Today’s post is a Fun Fold Arrow Flap Gatefold card with lots of fun colors and a FREE PDF tutorial.  I very much enjoyed putting this card together AND I was able to practice my fussy cutting!  As the card says, “all you need is confidence and lots of coffee”.

The stamped images and sentiment came from the Press On stamp set and today’s color palette was inspired by the Playing With Patterns Designer Series Paper.

Below are the project measurements and a quick “how to”. You can download a printable PDF here or at the end of this post.

  • Start with a single layer A-2 card base that measures 4 1/4″ X 5 1/2″.  My card base is Night of Navy.
  • Cut the gatefold piece using Coastal Cabana card stock at 4″ X 10 1/2″.
  • Score at 2 5/8″ and 7 7/8″.
  • Fold this piece on the score lines toward the center and crease with your bone folder. This will sit on top of the Night of Navy card base.
  • The inside sentiment layer is Whisper White and measures 3 7/8″ X 5 1/8″.
  • Stamp the sentiment and attach the sentiment layer to the center panel of the Coastal Cabana gatefold.
  • The patterned paper flap is a 6″ X 6″ piece of Playing With Patterns Designer Series Paper cut diagonally from corner to corner.
  • Score in on the longest end of the triangle 1/2″.  Fold and burnish on the score line.
  • Adhere this piece to the back of the center of the Coastal Cabana gatefold and let the flap fall to the center front of your gatefold.  Be sure the front patterned paper flap point is centered at the meeting of the two side panels at the front of the gatefold.
  • Trim off the excess points of the patterned paper on either side of your gatefold layer.
  • Stamp three coffee cups from the Press On stamp set, fussy cut them and attach them to the front flap with dimensionals.
  • I added a hand cropped sentiment banner to the bottom and a few white dots from All The Trimmings Embellishments.

There are at least three versions of the arrow flap gatefold card that I’ve seen and my inspiration for this design came from Lisa Curcio.

So, grab your paper trimmer, bone folder, card stock and patterned paper and create a simple fun fold card.

…the only inspiration is your imagination!