Tutorial: How to create a Locking Gate Fold Fancy Fold Card

Gate fold cards have been around for a long time, with many variations. A few months ago I posted a landscape version of a locking gate fold card. Today, I have the portrait version for you.

Here it is closed ….


This takes a standard gate fold card a step further using stacking dies to create a ‘lock’ on the front of the card. The card can be either portrait or landscape, the lock works the same way. Today I have a portrait card.

  • Supplies:
    • Stamp Set: Free As A Bird
    • Cardstock: Bermuda Bay, Basic Gray, Whisper White, Bird Ballad DSP
    • Ink: Bermuda Bay
    • Accessories: Layering Circles Dies
  • Portrait Measurements:
    • Cardstock 21cm x 14.8cm
    • On the long side, score at 5.25cm from each end.
    • The finished closed card will be 10.5cm wide by 14.8cm tall.
  • Locking Mechanism:
    • Take two stacking dies (any shape) ensuring that the difference in size will give you a frame of at least 0.5cm.
    • Die cut the larger die with coloured cardstock.
    • Centre the smaller die on the die cut piece and die cut. You will then have a larger frame and a smaller shape.
    • Repeat steps 2 and 3 with another piece of the same cardstock.
    • Die cut an art panel from neutral cardstock with the smaller die. Stamp or decorate and attach to one of the coloured shapes the same size.
    • Take one of the frames and centre it across the gate fold opening. Adhere to the left hand side of the gate fold.
    • Open the gate fold and attach the other frame over the first one. This will give it added strength. See picture below.
    • Close the gate fold and place the art panel inside the frame and adhere it to the right hand side of the gate fold.
    • You now have a locking mechanism on your card.

… for the inside and envelope. You can see the extra frame on the inside to give more stability.

Please leave me a comment if you have any questions.

P.S. You can find measurements for the Landscape version here.

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2 thoughts on “Tutorial: How to create a Locking Gate Fold Fancy Fold Card

  1. This is definitely a card I would like to make – quite a challenge for a beginner I feel but I so want to try. The interlocking circles will be my challenge. Will need to work out measurements in inches (yes old old lady!!!) but what a pretty card. XX Mal

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