Envelope Fold Card

by Melissa Banbury

This pop-up card folds into its own envelope.


  • Cardstock (Stampin’ Up!® Basic Black and Real Red used here)
  • Paper trimmer
  • Scoring tool
  • Double stick tape (SU! Tear and Tape used here)
  • Multi-purpose liquid glue
  • Other supplies as needed to complete the project (decorative papers (SU! Timeless Elegance DSP and Have a Cuppa DSP used here); ink (SU! Real Red used here); sponges; die cut images or punches (SU! Cups & Kettles and Lots of Labels used here as well as images cut with a Silhouette Cameo)


  1. Step 1

    Cut a card base from sturdy cardstock, measuring 6” x 10 1/8”.

    Score at 2”, 2 1/8”, and 6 1/8”.

  2. Step 2

    Cut a second piece of cardstock (any color), to 6” x 8”.

    Score in 3/8" on each 6” side.

    Measure 1/2” in from the top and bottom and both score lines, and cut away with a paper trimmer or craft knife to create a frame.

  3. Step 3

    Add double stick tape to both 3/8” sections.

  4. Step 4

    Adhere the frame to the card base. Line up one edge of the frame with the 2-1/8” score line on the card base and the second edge of the frame with the outer edge of the card base.

  5. Step 5

    Gently push the frame downward in the center and close the card to form an envelope shape.

  6. Step 6

    Re-open the card and push the frame outwards on the center fold to create a diamond shape.

  7. Step 7

    Add decorative papers along the backside of the card base and the sentiment area.

    Cut the papers 1/16” smaller than the card base to prevent bunching on the fold lines.

  8. Step 8

    Add a decorative image to the front of the envelope that can be used later as a tab to hold it closed.

  9. Step 9

    Add a decorative tag to the back of the envelope so the receiver’s address can be added before mailing.

  10. Step 10

    Complete the card by using decorative dies, fussy cut stamped images, or electronically cut images to embellish the inside of your card. Embellish the frame as well as the inner card for more dimension.

    Close the card and adhere the outer tab for mailing or hand delivery.

    The finished card measures 4" x 6".


Your Turn

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

That is INCREDIBLY fun--what an unusual technique AND beautiful card! Thank you for the great tutorial.
Pssequimages  |  Wed Apr 13, 2016 at 7:42 AM
I like the clear instructions for the card and frame. More guidance regarding completion of the card would be helpful. Are there any tips regarding the size and weight of the flower embellishments?
Tab closures interest me. Are there more specific details about making these? (e.g...velcro, magnets, re-sealable tape, etc.)
shirley Green  |  Wed Apr 13, 2016 at 9:48 AM
Shirley, The flowers she used look to be fussy cut from designer paper... you could use paper flowers too - just remember to use edges and fold lines as a guide for size. If you use thicker embellishments, the card won't close as nicely and would need to be hand delivered instead of posted.

You have some good ideas about closures. I remember using these types of cards as a child, and we just stuck them closed with a matching sticker!
dina  |  Wed Apr 13, 2016 at 10:15 AM
Melissa, what a FUN card, and I love the Alice In Wonderland theme you used - wow! But the instructions for the base are perfect, and now our imagination can just take off! Love it! Thanks for a great job! Hugs!
Cheryl Scrivens  |  Wed Apr 13, 2016 at 1:24 PM
wow-what an awesome card Melissa! love the base video- thank you so much for a great tutorial!
gabrielle howey  |  Wed Apr 13, 2016 at 3:33 PM
I think this is a neat idea, taking the basic tunnel card a couple steps further. But wouldn't it be easier to do the background panels first, before adding the outer frame?
Maus  |  Wed Apr 13, 2016 at 3:38 PM
I thought that too at first, but she does use the edge of the background panels to cover the tabs of the frame. With the front at a 90 degree angle, it wasn't difficult to get the pieces in place.
dina  |  Wed Apr 13, 2016 at 3:42 PM
Wow, this is definitely my next card project. A Mother's Day card for sure! THANKS for sharing it!
Betty Ann Murphy  |  Thu Apr 14, 2016 at 7:34 AM
This was so Great! when I saw the tutorial I knew I had to make my son's Star Wars birthday card with this technique! I'll be using it for other special cards also!
Jeanne Mello  |  Sat May 7, 2016 at 10:15 AM
Sounds awesome, Jeanne - I hope you'll share in the gallery! xx
dina  |  Sat May 7, 2016 at 4:14 PM
This is a great tutorial, I've made one for Christmas, even if it's a bit early, I've got lots to make, I am going to put it in the gallery right now
johanna Montenon  |  Fri Jun 3, 2016 at 12:26 PM
So pleased I came across your fantastic tutorial. Love the 3D style of this card and have made one using the new Lift Me Up Bundle. TFS.
Bronwyn  |  Fri Dec 2, 2016 at 4:41 PM

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