How to make an easel gatefold card with our free template

Use our free template and step-by-step tutorial, to discover 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!

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

Love this design? Take a look at our guide to making an easel drawer card, too – it’s a gift box and card, all in one!

We’ve also got loads more ideas and free downloads for brilliant cards featuring sweet little birds!

Plus, find plenty more step-by-step guides and ideas for handmade cards in our How to… section.

Kat has used Nitwit Collections papers to decorate the easel gatefold card base, but you could also use our fantastic free papers and printables!

We love to see what you’ve been crafting, so don’t forget to share your projects with us on Facebook and Twitter, too!


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Basic card kit, plus:


How to make an easel gatefold card

1. Use our free template to neatly fold a 28×20.4cm piece of white card, cut away the top two corners, then fold the middle section in half, horizontally, to create the easel element.


2. Use the free 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.


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


4. Use the Doily Lattice die on the top section of 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.


5. Die cut and trim an Ornate Birdcage in silver card, then add two dark-pink birds. Glue the cage onto a pink circle layered onto a kraft-card scalloped circle.


6. Attach the birdcage circle to the front of the easel panel, then use sticky 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.


7. 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.