Joy Fold Cards

100_5667Today I’m sharing a mini tutorial on making Joy Fold cards! This is also my first time to post a more masculine themed card! For some reason they are harder for me to create since most of my “go-to” embellishments are more feminine in nature.

pageStep One: Cut two strips of paper for your card base – #1 – 8.5 x 4.25 inches #2 – 8.5 x 3.5 inches Step Two: Score (with the Scor Buddy) and fold #1 at 3 inches Step Three: Score and fold #2 at 3.5 inches Step Four: Decorate your panels and place the smaller one inside the larger one as shown.

Note: You can vary your measurements to create different shapes and sizes and even use your Spellbinders Nestabilites dies for the inside panel!


For my masculine card: I chose coordinating papers from the Complete Boy (My Mind’s Eye) stack and an old dictionary page. I die cut a classic scalloped square (Spellbinders) and embossed it with the collage embossing folder from Tim Holtz. The typewriter (Stampabilities) is stamped in Ground Espresso Distress Ink, and accented with a tiny gear and book-page roses from the Tiny Tattered Florals Dies (Tim Holtz.).



I tied a bow in gold burlap string and affixed a grungy button to the left panel. Inside I added a few vellum pieces from the Tim Holtz ephemera set called Thrift Shop and stamped a small “vintage” sentiment in Ground Espresso Distress Ink.

I also made a spring version of the joy fold card featuring a pretty daisy die cut from Tim Holtz tattered florals die and embossed with the Cuttlebug folder called Swiss Dots.

100_5677To create the matching panels I used the Impression Obsession plaid background stamp, water color paper, Distress Inks (Twisted Citron, Fossilized Amber, Salty Ocean, Abandoned Corlal), and my Mini Mister.  The “hello friend” sentiment is stamped in Mowed Lawn distress ink and pretty sequins add a little sparkle to the front.


I tied a  little blue twine bow on the left panel and added a button to the center. Inside features a Stampin’ Up sentiment in hickory smoke and a line of little white pearls.


I’d love to see your take of Joy Fold cards so stop by the CURRENT CHALLENGE and link up your cards and projects using CropStop products!









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2 Responses to Joy Fold Cards

  1. Both are terrific, I love your masculine take on the first card, like your embellishing and such a pretty spring look to the second card, thanks for sharing the tutorial too!

  2. D.Ann C says:

    I really like this… thanks for showing the details of how you did it! I love varying card folds, just need to try it more often. I’m going to bookmark this to try next chance I get – thanks for the inspiration with this pretty card!!

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