Thursday, May 23

Tutorial: Gatefold Window Card

These beautiful cards are wonderful for so many occasions and with the large range of dies on the market you are only restricted by your imagination!  Although they aren't quick and easy to make, the end result definitely makes the effort worthwhile.
 

1.  Start by making a basic gatefold card.  The easiest way to do this is to start with a strip of cardstock measuring 6" x 12" (this will give you a 6"x6" square card).  Use a pencil to mark the centre of the strip and then fold each side into the centre.  Using this method you can make gatefold cards of any size.

2.  Cut three pieces of patterned paper slightly smaller than your card blank.  My card is 6" x 6", so my patterned paper measures 53/4" x 53/4".  I used a piece of double sided paper so that I could co-ordinate the inside and the outside of the card.

3.  Place your favourite die in the centre of the inside of the card.
The cutting side of the die must be facing UP.

4.  Secure the die in place using removable tape such as washi tape or magic tape.  Remember that your die is facing cut side up, so the tape will end up being cut as well.

5.  Secure a piece of patterned paper on the front of the card over the opening.

6.  Place the card and patterned paper through the die cutting machine.  The die will cut through the two side flaps of the card as well as the piece of patterned paper.

7.  Place the die back over the patterned paper and trace around the edge.  You will cut this away later to get a lovely border.

8.  Cut the patterned paper exactly in half.  You are also going to remove a little bit of paper from the top and bottom where it joins.  This will keep the border continuous around the card.  I trimmed about 1/8" from either side.

9.  Use a small pair of sharp scissors to trim around the pencil line you drew in step 7.

10.  Using the same die, cut another window in one of the other pieces of patterned paper.  Repeat steps 7 - 9.  Now you will have a card blank, four pieces of die cut paper and a 53/4" square of patterned paper.  If you would like to ink the edges of your paper and cardstock, now is the time.

11.  Adhere the co-ordinating paper to the inside of the card.

12.  Adhere the patterned paper to the outside flaps.

13.  Now it's time to decorate!  Keep in mind that the image or sentiment you place in the centre will be visible when the card is closed.  It's a good idea to decorate the card while it's closed, that way you won't have anything overlapping and preventing the card from opening and closing properly.

14.  Add some embellishments to the front and you're done!
 
 
Photos and written instructions are copyright Beccy Muir
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41 comments:

cri_kee said...

OMG! This is awesome! Love this tutorial and it is a beautiful card :)
Hugs Malin

chrissy xx said...

JUst GORgeous! A FABulous design..FABulous colours too.
Thank you for sharing.
Chrissyxx

Marianne said...

Gorgeous card and design Beccy. Thanks for the tutorial.

DebraK said...

Great tutorial! Love your card! Well worth the time and effort...

aussie aNNie said...

Wow, Beccy this is one I will be doing today, thanks my friend the result is stunning.xxx

Stephanie Lewsey said...

What a beautiful card. I can't wait to try this technique. Thank you

Lori Aragon said...

Very cute Beccy! Thank you for the tutorial :)

Eret said...

Beccy, this is amazing card. It's so gorgeous. Thank you for the tutorial.
Hugs
Eret

Riet said...

What a beautiful card Beccy.

Hugs Riet.xx

Viv said...

Fabulous card Beccy, great tutorial too :) Viv xx

Nat said...

Thank you for a fantastic tutorial - really clear instructions and a fabulous end result, can't wait to have a go myself.
Natx

Loz said...

Fantastic card and tutorial Beccy..Loz

Carolina Girl (Cely) said...

That's beautiful and what a wonderful idea...thank you for the directions.

donna sherman said...

EXCELLENT tutorial on a GORGEOUS card! You did a FABULOUS job on both!!! THANK YOU soooooo much for sharing how you made this card!!!

crafty-stamper said...

Brilliant card and tutorial off to have a go
carol x

karin said...

Fantastic Tutorial Beccy ! Thanks for it.
gr.
Karin

Carol said...

Great card and tutorial. Love the idea.

Lady Bug Stampers said...

Wow Becky this is beautiful thanks for the tutorial, gonna go try it for my DT Challenge. Thanks for sharing

Donna Ellis said...

Marvelous card, Beccy, and wonderful tutorial! Thank you for taking the time to document this. I want to try it, too! hugs, de

Debi said...

Beccy -

Loved this. The directions were very easy to follow. Thank you. Already made the card. Check it out on my blog.

Thanks,
Debi
thatmightlookgoodonacard.blogspot.com

Valerie said...

Thanks for sharing this tutorial Beccy, it's brilliant!
Val x

Cathy Homan said...

Great card. Thank you for sharing!

Cathy Homan said...

Great card. Thank you for sharing!

Cathy (sistermouse) said...

I love this, it is beautiful and you have done an amazing job of pictures tutorial for us to follow , thank you bunches and bunches hugs, Cathy k

Renee said...

What a beautiful card Beccy & great job on the tutorial!
Hugs, Renee

mamichelle said...

Beautiful card! Thanks for the tutorial.

kren said...

Oooooh, I love this! Why didn't we think of this before? Wonderful!

kren@
http://afourthlife.blogspot.com

Fit Kitty said...

This is beautiful. I don't know where I've been, but I just discovered your blog. You now have a new follower! Thanks for the wonderful tutorial.

Jacq said...

Gorgeous card and great tutorial! I can't wait to have a go, thanks Beccy, for sharing your talent. :)

AScrapOfKindness said...

Brilliant!... and so easy to do! Thank you so much!

astitch said...

Thank you. This is a technique for me to show to my card making friends. You make it all so easy to understand.

Wendy said...

Such a beautiful card and fabulous tutorial, thank you.
Wendy xx

txexperiment said...

This is so clever. Thanks for sharing your talents with us!

Chana said...

Fabulous technique. I used it to create a wonderful birthday card for my daughter. What die did you use? I like the shape, but it is not one of the Spellbinder's that I own.

My project using your tutorial is here: http://redoralee.blogspot.com/2013/06/amazing-grace-hymn-of-outstanding-faith.html

Thanks for sharing your amazing talent!
Hugz,
Chana

Benwah said...

What a great card idea. Thanks so much for sharing

Spyder said...

Love this, you've made it look so easy...bet it's not! ((Lyn))

Mau xx said...

This is gorgeous Beccy, I have made this design before with a fancy oval, but love your design. I actually have this Die so will be trying it ASAP
Love the papers, A beautiful card.
Hugs Mau xx

CreativSpirit said...

This is a beautiful card Beccy, I'm going to try it today.. A friend gave me the link to your site and this is my first visit. I love what I've seen so far. I can see me spending lots of time here.

Rob

Leslie Markland said...

Wow, your card is beautiful, thank you for sharing the tutorial.

Ashlee Green said...

LOVE IT LOVE IT LOVE IT!!!

Donna Ellis said...

Thank you, Beccy, for taking the time to photograph each step! Looking forward to making a similar card!