 7, 2014 at 8:29 pm

      Thanks Joset!

  • Candy Spiegel August 7, 2014 at 10:47 am

    So pretty … I have the branch die, now I need the pinecone!

    • Karen Aicken August 7, 2014 at 8:28 pm

      Yes Candy … you DO need the pinecone. 🙂 Not to enable you or anything, ha ha.

  • NANCY VANDEVANDER August 7, 2014 at 9:47 am

    Love the card Karen!

    • Karen Aicken August 7, 2014 at 8:27 pm

      Thank you Nancy!

  • Rita Edwards August 7, 2014 at 9:34 am

    What a great card, Karen! You always come up with something new and creative! Xxx

    • Karen Aicken August 7, 2014 at 9:38 am

      Awww – thanks Rita. It’s always fun to take an older idea and use it with our dies.

  • Raquel Mason August 7, 2014 at 8:30 am

    Great masculine card Karen. I love the idea of using a fine tip marker to accent the Stand Up Helper.

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