Criss Cross Card

by Beate Johns

Try this twist on a pocket card and show off your patterned paper.


  • Two 4 1/4" x 11" pieces of cardstock for your card base
  • One 4" x 5" piece of patterned paper
  • One 3 3/4" x 5 1/4" piece of cardstock for insert
  • One 3 1/2" x 4 3/4" piece of neutral cardstock for insert
  • One 1 1/2" x 12" piece of colored cardstock for card band
  • Ink
  • Stamps
  • Adhesive
  • More paper for accents
  • Corner rounder
  • Embellishments


  1. Step 1

    Score both 4 1/4" x 11" pieces of cardstock at 5 1/2".

  2. Step 2

    Take one scored piece and cut it diagonally from center top to the bottom left.

  3. Step 3

    Take the other piece of scored cardstock and cut it diagonally from the center top to the bottom right.

  4. Step 4

    Add adhesive to the rectangle back of one of the cardstock pieces.

  5. Step 5

    Tape both pieces together. Make sure both long edges of the diagonal sections are on the bottom.

  6. Step 6

    Cut the patterned paper in half diagonally.

  7. Step 7

    Adhere it to your card front. I used double sided patterned paper (Dashing, from Stampin' Up!). The dotted paper is on the back of the striped design.

  8. Step 8

    Add Sticky Strip™on the bottom of the middle panel, as well as on the bottom of the triangle flap that will be on top of the card.

    Tape the card base together and set aside.

  9. Step 9

    Take both pieces of cardstock for the insert and use the corner rounder on the top corners.

  10. Step 10

    Tape together.

  11. Step 11

    Stamp and add tab and other embellishments as needed.

  12. Step 12

    Take the 1 1/2" x 12" piece of colored cardstock and score at 5 5/8" and 11 1/4".

  13. Step 13

    Add Sticky Strip™ to the end of the strip with the small 3/4" scored section. Tape band together.

  14. Step 14

    Decorate the card band.

  15. Step 15

    Slide your band over your card.
    Your card is finished!



  1. Vertical Criss Cross Card
    Start out with two 5 1/2" x 8 1/2" pieces of cardstock. Score both pieces at 4 1/4". Continue with the tutorial at step 2.

    Change it up
    - Instead of patterned paper, try stamp directly on the card base.

    - Stuff the pocket with little tags or a flat gift instead of pull out card.

    - Leave off the card band.

    - Make a square, change the size.....

    Your turn to get creative.

Your Turn

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

I absolutely love this card. I can't wait to make a bunch with all kinds of paper!!!
Lynn K. S.  |  Mon Jan 14, 2008 at 8:46 PM
I love these cards. I am making a bunch in an American theme for my mom. She is running for county office and will use them for thank you cards.
Paula  |  Wed Jan 16, 2008 at 11:43 AM
The card is beautiful. However, I don't quite understand Step 4. What am I adhering to the back of the rectangle?

Marie  |  Tue Feb 12, 2008 at 10:26 PM

You need to read Step 4 and 5 together. You have two pieces of cardstock that you tape together on the rectangle portion. The triangles will make your card front.
beate  |  Wed Feb 13, 2008 at 3:52 AM
Hi. I have a ?
My friend and I are making these for my baby shower invitations. I'll be using 2 patterned papers (one for each triangle side) and a solid color for the base of the card pocket, another solid for the base of the actual card (inside) and another solid (light colored) for on top (to do the printing on). Soo.. 5 different kinds of paper. Is there any way you can tell me how many sheets of each I'll need? (I will be buying 12x12 paper) Thanks so much to anyone who can help!!:)
Alyson  |  Sat Mar 8, 2008 at 9:17 PM
Don't know if you need this information yet or not, but I will leave it here just in case.
It is really hard to tell you how much you need without knowing how many invites you are making, but I'll do my best.
You can get 6 triangles out of each piece of patterened paper. So 1 of each pattern will make 6 invites.
You need 1 piece of the solid cardstock for each card base.
For the base of the insert card you can make 6 for each sheet of cardstock, and for the solid color that goes on top(the one you will print on) of that you get 6 from each sheet.

So inorder to make 6 invites you would need 1 of each pattern paper, 6 sheets of cardstock for the base, and 1 sheet of each of the cardstock for the insert. A total of 10 sheets of paper.
Make sense. smile
leave a comment on my blog if you have questions.
Rachelle  |  Fri Mar 28, 2008 at 9:35 AM
These are so cute, I can't wait to get going and make a whole bunch!! Thank you for the great tutorial.
Traci  |  Sat Jun 7, 2008 at 1:42 AM
I did this card in a stampers monthly club, it was so easy and cute that I decided to use it as my babies announcements. It works perfectly for twins just add another card piece with a tab and you have a place to put a picture of both children.
erin  |  Sat Jun 7, 2008 at 11:27 PM
How can these cards be mailed? What size envelope do these fit?
Elaine Nelson  |  Sat Jun 28, 2008 at 9:49 AM
I actually have the same question as Elaine, I was thinking of making these for my daughter's first birthday invitations and was wondering what size envelopes I would need.

Alison  |  Thu Jul 17, 2008 at 1:33 PM
these cards fit into normal sized envelopes. I am using the clear ones from stampin up. 50 per pack. it looks really cute you can see the cards what a wonderdful thing to get in the mail. with the clear envelopes i think there is extra postage needed. not sure yet .
erin  |  Sat Jul 19, 2008 at 10:07 AM
What an absolutely beautiful card...I love it! Thanks so much for sharing how to make it. I'm going to try making it later tonight. Excellent job!
Karen  |  Mon Aug 11, 2008 at 11:34 AM
I love your workshops.
And I want you to know, that I have a new blog for german workshops in german language.
I hope that it´s ok for you.
Ich placed a link to your workshop too.
If you want to look...
here´s my workshop in german for the criss cross card:

Thnak you.

Hugs and kisses,

Heike  |  Mon Sep 29, 2008 at 4:11 AM
This card is wonderful! I love it and can not wait to make them.
stephanie  |  Sun Mar 1, 2009 at 2:47 PM
I love this im gonna give it a whirl I love the inspiration you lades give
Thanks ever so much

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Lynn Bradley  |  Sun May 10, 2009 at 4:44 PM
what a unique card idea, i had a great time making it. it is a nice recipe to add to my collection. thanks for the great idea
Sherry  |  Wed Jun 17, 2009 at 3:10 PM
Love this folded card, tried a new folded card this past weekend and loved the results...will now try this one...thanks!
Deebi27  |  Tue Aug 11, 2009 at 8:36 PM
As soon as I get the family to bed I am going to attempt this card, hurry up family and go to bed!
Michelle  |  Thu Sep 17, 2009 at 7:06 PM
Hello! I love this card, and I am making them for my Christmas cards. My question is regarding step 11. How do you make the tab that you add to the top of the insert card?
Crystal Slagman  |  Sat Oct 17, 2009 at 12:55 AM
Hi Crystal,
The tab was punched with the round tab punch from Stampin' Up!.
beate  |  Sat Oct 17, 2009 at 9:18 AM

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