Botanic Orchid Gate-fold Easel Card Tutorial

Botanic Orchid Gate-fold Easel Card Tutorial

Hi everyone!  Thanks so much for visiting today.  For those of you who know me, you probably already know that I have this obsession with fancy fold cards and today I want to share with you a step-by-step tutorial for a fancy fold that combines two popular fancy folds into one!  I am calling this fold a Gate-fold easel card!

I apologize in advance, this is a rather long post so grab yourself a cup of coffee to sip along the way.


The real beauty of this card is the inside


and a straight on look so you can see the detail:


Products Used:

HCPC-3741 – Botanic Orchid Cling Stamp Set
HCPC-3742 – Regal Hummingbird Cling Stamp Set
HCPC-3743 – Botanic Orchid Bouquet Stamp Set
HCPC-3744 – Botanic Orchid Wishes Stamp Set
HCD1-745 – Luggage and Tags Die
HCD1-780 – Ornate Borders and Pockets Die
HCD1-7100 – Botanic Window Die
HCD1-7101 – Botanic Orchid Die
HCD1-7102 – Regal Hummingbird Die
HCDP1-267 – Botanic Orchid Paper Collection
Deluxe Flower Shaping Kit
Art Institute Glue – Dries Clear Glue
Spellbinders Tool N’ One
Scor-Pal Measuring & Scoring Board

Project Instructions:

Other products: White Card Stock, Spellbinders Floral Ovals, Spellbinders Petite Labels One, Versafine Onyx Black Ink, Worn Lipstick Distressed Ink, Pearl Mica Spray, Dove Blender Pen, Distressed Markers (Peeled Paint and Squeezed Lemonade), Pebbles Chaulks, Versamark Stamp Pad, Watering Can Embossing Powder, Bling from my stash and die cutting machine.

Step by Step Instructions:

Step 1

Start by taking a piece of card stock 10″ x 12 and with the 10″ side on the top of your scoring tool scor at the 2 1/2″ and 7 1/2″ marks.


Step 2

Rotate the card stock so that the 12″ side is on the top of your scoring tool and scor at the 7″ and 10 1/2″ marks.


Step 3

With the 10″ side facing to the top, remove the 2 top panels on the left and right so your piece looks like this.


Step 4

Now using your bone folder, go over the scor lines so you have nice sharp fold lines.


Step 5

Take another piece of card stock 5″ x 7″ and glue the bottom of the 5″ x 1 1/2″ flap to the bottom of the 5″ x 7″ card stock.


Step 6

Once the glue has cured your finished card base should look like this.


Step 7

Now it’s time to start decorating!  Start by covering the 2 front panels with paper from the Botanic Orchid Paper Collection that measure 2 1/4″ x 6 3/4″ each.  I like to have my panels match up so I cut a piece of paper 4 1/2″ x 6 3/4″ and then cut the piece in half.


Step 8

Repeat the same process covering the inside with more designer paper from the Botanic Orchid Paper Collection.  This time I selected a different piece of paper.


Step 9

To dress up the easel part of the card, I took a piece of white card stock 3 1/2″ x 6 1/2″ and using the Ornate Borders and Pockets Die, I die cut both ends of the card stock.  After lightly distressing it with Worn Lipstick distressed ink, attach it to the center of the easel and top off with one of the pre-made card images from the  Botanic Orchid Paper Collection that has the edges dusted with a little glitter for some extra sparkle!


Step 10

On the inside of the easel, layer on another piece of designer paper from the Botanic Orchid Paper Collection that measures 4 3/4″ x 6 3/4″ before topping it off with a sentiment.  The sentiment was stamped from the Botanic Orchid Wishes Stamp Set using Versamark and heat embossed with Watering Can Embossing Powder and was colored with a combination of Worn Lipstick, Peeled Paint and Squeezed Lemonade Distressed Markers.  Once your coloring is complete, the sentiment was die cut using the Spellbinders Floral Ovals die.  In order for the die to easily hold the easel part of the card, die cut the Spellbinders Floral Ovals die several times or simply add foam dots to the bottom before attaching to the card base.


Step 11

The card front was the perfect place to add a die cut of the beautiful Botanic Window.  Much like the die cut on the inside of the easel, I die cut this a few times to give it a bit of extra strength and also to ensure that it does not curl over time.


Step 12

Finish your card by decorating with some additional Botanic Orchid flowers and some of those lovely hummingbirds! Stamp the Botanic Orchid Cling Stamp Set on white cardstock with Versafine Onyx Black and cut with the matching die before shaping the flowers with Deluxe Flower Shaping Kit. Distress the flower petals with Worn Lipstick Distressed Ink and after you have created your flowers lightly spray them with Pearl Mica Spray for a little extra sparkle.  Finally, stamp the Regal Hummingbird Cling Stamp Set on white cardstock with Versafine Onyx Black and cut with the matching die and color them with Pebbles Chalks.



Thanks so much for visiting.  Have a wonderful day!

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About Castlepark Designs

My name is Joann and I live in Halifax, Nova Scotia with my husband Miles. We have one son who is in the Royal Canadian Navy. I have worked full time in the Finance and Insurance industry for the past 29 years. I absolutely adore all things paper & glue and have been involved with crafting in some way for most of my life. I have a great admiration for creating projects from paper that may not necessarily be made from paper. When not in my craft room, I enjoy spending time at our cottage enjoying all that nature and suburban life has to offer.

2 responses »

  1. I absolutely love this card!! Thank you for creating the tutorial Joann. I will definitely try this! 😊


  2. I love fancy folds too. This is amazing. Before I read the post I thought there would be a lot of cutting and gluing for the base fold. I am looking forward to trying this. Thanks for the great tutorial. The card is awesome.



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