Diagonal Double Pocket Card

by Claudia Rosa

Create a double pocket card out of one sheet of patterned paper.


  • Patterned paper (8 1/2" x 11")
  • Scoring tool
  • Scissors
  • Adhesive
  • Ruler
  • Other supplies as needed to complete the card (embellishments, tags or gift cards for inserts, etc)


  1. Step 1

    Score from the short side of the patterned paper at 4 1/4". Crease along the fold line.

    For this version of the card, the side of the patterned paper that is up will be the most visible in the finished project. Fold with this pattern to the outside.

  2. Step 2

    Turn paper 90 degrees. Score down the center of the paper at 5 1/2". Fold and crease with a bone folder.

  3. Step 3

    Unfold the paper. Cut along the horizontal fold from the left edge of the paper to the vertical score line.

    Again, the side of the patterned paper that is facing up in this step will be the most visible in the finished project.

  4. Step 4

    Fold up the bottom right corner so that the bottom edge meets the edge of the center score.

    Make a pencil mark 4 1/4" from the bottom right corner; align the pencil mark with the bottom of the vertical score line, and score to connect the points.

  5. Step 5

    Fold down the top left corner. Leave 1" - 1 1/2" room from the edge of the folded down corner to the vertical fold.

    Make a mark at 3" from the corner, along the top of the paper and down the side. Align the two marks on a scoring line and score to connect the points.

  6. Step 6

    Fold the top left panel over to the right hand side.

  7. Step 7

    Fold the bottom left panel behind the folded panel on the right.

  8. Step 8

    Fold the bottom corner up over the other folded up corner, aligning the folds.

  9. Step 9

    Add adhesive on the sides of the bottom half and fold it up.

  10. Step 10

    Decorate the card front as desired, and create inserts for the pockets.

    The tags in the sample measure 2 1/2" x 5" and 1 3/4" x 5".



  1. After step six, instead of folding the right side under, fold both lower flaps up.

  2. Fold the left panel around to the card back. Use adhesive to attach loose ends. Now your card will be able to open.

Your Turn

You've seen the tutorial, now you try it! We've got a section of the gallery set aside for Diagonal Double Pocket 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 love the cards you made, and the tutorial. I made one this afternoon. It was very clear, the pictures were very helpful. Thanks so much for all your work!
Rachel  |  Sun Jun 8, 2008 at 4:19 PM
Claudia, I commented earlier on how I loved your tutorial but forgot to ask the one question I have. If I have two sided paper but have a favorite side and want most of that side to show, do I work on it face up or face down? :D
Joy Moss  |  Sun Jun 8, 2008 at 6:14 PM
Fabulous tutorial!!! I love your adorable samples too!! Awesome work, Claudia!!
Rose Ann  |  Sun Jun 8, 2008 at 6:30 PM
To answer Joy's question above, it depends on which variation you try. If you follow the directions exactly, you want the main pattern to be face up. If you try the second variation, you want the main pattern down. Does that make sense?

Thank you so much, Claudia, for the fantastic tutorial. It was so easy to follow. And what a cute card! Would make a great invitation, with the party info on the little tags.
Speanburg4  |  Sun Jun 8, 2008 at 7:46 PM
To answer someone's question about the two-sided patterned paper...choose the side you like the most and it will appear on the majority of the diagonal pocket card. I just made (10) of them up for my neighborhood picnic party...red check was my theme...I used the red check on the front and a spiratic bbq theme paper on the back...very cute. I made cute Webber grille's out of this neat textured paper...I promise to show you all when all is done. PS. Great idea...and it came to my computer at the right time...dontchya just love it! smile Thanks again Claudia! Cheers from Boston! smile
Susanne  |  Sun Jun 8, 2008 at 8:29 PM
This is such a darling card! I love the children stamps and would love to get them!!! Can you tell me were you got them? They are'nt stampin' up stamps are they? Please let me know. I'd appreciate it
Lisamonet  |  Mon Jun 9, 2008 at 5:44 AM
Adorable sample and great tutorial! Thanks for sharing!
Petunia  |  Mon Jun 9, 2008 at 7:45 AM
Wow! Great tutorial.

You know, with so many sketch challenges and everything else, it's hard to figure out what is an original idea and what isn't sometimes. These techniques are no different. I can't tell you how many times I've come up with a card that I think is original, only to find a 1,000 others on here.

Mark Twain can be copied with obvious results, directions for cutting and scoring and gluing paper-pretty hard to change wording without getting wordy and still be understandable.

Great job to everyone who had anything to do with this tutorial!
Winnipeg1  |  Mon Jun 9, 2008 at 8:47 AM
I love how this shows off double sided paper and yet only uses one piece. This is my new favorite card fold. Thank you for sharing this idea with us!
Korene  |  Tue Jun 10, 2008 at 7:12 AM
What a clever young lady you are. Thank you for sharing this. I look forward to trying it.
Anita Clement  |  Tue Jun 10, 2008 at 8:34 AM
Claudia, I just LOVED this tutorial! Your sample is simply adorable and it's given me a wonderful idea for my kid's teacher thank-you gift (I will put a packet of seeds in the folds!).
Thank you for doing such an awesome job - your work is gorgeous!
Danielle Lord  |  Wed Jun 11, 2008 at 1:12 PM
Hi Claudia -

Tutorials take the patience of Job,a nd this one is absolutely wonderful. I look forward to this every week and I already made some of these. The photography is outstanding - I cannot BELIEVE Beate approved a PURPLE tutorial. smile Super impressed down here in Austin - keep up the great work.
Lydia Fiedler  |  Thu Jun 12, 2008 at 10:21 AM
*sighs* I've made this a few times and was so proud of it- tho I've used so much adhesive closing the flap- I could've left the flap this entire time so I could actually have room to write?? LOL on me- I've also made my own patterned paper for this by stamping images on one end, and then using my Tim Holtz alcohol ink dabber and spounging ink on the other end. The colours co-ordinate and it's inexpensive!
lexgabella  |  Fri Jun 13, 2008 at 9:32 PM
I just love these kind of cards that seem to be more interesting than just mat and layer.
Anne Dawson  |  Sun Jun 15, 2008 at 7:56 AM
I love this technique. It's so quick and easy and is too darn cute. Thanks for sharing.
gmcnellie  |  Mon Jun 16, 2008 at 7:37 AM
Wow! This is cool! I usually send my sister a card with a bookmark in it. This gives me a new way to present it. Thanks!
Karen  |  Fri Jun 20, 2008 at 2:26 PM
Hi, this is my first time to leave mesg but I can't stop doing it because it's really cool and fantastic work withclear directions. You are indeed a talented person and I always look forward to seeing more from you. Thanks again for your generous sharing. ^________^"
Rebeca Lin  |  Thu Jun 26, 2008 at 11:49 AM
Loved it! So ingeneous! TFS! :o)
Wilma (Miss Sunshine)  |  Sun Jun 29, 2008 at 12:20 PM
I loved this card. I made it and it came out great!
rachael  |  Thu Jul 24, 2008 at 6:10 AM
Thanks for the clear tutorial! I was able to make a lot of these cards quickly to sell at my church's used book sale. I included a matching bookmark and a bookplate. I made the bookplates using business card labels.
Linda  |  Thu Aug 7, 2008 at 9:24 AM

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