A nice simple fold that adds a little more interest to an old favourite. Diagonal Gatefold cards are easy to create and can be decorated for lots of different occasions. It's fairly simple to alter the dimensions to suit your needs, but be mindful of the overall size of the card if you want it to fit into a standard envelope.
1. Place a 93/4" x 51/2" piece of card stock horizontally on your score board and score at 31/4" and 61/2" to make three panels.
2. Score the first panel diagonally from the top of the first score line to the bottom left corner of the card stock. Then score the third panel diagonally from the top right hand corner of the card stock to the bottom of the second score line (see the template above for score line placement).
3. Fold and burnish along all the score lines - the vertical folds are valleys and the diagonal folds are mountains. Fold the sides of the card in to form the base.
4. To decorate, cut two pieces of coordinating paper measuring 51/4" x 3". Now cut each in half again on the diagonal so you have four long triangles. Adhere them with double sided tape or glue to the front of the folded card as shown in the photos below.
5. Decorate the front of the card as desired. I have stamped, coloured and fussy cut some flower images that I will adhere to one side of the card opening. Take care not to glue the card closed by securing images or embellishments on both sides of the opening.
6. When the card is opened, the embellishments will be visible from the inside. Be aware that they will rotate slightly, so take that into consideration when placing your items.
7. I am going to stamp my sentiment in the area where I'm pointing. It will not be visible when the card is opened, so again, take this into consideration when decorating.
It's a lovely, simple card that still has that "wow" factor. Enjoy!
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