Gatefold Birthday Card With a Card Band

This Gatefold Birthday Card was made for my nephew who turns 16 this July 4.  I included the card band in this design because everyone says that is the hot new trend in cardmaking.

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
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.  You could even cut them from different papers if you wanted but the inside copy should be plain paper, not patterned.
Between the base cards is vellum.  Whatever color you choose for the base card, you should use a corresponding color of vellum.
The cake and the banner inside are print then cut images.  If your printer takes card stock, use cardstock.  Mine didn’t at the time (since then, I bought a new printer that does).  If not then copy paper works but doesn’t look as good.
Cutting the card

Cut the card base and the cricut will do the writing.  I used a white pen.  I really like the way that looks. If you want to buy one, get it here.   

Vellum is hard to cut on the cricut. The two half circles are cut from vellum.   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 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 to them both.  Attach the balloons to the inside of the card.

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 gatefold birthday card is done.

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