Triangle Trifold

by Beate Johns

A quick trifold card with a twist.


  • Paper cutter with scoring blade
  • Stamps
  • Ink
  • Cardstock for card base (3 1/2" x 10 1/2")
  • Patterned paper (3 1/4" square)
  • Cardstock for main image (2" x 2")
  • Cardstock for main image layers (2 1/4" and 2 1/2" squares)
  • Ribbon
  • Adhesive


  1. Step 1

    Score your card base cardstock at 3 1/2" and 7".

  2. Step 2

    Now you have three equal scored squares on your cardstock. Add a diagonal score to both of the outside squares.

  3. The diagonal scores should go in the same direction.

  4. Step 3

    Prefold your scored lines. First fold the left square in, then the triangle down. Next fold the right square in, then the triangle up.

    When you're done folding, the cardstock should look like this.

  5. Step 4

    Take your patterned paper square and cut it in half diagonally.

  6. Step 5

    Adhere the patterned paper triangles to the top right and bottom left triangle on the outer scored squares of your main card.

  7. Step 6 (Optional)

    If wanted, add an extra layer in the middle of the card. My layers here are 3 1/4" old olive and 3" white square cardstock.

  8. Step 7

    Fold your card back up again and tie it shut with your ribbon.

  9. Step 8

    Stamp your main image (for the cardfront) and add additional cardstock layers if needed.

  10. Step 9

    Add adhesive diagonally only on one half of the back of your main image. If you add adhesive on the entire piece, your trifold will be taped shut.

  11. Step 10

    Adhere your center image to your trifold card.



    Try Different Sizes
    Make your main image a different size.
    Make your card bigger by using a 4" x 12" cardbase and scoring at 4" and 8".

Your Turn

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

Just wanted to add to the comments for this project that if you have a Scor-Pal there is a tutorial for this card there also!
Amy  |  Fri May 2, 2008 at 9:15 AM
hey i was just wondering what stamp set you used for this card?
sandra  |  Fri May 2, 2008 at 12:50 PM
The stamp set is called Polka Dots & Paisley from Stampin' Up!. You can always find all the resources I used for my tutorial cards in the gallery for that technique.
beate  |  Fri May 2, 2008 at 1:19 PM
I want to make something like this for my sisiter's baby announcements. Is there a way to make this rectangular so that we dont' have to pay extra for the postage of a square card?
carrie  |  Tue May 13, 2008 at 9:15 AM
I was wondering what the finished size of the card is!
Linda  |  Wed May 21, 2008 at 5:13 AM
It's a 3 1/2" square, when folded up.
beate  |  Wed May 21, 2008 at 5:42 AM
You can stick this card in a regular envelope. Then you don't have to pay extra postage.
I guess you could make it a rectangle card if you figure out the angle that you need to score the fold. Won't be an easy diagonal score through the middle of the outer squares though.
beate  |  Wed May 21, 2008 at 5:44 AM
I made this card early one morning before work. It was quick and easy and I love it. I'll probably make several more in different sizes and colours.
PansyM  |  Tue Aug 5, 2008 at 12:27 PM
I've just discovered your site. I've been totally dazzled by the creations in your tutorials.
I can't wait to try them!
Bettine Lee  |  Thu Apr 16, 2009 at 4:12 PM
i v tried making this but i can not seem to get it straight after i v folded it together so for time being i have given up.

actually i m real annoyd cause i used this really georgeous paper.......
nina  |  Sat Feb 20, 2010 at 1:13 PM
This is so great. It was pretty easy to make - and it makes such an impression! I can't upload the post to my blog yet (the card was part of a swap) but I already wrote it and included a link to this tutorial. Thanks a million!!!
wintam  |  Fri Apr 30, 2010 at 7:27 AM
Thank you so much for the instructions on the triangle tri fold card. I love it.
Donna Hartman  |  Sun May 16, 2010 at 7:29 PM
well, I suddenly realized it's been some time - and I uploaded the card weeks ago. So hereit is - any comment will be welcome!
And thanks again for your great tutorial.
wintam  |  Thu Jun 17, 2010 at 8:27 AM
thank you! You always do great tutorials!
pat o  |  Wed Mar 2, 2011 at 7:27 PM
Beate: I love the Triangle Trifold card, but I like to make bigger cards. I usually make 5 x 7 cards. What measurements would I use to make a card close to those measurements? Or, if I wanted to make a 6 x 12, what measurements would I use to make the card come out right? I'm math challenged in my "old" age, so I was having trouble trying to make the card bigger. You mentioned to make the card length 3 time longer than the width. That would mean a 6 x 12 card would have to have an 18" length. If I had an 18" length of cardstock, what would I score it at? Help!!! LOL

Margie F.
Margie Fulcher  |  Fri Mar 4, 2011 at 10:33 PM
Hi Margie,
Always score at 1/3 and 2/3 of the length of your strip. So if your strip is 18", score at 6" and 12".

Hugs and smiles
Beate  |  Sat Mar 5, 2011 at 6:08 AM
WOW - I love this tutorial. What a great new fold idea. I am now going to search on envelope templates to match and will make those out of the same patterned paper used to make the card. I can't wait to get started!
Julie  |  Wed Mar 16, 2011 at 10:52 AM
I love this tri fold card. Thanks for the info. I love it.
Sally  |  Fri Jun 10, 2011 at 8:00 PM
hi, just want to say thank you for the tutorials. u have d most amazing ideas n i really enjoy your tutorials. you r so precise with your instructions. thank you for sharing with us.
marissa  |  Sun Jul 3, 2011 at 3:11 PM
Thank you so much for your tutorials. The recipients of my cards love the different styles of cards that I find on your site. Much appreciated.
Terri  |  Wed Jul 4, 2012 at 5:12 PM

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