Cami’s Trifold Card

by Beate Johns

Cambria Turnbow created this cute trifold card design.


  • Stamps
  • (Princess Birthday set, My Favorite Things)
  • 4" x 11" cardstock
  • (Delicious. Fancy Pants Designs, Key Lime Pie collection)
  • Ink
  • Paper Scorer
  • Coluzzle®, other cutting system, or punch
  • Slit punch
  • Hole punch
  • Ribbon
  • Scrap cardstock (optional, for layers and inside image)


  1. Step 1

    Score the cardstock at 3 1/2" and 7".

  2. Step 2

    Prefold scores so the longer panel is on the right.

  3. Step 3

    Slide the slit punch in so that the semicircle is slightly under the folded card. Punch.

  4. Step 4

    Tuck the folded card into the just-punched slit to keep the card closed.

  5. Step 5

    Punch a hole in the center of the slit punch, making sure the punch doesn't go through the other panels of the card.

  6. Step 6 (Optional)

    If you'd like a framed window, add a layer for the frame now.

  7. Step 7

    Unfold the card. Cut or punch a window through the middle panel only. The Coluzzle™ cutting system was used here.

  8. Step 8

    Stamp and color the main image on scrap cardstock.

  9. Step 9

    Apply adhesive to the back of the main image. To center the main image, start by aligning it behind the cut-out window.

  10. Step 10

    When satisfied with the image placement, fold the right side of the card over and adhere the image.

  11. Step 11

    Unfold and stamp the inside if needed.

  12. Step 12

    Refold the card. Wrap ribbon around, run it through the hole and around the card, then tie shut.

  13. Or....just tie ribbon through the hole as an accent.



    - Try different sizes.

    - Try different window shapes.

    - Add two or three flaps on the right hand side with your slit punch.

Your Turn

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

Very neat idea. Very pretty card. I liked the colors you used
Lisamonet  |  Sat Mar 1, 2008 at 10:05 AM
anyone out there ever tried to make this card bigger? If so PLEASE let me know how. this card is nice and easy to make but I really would like to make it bigger
alison merrow  |  Tue Mar 4, 2008 at 6:18 PM
I made this card yesterday. The first time following the directions; the second time making it larger. I cut my paper 5 1/2 x 11. I used the same fold lines. I was pleased with the final results.
Harriet  |  Mon Apr 7, 2008 at 7:01 PM
Perfect for a quick card! I love it and plan on trying it out very soon!
lisabeepianolovin  |  Sun May 4, 2008 at 7:53 AM
Great card! Thanks for sharing.
Christine  |  Wed Jun 11, 2008 at 1:15 PM
Wow that was fun and so easy. Thank you.
Tina Robinson  |  Wed Aug 27, 2008 at 10:51 AM
Love your idea...had to come up with a "special fold" for my stamp club project this month and going to use this one. Thanks!!
Linda  |  Wed Jun 24, 2009 at 5:52 PM
Can you tell me where I can buy a scorepal? Can't find them.
Earlene Hannah  |  Wed Aug 12, 2009 at 3:31 PM
Scor-pal can be found at Archievers for $39.95 and they will accept their coupons to use on it.
Peg  |  Mon Aug 17, 2009 at 10:04 AM
Were can I find a slit punch?
Jessie  |  Wed Jan 18, 2012 at 9:15 AM
To make bigger I would just use 12x12 paper, but it in half for 6x12 OR (more likely) 5.5x12 (so it will fit in a normal envelope). Score the lines at 4" and 8". The final result will be a 4x5.5 card, basically A2. Cut a dark piece A2 (4.25x5.5 and glue to back like they did and you'll have a true A2. If you want the dark to show all the way around cut the 12x12 to 5.25x12 instead and it will give you a 1/4" "frame".
Darloudasha  |  Fri Jan 20, 2012 at 12:43 PM
(the dark "frame" is in the video)
Darloudasha  |  Fri Jan 20, 2012 at 12:43 PM
Oh, if you don't have a scorepal just line it up on your paper cutter and use your bone to score it (if you have a cutter that uses a blade, if you have the big ones that have the arm that does up and down see if any of the grooves are deep enough to use or use your kitchen table where the leaf groove is)

If you don't have a C cutter (for the slot) use a brad and a little arm piece they have like the things that pivot on the back of a photo frame to hold the picture in.
darloudasha  |  Fri Jan 20, 2012 at 12:46 PM
Thanks for the great tutorial of your tri fold.
Love the idea. Thanks for sharing.
Patti Zawadski  |  Mon Jan 23, 2012 at 7:41 PM
Love this card! Can't wait to try making some of these cards for my grandchildren. They love window cards! Thanks for the great tutorial.
Sandra Johnston  |  Sun Jan 27, 2013 at 2:00 PM
GREAT tutorial, Thanks
Lagene Sands  |  Sun Apr 14, 2013 at 8:36 AM
I love this card and will definitely give it a try. Thanks for sharing.

Linda D.
Linda Duensing  |  Wed May 17, 2017 at 2:14 PM

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