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!

Questions and Comments

We'd love to get your feedback or questions. Leave your comment below.

loved the tutoral but the sound was to low every thing else was great
wanda welch  |  Wed Jul 20, 2011 at 6:58 PM
I always love interesting card folds. Luv it!
Trish  |  Wed Jul 20, 2011 at 7:54 PM
Super fabulous card. So different! Thanks for sharing.
Bobbye B.  |  Wed Jul 20, 2011 at 10:06 PM
I'm from grape country (Keuka Lake, NY) and have to say, grapes and flowers always go together!!! Maybe someone who does not appreciate this truly stunning card needs to be invited to a tea party at my house!! Oops, when I get all my stampin' stuff off my table!! Fab tutorial - love the ribbon hidden BETWEEN the layers of cardstock and designer paper.....
kathy wheat  |  Thu Jul 21, 2011 at 7:33 AM
This is a beautiful card. I love it and I will be making it real soon.
Arnette  |  Thu Jul 21, 2011 at 9:31 AM
I think those are wisteria.
marie41837  |  Thu Jul 21, 2011 at 8:20 PM
here is the original tutorial from the original author and designer of this fold of card:

November 2010
Tracey  |  Fri Jul 22, 2011 at 2:54 AM
I made this card. Finished last night, I must say this was an experience I loved after I finished and I'm sure that now that I know what I'm doing that I will have no promblems, In fact when I realised this was the fold we used to use when we were kids to tell fortunes. I hope that the pictures I uploaded went to the correct spot, I could't find them yesterday.
marie41837  |  Fri Jul 22, 2011 at 11:06 AM
What a stunning card. This is a definite 'must do'. Thank you for your clear instructions.
Jo  |  Fri Jul 22, 2011 at 9:32 PM
Thank you! I plan on trying this!
smadson  |  Fri Jul 22, 2011 at 9:43 PM
Lovely card!!! I was so inspired and will upload my creations later...I did learn that if you are using the MS score board you can eliminate marking the the center with a pencil....use the envelope template and score at 4-1/4" like a charm!
Thank you for a great tutorial!
Alexandra  |  Sat Jul 23, 2011 at 8:07 AM
hi, what a beautiful card,thank you for the great technique.will do...
Elizabeth f  |  Mon Jul 25, 2011 at 8:57 PM
That tut is just fab the card is out of this world and i will try to follow your great and easly understood video
thank you so much
shi82  |  Tue Jul 26, 2011 at 8:23 AM
I love this, have made two so far and will upload them later, haven't decided what I'm going to use them for yet.
Karen Wallace  |  Wed Jul 27, 2011 at 4:39 AM
I made this card ,love it very pretty. I used two different border punches,two different ones came out nice but to me the border needs to be like the first one in your video it looks much cleaner. Not paper to become tattered on the edges. Thank you for sharing this card, very nice
Gloria Harvey  |  Wed Jul 27, 2011 at 11:10 PM
Today I posted a link to this tutorial/video.

Nancy Ward
Nancy Ward  |  Fri Jul 29, 2011 at 9:53 AM
I would love it if you could fix your print page so that it held three rows of images instead of just that one row on the left cause numerous pages for every pattern I end up printing the cutting and pasting them to page so that complete pattern is on either one sheet or front and back.... tedious but who wants to do a pattern with 7 pages ...please consider how to put your pattern or at least the cutting folding part onto on or two pages...otherwize love the cards and designs..
kathy Harney  |  Fri Jul 29, 2011 at 12:57 PM
gracias por su aporte
jaqueline  |  Tue Aug 9, 2011 at 10:56 PM
I have tried this card, love it but I am having trouble when I go to fold after I have created the box inside the folds. Can anyone tell me what time of paper they are using? I have used card stock and I find it to thick and I used designer series paper but I would prefer to use cardstock and decorate with ds paper.

Tna Trematerra  |  Wed Aug 10, 2011 at 7:43 AM
actually mine got thick , I think using a lighter wieght cardstock would work better then use papper to decorate with, I used a lighter wieght card stock to embelish but it is still quite thick.
linda  |  Wed Aug 10, 2011 at 10:41 AM

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