How to make an easel gatefold card

Use our free template and step-by-step tutorial, to discover how to make an easel gatefold card!

How to make an easel gatefold card

This design has been created by Kat Waskett, and it’s perfect for an extra-special project to celebrate birthdays, Mother’s Day and more! To make this card, our designer used floral-patterned papers and a birdcage die to decorate this card, but you could easily swap the design to suit the papers and embellishments in your stash.

To make this card, we have a handy template for you to download to help create the base. Simply download and print off the template, then use it to cut the easel from your chosen coloured card.

We’ve also got a handy YouTube video to show you each step in more detail.

Shopping list

  • Patterned papers
  • Die-cutting machine
  • Doily and birdcage dies
  • Stitched scalloped dies
  • Kraft, pink & silver card
  • Adhesive pearls
  • Ribbon
  • Free templates (see below – you’ll need both sheets to make the card)

Gatefold easel card template 01

Gatefold easel card template 02


Step 1

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Download and print off the templates above. Cut the template from a 28×20.4cm a piece of white card, cut away the top two corners, then fold the middle section in half, horizontally, to create the easel element.

Step 2

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Using the template again, to score the wider section of the card at 5.1cm from each outer edge, so they fold over and cover the central 10.2cm-wide section in the middle.

Step 3

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Cover the three inside panels with patterned paper, then cover the two outside panels with contrasting patterned paper, leaving narrow white borders all around.

Step 4

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Die cut a doily lattice section from a 14x10cm piece of white card. Add patterned paper to a piece of 10.5x10cm white card then attach it beneath the die-cut. Attach this to the easel element.

Step 5

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Die cut and trim a birdcage from silver card, then add two dark-pink birds. Glue the cage onto a pink circle layered onto a  scalloped circle cut from kraft card.

Step 6

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Attach the birdcage circle to the front of the easel panel, then use foam pads to add a printed sentiment to the central base panel – to prop up the easel. Decorate with pearls along with die-cut flowers and leaves.

Step 7

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Place the card face down and lay a length of ribbon across it. Create loops, to hold the ribbon in place, by gluing the ends of a small strip of patterned paper to each side panel.