Make a Christmas Gatefold Card

This Christmas Gatefold Card is for all my beginners out there.  It is a fancy card that is very simple to do.  I’ve included a card band for this card.  Card Bands seem to be the going trend in cards and it helps to keep the card closed.

This card has vellum between the double layer of base card.  I chose to do a double layer because I didn’t like seeing the back side of the vellum.  I think it gives it a more professional look.

You will need:

        • Heavy cardstock for the base
        • Various Cardstock scraps
        • Vellum
        • Pen
        • Glue
        • Download File
Paper Selection
The weight of the paper isn’t important since you have two layers.  I stuck with traditional Christmas colors for this project for obvious reasons.  You could use a patterned paper for any part.  If you use pattern paper for the inside base card make sure you choose a pen that shows up.  The two red half circles are cut from vellum.


Cutting the card

Cut the card base and the cricut will do the writing.  I used a red pen.  Did you know that you can use any pen in your cricut?  You can see the trick here.

As I said before the base card has two copies.  This takes a bit more paper but, I think, it makes the card look much sleeker.

Vellum is hard to cut on the Cricut.  The slighted air bubble or spot on your mat that doesn’t stick well and it can tear.  Make sure that it is stuck well to the mat and use your scrapper tool to move any air bubbles out.

Assembling the Christmas Gatefold Card

Glue the vellum to the bottom base card (the one without writing) making sure to cover all the open spots in the gates.  Make sure the glue is on the cardstock side when gluing to the vellum.  Then glue the inside basecard to them both.  Fold the card a few times to loosen it up and make sure it folds.

Layer the decoration for the card band and glue together.  Fit the card band around the card loosely.  You want to make sure they can get it off.  Then glue it together in the front.  Attach the decoration to the band so that it hides the junction.  Be careful not to glue the band or decoration to the card.  I say this because that is what I did, so be smarter than me.

And your Christmas Gatefold card is done.  It fits in an A7 envelope for mailing.

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