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.

I have used several types of cardstock...the thickest was 105#...the trick I believe is to make sure you use a bone folder to crease each fold...I also found it helpful to iron each crease with my craft iron on a teflon (Ranger) sheet....I am using the Martha Stewart score board and have been able to score the diagonal lines (4-1/4" and 2-1/9") using the envelope triagular tool....Hope this helps...I have made about 15 of these cards...can't seem to stop making them!
Alexandra  |  Wed Aug 10, 2011 at 6:29 PM
This card is just Awesome, love it.

I so wish I had a punch like it, but since I do not I will use my rotary cutter with the ripple blade.

Thank you for sharing.
Teri  |  Mon Aug 22, 2011 at 10:35 AM
pls tell me what border punch was used on this card. i really like it & wish to buy. thanx.
gingin  |  Wed Aug 24, 2011 at 1:45 PM
I also like this card VERY much. And I like the design too. In my opinion, the colours, patterns AND the grapes go VERY well together. See - not everybody has the same taste and that is good.

Christel Webb  |  Wed Oct 5, 2011 at 12:44 PM
Thank you for this wonderful tutorial. I love making this card as the results are gorgeous!
Marilou  |  Thu Oct 13, 2011 at 12:40 AM
Thank you for the instructions for this card, My friend Sarah found your instructions and we had our 1st attempt at the card yesterday and we really enjoyed it. It was Brilliant thank you so much xx
dawn bromehead  |  Wed Jan 25, 2012 at 6:55 AM
Thank you so much for the instructions for this card. My friend Sarah found your instructions and we had a go yesterday. We both really enjoyed doing it as it was so different. i have put my first attempt up on my blog if anyone would like to take a look at my blog your welcome please join. thank you so much again xx
dawn bromehead  |  Wed Jan 25, 2012 at 7:00 AM
love your napkin card,did do one wonderful,thank you for sharing...
Elizabeth f Jennings  |  Sat Jan 28, 2012 at 5:38 PM
It is very pretty, would love to try myself..
Thanks for sharing,

HUgs Blankina
Blankina  |  Wed Oct 17, 2012 at 4:14 AM
This is type of card beautiful! I am a novice at this. Where does the sentiment go?
Margie Dulany
Margie Dulany  |  Wed Apr 3, 2013 at 8:57 AM
This is mind blowing!!! G O R G E O U S ! ! ! ! ! Looks so difficult but is sooooooooooooooo easy to do! Thank you!! I love that you did a step by step with picture AND a video tutorial! Even a dummy like me could figure it out! I have just the paper to use for one of these! Can't wait to get started! Did I say THANK YOU? I not then, THANK YOU!
Barbara MacAskill  |  Sat Nov 30, 2013 at 2:45 PM

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