Giving a gift card or cash? With your personal touch, this double gatefold card will take the gift to a new level with hidden pockets for gift cards, cash, pictures or sentiments. Whether the occasion is Mother’s Day, graduation or a birthday, by using different patterned papers the card can take on its own personality and make your occasion extra special. For a graduation showstopper, glue pictures on every surface of the card. For a mother with a green thumb, place seed packets in the pockets and make the gift card from a local nursery. I’ll show you how to create this basic card step by step. Let’s get started!
- 1 sheet 12×12 solid colored cardstock
- 2-3 sheets 12×12 patterned paper (I used a paper pack I got at Hobby Lobby)
- paper glue
- scraps and embellishments, as desired (I used wooden butterfly, lace, paper rose and yarn)
- Miscellaneous: ruler, pencil, ink for edges (if desired)
- Paper cutter and scoring tool are helpful but not necessary
1)Cut solid cardstock in half. Turn lengthwise and score a vertical line at 6″ and 9″. Do this for both pieces. If you don’t have a scoring tool, use your ruler as a straight edge and, after marking 6″ and 9″on top and bottom of paper, score along side your ruler using a thin, blunt object.
2)Keeping one of your scored pieces in the same position, mark a dot 2″ up from the bottom of the right hand side. Draw a faint line from the dot up to the top point of the 6″ score line. Repeat for other scored piece except flip the paper so the scored end is oriented to the left. Mark up 2″ from the bottom left corner. Draw a line from dot to the center score line. Pieces should like the picture below. Cut along drawn lines. Save the pieces you cut off; you will need them later.
3)Glue two pieces together at the center square, lining one slant to the right and one to the left. Fold center score lines in toward center and fold outer score lines out toward sides in a zigzag fashion as shown.
4)Glue decorative mats on front and back of card, leaving 1/8″ around all sides so your background card color shows through. Cut a 5 3/4″ square mat for the center. Ink edges, if desired. Glue to center of card.
The easiest way I found to cut the angled side mats is to cut a 6″ square of patterned paper, fold it in half. Hold this piece behind the angled panel, lining up center fold, and draw the diagonal line directly onto the patterned paper. Cut patterned paper at diagonal line, reserving paper, then cut at fold line. Trim all sides down about 1/8″. Repeat for the other side. Ink edges, if desired. Glue onto corresponding surfaces. Repeat all steps for back of card using a coordinating paper.
5)Time to make the pockets using the reserved two cardstock triangles and two patterned paper triangles you saved from your angled panel cutting. Trim patterned paper 1/8″ on all edges. ink edges, if desired. Glue onto cardstock triangles. Note: My patterned paper was directional so the pattern wound up being upside down. I left it that way but if you have directional paper you may want to cut new patterned pieces by tracing around your cardstock and trimming.
Run a narrow line of glue on the back of the triangles JUST AT THE RIGHT ANGLE, leaving the long diagonal edge free. Glue onto center panel in an overlapping fashion as shown in the picture, with right angles fitting along the bottom edge of card. Your card is done! You may add as many embellishments as you wish. I added a few jewels and a paper flower. I fussy cut a few butterflies and glued them on as well.
6)To make bookmark: Cut a 7″x 2 3/4″ piece of cardstock. Cut a 6 3/4″ x 2 1/2″ piece of patterned paper. Round corners, if desired. Ink edges. Glue to cardstock. Punch hole near the top and thread ribbon or yarn through hole. Tie knot.
You can go fancier with the bookmark. I fussy cut my patterned paper and made it a little more dimensional. Make yours unique.
7)Sentiment card: Cut cardstock 7″ x 2 3/4″. Fold in half widthwise to make a 3 1/2″ x 2 3/4″ top-fold card. Mat the front by cutting your patterned paper to 3 1/4″ x 2 1/2″. Ink edges, round corners. Glue onto front of card. Decorate with paper scraps and miscellaneous.
Gift card/money holder: Cut cardstock 8″ x 3″. Cut patterned paper 7 3/4″ x 2 3/4″. Ink edges, round corners. Fold in half widthwise to make a 3 7/8″ x 2 3/4″ side-fold card. Cut two scraps of cardstock strips and glue just at edges. Place vertically on inside of card to hold gift card in place.
I loved making this card and hope you are inspired to try it too. Enjoy!