How to make Banded Gatefold Christmas Cards

banded gatefold Christmas card


Looking for easy and elegant holiday card ideas? This banded gatefold Christmas card design is perfect! Easy to duplicate and easy to make for large holiday card lists. Like photo cards? Insert a photo inside.
Card design by Teresa Neulieb.




  • Basic Gray Card Base – 11″ x 4-1/4″ scored on the long side at 2-3/4″ & 8-1/4″
  • Basic White (Inside) – 5-1/4″ x 4″
  • Silver Foil (Front) – (2) 4-1/8″ x 2-5/8″
  • Designer Paper (Front) – (2) 4″ x 2-1/2″
  • Vellum Cardstock (Band) – 1-1/4″ x 11″
  • Basic Gray (Band) – 1″ x 11″
  • Silver Foil scrap for the tree die cuts



  • Stamp the words on the Basic White inside panel in Memento Black.
  • Stamp the words in Versamark in the center of the Vellum Cardstock strip.
  • Pour Silver Emboss Powder over the stamped words on the vellum and heat with the Heat Tool to melt the powder.
  • Die cut 3 trees.
  • Assemble the card panels with Seal Adhesive.
  • Attach a die cut tree to either side of the embossed words with Seal Adhesive.
  • Attach the Vellum Cardstock & Basic Gray strips together with Seal Adhesive. For best results apply adhesive where it will show tthrough the vellum the least. A small amount behind the trees, and on the back are the best areas.
  • Score band at 2-3/4″ & 8-3/8″, then attach together to create band.

Banded Gatefold Christmas Cards PDF

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The belly band around the card is created with Vellum cardstock layered over Basic Gray cardstock. The words are heat embossed on the vellum. It’s important to use the Vellum cardstock when heat embossing to prevent burning and curling.

The words are from the Evergreen Elegance Stamp set. If you like to make photo cards, layer a photo on the inside.

The elegant designer series paper is specialty paper from the Stampin’ Up Peaceful Place collection.

The die cut trees are from the Cloche die set.





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  1. Teresa Neuleib says

    Well that was a happy surprise 😊

  2. GINNY PREAM says

    Absolutely stunning card. Thanks once again for sharing your craft!

    Ginny Pream

  3. GINNY PREAM says

    OK Tami, I am struggling with the belly band….I have cut as instructed, 1 1/4″ x 11″ and when card is folded it measures 5 1/2″ so should close in the band but it is short……..any idea on what I can do??? HELP!!

  4. GINNY PREAM says

    Well Tami –

    I attached 2 of the larger trees on each end of the vellum and overlapped them and I love how it turned out. Gives the back a little
    bit of interest. Not sure how else I could have done it. So if anyone else runs into this please let me now what I am doing wrong for them not to meet in the back. Sorry I am rambling!

  5. Made another band and extended it, still didn’t like the back because you could see the extension, so added a large tree and 2 small trees and arranged them to cover the extension . Felt it finished it off. Thanks for the great card idea and helpful hint.