• Lisa Mensing

Pen Pals + Gatefold Cards

Handmade Cards with cute images
Gate -fold Pen Pal Cards

Hi and welcome, everyone! Today I'm over on the Pink and Main Blog sharing some super simple cards featuring the Pink and Main Pen Pals Paper Pad and Sent with Love Stamp Set to share with you. These cards are so simple, I want to dub them the cardmaker's BFF! It doesn't matter if you are just starting out with minimal supplies or if you own a drawer full of paper pads waiting to be used, they are perfect for all of us. I fall under the latter of the two, so I love that I can use up some of my stash making room for the new stuff, like this adorable paper pad.


To get started, I recommend creating your gate-fold card bases, I keep a few on hand because I use them so often. For the cards I'm making today I'm starting out with an 8.5" x 5.5" piece of cardstock.

Tip: You can score the gates(flaps) of the gate fold anywhere you want as long as the width of both flaps equals the width of the card. For instance, I scored this card at the 2" mark for the left gate and then at 2.25" for the right gate giving me a 4.25" total width. This can be applied to any size gate fold.

To create these cuties, you'll want to cut the paper full of cute images and sweet sentiments apart.

I back the images with gray cardstock and trim leaving 1/16" frame around the image plus it makes them a bit sturdier for their journey.

Pick a few pieces of patterned paper and cut to fit the gates of your card, inside and out. I like using different patterns for this.

Now you can arrange the framed images on the front of your card and adhere using a strong adhesive, I used sookwang tape. (be sure to only secure one side of the image so that your card opens)

I used the Sent with Love Stamp Set and added sentiments to two of the cards. The sentiments pair perfectly with the images and patterns in this paper pad.

Here are a few places to donate handmade cards. I am not affiliated with these groups so please refer to their website for all information on donating cards.

Card Care Connection

Cards For Hospitalized Kids

Support Military Spouses

Bring Smiles To Seniors

These are but a few and I will be setting up a page to list as many as possible. I make so many cards and I need to feel like they are being put to good use or my efforts are for nothing. So, I will be boxing cards up monthly to send out.

Thanks for joining me.

I hope you are inspired enough to head to your crafty space and create something amazing today! 

Be sure to head over to the website and become a subscriber, so you have access to my videos before they are published to the public. Did you know that every time I send an email to my subscribers a name is picked from my active subscribers to win a little something? 


Be sure to follow me on 








  • Stamp & Die Storage

  • 8.5" x 11" Cardstock Storage

  • 6" x 6" Paper Pads

  • Ink Storage

  • Swatches

copyright 2019  design by

Lisa Mensing

53 Eisler Drive

Lillington, North Carolina 27546