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Mon 09

Mad for Plaid Twisted Gatefold Cards
by Anne Thompson

I'm still working with plaids this week but I've gone back to experimenting with fun folded cards.  I really love the look of Twisted Gatefold Cards and found several tutorials online (some with videos) and lots of images on Pinterest.  I've never made these before and the samples I'm sharing today aren't perfect but I'm getting there.  I have three cards to show you in this post, and I'll begin with my favorite.

This is what the card looks like open and standing up.


This is the card laying sort of flat.


And this is what the card looks like folded flat to go into a 5X7 envelope.


I decorated this card using MISTLETOE BUNDLE 94484, LARGE VINTAGE SLED 94496, and SPECIAL MERRY CHRISTMAS 94499.  I used plaid paper from CHRISTMAS PLAID PP1009, medium green dots and brown dots/stripes papers from GARLAND STRIPES AND DOTS PP1011, and gold foil from POLISHED FOIL PACK FP1001.

Now let's see if I can explain how to make this.

  • Start with a 9X6 piece of cardstock.  I found lighter weight paper gave me crisper folds and sharper points.
  • On the 9" side, score at 3" and 6".  That gives you three panels that are each 3X6.
  • In the first and last panels, score from the top right corner to the bottom left corner.
  • Carefully fold the score lines using your fingers on the first and last panels to get those nice sharp points, then fold the other lines and burnish them all.
  • Cut a piece of coordinating cardstock 2 3/4 X 5 5/8 for the center inside panel for the sentiment.
  • I also cut a piece of plaid paper just a bit smaller and added that onto the center inside panel.

It should now look something like this.


  • Cut a piece of coordinating cardstock 2 5/8 X 5 3/8 for the front triangles of the twisted panels.
  • Cut from the top right corner to the bottom left.
  • Add those triangles to the matching twisted panels.
  • Cut a piece of patterned paper 2 1/4 X 4 3/4, cut it from the top right corner to the bottom left, and add these pieces on top of the triangle mats.
  • The card is now ready to decorate.


For this card I used the MISTLETOE BUNDLE 94484, MISTLETOE SWAGS 94485, and SPECIAL MERRY CHRISTMAS 94499.

On each of my cards I added a series of layered squares--2", 1 3/4", 1 1/2'--to the left twisted panel, sort of as a closure, though it doesn't actually latch the card shut.  That gave me a place to add the MISTLETOE BUNDLE 94484 cut from one of the green dot papers or a plaid paper along with a bow from the matting cardstock and white pearls in several sizes for mistletoe berries.


Here's the card that goes with the above closure.

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I love the way this card folds up to go into the envelope and it will truly surprise the recipient when it pops open in this unexpected way.  Fun!!!

Up here in Maine we've had weather in the mid-60s and low 70s for several days.  I'm not complaining a bit but it seems weird to be making Christmas cards and gathering supplies to make wreaths.  And this coming weekend I'm participating in a Vintage Christmas Market.  Sweater weather rather than parkas this year!

Happy Crafting!

Anne Signature




Fun design, I love all the plaid with that old sled, so cute!

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