- Take a piece of 12" x 6" double sided patterned cardstock.
- Die cut the 2 edges so that they are rounded. (I used a large circle die - and only half cut the card - so that only the ends of the card were cut.)
- Make a light mark at 6" and then fold both ends into meet in the middle at this mark. You have now created your gate fold card.
- Print a braided edge template (found below) off onto printer paper.
- Fold the paper in half along the centre line (the line that runs down the middle of the chevrons).
- Lay the paper around the outside folded edge of your pattern cardstock and hold or tape into position to make sure it doesn't move.
- Using sharp scissors, carefully cut along the diagonal lines - making sure you cut the exact length of each line.
- When completed, remove the template, and attach to the other side - making sure you lay it on the right way round - i.e. the same way up as you did on the previous fold.
- Repeat steps 6-7 again.
- Set the template aside.
- Open up both folds and lay the card flat on a work surface.
- Starting at the top, fold down every other chevron strip.
- When you get to the bottom strip, cut it off - just the bottom strip!!! - and keep - as you will need this piece for the top of the card.
- Carefully stick that piece onto the top of the card and tuck the point under the chevron below.
- Tuck each folded chevron strip under the one below as you go down the card until you reach the bottom.
- Carefully fold the card back in half - to create half of the gate fold card.
- Repeat steps 12-16 on the other side.
To complete this card, I punched a hole in the front of the gate fold card front flaps and threaded ribbon through to keep them shut, and added a stamped wooden tag. I also die cut some small flowers (using the First Edition Flower dies), and a few tiny butterflies (using the Tiny Tatty Teddy Girl dies). I finished it off with some small pearls.
If you get stuck, just type in "Braided Edge Card" into You tube and you'll find a few tutorials on there to help you.