I subscribe to The Frugal Crafter’s blog and yesterday she had a little video tutorial for a gatefold easel card that I thought was mighty cute. I needed a birthday card so I thought I would combine a few things and make one. The problem? Hers is based on US letter size paper of 8.5 x 11. UK A4 size is NOT the same and what’s more can’t be cut down to create US letter as it is 297 x 210 mm or 11.7 x 8.3 in, So the first challenge was to adapt it without too much hassle.
First watch the video to get an idea of how the gatefold easel works. This image gives you an idea but is in no way to be used as a template. It is not to scale!
I took my A4 paper and scored it lengthwise at 2 1/8 inches and 6 1/4 inches from the LEFT EDGE.
I crease first on the 2 1/8 inch score line then, I folded the other side in, slightly adjusting the crease so the edges met in (sort of) the middle. It’s very close to the middle but maybe 1/16 inch off. Close enough for Government work, as we used to say at my real job.
Opening out the folds I scored at 5 7/8 inches across the middle. When cutting away the two corners, as in the video, I cut to the inside of the score lines to make sure the easel part is narrow enough for the card to close properly (but then added very dimensional elements so sort of negated that.)
Scoring the top section across at 3 inches and folding (mountain fold) creates the easel and the remaining side flaps create the gatefold closure. Really, watch the video. It explains it all where I am really only dealing with the measurements I used for my A4 cardstock.
I did another A4 sheet of the stamping-with-inkpads technique from yesterday, using shades of yellow. Cutting that up to cover the card base I had enough to do inside and out of the gatefolds, the centre base, and the back of the easel. For the front of the easel I did another piece using more blues and Antique Linen. The stamps are two freebies from Craft Stamper, I think, the flower and the butterfly, and the leafy fronds are from a custom stamp set I got in a class from some long ago big crop (Could it have been Bonanza??)
The butterfly is attached to a button so the top half is loose. That provides a cute catch for the easel but lays flat (ish) behind it when the card is closed
I still need to decide on the sentiments for the inside but I have a month till the birthday. I really should have bought some at the show – my sentiment stamps are LAME.
Envelope wise it should fit in a C6 envelope of 114mm x 162mm or 4 1/5 x 6 1/2( ish) inches.
Tidy up time!