Latch Card

by Dina Kowal

Hold your card closed with a latch on a flexible side panel.

Supplies

  • Cardstock

  • Scoring tool

  • Foam tape or Dimensionals

  • Stamps or die cuts to embellish the card as needed (Power Poppy Bees in Foxglove digital stamp set and Quickutz circle dies used here)

Step-by-Step

  1. Step 1

    Trim cardstock to 7 1/2" x 5 1/2".

  2. Step 2

    Score at 3 1/4" along the long side. Fold 3 1/4" section over to create card front.

  3. Step 3

    Line up the edge of the card front to the left of a groove on the scoring tool, and score a line on the exposed area of the card back, just outside the edge. Move the card to the left slightly and score another line to the right of the first. Continue, scoring 3-5 lines next to each other. Do not fold on these lines – they are meant to allow the latch to flex.

  4. Step 4

    Decorate the card front. Sample panels are cut to 3" x 5 1/4" (layer) and 2 3/4" x 5" (focal panel).

  5. The card can be decorated inside as well. Take care to leave the score lines exposed. The panel dimensions are the same.

  6. Step 5

    Stamp or die cut a small accent piece that will become the card latch. It can be a shape or embellishment or a stamped sentiment.

  7. Attach the latch, applying foam tape to the right side of the shape so that it will only be adhered to the outside of the score lines.

  8. Step 7

    Complete the project.

  9. The finished card will fit in a standard A2 envelope.

Video!

Variations

  1. To make a latch card of any size, create a base as usual at your desired measurements. Fold at the center, and cut 1” from the front edge. Proceed as instructed above. (Stamps and dies in sample are from Stampendous.)

Your Turn

You've seen the tutorial, now you try it! We've got a section of the gallery set aside for Latch Card. Try this technique, then upload your artwork to the gallery. Show us your creations!

Questions and Comments

We'd love to get your feedback or questions. Leave your comment below.

Thank you . That is a lovely card. So much easier to understand when watching the video smile
Linda Brooks  |  Wed Jun 3, 2015 at 2:57 AM
Love the score lines next to the main panel. Great card idea.
Eveline van Heijst  |  Wed Jun 3, 2015 at 4:30 AM
Wonderful tutorial!! Love this idea and am definitely going to try it! Thanks.
Julie Heyer  |  Wed Jun 3, 2015 at 6:46 AM
Where did you get the digital foxglove stamp?
Emilie Boyd  |  Wed Jun 3, 2015 at 6:54 AM
What a wonderful idea. Thanks for the video. I especially like the hummingbird latch.
kab  |  Wed Jun 3, 2015 at 7:30 AM
Emilie, it's from Power Poppy - http://www.powerpoppy.com
dina  |  Wed Jun 3, 2015 at 7:45 AM
Fun! Can't wait to get started!
muscrat  |  Wed Jun 3, 2015 at 7:56 AM
Perfect! Thanks for sharing Dina!
Susanne Gleason  |  Wed Jun 3, 2015 at 7:57 AM
Thanks Dina. I ordered the stamp. I love the bees and the foxglove. Have to look through my seed catalogs for pictures of the foxgloves.
Emilie Boyd  |  Wed Jun 3, 2015 at 8:04 AM
I had completely forgotten this wonderful idea. Thank you so much for the terrific tutorial.
Prisssequito  |  Wed Jun 3, 2015 at 8:22 AM
Dina - this is such a clear and concise tutorial! With the coordinating elements of stamp sets, I should surely be able to make a few of these. I also like the idea of making the card larger than A2 with a simple removal of 1" from the left front panel. Thanks for an idea for my upcoming craft away vacation! Diane
Diane aka ciocidi  |  Wed Jun 3, 2015 at 8:52 AM
Beautiful! Just stunning! I have a question about your adhesive: is it a wet glue? How does that work for you? When I try craft glues, they warp my cardstock. (so I spend oodles on runners and glue dots) Thanks!!!
Nancy McCourt  |  Wed Jun 3, 2015 at 9:17 AM
seems much easier now that I've seen your tutorial - and I'm sure will be even easier, once I watch the video. Thanks! And I love the hummingbird - using an actual image - wonderful!!!
Cindy  |  Wed Jun 3, 2015 at 10:04 AM
thank you. You make it look so easy. I'll defiantly try this.
Nancy L  |  Wed Jun 3, 2015 at 10:18 AM
Nancy, I'm using Tacky Glue - it's thick, not really 'wet'. I'm not having a problem with warping, though sometimes with thinner cardstock the thickness of the glue lines can show through. I use heavier cardstock, so it's not a problem. I like the bit of forgiving wiggle room that glue allows.
dina  |  Wed Jun 3, 2015 at 10:34 AM
Love your card Dina~ all versions of it... This looks like an impressive yet easy card to turn out fairly quickly. Will give it a try very soon. Thanks so much for your easy tutorial and video.
Lura  |  Wed Jun 3, 2015 at 12:54 PM
Great tutorial, have used it for my card club this week. Thank you
Scrapcomber  |  Wed Jun 3, 2015 at 3:52 PM
This is a delightful card, TFS it, I have just been asked to make a card that's slightly out of the normal type of card and I think this will fit the bill nicely.
Margaret Jenks  |  Thu Jun 4, 2015 at 2:24 PM
Love this Dina! Plus it's quick and easy - just my style. Thanks for sharing!
Dawn (dostamping)  |  Fri Jun 5, 2015 at 3:21 PM
I've been wishing for a really unique twist, since my cards go to the same people every year. This will be the perfect one.
Thanks a bunch,
Bahb
Bahb  |  Sat Jun 6, 2015 at 8:26 AM

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