Monday, May 30

A - Z of Folded Cards

I've decided to put together a list of different card folding techniques, and then slowly work through the list to produce instructions and examples on how to go about making each card. I've come up with a pretty good list of cards so far, but I need your help in finishing it off. If you can think of other types of folds that aren't mentioned below, please let me know and I'll add them. I'm not looking for techniques, such as embossing or stamping, but actual folds or types of cards. Let's see what we can put together!

Accordian Card
A-Frame Card
Altered Double Display Card
Altered Gatefold Card
Aperture Card I
Aperture Card II
Aperture Card III

Bendy Card
Book Box Card
Bow Card
Box Card
Boxed Cards
Bridge Card / U-Fold
Building Block Card

Cascade Card - 1 piece
Cascade Card - 2 piece
Castle Fold Card
Centre Step Card
Circle Card
Circle Side Step Card
Concertina Fold Card
Criss Cross Card
Curtain Fold Card

Decoder Card
Diagonal Double Pocket Card
Diagonal Tri-fold Card
Diaper Fold Pouch
Diamond Fold Card
Diorama Card
Double Diamond Fold Card
Double Display Card
Double Display Card, Altered
Double Gatefold Card
Double M Card
Double Side Step Card
Double Slider Card
Double Tent Card
Double Shutter Card
Double Z Fold Card
Dutch Fold Card

Easel Box Card
Easel Card
Easel Card, Stacked, Triple
Easel Card, Triple
Easel Card, Twisted
Exploding Box Card
Exploding Card

Flag Card
Flag Fold Card
Flap Fold Card
Flip Flop Card / Swing Card
Flower Pot Pocket Card
Fold Over Box
Four Drawer Box Card
Four Fold Card
Four Step Card
Free Standing Pop-Up Card

Gap Card
Gatefold Card
Gatefold Card, Altered
Gatefold Card, Double
Gatefold Window Card

Handbag Card

Impossible Card

Joy Fold Card

Kinetic Card
Kite Fold Card

Latch Card
Lattice Card / Trellis Card
Lever Fold Card

Magic Window Card
Matchbook Card
Milk Carton Gift Box

Napkin Fold Card
Never Ending Card

Origami Square Fold Card
Oval Side Step Card
Over the Edge Card / Tent Topper Card

Peek-A-Boo Card
Petal Fold Card
Pinwheel Fold Card
Pocket Card
Pop-Up Book Card
Pop-Up Card I
Pop-Up Card II
Pop-Up Panel Card
Pop-Up Shadow Box Card
Pop-Up Twirl Card
Pop-Up Card, Free Standing
Pop-Up Corner Swing Panel Card
Pull-Up Card
Pyramid Fold Card

Quatro Fold Card

Rocker Card / Wobble Card

Secret Message Card
Serviette Fold Card
S-Fold Card
Shadow Box Card
Shaker Card
Shaped Cards
Shutter Card, Double
Side Step Card
Side Step Card, Double
Sideways Waterfall Card
Slider Card
Slider Card, Double
Slider Window Card
Spinner Card
Spiral Pop-Up Card
Spring Card
Spring Diamond Card
Squash Book Card
Stacked Triple Easel Card
Stair Step Fold
Star Effect Card
Star Fold Card
Surprise Pop Up Card
Suspension Card
Swing Card / Flip Flop Card

Teardrop Card - Double Gatefold
Teardrop Card - Trifold
Telescoping Cards
Tent Card
Tent Card, Double
Tent Topper Card / Over the Edge Card
Theatre Card
Tilt Card
Treat Box Card
Trellis Card / Lattice Card
Triangle Tri-Fold Card
Triple Easel Card
Triple Easel Card, Stacked
Tri-Shutter Card
T-Slide Card
Tunnel Cards
Twirl Card
Twist and Pop Card
Twisted Easel Card

U-Fold / Bridge Card
Upright Diamond Fold

Venetian Blind Card
View Master Card

Waterfall Card
Waterfall Card, Sideways
Window Card
Wiper Card
Wobble Card / Rocker Card

X-Fold Card


Z-Box fold Card
Z-fold Card
Z-fold Card, Double


CardArTart said...

How about a never ending card. I did one a while ago, but found the instructions on you tube :)

Cleah said...

Wow, this is fantastic! I would love to learn these various techniques and thanks so much for coming up with this idea. I have one technique I've seen but haven't tried yet-Tea Folding. : )

mforquer said...

There is a double side-step card too...that one has two ends that are up and the stairs in the middle!!! GREAT IDEA!!! Thanks Beccy!

My Need 2 Craft said...

What a fabulous idea. This will be my go to site for ideas. It is really hard (at least for me) to find them when I don't know what they are called. :) Thanks!

jessica said...

Thanks for putting this all together. I can't wait to try some of these new cards!

RosieB said...

what a great idea! thank you :)

Teresa said...

How neat--thank you!

Esther W-B said...

I love this idea! Thank you for doing this.

Jacee said...

Great idea Beccy, lots of crafters are going to love this. What about a 'center step card'
Hugs Jacee

nantastic said...

Love your site and helpful reference idea. Thanks, Beccy.

CraftyGirl said...


Just a few I came up with. I have been trying to compile a list but have not gotten down to it.
Funky Fold Card, Tilt Card, Exploding Card, Expolding Box Card, Pyramid Fold Card, Pyramid Stacker Card, Decoupage Card, Window Card, S Fold Card, Diamond Fold Card, Triangle Tri Fold Card, Vest Card, Shirt Card, Double Slider Card, Slider Window Card, Trellis Card, Magic Window Card, Flip Flop Card, Triptych Card, Fun Fold Card, Iris Fold Card and Spring Fold Card.
Hope this helps you. I can't wait to see you tutorials. Thanks


Wies said...

Hi Betty,
What a great idea. I have got a card wich I did not see in the list. In Dutch we call it an etalagekaart, a show window card. In my blog I have an example:

Blimey said...

What a fantastic idea, Beccy. I look forward to trying out some new techniques. xxx

Anonymous said...

hi, ozzie annie here, just wanted to say i love your site and all your info on off to view more...luv aussie annie

Rosane Vedana said...

I loved the idea!
I know one blog that have folding card tecniques...
this one:

I don't know if they are in the list yet...


Raphael Card said...

Great idea. I larned alot of new ideas from reading this today!Thanks

Debi said...

Hi! I am definitely bookmarking your site! I love making different folded cards. I just experimented with making a napkin fold valentine. I don't see that one on your list

Anonymous said...

wow thanks for this, what a brill site

Anonymous said...

I have been using the Internet as a wealth of information on learning how to make cards. Out of hundreds I have viewed yours is definitely the best site ever!! I can't open all of the Techniques on Card Folds - is it because they are not on your site yet?
Thanks for all the great techniques and the different card folds.
Millie Nelles

nellesf said...

forgot to leave my email address:

Joanne said...

Thanx so much for all the effort you put into this list! It's FAB and a real big help to all of us looking for new, fun and different ways to do our cards! SOOOOOOO APPRECIATED!!! Aloha!

HappiExpressions-Carol said...

This is fabulous to have all of these in one place. I have wanted to try some of these and didn't know the names of them. Thanks so much for all your hard work. I am now a follower.

Addicted to your blog said...

This is a fantastic resource thanks sooo much for taking the time to do this I will be trying them out one by one and hoping you will be adding more - you are a star!!!

Alice xx

SiskiyouSue said...

Thanks for the good directions! I found exactly what I was looking for.

Mari Ansaldo said...

This is absolutely fabulous! For the novice card maker like myself this is an invaluable source of information. Just the time alone you put into this deserves a million thank yous. LOL the blogosphere should send you a thank you card!

Linda said...

I am looking for a technique where the sides of the card are folded into the middle. A design is stamped on the inside, then on the back of the side folds designs are stamped and trimmed so that when folded back into the center, it creates a picture, i.e. house in center, with snowman on left fold and sled on right fold. I hope I am explaining this technique well enough for you to understand what I mean.

Shauna's Scraps said...

Thank you so much for posting these. I can't wait to try some of them. May I ask why some of the links no longer work?

Beccy said...

Hi Shauna,
The list is still a work in progress and there are lots of tutorials that I still haven't done yet. I'll keep working away on them, but I expect to be a very old lady by the time I'm finished!!!

Shauna's Scraps said...

Well I definitely appreciate all of your hard work, I had no idea there were so many types of folds

Shauna's Scraps said...

Beccy, I just did a spinner card, Thank you so much for the tutorial, it is one of my favorite cards I have made to date

Wendy L said...

I have become your latest follower and I will be back very often to work through some of these designs, Thanks. xxx

Esther F said...

Thank you very much!!!
Muchas gracias por tu trabajo. Tus creaciones son magníficas.

Emma Naylor said...

Really really really enjoying these tutorials. Having only just started 3D cards, I can't wait to try the other ones. Already done the easel, zig-zag and the criss-cross cards. Thanks!

Di said...

telescoping CARDS

Beccy said...

Thanks Di, will add it to the list!

Faith Wallace said...

This is an amazing resource. I'm so thrilled I found it.

val jones said...

Hi Beccy. Just been told about your site by my friend Wendy. It´s really great and thanks very much for all the ideas.
Love Val in Spain x

Patti Mixdorf said...

WOW- I feel like I just found a bag of gold! Thanks.

Patti Mixdorf said...

How do you keep your paper from buckling when you've glued it to the cardstock & fold it?

Beccy said...

Hi Patti,
The problem you're experiencing happens because the act of folding actually stretches the cardstock / paper slightly, which is why is becomes weaker at the crease. There are a couple of solutions to the problem, depending on where the fold is and what it's going to be used for. You could try folding both the cardstock and the paper and then attaching them together while already folded. No extra stretching will occur this way. However, if you are going to be unfolding again, as in a card opening, you will still get the problem of buckling.
Alternatively, you can cut your patterned paper in half and place one piece on either side of the cardstock fold. The cut will open and close as the cardstock is folded.
A third option is to simply use patterned cardstock. These days you can easily find a huge array of wonderful digital papers that print beautifully onto cardstock. The problem of folding and buckling will no longer be an issue.
I hope this helps!

Jan Moss said...

Hi Beccy. Just found your site. Gosh, it is like opening a never ending present,lol

Thank you for such an inspiring site, plus all your hard work. Best wishes from the U.K. Jan.

Deborah Brewer said...

Hi Beccy,
Just found your site and love, love, love it. I am new to papercrafting and cards and was so in neeed of something like this, thank you.

martine grondin said...

Merci pour tous ces merveilleux tutos, cela va m'aider énormément, quand je suis en manque d'inspiration et surtout pour l'usage du scor pal martha stewart que je viens d'acquérir et que j'ai du mal à utiliser pour faire les boites.

j'espère que vous êtes toujours aussi passionnée et vous souhaite bonne continuation.

Suis désolée mais je ne sais pas m'exprimer en anglais.

Merci encore.



Jessi said...

Wow, just found this and I'm definitely bookmarking it in order to return to it many times, there is so much here that I haven't even heard about before! Thank you!

ecclesp said...

Whoa. This is fantastic. Your sharing generosity is also fantastic. this is the kind of list you could charge for or even do your own book and publish it. I would buy it. But I have to say again, how truly selfless of you to offer it to all of us at no cost. GOD BLESS YOU!

Janice Turner said...

Love this site and am sharing with many.........thanks

Roberta Stevenson said...

This is awesome! Thanks so much for sharing.

KathieBee said...

You site was shared on a Cuttlebug Facebook page, this is fantastic. Are you still working on some of the instructions? Any way to get an email when a new one Is completed? thank you for all your hard work!

Beccy said...

Hi Kathie,
I generally do one new card fold tutorial each month. If you'd like to receive email updates, simply add your email address to the box in the left hand column of my blog that says "Follow by Email".
Have a fabulous day!

Laura France said...


Kerry Hughes said...

I hope you don't mind, but I have shared your blog on a Facebook group 'Tips for Crafters'.
You have given me so much to look through, learn, experiment & eventually have a go at.
I will try to make a few & if they look as half as good as yours, I'll be more than happy.
Thanks again Beccy
Kind regards
Kerry x

Beccy said...

Hi Kerry,
I don't mind at all... thank you for sharing my blog!

Nancy Rowe said...

Thank you for sharing all your "folded cards" ideas. I love a challenge and have enjoyed trying out many of the different folds.

Conny Hillgaard said...

A box card. Here's one I made

Conny Hillgaard said...

Dobbel z-fold card

Fancy joy fold:

I don't know the name:

Drapery fold card:

Chevron card:

Marlene cooney said...

Hi Beccy, thanks so much, cant wait to try some of these!

Marcia said...

New to card making - been watching YouTube videos to learn different folds. WOW so nice to find a more comprehensive list all in one place. Thanks!

Marcia said...

New to card making - been watching YouTube videos to learn different folds. WOW so nice to find a more comprehensive list all in one place. Thanks!

DecoReBelle scrapbooking mixed media kind of steampunk said...

Thank you for this index of card folds. Best Regards.D.

Marsha Wilson said...

I am so glad I found you! Your tutorials are great Thank you so much!! I really appreciate people who share their ideas and the time you spend to share with everyone.

Karen Judy said...

Thank you for putting this together. It's nice to have one index of card folds and one place to find them.

Ann said...

Thank you for doing something which I figured had to be on here somewhere and not just a YouTube video. I am a very visual person (a picture is worth....................) and so on. I have printed out all the ones which I have been looing for and now I have the pictures of the ones I wanted printed and will be out in my scrapbook room. TY

Doreen said...

Hello Beccy - thanks for this great list of different folding cards.

Lynn Brunsch said...

What a wonderful idea and thanks so much for sharing. I love card making and I am always keen to learn new techniques. I look forward to learning some of yours :)

Cara Malmrose said...

I have to say this is a really amazing list of folding techniques. Thank you for going this ... I believe I will be coming here often!

Betty Burgie said...

WOW... Beccy I really appreciate the list, gives whole new world of cards rather than a regular folded card...I'm book marking so i have...Again thank you for all that you have done, continue to do...

Sue from OZ said...

Hi Beccy. What an awesome blog and the work you have put into these card fold tutorials is absolutely amazing. I'm a newbie to cardmaking and this list is my new best friend. Just one query, is there a way to convert the measurements into metric as I never learnt the imperial system at school in Australia. I find I get very confused trying to work the measurements out, especially when it talks about 1/8th of an inch etc. Still you have probably the best blog for new card makers I have seen anywhere on the net. I would sign up to receive emails but there is no link when I'm looking from my phone. Thanks

Beccy said...

Hi Sue. Thanks for your lovely message, I'm glad you've found something useful on my blog, I really enjoy putting it all together.
I too, am an Aussie who only learned the metric system at school, but for some reason when I started to scrapbook many years ago, the tools were all in imperial. From there I simply got used to the system. Most of the folds don't require you to be exact, so you can generally do a rough conversion. 1" = 2.5cm and 1/4" is about 6mm.
You can purchase very reasonably priced rulers that have both metric and imperial, as well as cutting mats, which I highly recommend since most paper craft is measured in the imperial system.
I'm not sure how my blog shows up on phones, but down the left hand column there is a place where you can add your email address to receive updates to your inbox.
Have a fabulous day Sue!

Holly's Hobbies said...

Impossible card would make a great “I” card

Beccy said...

Thanks for the tip Holly! I'll do some research and have a go at creating one.

Tashawna Drew said...

Thank you for sharing your God blessings talent with the whole world. I greatly appreciate every card that you have on this site and can't wait to see more. God bless you in all you do.