Gatefold Card Tutorial: Crafty Secrets February Linky Party

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Gatefold Card Tutorial: Crafty Secrets February Linky Party

Welcome, friends, to the Crafty Secrets February Linky Party!  I have a gatefold card tutorial to share with you in this month’s love themed party!  With just a few short days until Valentine’s Day, the design team has put together loads of inspiration for those last minute Valentines.  This month, we chose papers and images from the following sets:

Vintage Valentine Digital Kit

Digital Be My Valentine

Heart to Heart Digital Kit


Love Mail Creative Scraps

Before I share my project with you, here are the links to the rest of the team.  Visit their blogs, leave them some love and then link up your project using any Crafty Secrets product you have in your stash on the Crafty Secrets blog.  Each person who plays along will be awarded a $6 gift certificate to the Crafty Secrets store and one participant will be randomly chosen to win a $50 shopping spree at Crafty Secrets.

Vicki Chrisman

Darlene Pavlick

Michele Kovack

Cherry Nelson

Sheila Rumney

Elizabeth Lincoln (Splitcoast Gallery I Love Rubber)

We are sad to say good-bye to our dear team mate Rebekah Faries.  Rebekah is leaving the team to focus on her new marriage and home.  We wish her all the best, and thank her for all the gorgeous projects she created for Crafty Secrets.

Gate Fold Card Tutorial

My tutorial this month is very simple.  I’m going to tell you how to create your own gate fold card using a 10″ x 7″ sheet of kraft cardstock.Crafty Secrets Valentine Tag January 2014 03

To create your gatefold card, simply score a 10″ x 7″ rectangle of kraft cardstock at 2 1/2″ and again at 7 1/2 ” .

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Use a bone folder to crease these folds so that your card looks like this:

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                I printed the red polka dot paper from the Vintage Valentine kit and cut two strips measuring 2 1/4″ x 6 3/4″ .  I glued one of these strips onto each flap of my card front.  Then, I added the doily layer over that.

I sized and printed a vintage tag from the Vintage Valentine Digital Kit. There are several different tags to choose from, but I fell in love with this boy and girl.  They made me think of the Campbell’s Soup kids. I used my craft knife to cut the heart shape and kids from the background of the tag. Then I covered the tag with a coat of Versamark embossing ink and UTEE. This was heat embossed and when cooled, I cracked the embossed area to give it a vintage glass look.  I backed this with ruffled brown ribbon, which I held on with double stick tape. The tag was matted with cardstock and the heart was secured with foam adhesive.   I added a wooden heart and some pretty ribbons to the top of the tag, and a button and twine at the bottom.

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The tag was glued onto only the left hand side of the card front. (If you aren’t careful, you can glue your card shut, so I usually open the card all the way, turn it over onto it’s “belly” and then glue my focal in place.)  The photo above shows the card opened from the left hand side.  The right hand panel is just the lace over the polka dot paper.

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Here’s the card, partially opened.  You can see that I decorated the back of the tag with some tickets that were printed from the kit.  In fact, all the papers and images in this card come from that kit.

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And here’s the card opened all the way up.  I lined the inside of the “gates” with music paper.  I think it’s fun that on Valentine’s Day, you can mix red and pink and get away with it!  LOL

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Here’s a close-up of the sentiment panel.  Another darling ticket and hearts punched from the music paper decorate the stamped sentiment.

Gatefold cards are easy to create, fun to decorate and make for a dramatic opening.  I hope you’ll give it a try!  Do you have special plans for Valentine’s Day?  I have to make cookies for the grandgirls, and if the schedule permits, I’ll have them over for heart shaped pancakes!  Thanks for stopping by the blog. Don’t forget to link up your love-themed project on the Crafty Secrets blog.  I love sharing my projects with you and hearing your thoughts….it makes me happy right down to the tips of my crafty little fingers.



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14 thoughts on “Gatefold Card Tutorial: Crafty Secrets February Linky Party

  1. Diane H

    Super cute card…I had no idea you used this image too…I think it is so adorable and it was so easy to work with…clever idea to do the gate fold, too…..I like your heart in the background…sets it off so nicely!!

  2. Birgit

    Your card is just darling!! Thanks so much for the great tutorial. I might just have to try that on my next card. Blessings to you~ Birgit

  3. Robin

    Beautiful Work, Kathy! There’s no school for me tomorrow (can you say, “snow day”? I’m inspired to try a gate fold card…love the peek-a-boo lace!

  4. Elizabeth Lincoln

    I just realized the comments I made earlier about how gorgeous this is and thanking you for that wonderful tutorial don’t show up here. So once again this is gorgeous and thanks.

  5. cherry

    OK thanks to you I will have to try a gatefold card…I never have! This is adorable , love that little paper fringe peeking out! hugs, cherry

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