Joy Fold Card

by Beate Johns

Create this unique opening card with two pieces of cardstock.


  • One 4 1/4" x 8 1/2" piece of cardstock
  • One 3" x 8" piece of cardstock
  • Two 2 3/4" x 4" pieces of cardstock or designer paper (optional)
  • One 4" x 5 1/4" piece of of cardstock or designer paper (optional)
  • One 2 3/4" x 4" piece of cardstock or designer paper (optional)
  • Additional cardstock
  • Scoring tool
  • Adhesive
  • Stamps
  • Ink


  1. Step 1

    Score your 4 1/4" x 8 1/2" piece of cardstock at 5 1/2".

  2. Step 2

    Score your 3" x 8" piece of cardstock at 4".

  3. Step 3

    Adhere your 4" x 5 1/4" piece of designer paper on the inside of the card.

  4. Step 4

    Adhere your 2 3/4" x 4" piece of designer paper to the card front.

  5. Step 5

    Stamp your 2 3/4" x 3 3/4" pieces of designer paper if needed and adhere them to the inside and outside of your smaller folded cardstock piece.

  6. Step 6

    Add adhesive to the back of your smaller flap and tape it to the inside of the card. Make sure the fold of the smaller flap is pointing to the right.

  7. Step 7 (Optional)

    If you want to secure the flap from opening, stamp a complimentary image and adhere it with dimensionals to slightly over the edge of the smaller flap to keep it closed.

  8. Step 8

    Finish your card.



  1. Try a flap on top instead.
    Make the card base a 5 1/2" x 7 1/4" piece of cardstock scored at 4 1/4".

    Create a flap from a 4 1/4" x 5 1/2" piece of cardstock scored at 2 3/4".

  2. Make it a square.
    Create your square card base by scoring a 4 1/4" x 6 1/4" piece of cardstock at 4 1/4". Score a 3" x 6" piece of cardstock at 3" to create your insert.

    Make a mini-slimline card.
    Make the card base 3 1/2" x 9" and score at 2 3/4". Cut a second piece at 2 3/4" x 11" for the insert, scoring at 5 1/2". The finished card is 3 1/2" x 6 1/4" and will fit in a #6-3/4 envelope (small business size).

    Inside layering panel: 3 1/4" x 6"
    Left layering panel: 2 1/2" x 3 1/4"
    Insert layering panel: 2 1/2" x 5 1/4", focal panel 2 1/4" x 5"

Your Turn

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

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Questions and Comments

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

Oh....I just love this fold! Thanks for this wonderful tutorial, Beate!! Your samples are gorgeous!!
Rose Ann  |  Wed Jul 23, 2008 at 10:44 AM
love it, love it, love it.... going down to my room and making one...
Bira  |  Wed Jul 23, 2008 at 10:46 AM
Very neat, I need to try this out!
Shelly/papermoon04  |  Wed Jul 23, 2008 at 10:57 AM
Thanks Beate! You do such a great job and I'm thankful you share your work.
Karen M  |  Wed Jul 23, 2008 at 10:57 AM
Oh my gosh !!! LOVE IT !!!! I love how you used "dreams" image to hold the card always smile
Corinne (aka Roxy)  |  Wed Jul 23, 2008 at 11:02 AM are so amazing....
Amber Shaw  |  Wed Jul 23, 2008 at 11:12 AM
You inspire me. . I am very thankful for your wounderful cards & tutorials. You do a fantastic job! Keep up the great work!
Lisa  |  Wed Jul 23, 2008 at 11:15 AM
This is fabulous! I can't wait to try it! Thanks for the tutorial.
Mary  |  Wed Jul 23, 2008 at 11:21 AM
Dear Beate,
To say Thank you for this wonderful card seems not enough, so a Million Blessings from an 85 year old lady who needs all the inspiration on ideas she can get. Love, Muriel
Muriel Carter  |  Wed Jul 23, 2008 at 11:29 AM
Very nice - thanks for the tutorial
caterina  |  Wed Jul 23, 2008 at 11:44 AM
I like this card very much. I will certainly go and try one.
Eveline van Heijst  |  Wed Jul 23, 2008 at 11:49 AM
Gorgeous the fold...I am doing it right now!!!
Melissa  |  Wed Jul 23, 2008 at 11:53 AM
This card seemed so complicated looking at the finished results, but your break down makes it now seem easy and professional! Thanks. I'm new to this site and card making, but I love creating beautiful things.
melissa  |  Wed Jul 23, 2008 at 12:06 PM
This is fabulous! I can't wait to try it! Thanks for the tutorial.
ELIZABETH CAUDILLO  |  Wed Jul 23, 2008 at 12:22 PM
Hi, lovely card. Which stamp sets did you use?
marika  |  Wed Jul 23, 2008 at 12:34 PM
i really like this one. great colors. I'd like to know more about the stamps used. thanks for the step by step tut. i think i can do this one.
diana b  |  Wed Jul 23, 2008 at 1:24 PM
Marika and Diana,
I always upload my sample in the gallery for the technique shown. You can find a link to the gallery under the tutorial. I list all the supplies I used in the description of the gallery upload. The set is from the upcoming new Stampin' Up! catalog and is called Dreams du Jour.
beate  |  Wed Jul 23, 2008 at 2:17 PM
Oh...this is really pretty. I will go and try to make one. (crossing fingers)
jules p  |  Wed Jul 23, 2008 at 2:25 PM
I am inspired to make this with the City of David set for Christmas cards...Thank you so much...
Sue  |  Wed Jul 23, 2008 at 3:00 PM
Thanks Beate! Great tutorial....LOVE your samples! Hope you're enjoying your summer!
Shelly Kettell  |  Wed Jul 23, 2008 at 3:08 PM

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