Make a surprise gate fold card that’s perfect for a guy’s birthday card! Plus, I’ll show you other card designs you can make with the same layout.

Consider fun folds for homemade birthday card ideas for dad, a boyfriend or other men in your life. The best part of this gate fold card is the ability to change the images to suit the images you like. And if you’re like me and always on the lookout for a great masculine stamp set, don’t miss the Handsomely Suited Bundle (stamp set + coordinating dies)!

Don’t forget to download the gate fold card template which is included in the card cutting dimensions and supply list below. 

Surprise Gate Fold Card Video Tutorial

Today’s card making ideas will have the men in your life saying “wow”! Pair your stamps and dies together and make some amazing birthday cards!

This video will teach you how to make a surprise gate fold card






Surprise Gate Fold Card – Handsomely Suited

Whether the man you’re celebrating is a shirt and tie kinda’ guy or not you’ll find the Handsomely Suited Bundle amazingly versatile! Pair the Bundle with the coordinating Well Suited Designer Series Paper which will make creating masculine cards a breeze!

This surprise gate fold card is perfect as a Father's Day Card

The overlapping panels of this gate fold card provide the surprise factor! The front panel is perfectly aligned to the inside panel so it’s not visible until the card is opened. 

This is how the surprise gate fold card looks when opened up.

Coordinate the card colors through to the inside layers where you’ll reveal your sentiment. The secret to this fun fold is the positioning of the hinges so don’t miss today’s video for all the tips!

The top of your surprise gate fold card should look like this.

Surprise Gate Fold Card – Woodland Wonder

Whether the nature lover in your life is male or female, young or young-at-heart, the Woodland Wonder stamp set screams fun! How can anyone resist these adorable character faces!

I used the Stampin' Up! Woodland Wonder to make this gate fold card.

The Stitched Nested Label Dies have been wildly popular in the current annual catalog. Their trendy stitched borders and timeless shape are perfectly sized to hold both greetings and images. But hurry! These dies are currently on the retired list and only while supplies last. Click HERE to view the “last chance” products.


Surprise Gate Fold Card – Jar of Flowers

And how about a surprise gate fold card for the women?! This one uses the Jar of Flowers stamp set coupled with the retiring Layering Ovals Dies. The single color background is perfectly enhanced by this bright floral bouquet.

I love the colors on this birthday gate fold card.

Coloring with the alcohol-based Stampin’ Blends Markers not only provides for a professional and flawless look but they are easy to use. Check out my YouTube playlist about these markers by clicking HERE.


Click on the red project sheet box below to view the products I used to create these cards. You can select any product in the sheet and be easily redirected to my online store to see them larger. I offer exclusive and generous online ordering REWARDS, too!







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The Fall 2022 retreat is finally here! Online Stamping Retreat is an exclusive virtual event that aims to connect crafters from around the world. Best news? I’ve teamed up with my friend Kylie Bertucci (#1 Stampin’ Up! demonstrator, Australia) to bring you this worldwide event.

With a day of live demonstrations, PDF tutorials, giveaways and inspiration, it’s our goal to provide an event that not only gets your creative juices flowing but also affords you the opportunity to stamp live alongside with us!

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