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Quick and Simple Gatefold Christmas Cards




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Hi, and welcome back, everyone. It's the first post in a four-post series I'm calling Thankful Thursdays. For November, I will have a new video released each Thursday with a giveaway!

This is me paying it forward; a way to say thank you for taking the time to watch my videos, for reading the emails, and blog posts.

All you have to do is leave a comment in the post for a chance to win. You don't have to be a subscriber, it would be nice, but it's not necessary. I don't believe in forcing one's hand on this matter. Scroll down for all the details.

Last week I did a video showing how to create a few quick and simple Christmas cards with minimal supplies, you can find that here. As I watched the playback of that video, I decided to create more cards using the same idea of keeping it simple with patterned papers and ephemera, but I would change the design by using gatefold cards and die-cut shapes to anchor the scenes. So, the cards in this video are a bit different; however, they are still quick and simple. I'm going to share a few tips and tricks while I share the process on one of the cards. You can create so many variations of this one card by merely changing the patterned paper and ephemera.


Start by prepping your card bases and die-cut shapes

  • Cut an 8.5" x 11" piece of cardstock in half leaving you with two - 5.5" x 8.5" pieces; set one half aside

  • Cut the other 5,5" x 8.5" piece into two pieces leaving you with two - 4.25" x 5.5" pieces, center a heart, banner, or circle( whatever shape you have) on one of the 4.25" x 5.5" card panels and run through a die-cutting machine

  • Die-cut shapes out of Vellum

Creating an offset gatefold card base

  • Take the 5.5" x 8.5" cardstock, score it at 2" and 6.25"

  • For mini scoreboards, score at 2" turn the cardstock and score the other side at 2.25"

Tip: if you always remember that your gates have to equal the width of your card, you won’t go wrong. For example, you want to create a card that's 4.25 wide, the gates must equal 4.25”; it doesn’t matter if they are scored at 2 1/8” each, creating equal gates, or if you score one gate at 2” and the other gate at 2.25” because that’s 4.25”. So you can easily create fun offset gatefolds but simply remembering ‘gates = width of the card”.

  • Cut patterned paper to fit gates

  • Attach patterned paper to each gate using a tape runner or liquid adhesive

I always make sure the pattern continues across the gates

Creating a scene

  • Adhere a vellum heart to a cardstock heart making sure that adhesive will be hidden behind one of the Ephemera pieces (see photo below)

  • Add mounting foam to the back of the ephemera (Santa) and attach on top of the die-cut heart


  • Add silver thread to the back of the heart by placing double-sided tape on the back of the heart, wrap the thread around fingers, remover, fan out between fingertips and lay on tape, once you have the thread in place cover with more double-sided adhesive ( be sure you are only adding tape to one side of the heart, if the tape overlaps to the other gate it will tape your card shut)

  • Finish building the scene by adding smaller ephemera pieces around the focal piece

  • I added the star and two presents

  • Finish off with enamel dots or sequins

Super Simple! This collection by Bella Blvd is so cute. I bet you could get the kids involved with this, it's so cute.


Leave a comment below for a chance to win a prize pack filled with goodies used during the video. One lucky winner will receive the following:

1 - 6 x 6 Santa Squad Paper Pad

1 - Enamel Dots (closely matches)

1 - Santa Squad Ephemera Words Pack

1 - Santa Squad Ephemera Icons Pack

1 each Scrapbook.com double-sided adhesive roll 1/8" wide, Permanent Adhesive Roller, and two Square Foam Adhesives

Giveaway Rules

One random winner will be picked using Random.org and announced at the top of this blog post on November 14th, 2019, at which time this giveaway will be closed.

Winner has one week to claim the prize by emailing me at contact@lisamensing.com.

This giveaway is sponsored by LisaMensing.com.

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