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Gatefold Cards from 12 x 12" Paper - Card Making Basics
Make two gatefold cards from a single piece of 12 x 12

Make two gatefold cards from a single piece of 12 x 12" paper or cardstock

Kate Pullen

A gatefold card, created with two panels that fold into the center of the card can be used in many ways. This card is simple to make from standard sized paper making this a great project for beginners.

Here we look at making a gatefold card from a piece of 12 x 12" paper or cardstock. One sheet of paper will make two 6 x 6" cards. This is useful if you want to make a card using your favorite scrapbooking or decorative papers. This style of card is also simple to make from standard letter or A4 sized card. More information and a folding plan can be found here - How to Make a Gatefold Card From Letter Sized Paper.

A gatefold card is slightly different from other basic cards. Instead of having a single fold, a gatefold card has two folds, each forming a flap that meets in the center on the front of the card. This is an interesting style of card and presents many opportunities for creative ideas. In addition to decorating the two cover panels, the inside of the card is also ideal for decorating. Both the inner panels and the inside back of the card can be decorated in a complementary style. An additional design flourish can be added to a gatefold card by creating a closure or overlapping panel to sit on the front of the card to hold the two cover flaps together.

A gatefold card is a versatile type of card that can be used for many occasions. It is particularly well suited to wedding or party invitations where inside of the card can be used to provide important information about the event.

How to Fold a Gatefold Card

While a gatefold card is a little different to look at, as with the portrait and landscape style cards, two card blanks can be made from a single sheet of 12 x 12" paper. This will make a card sized 6 x 6".

Tips for Making and Using a Gatefold Card

  • Try placing the folds in different places to alter the look and the symmetry of the card
  • Design the card so that a special design or photograph is revealed when the front panels are opened
  • Score the paper or card before folding to make sure you have good crisp folds, this is particularly important with multi-fold cards as an uneven fold can spoil the look of the card

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