Handmake a cheery Christmas gatefold card to make them smile! And when you tuck in a special little gift, it doubles as gift wrap – and they’ll be grinning from ear to ear! (See what I mean below!)

Now you might be wondering who I mean by “them”? Just about ANYONE who loves a bit of whimsy!

You probably wouldn’t be surprised to learn I’ve probably played more with these cute little gnomes than anything else out of this holiday catalogue.

Not just because they’re adorable either.

They’re super easy to create! And can look different when you work with new colours!

For example last week in our Facebook Live VIPeeps group, we made this great little tag and bag, I’m calling a Giggle Gnome! (because you can’t help but giggle at his perky feet!)

Click here to join our free Facebook group of paper crafters to see how to make this whole tag and bag!

But I digress! That’s not what we’re making today!

Let’s take a peek at our darling gatefold card – with snowflakes galore!

Handmake a Cheery Christmas Gatefold Card To Make Them Smile
Add some fun snowflake DSP for a cute gatefold…with a hidden twist!

Our gnome is made up of only 4 different dies: the hat, nose, beard and drawers/boots. That’s all!

And, there really isn’t a ton of stamping needed when you have such a strong focal point on your card like this gnome!

Just a long banner matted with a coordinating colour and if you want, a smidge of ribbon! And while I also added 3 adhesive-backed stars, ooops, they’re now sold out!

Handmake a Cheery Christmas Gatefold Card To Make Them Smile

I want to share a few tips to create a card like this one:

Fast Tips for Sweet Gatefold Designs Like This Gnome

  • Use careful placement of the hat die to capture the snowflake in the centre. When you take just a few seconds more, his little toque looks so much better!
  • Add some shading to his nose. Although you can just use the Blushing Bride nose as is, spend a few seconds more and dab your sponge dauber into Sweet Sorbet ink and brush it along the edges. He just looks like he’s been out in the cold!
  • Add a double layer for your greeting. The white banner by itself would have been absolutely fine. But mat it against the colour to match his hat? Perfection!!
Handmake a Cheery Christmas Gatefold Card To Make Them Smile
Create a perfect matted banner with the Banners Pick a Punch
  • Play with something unexpected! Why not fold in a tiny bit of ribbon to match? By doing this, you get 3 Balmy Blue elements to balance the card beautifully.
  • Amp up the flakes. Rather than possibly “losing” the basic rhinestones in amongst the snowflake paper, I added a flat adhesive-backed star first. A tiny dab of liquid glue in the centre and then attach a rhinestone for maximum effect. What if you don’t have the stars? Try sequins!
Handmake a Cheery Christmas Gatefold Card To Make Them Smile

I just love the detail on his beard and boots, don’t you?

So to make a gatefold card, take a piece of 5 1/2″ x 8 1/2″ cardstock. Then score it at 2 1/8″ and 6 3/8″. Fold in the two sides to the middle.

The trick?

When you go to glue that larger white deckled-edged panel? Make sure to only add glue to the blue top piece. And keep the glue about 1/4″ in from the left, right and fold (top). That way you won’t glue the card together by mistake! (Yes I have done this before!! 🤗)

If you’d like even more ideas for cute gnomes, check out this simple design for 3 ways to step up a make it in minutes Christmas card with gnomes.

What Else Did I Use?

The Deckled Rectangle dies are great to add the wiggly cut on my two panels. They perfectly nest inside one another and the edges really do look torn!

Here is everything I used – click on this list and you can print, pin or order from. I so appreciate you ordering with me and supporting my home- based Design with Jo business. Thank you!

Where’s the Wrapping?

Let’s take a look at the inside so you can see how this card doubles as gift wrap!

Easily turn a gatefold card into a gift card holder with two strips of glue along the edges

Don’t you love when you can get more than one use from something you. make? So when you can quickly turn a gatefold card into a gift card holder?


I’d love for you to handmake a cheery Christmas gatefold card to make them smile – even if you don’t have the gnomes, try a snowman, reindeer or Santa and watch them grin!