Latch Card

by Dina Kowal

Hold your card closed with a latch on a flexible side panel.


  • Cardstock

  • Scoring tool

  • Foam tape or Dimensionals

  • Stamps or die cuts to embellish the card as needed (Power Poppy Bees in Foxglove digital stamp set and Quickutz circle dies used here)


  1. Step 1

    Trim cardstock to 7 1/2" x 5 1/2".

  2. Step 2

    Score at 3 1/4" along the long side. Fold 3 1/4" section over to create card front.

  3. Step 3

    Line up the edge of the card front to the left of a groove on the scoring tool, and score a line on the exposed area of the card back, just outside the edge. Move the card to the left slightly and score another line to the right of the first. Continue, scoring 3-5 lines next to each other. Do not fold on these lines – they are meant to allow the latch to flex.

  4. Step 4

    Decorate the card front. Sample panels are cut to 3" x 5 1/4" (layer) and 2 3/4" x 5" (focal panel).

  5. The card can be decorated inside as well. Take care to leave the score lines exposed. The panel dimensions are the same.

  6. Step 5

    Stamp or die cut a small accent piece that will become the card latch. It can be a shape or embellishment or a stamped sentiment.

  7. Attach the latch, applying foam tape to the right side of the shape so that it will only be adhered to the outside of the score lines.

  8. Step 7

    Complete the project.

  9. The finished card will fit in a standard A2 envelope.



  1. To make a latch card of any size, create a base as usual at your desired measurements. Fold at the center, and cut 1” from the front edge. Proceed as instructed above. (Stamps and dies in sample are from Stampendous.)

Your Turn

You've seen the tutorial, now you try it! We've got a section of the gallery set aside for Latch 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 latch card with the foxglove and bee!
Lila Grey  |  Sat Jun 6, 2015 at 9:39 AM
Love the card and will have to make one. Thank you for the tutorial.
Patricia St Martin  |  Fri Jun 12, 2015 at 7:16 PM
I make all my cards...Love the latch design.
I must try this one... Thanks Millie
Millie Fosnar  |  Mon Jun 15, 2015 at 6:51 AM
What a great idea! TFS!!
Nancy Riley  |  Thu Jun 18, 2015 at 10:19 AM
Terrific tutorial Dina and I loved the video. I know I have said it before, but you have an Aussie accent in my head, I was very surprised to hear you with an American accent LOL.
Susie Williams  |  Sun Jun 21, 2015 at 9:17 PM
I just love all of your work, it's all beautiful! I notice that you use a stylus when you use your score board instead of the bone folder. Is there a reason for this or just personal choice? Joy
Joyce Hall  |  Mon Jul 13, 2015 at 3:06 AM
A bit of both! I find that the tool that came with my board tends to wear down with time and the tip spreads out flat, not really fitting into the groove. I find that I get a nice even score with the rounded metal head of the stylus, and I don't have to worry about it changing shape. The barrel of the stylus seems easier to hold than the flat tool. Also, if I want a more pronounced score line as an accent on a card, I'll use a smaller stylus that can get further into the groove.
dina  |  Tue Jul 14, 2015 at 8:42 AM
Love this card! Your video is awesome.
Janie  |  Fri Jul 31, 2015 at 6:43 PM
Love this idea, beautiful flowers!!
conniecrafter  |  Tue Dec 22, 2015 at 11:09 AM
Great tutorial and an adorable project! Thanks so much for sharing this with us!
Donna  |  Sun Apr 24, 2016 at 12:56 PM
Very cool! I agree, having the latch be an element of the design is brilliant.
Carolynn  |  Wed Jul 12, 2017 at 7:40 AM

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