CTC#230 Favourite BigShot Project

Choosing your favourite Big Shot project is definitely tricky, it's one of my most used tools and I can't imagine crafting without it, so to choose a favourite project is a big call. I love framelits but I think embossing folders are just so effective at adding a wow factor.
So my project today is not a specific case but uses both folders and framelits and a fancy fold. We made this style in a fancy fold class a while ago but it has taken me some time to write up the tutorial.

A Gate Fold Card is any card where 2 flaps fold in from either side to cover the writing on the inside panel of the card.

The size of the card base determines the finished size of the card but the flaps can many different sizes
- they can be equal width and meet in the middle
- they can be one wide and one narrow and fold over each other
- they can also be different heights - ie one tall and one short- like this version

This is CASEd from a beautiful card which I received last year.

Card base and Left flap            17.5cm x 14.7cm      SCORE at 6.5cm
Right Flap                                 9cm  x 9cm               SCORE at 1.5cm
Inside Panel for writing            10cm x 14.2
DSP for Left Flap                      6cm x 14.2cm


  • If you are going to emboss the right flap you need to do that first keeping the 1.5cm tab unembossed
  • place adhesive on the 1.5cm tab of the small square
  • position the small square about 3cm from the top of the right card edge and adhere the tab to the card base so that the score line matches up with the right edge of the card base ( ie the right flap will sit in the middle of the height of the card.
  • adhere the inside writing panel over the tab
  • adhere the DSP to the front of the left flap
  • decorate as desired.
  • if you need a "keeper" to hold the card closed use a small circle of Cardstock (3/4" is ideal)
  • fold the card closed and place one dimensional to the left of the small flap
  • place the keeper onto the adhesive surface of the dimensional
    Very easy and very effective

    The only catch with these cards is that you have to be mindful of where you are writing and avoid the top right corner and the bottom right corner so that your handwriting is not visible when the card is closed. So stamping in the corner can help to prevent that.
    You can decorate with as much or as little as you like. I have a few more samples I will post later this week. This one is similar but has fewer embellishments. I really love those doily thinlits, but I only use them with the adhesive sheets as backing - it also helps remove all those tiny inner scraps when you peel it from the sheet.

    Quite a number of embossing folders are retiring and there will be a smaller selection of folders to choose from. I love the tin tile Embossing Folder and I think it works really well with the Dear Doily flower, thankfully it will carry over.  Sadly though the Dear Doily bundle is retiring. It's such a pretty flower. ! 

    Don't forget we love to see what you create. Pop a photo of your favourite Big Shot project on our Facebook page.

    Next on the hop this week is Peta

    I hope you have a creative week and remember, 
    "don't just post online,
     post something pretty!"

    cheers, Liz


    1. Thanks for sharing how you made this. I always love getting inspiration for different card folds. Beautiful card and I love the colours you chose.

    2. This is a great fancy fold! Thank you so much for sharing the instructions. I love the embossed flap on the front. The "keeper" is a clever trick as well.

    3. Great fold Liz - thanks for the breakdown. Love the carry through stamping to the middle. Kelly x

    4. Awesome. Love all the little details on your project and Thankyou so much fur showing how to do this. Beautiful combination.

    5. Liz I love this fancy fold you've created. Thank you for the instructions and the tip about the "keeper".

    6. I love a fancy fold card and yours is lovely!! Love the embossing panel.


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