These fabulous cards fold out to create a wonderful display piece that you can fill with gorgeous stamps, beautiful patterned papers or even a gallery of different sized photos. As you can see from the picture below, they are very long and require two pieces of cardstock to create but they still fold up to a standard card size for postage.
Use this template for measuring, scoring and cutting your cardstock. Pay close attention to where the cuts are situated and where the score lines are marked. In general, the cut lines are horizontal and the score lines are vertical.
1. Start with a 12" x 12" sheet of cardstock.
2. Cut the cardstock in half so you end up with two pieces measuring 12" x 6".
3. Using the template above, score and cut your two pieces of cardstock.
4. Mountain and valley fold both pieces of cardstock as shown in the photos below (refer to the template for fold lines). It's a little tricky to get your fingers around each section as they are very close together. Make sure you press firmly on each fold for a nice crisp line.
5. Adhere the two 4" sections together with glue or double sided tape. It doesn't matter which side is on top.
View from above.
6. To decorate, cut 18 patterned paper squares measuring 13/4" x 13/4". I used two co-ordinating pieces but you could use a single design or even different papers for each square. Adhere to each of the small panels. Cut two strips of patterned paper measuring 53/4" x 13/4" for the long sides and adhere. These will be visible on the front of your card when you fold it up.
7. Add stamps, embellishments, ribbons or whatever else you would like to complete the inside of your card.
8. Due to the bulk of the card, it's a good idea to create a belly band to hold it all together when its folded. I simply used a strip of cardstock, a strip of patterned paper and some embellishments to finish it off. My band forms the main decoration for the front of my card.
All photos and written instructions are copyright Beccy Muir 2014.
ADDITIONAL INSTRUCTIONS (added: 08.08.17)
Here is a step-by-step photo tutorial for folding the sides of the card correctly. It can be a little tricky to get all the little squares to fold up in the right places!