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General Techniques

Marie Berquist puts a new spin on the traditional Gate Card, using nestabilities dies. For a complete recipes like Marie's cards below, please visit her gallery here.

Templates using any size paper may be downloaded at Printing for Less.

The basics are shown below:


1.  Cut a 12¾” x 5½” piece of white cardstock, then score at 4¼” from each end.  Center ornament die on first and last sections and cut only outer half of die.  Trim excess cardstock.  Cut purple cardstock and decorative paper into layers for each section of outside and inside of card.  Cut out ornament shape from middle inside section before adhering, centering opening with cut out shape on right side.

2.  Stamp Joy Ornament with Versamark ink on purple cardstock after using anti-static pouch, emboss in silver, and cut out.  Use glue pen and sprinkle spoon to add purple glitter. Use foam tape to pop up on the front center of card.  Add bow to top of ornament and silver jewels to bottom corners. 

3.  Stamp Striped Ornament with Versamark ink on clear embossable acetate after using anti-static pouch, emboss in silver, and cut out.  Use Versamarker to add Sparkle embossing powder and then white embossing powder to every other section, heating in between.  Use glue pen to add purple glitter to remaining sections.  Use “Tear-ific” tape to add to center of last card section.

4.  Lightly sponge purple ink on white ornament edge showing around Striped Ornament.  Also sponge edges of ornament shape in the inside center.  Stamp sentiment in the center with purple ink.  Punch border from purple cardstock and add to top and bottom inside.

Here is another take on the Gate Fold card, courtesy of Designer Shona Erlenborn, using our Sympathy Set and the GRAND Labels Four dies with the Heart Nestabilities:


More Samples:



Here are gate fold cards with an easel card attached to the center:






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