This is the second card that we made at the South Burlington stamp club gathering. I have a special fondness for cards that have a non-standard fold. I decided that it was time to try another one with the group. I came across this “fun fold” online when I was searching around for something different to try. This is called a Slide & Lock Gatefold card. The trickiest part of this card is creating the locking mechanism, the rest of it was pretty quick stamping and assembly. Of course, if you decide to create your own you could really step up the focal image and I encourage you to give it whirl.

The inside of the card has a stamped panel to create a spot for a message that doesn’t require a special pen. I wanted to show another pattern of the pretty Pansy Petals DSP because there are some great colors and designs. The locking mechanism works pretty well on the card, so the simplest way to open it is to slightly squeeze on the sides and slide up or down the scallop framed panel. To create this card do the following:

  • Cut the card base 5 1/2″ x 8 1/2″, score at 2 1/8″ on both ends of the long side
  • Cut 2 pieces of DSP for the front – 2″ x 5 3/8″
  • Create your focal image – I used the Scalloped Contours dies for the frame
  • To create the lock:
  • Cut 3 pieces of cardstock at 2″ x 2″, score 2 of them at 1″
  • Fold the 2 pieces on the score
  • Attach both to the other 2″ x 2″ square with the score fold meeting in the center
  • Attach the “wings” from the folded squares to the focal image – make sure that it is straight and centered
    • Also, make sure that you are adhering the folded pieces to the focal image, not the un-folded side of the lock
  • Insert the left side of the card base between the folded layers of the lock
  • Tuck the right side of the card base between the folded layers of the lock on the other side

Once you have the steps figured out, this card is really pretty easy to make and it is a very unique card. Anyone that you send it to will definitely know right away that you made something special for them. Over the years I have come to appreciate how much this means to people. Receiving a handmade card really makes them feel special, and it is a delightful way to let someone know that you care about them.

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