Saturday Tips – Joy Fold Card

For this week’s Saturday Tips, we’re going to make a Joy Fold card.  This is one of my favorite folds; it’s very easy, and it creates a finished ‘inside’ as well as a unique ‘outside’.

First, start with a 8-1/2″ x 4-1/4″ piece of cardstock for your card base.  In this case, I’ve used Basic Black.  Score it at 3″.

Next, you’ll need a piece of cardstock, usually the same color as the base card, cut to 8″ x 3″.  Score at 4″.

Now, for your decorative pieces and matting, cut one DSP to 4″ x 5-1/4″ (inside back piece), another coordinating DSP to 4″ x 2-3/4″ (left front flap piece), two pieces of solid cardstock to 2-3/4″ x 3-3/4″ (mats for right flap and inside of right flap), and two pieces cut to 2-1/2″ x 3-1/2″ (these are for front right flap and for inside of right flap, and can be a lightly colored DSP or solid cardstock for stamping on).

For my card, I used My Digital Studio Frightful Sight DSP (top two), Cast a Spell DSP (bottom two) and Scaredy Cat Stamp Brush Set.  For the mats, I used Cajun Craze.

To assemble the card, attach the 4″ x 5-1/4″ piece of DSP to the inside of the card base.  Attach one of the mats and one of the imaged DSPs to the inside of the 3″ x 8″ piece on the left side.  Attach the 3″ x 8″ piece to the inside of the card base, slightly off-center to the right.

Attach the second mat and stamped DSP to the front flap of the 3″ x 8″ piece.  I also used the Butterfly Punch and Basic Black cardstock to make the bat.  I folded the butterfly in half, and modified it with paper snips.

Attach the 4″ x 2-3/4″ piece of DSP to the left flap.  I added a Spice Cake Designer Button and a 1-1/4″ circle stamped with the spider web from the Out on a Limb stamp set.  Adhere your embellishment with a Stampin’ Dimensional or two, but make sure you keep the dimensional on the left side of the embellishment so you can tuck your corner under it.

And here’s the finished Joy Fold Card!

This is the first time that I’ve shown you a card starting at the back and ending at the front!  I hope you enjoyed this photo tutorial.  I want you to be prepared with lots of unique options for your holiday cards.  Keep in mind that you can use a flat object in place of the button, like a cropped flower, for a flat card for mailing.

Did you like the Joy Fold?  Will you use it for your holiday cardmaking?  Please leave a comment!

Wishing you a beautiful weekend with lots of time for stamping!







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  1. Linda Burgess

    This is a great card, Cindy!! And a very clear tutorial. Will definitely try this technique.Thanks for sharing!!

  2. Linda Callahan

    Fabulous – and great directions!

  3. gale smith

    Thanks for this great tutorial. Although I did have to go to the end and work backwards to understand some of it, I really appreciate the visual, because that is what is easiest for me to understand. Now my computer and I need to go try it!

  4. Karen Hamilton

    Thankyou for taking the time to give these instructions and inspirations to those of us who are kind of new to this. Without it I know I would become frustrated and discouraged from time to time. I have all the stuff so now I’m going to get busy on this great example you so kindly put together. Thanks again for all you do.:)

  5. Pat - Arkansas

    Cute, cute card, and very thorough and understandable tutorial. Thanks!

  6. Denise

    what a fabulous tutorial Cindy, thanks for sharing this with us ~ have a wonderful weekend as well!

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