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.

Hi, I love this card.. it's my 'go to' card for most any occasion. My friends have enjoyed receiving them & hope I will show them how to make one. I want to make sure it would be okay to print out & use your pictures of the 'steps' to help them along?
sinde  |  Wed Oct 28, 2009 at 1:35 PM
In Beate's card, I know the "Merry Christmas" and swirl at the top of the insert card are from SEASON OF JOY. What I can't find is the stamp set she used for the small flower on the tab and the large flower on the outside band. Can anyone help? Thanks.
Pam  |  Sat Dec 12, 2009 at 6:05 PM
You can find all the supplies used for this project listed in this gallery upload.
Beate  |  Sun Dec 13, 2009 at 8:51 AM
Beate, I am honored you took the time to reply to me. I am a huge fan of your work. I found In the Spotlight and All in a Row on eBay. Thank you so much.
Pam  |  Sun Dec 13, 2009 at 9:55 AM
What a great technique! Is there a way Ican do this card VERTICALLY? Thank you.

Chistina (Schnauz2)
Schnauz2  |  Wed Feb 24, 2010 at 10:10 PM
Hi thanks so much for this great tutorial. Never did this card before and am going to try it now. Thanks again xxxx
Dora  |  Wed Apr 21, 2010 at 12:06 PM
What a beautiful job you have done of not only making the card but photographing it and giving clear instructions. Thank you.
Betsy  |  Mon Jun 21, 2010 at 10:21 AM
I *love* this card. I have never made a criss cross card and I have every intention of making one. Thank you very much for the tutorial Beate.

Mary C.Anderson  |  Fri Jul 16, 2010 at 2:25 PM
What size envelope would the card fit in to be mailed? and would it require extra postage?
Dedrah  |  Thu Aug 19, 2010 at 1:44 PM
Hi! I'm questioning why you need to tape the two 11 inch pieces together? Wouldn't this just add more bulk/weight to the finished card?
Eva  |  Mon Oct 18, 2010 at 3:08 PM
Never mind......I get it. I missed something somewhere the first five times I read the directions!!!
Eva  |  Mon Oct 18, 2010 at 3:11 PM
these instructions were great and i love the way my card loooks ---i want to use this for a class at a local scrapbook store - you get the credits, of course. thanks, Lynn
lynn  |  Tue Feb 15, 2011 at 7:58 AM
Thanks for the great tutorial! I'm definately going to have a go at one of these cards!! (When i do i'll pop it on my blog and hopefully on scs!

Amy Tidd  |  Thu Mar 31, 2011 at 6:16 AM
gorgeous card... thanks for sharing
Gretcheina Myers  |  Wed Apr 6, 2011 at 8:35 AM
I love it, thank you for your very clear instructions
Enchaning Beauty  |  Fri Apr 8, 2011 at 11:10 PM
Wow!!! smile Thank you so much for a great tutorial! I absolutely love this unique design and would like to use it for our holiday cards this year!

One question: is there a way to adjust the measurements so I can get more out of a 12x12 sheet of paper? For example, once I cut out the two pieces that are 11" by 41/4", I am left with a strip that is 1" by 12" (and yet, for the band, I need a piece that is 1.5 inches, so it is off by 1/2"). On the other side, I am left with a piece that is 3.5" by 5.25+", yet the design calls for a piece that is 3.75" by 5.25" for the insert (so it is only off by 1/4 inch!).

Please advise!

Thanks so much,

partridgelu at yahoo dot com
Jennifer Partridge  |  Fri Jul 15, 2011 at 1:43 PM
Great idea your really creative and so good
marlene geiger  |  Mon Sep 12, 2011 at 12:55 AM
Hi! beautiful card I'm going to show this to my son and I know his going to like it, because he love paper art so much. thanks for the instructions.
zoren  |  Wed Mar 28, 2012 at 10:03 PM
A great blog you've got. I really appreciate what you are doing. Thanks a lot Beate.
Bracha  |  Wed Oct 24, 2012 at 11:55 AM
Just darling
Jan Stutzman  |  Wed Jun 5, 2013 at 7:08 AM

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