Gate fold for the Pals Paper Arts

Another birthday card, could be used for a male or female.  This one happens to be for one of my staff, Jason.  Jason is one of the youngest members of my staff and I like to act like I’m a bit more hip with his cards than maybe some of my other guys.  The Pals sketch challenge today was a great opportunity to pull out some cool color and paper design combos for Jason’s card.

IMG_1115and here is the PPA #201 sketch

About my card
1. Gatefold  I saw this sketch and my mind immediately went to ‘gatefold’ meaning that it opens in the center rather than one side or the bottom.  These are fun to do and provide a lot of unique options for designing the front.  Are they hip??  Gosh I hope so.

2. Let’s all line up.  I cut the triangle designed paper to size then cut in half and laid them out on the two halves of the card front.  I wanted them to look the same and be even so that when I laid out the other pieces, I could have them fit between certain rows of the design.  I think it looks better visually that way.

3. Don’t forget the inside.  As I mentioned a few posts ago, I like to put my inside sentiment in a bottom corner.  This is as much for interest to the receiver as it is self preservation on my part in that I’m not constantly frustrated or doing it over because it isn’t straight or centered. Today’s card is no different.  You can see the Happy Birthday wishes just peaking out from the inside of the card.


Happy Thursday everyone.  Thanks for stopping by.


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Thanks for visiting my Site. My name is Lynn Kolcun and I'm a Stampin Up Demonstrator. I love being creative with paper and ink, learning new techniques and sharing my craft with you.


  1. Such a fun card, Lynn. I love the DSP. Thanks for joining us at the Pals Paper Arts this week.

  2. Love the Gatefold and I’m sure Jason is going to really love it too! Thanks for playing along with us this week!

  3. The gatefold is perfect for this card, and what a beautiful card! Love the little red candy dots, darling! Thanks for joining us this week at Pals Paper Arts!

  4. I love making gatefold cards!! My only trouble is not getting an ugly gap in the center. I finally found that increasing the size of the score line that I can get them to meet perfectly!! I simply score my lines, if they don’t meet neatly, I open up the card and reposition my card on the scoreboard. I then slide my card over a teensy bit and score it again increasing the score line. I refold my scorelines, including the slight increase, making sure that the gates meet perfectly. Then, I use my bone folder to make a nice crisp foldline!!

    • What a great tip Cynthia. I also hate it if my fold isn’t perfect. I’ll keep your note here handy. Of course using a scoreboard or the Stampin trimmer to score is the biggest help of all.

      Thanks again.

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