Forever Fern Locking Gate-fold
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For today, I have a fun gate-fold card for you. This one has a sliding lock to hold it closed.
This is so easy to create. Start with a 5-1/2″ x 8-1/2″ piece of Garden Green Cardstock, and score 2-1/8″ from both sides. Slice a tiny sliver (about 1/16″) from one edge so the lock will slide a little easier, then fold the flaps to the center. Cover the flaps with Forever Greenery Designer Series Paper (DSP). Each piece is 1-7/8″ x 5-1/4″, but before you adhere, trim 1/16″ from the side of one so it would work better with the narrowed flap.
For the lock, you’ll need four 2-3/4″ squares of card stock. I used Old Olive, but you can use any color that coordinates with your card. Score two of the squares down the center, at 1-3/8″. Fold, then sharpen the folds with your Bone Folder.
I use Liquid Adhesive for the next step, because I always need a little wiggle room. Add glue to the backs of the two folded squares and adhere them to one of the remaining 2-3/4″ squares with the folds together at the center. Make sure all edges are aligned and the folds can still open. Next, glue the final square on top, so the folded pieces are sandwiched between the other two squares. Decorate as you’d like with more card stock, DSP, die-cuts or punched pieces, or sentiments. I added a 2-1/2″ Garden Green square and then a 2-1/4″ square of Whisper White Cardstock that I stamped using images and a sentiment from the Forever Fern Stamp Set.
Slide the lock over the gate-fold opening. The two sides of the card front should fit inside the open folded squares in the center of the lock.
When we gave this card to a random sample of recipients to open (i.e. husbands), they simply opening the card, not realizing the lock slides off. It’s ok; it still opened, although the lock sailed through the air. This is another card you may want to hand to the recipient so you can give some simple instruction on how to open it.
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Thanks for stopping by Stamping with Buffy. Have a lovely day!