This gate fold accordion Christmas card is, no doubt, the best gate fold card I’ve ever created! The layers pop up and create the most interesting floating panel card when displayed.

Stampin’ Up!’s color coordination is second to none and that’s evident in the three card making ideas I’m sharing today. I’m featuring the Christmas card but don’t miss my fun fold Halloween card and birthday card alternate ideas. This floating panel card is perfect for any occasion!

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Gate Fold Accordion Christmas Card | Video

If you’re looking for Christmas cardmaking ideas, this one is a show stopper! Learn how to make this floating panel card in today’s video. 

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Gate Fold Accordion Christmas Card | Joyful Flurry

When you think of snowflakes tones of blues, white and silver come to mind. But I love creating cards outside the ‘norm’. The gold accents with Cherry Cobbler are both rich and intriguing. Definitely not the norm for a snowflake card but it’s definitely impactful! 

handmade christmas card

The Lights Aglow Designer Papers worked perfectly for these panels since the package contains 6″ x 6″ sheets. Varied tones for the holidays allows you to work with both elegant reds and greens. There’s even some sheets in muted black with a bokeh finish that are striking! 

diy christmas card

Adding layers of Gold Foil emphasize the heat embossed snowflake and designer paper. But I didn’t stop there! I stamped and heat embossed small gold snowflakes along the belly band as well.

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The gold embossing and foil were sparkly enough but this stunning gold snowflake called for a simple brushed gold metallic dot in the center to finish it off.

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When opened, the card expands revealing the panels and the inside of the card. Be certain to position the inside greeting or images so they aren’t visible from the outside.

gate fold christmas card

Your recipient will love displaying this card since the panels float to the sides.

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The Joyful Flurry stamp set is offered as a Bundle to include a 12-piece set of dies for both negative and outline images. You’ll find this Bundle on page 19 of the Mini Catalog.

diy christmas card

Gate Fold Accordion Halloween Card | Bewitching

Nothing screams Halloween more than a vibrant color and black! I used the Celebrate Everything designer paper for the panels and chose the Bewitching stamp Bundle (page 57 of the Mini Catalog).

halloween card

The Betwiching Bundle includes a 6-piece stamp set and the coordinating Witch Hat Builder Punch. This builder punch includes three pieces; the hat, hat band and stars. It’s like getting three punches in one!

handmade halloween card

Stampin’ Blends alcohol-based markers were used to add some color to the hat and feet, allowing me to coordinate the Mango Melody cardstock layers. If you’re new to alcohol-based Stampin’ Blends Markers I have an entire playlist on YouTube HERE to teach you how to use them in various ways. 

gate fold accordion card

Love the sparkle border on the inside of the card? Add a strip of Glitter Washi Tape! Four colors provides lots of options!

Wonderful World

Sale-A-Bration is nearing an end and the exclusive FREE products offered during this sale will be retired. Among them is the Wonderful World Bundle (stamp set + designer paper). While I’ve enjoyed using all the Sale-A-Bration products, this Bundle is among my favorites. 

handmade birthday card

Floral stamps with a realistic look are amazingly easy to work with. You can achieve two colors (or more) by using Sponge Daubers to add individual colors to various areas. I recommend starting with the lightest color first and use a separate Sponge Dauber for each color.

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I fussy cut these images and layered them on the front panels for a soft and inviting entry to this floating panel card.

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Stampin’ Up!’s color coordination makes creating cards like this super easy. Mix and match the designer paper in the package for the various panels and your card is perfectly coordinated!

accordion gate fold card

Click on the red tutorial box below to view and/or download the card measurements and the supplies. Click on any product in the download and it will redirected to my online store where you can view them larger and/or add them to your cart. I offer exclusive and generous online ordering REWARDS, too!







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