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Gatefold Cards - Card Making Basics

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Gatefold Cards - Card Making Basics
Make two gatefold cards from a single piece of letter or A4 sized paper

Make two gatefold cards from a single piece of letter or A4 sized paper

Kate Pullen

On this page we are looking at making a simple gatefold card from a piece of letter or A4 sized paper. You can also create a simple gatefold card from 12 x 12" paper. Details and a folding plan can be found here - Gatefold Card from 12 x 12" 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 letter or A4 sized paper. This will make a card sized 4.25 x 5.5".

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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