Napkin Fold Card

by Carol Hurlock

Create uniquely folded card that will dazzle your friends.


  • One 12" x 12" piece of cardstock
  • One 2 1/4" x 12" piece of cardstock
  • Two 12" x 12" pieces of patterned paper
  • Scor-Pal™, or other scoring tool
  • Bone folder
  • Paper cutter
  • Ribbon
  • Border punch, optional
  • Dies, ink and embellishments, optional


  1. Step 1

    Score the 12" x 12" piece of cardstock at 3" and 9". Turn paper 90 degrees and score again at 3" and 9". Prefold the score lines.

  2. Step 2

    Mark the center of the paper with a small pencil dot. Fold each of the corner to the center. Crease each score line.

  3. Step 3 (Optional)

    Sponge the folds with distress ink and use a border punch at the outer edges of the paper.

  4. Step 4

    Use your finger to pick up the bottom point and push it towards the center. Go to the next point and push it towards the center as well. Allow the previous folds you made to fold.

  5. Smooth down the corners so the piece on top is flat and the points are folded in underneath.

  6. Step 5

    Now take the next point at the opposite end and fold it toward the center.

    Repeat with the last two corners.

  7. Step 6

    Take one of the corner points and fold it back.

  8. Use the bone folder and create a nice deep crease.

  9. Step 7

    Repeat Step 6 on all corners to create the Napkin Fold Card base.

  10. Step 8

    Cut the following squares out of the patterned paper sheets with a paper cutter:

    Two 5-1/2" squares. This is the main color of the card
    Two 3-1/4" squares. This is the contrast #1
    One 3-3/4" square. This is contrast #2
    One 2-3/4" square. This is contrast #1 and goes on the smallest folded point

  11. Cut the squares in half.

  12. Step 9

    Cut the triangles in half.

  13. You should now have:

    8 triangles cut out of the 5 1/2" squares
    8 triangles cut out of the 3 1/4" squares
    4 triangles cut out of the 3 3/4" square
    4 triangles cut out of the 2 3/4" square

  14. Step 10

    Adhere the biggest triangles around the diamond in the card center. Adhere the smallest triangles to the last pieces you folded, which are the four outside corners. Tape the four contrast pieces to the middle of the corner diamond.

  15. Step 11

    Flip card over. Adhere last of the biggest triangles around center square.

  16. Step 12

    Turn card back over. Cut a 5 3/4" piece of patterned paper adhere to the card center.

    Decorate the center. Here a 5" white cardstock square was punched with a border punch, decorated and adhered on top of the patterned paper square.

  17. Step 13

    Use a border punch to decorate on both sides of your 2 1/4" x 12" piece of cardstock. Cut a 1" x 12" piece of patterned paper.

  18. Step 14

    Cut a piece of ribbon about 30" and adhere it to the center of your punched card stock. Adhere the patterned paper strip it over the ribbon. Fold this piece in half.

    Adhere half of the strip over the middle of the back of the card.

  19. Step 15

    Apply some dimensional foam pads to unattached end of the band.

  20. Fold band over and adhere image to the dimensional adhesive.Tie ribbon to close the card.


Your Turn

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

I love this card! Beautiful
Sandra Heck  |  Wed Jul 20, 2011 at 6:05 AM
This is a beautiful card. I am going to try it right now.
Twila Haifley  |  Wed Jul 20, 2011 at 7:17 AM
Carol that is one stunning creation there!!! Thanks for sharing!!!
Karen Barber  |  Wed Jul 20, 2011 at 7:24 AM
Your tutorial is awesome!!! Love this card and I'm going to have to give this technique a try!!!
MariLynn  |  Wed Jul 20, 2011 at 7:27 AM
I have to be very honest with you. This card is much too busy for me. would have liked it better if not for the floral paper and the grapes, which do not go together. Love the style of card, but not the choice of design.
Paula Walters  |  Wed Jul 20, 2011 at 7:53 AM
I agree! This is a beautiful card...vintage look to me, and so interesting. I have to go make one right now! I can hardly wait 'til my card club sees what I found! Thanks so much.
Deanna Taylor  |  Wed Jul 20, 2011 at 8:11 AM
I really like this card but my question is how did you use the borderunch around the outside of the card?
Kim Kingston  |  Wed Jul 20, 2011 at 8:18 AM
Kim-here is a nice punch-around-the-page tutorial by one of our frequent members here at SCS Kittie:

Hope this helps you to create a beautiful card.

By the way, my image is of Lilacs not
Carol  |  Wed Jul 20, 2011 at 9:22 AM
Ooh, already know I LOVE every detail about this card. So glad it is in my hands..what a great birthday card you sent me.
I wanted to get one made but could never find the time (or try, at least). I am certainly planning to do it asap.
Benzi  |  Wed Jul 20, 2011 at 9:35 AM
I soooooooooo love this card. It is so vintage with the punch around the page punch (I love these and have quite a few) and I want to give it a try right now!!!!!
Rosie Waldt  |  Wed Jul 20, 2011 at 9:59 AM
your card is so gorgeous! i can't wait to give this fold a try- what an amazing fold! thanks for the great tutorial!
gabbe  |  Wed Jul 20, 2011 at 11:07 AM
WOW Carol, I can't wait to try one of these although I won't be as great at it as you are. I love you did a video tutorial too and it really doesn't call for unusual supplies! Way 2 go!
Pam Lawver  |  Wed Jul 20, 2011 at 11:16 AM
You have given the stampers a wonderful inspirational tutorial. A beautiful job done on the Napkin Fold. The colors are gorgeous. TYFS !
Doris Adams  |  Wed Jul 20, 2011 at 12:07 PM
Intricate design. Love the old-fashioned, quilt look to it.
Rosa M. Vasquez  |  Wed Jul 20, 2011 at 12:56 PM
What a lovely card and a challenge for sure! I'll definitely give it a try! Thanks for sharing and the great tutorial!
Carol  |  Wed Jul 20, 2011 at 1:33 PM
warning, ms punch does not cut cardstock. If anyone has a solution to this please let me know. I just ruined a good piece that I started on for this project. Otherwise just love the card.
marie41837  |  Wed Jul 20, 2011 at 1:38 PM
I am a newbie here and am I going to enjoy these tutorials
Such a lovely card, I cannot wait to try it.
Margaret J
Margaret J  |  Wed Jul 20, 2011 at 1:43 PM
That ia absolutely Stunning! Am definately going to make one asap. Thank you so much for sharing x
Caroline  |  Wed Jul 20, 2011 at 2:07 PM
Thanks for the tutorial. Nice Work! I knew it was a cluster of lilacs. wink Use colors/theme considering the taste of who is receiving your card to make it personal to them or use your own taste. Don't have a border punch? Use a corner punch, & you could use a pre punched/printed border strip from a package that coordinates nicely. Now that I know there is a need I'm going to design some of my own - keep posted @ cathiespARTies.blogspot OR cathiessweetspot.blogspot : )
Cathie  |  Wed Jul 20, 2011 at 3:29 PM
I really love this card, thought it would also make up as a cute baby card with a baby carriagae cutout in place of the flowers. I have not had a chance to make one but ASAP will try.
Shelley Paquette  |  Wed Jul 20, 2011 at 3:47 PM

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