Four Way Card

by Dina Kowal

Create a standing dimensional card with a suspended ornament in the center.


  • Cardstock – full sheet
  • Decorative paper, if desired
  • Paper trimmer
  • Scoring tool
  • Die cutting machine
  • Nesting dies (2) with a vertical line of symmetry (Quickutz/Lifestyle Dies Nesting Hearts and Spellbinders Labels 1 used here)
  • Adhesive (Aleene's Tacky Glue used here)
  • Twine or cording
  • Other supplies as needed to complete the card (sequins, Impression Obsession products: DIE052-I Heart of Hearts, E13268 Grunge Heart Background, C13266 Do You Know; Versafine Onyx Black ink, Memento Angel Pink ink. Variation: Concord & 9th Let's Chat clear set, QoR watercolors)


  1. Step 1

    Cut a sheet of cardstock into quarters, 4 1/4" x 5 1/2" each.

  2. Step 2

    Score each piece down the center from the short side at 2 1/8".

  3. Step 3

    Center the larger of the nesting dies on a scored panel, lining up the scored line and the line of symmetry of the die. Secure the die in place and die cut.

    Secure the die with a very low-tack adhesive, such as a Post-It Note. Multiple runs through the die cutting machine may begin to embed certain tapes, making them difficult to remove without tearing the card.

  4. Keeping the die in place, remove the cut shape. Use the cut panel as a template for aligning the die on the remaining panels one at a time. Layer the panels together with the cut panel on top. Cut as usual.

    Align the panels on the scored lines.The edges of the card panels may not meet exactly, but trimming can be done later.

  5. Step 4

    Center the smaller of the nesting dies onto one of the die cut shapes. Secure in place and die cut.

    Repeat for the remaining shapes.

  6. NOTE:
    Smaller pieces can also be cut from other decorative paper. These pieces will need to be scored down the center line.

  7. Step 5

    Stamp or decorate the card panels and die cuts as desired.

  8. Step 6

    Fold and crease all the cut shapes on the score lines.

  9. Step 7

    Glue the back of one side of the first die cut shape to the opposite side of the next. Liquid glue is recommended, to give time for pieces to be adjusted once adhered.

  10. Repeat until there is one side that remains to be glued.

  11. Step 8

    Run a line of glue along the center folds of the die cut shapes.

  12. Lay a piece of twine or other fine cording in the center of the die cut pieces along the score lines. Hold the cording in place until the glue sets a little.

  13. Step 9

    Glue the remaining side to complete the center piece. Set the piece aside to dry completely.

    The cording may shift from the center – adjust it as needed while the glue is still wet.

  14. Step 10

    The card will be assembled in the same way. Fold and crease all pieces along the score line.

  15. Glue one side of the first card panel to the opposite side of the next.

    Because there is a margin of human error in cutting and scoring, the edges of your card may not align exactly. Align the center folds and die cut shapes instead. Trimming can be done later.

  16. Step 11

    Repeat until there is one side that remains to be glued.

  17. Step 12

    Run a thin line of glue down the center of the card where the folds all meet. Line up the center piece in the die cut opening of the card panels, and lay the twine along the center folds of the card. Wait a few moments for the cording to hold in the glue.

  18. Glue the remaining side to complete the center piece. Allow to dry completely.

    To prevent warping, lay the card flat and press it under a heavy book until the glue dries.

  19. Step 13

    Complete the project. The side panels and center piece can be adjusted for display - either at right angles or more closed, but in an 'x' formation.

  20. The card folds flat for mailing in a standard A2 envelope.



  1. For a flat center piece, cut only 2 smaller shapes. Glue them together with the cording centered and sandwiched in between.

    Make your card any size - just be sure to have 4 same-size panels, each scored exactly at center.

Your Turn

You've seen the tutorial, now you try it! We've got a section of the gallery set aside for Four Way 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've seen these cards and wondered how they were made. With this tutorial, I can see it is "easier" than I though! Thank you so much Dina and Splitcoasters!
Jeanette Robertson  |  Wed Jan 27, 2016 at 6:08 AM
Wow! This is fabulous. You make it look so easy. Thank you for all the tips for this fabulous tutorial!
Kristine  |  Wed Jan 27, 2016 at 6:12 AM
Great tutorial! Thanks so much - can't wait to try it.
Nancy Helgans  |  Wed Jan 27, 2016 at 7:43 AM
This is so cool..great it and going to have to make one of these...thanks again...
Gloria Westerman  |  Wed Jan 27, 2016 at 8:02 AM
Great video, thank you for sharing.
Pat Tirner  |  Wed Jan 27, 2016 at 8:43 AM
Love this card. Thank you for sharing your talent and creativity with us.
Maria Binish  |  Wed Jan 27, 2016 at 9:27 AM
Awesome! Now I know what I'll make for next month's Shoe box card swap! Thanks for the detailed tutorial!
Amy Bagley  |  Wed Jan 27, 2016 at 9:31 AM
That is the coolest thing ever. I love it. Has so many possibilities of different shapes and occasions. That was a very clearly written and demonstrated tutorial that was easy to follow. Not an easy thing to do. Thanks so much!!
Lori McGarrity  |  Wed Jan 27, 2016 at 9:38 AM
I've made similar cards before, but your video tutorial makes it look so much easier. Gorgeous cards. Love both variations.
Randa  |  Wed Jan 27, 2016 at 10:51 AM
Looked harder than it is...thank you so much for another definitely have the creative gene that I do not! Thanks for sharing!
Mary Ellen Staley  |  Wed Jan 27, 2016 at 11:04 AM
What a wonderful standing card! It will be a great addition to our skill set. Your tutorials are always so clear and I appreciate the tips you include along the way!
kren kurts  |  Wed Jan 27, 2016 at 12:30 PM
Well, this is the first time I uploaded a card to this site and chose the sub topic 4 way card and my card did not post in the right place. It posted on my site (only card there)...Dream Crafter. Don't know how that happened.
Paula Tammaro  |  Thu Jan 28, 2016 at 5:49 PM
Hi Dina,

I just love your tutorial and can't wait to try this myself! You make it look so easy.
Joann Jamieson-Larkin  |  Thu Jan 28, 2016 at 5:56 PM
Thank you so much for the tutorial . Love the construction of this card.
Donna Cowden  |  Thu Jan 28, 2016 at 6:54 PM
You are the greatest teacher! I'm going to have to try this for a couple special people in my life. Thank you so much.
Merrily  |  Thu Jan 28, 2016 at 7:14 PM
Thank you for this! I immediately made one following your excellent instructions. It will be my husband's valentine. I am going to make more for the other special people in my life. Thank you!
Nicole Steele  |  Fri Jan 29, 2016 at 12:03 PM
Very nice card and clear concise instructions/tutorial. Thank you!
Allison Grussenmeyer  |  Mon Feb 1, 2016 at 12:27 AM
As others have said, Dina, you give wonderfully clear, helpful instructions and tips. It's certainly so much easier than I ever thought it would be! TFS
Pat Jandacek  |  Mon Feb 8, 2016 at 7:40 PM
Awesome this technique and your clear and informative tutorial makes it easy to give it a try!
sticklelover  |  Mon Feb 22, 2016 at 4:12 PM
Thanks for the video ... so clear with great tips. The final results are stunning. smile
Leanne Cyr  |  Wed Apr 20, 2016 at 9:55 AM

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