Pinwheel Fun Fold

by Dawn Olchefske

Fold this card up to reveal a fun pinwheel design.

Supplies

  • Double-sided paper, 8" square (Stampin' Up! Sweet Taffy Designer Series Paper used here)
  • Scoring board
  • Simply Scored Diagonal Plate (optional)
  • Bone folder
  • Scissors
  • Other supplies as needed to complete the project (Stampin' Up! products used: Amazing Birthday Stamp Set, Tempting Turquoise Classic Stampin' Pad, Tempting Turquoise and Melon Mambo Stampin' Write Markers, 1-1/4" and 1-3/8" Circle Punch, 1-3/4" Scallop Circle Punch, Whisper White Cardstock (4" x 4") Tempting Turquoise Cardstock (4-1/8" x 4-1/4")

Step-by-Step

  1. Step 1

    Place diagonal plate onto scoring board and place an 8" square of patterned paper on the board with the "pinwheel" pattern side down (this will also be the "inside" of the card). Score diagonally at 3". Repeat for all four sides.

  2. If not using a diagonal plate, mark the paper at 3" from each corner. Align square panel on scoring board with opposite points up and down. Score down from each 3" mark, using a ruler to ensure alignment with the groove.

  3. Step 2

    Cut away "triangles" where score lines intersect. Repeat for all four sides.

  4. Step 3

    Remove diagonal plate from scoring board and turn paper over so the "pinwheel" pattern is up. Score at 1" from top to the half way point/triangle. Repeat for all four sides.

  5. Step 4

    Fold at the 1" score lines (away from the "groove"). Repeat for all four sides.

  6. Step 5

    Fold at the 3" score lines in the opposite direction. Repeat for all four sides.

  7. Step 6

    To create the Pinwheel Fold: Fold up bottom flap, then fold over the flap to the left (clockwise); repeat with 3rd flap (continuing clockwise).

  8. Fold over the last flap and tuck under the first flap (like folding a box).

  9. Step 7

    Decorate and complete the card.

    Inside layering panels are 4" square (white) and 4-1/8" square (turquoise).

  10. If decorating the outside, be aware of where embellishments will be adhered so the card can still open and close without any interference.

    Finished card size is 4-1/4" square and will fit in an A2 envelope.

Video!

Your Turn

You've seen the tutorial, now you try it! We've got a section of the gallery set aside for Pinwheel Fun Fold. 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.

Made it! I used my envelope punch board at the 3 3/8" mark and just continued using the rest of the excellent directions. I didn't have double side paper so just used one sided pattern paper and just added matching paper on the 1" folded strip. So much fun, easy and quick. Thanks for the fun fold.
rachel rodriguez  |  Mon Apr 27, 2015 at 10:04 AM
Love fancy-folded cards. Thank you. Will definitely be using this!
hope  |  Tue Apr 28, 2015 at 11:33 AM
Great Video Barb! I am going to have to try this one! Can you recommend a larger version for this card?
Susanne Gleason  |  Tue Apr 28, 2015 at 7:23 PM
I see someone else used the envelope score board, too & as I had said before - score the 3 inch diagonal 3 1/2 BUT - it IS 3 3/8 inch. Comes out perfect !! We made a "pattern" & used it to get the measurements correct. PJsMusic
Peg MacDonald  |  Tue Apr 28, 2015 at 9:09 PM
Susanne - I don't have measurements for a larger version. If you're looking for additional writing space, I've been recommending adding a folded 8" x 4" to the inside, that can open to reveal more room for writing. Hope that helps.
Dawn (dostamping)  |  Wed Apr 29, 2015 at 8:14 AM
I like this card and I love the way you explained it--including "mistakes". Your cheerful demeanor makes it fun to follow directions. Thanks for the idea.
Georgie  |  Thu Apr 30, 2015 at 6:18 PM

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