Quarter Fold Card

by Jana O’Brien

Create a unique card with a box-top closure.


  • Paper trimmer

  • Scoring tool

  • Cardstock (2 sheets in coordinating colors, and smaller pieces for layering)

  • Glue

  • Other supplies as needed to complete the card


  1. Step 1

    Trim a piece of cardstock to 4 1/4" x 11".

    This will be the back piece of the card.

  2. Score along the long side at 2 3/4" and 8 1/4".

    (Alternative: score at 2 3/4" then turn cardstock and score at 2 3/4" from the other end.)

    Score again slightly outside the 2 score measurements on both pieces of cardstock for a better fit.

  3. Step 2

    Trim the second piece of cardstock to 5 1/2" x 8 1/2".

    This will be the front piece of the card.

  4. Score along the long side at 2 1/8" x 6 3/8".

    (Alternative: score at 2 1/8" then turn cardstock and score at 2 1/8" from the other end.)


    Make this piece a lighter color so it’s easier to stamp or write on the inside of the card.

  5. Step 3

    Adhere the 2 pieces of cardstock together, lining up edges with score lines.

    Use a liquid glue to allow for adjustments in placement.

  6. Fold both ways at each score line. Folding toward the opposite color first will give the panels enough room to close well without interfering with each other.

  7. Step 4

    Fold the card closed as you would close the top of a packing box. Fold in the left side, fold up the bottom, fold in the right side, then tuck the left corner of the top flap underneath the left side panel.

  8. Step 5

    The folded card should lay flat and look like this.

    Decorate the front of the card as desired. The card can be horizontal or vertical.

  9. To make layers for the four quarters cut 2 pieces of cardstock to 2" X 2 1/2" and 2 pieces of cardstock to 1 7/8" X 2 5/8". Cut a 4" x 5 1/4" panel for the inside if desired.

  10. Step 6

    Complete the card.

  11. Decorate the inside if desired - maybe tuck in some cash or a handful of confetti!

    Finished card fits in a standard A2 envelope.


Your Turn

You've seen the tutorial, now you try it! We've got a section of the gallery set aside for Quarter Fold Card. Try this technique, then upload your artwork to the gallery. Show us your creations!

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Questions and Comments

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What a fun and unique card!
Carolynn  |  Wed Aug 13, 2014 at 5:26 AM
Love this! Have made the box cards before but had never seen this. It's cute on the outside but what a darling surprise inside. Thanks SCS! I know what I'll be doing this weekend!
Lynne  |  Wed Aug 13, 2014 at 6:40 AM
What a great idea for my monthly Card Making Class in my community . . . maybe next month . . . the ladies will love it! Thanks so much!
Toni Leli  |  Wed Aug 13, 2014 at 7:10 AM
I can't wait to try that card. I love to make cards that aren't the traditional fold, so I was excited to see this tutorial. smile
Janice Johnson  |  Wed Aug 13, 2014 at 7:54 AM
This just has SO many possibilities. Thank you SO much for this tutorial.
prissequito  |  Wed Aug 13, 2014 at 7:58 AM
Like this! Now I'm looking how I can decorate it...Thanks for your time in doing this tutorial.
Diane ouellette  |  Wed Aug 13, 2014 at 7:59 AM
So cute!! Thanks
Sandra  |  Wed Aug 13, 2014 at 10:15 AM
Awesome!! Perfect way to get my creative juices flowing again!!! Thank you for the easy to follow instructions. I just made this and it's really easy.
Joani McDonald  |  Wed Aug 13, 2014 at 10:49 AM
Thanks, Jana, for this most favorite fold. Your coloring is fabulous, as are the designer papers used. The inside is wonderful.

Plus, I like your hands!

Thanks for sharing.
Susie Nelson  |  Wed Aug 13, 2014 at 11:38 AM
This was fun and easy once I cut the paper to the right size!
muscrat  |  Wed Aug 13, 2014 at 1:11 PM
a very good idea, thanks !
missscrap  |  Thu Aug 14, 2014 at 2:16 AM
thanks for a design that can be used for so many styles techniques and stash buster. a good project for this winter cold.
sandra mitchell  |  Fri Aug 15, 2014 at 5:45 AM
This would be cute to do a mosaic or window pane stamped piece on the outside, too. For example, cut a piece of cardstock to 4" x 4 1/2" and stamp with a large image. After coloring, cut to the 4 flap sizes in Step 5 of the tutorial and adhere to front flaps as described. Thanks for the great tutorial!
Connie Duckert  |  Fri Aug 15, 2014 at 7:53 PM
This was a fun card to make for my husband’s aunt. I hope she’ll know how to open and then re-fold wink
Wendy Engel  |  Sun Aug 17, 2014 at 9:12 AM
Just made two of these using the other half of the cut sheets and I love it. I made one landscape and the other portrait. So much fun to decorate ~ got to use stamps I rarely use and some I use all the time. Just fun! Thank you, Jana, for sharing and making the instructions so easy to understand.
gv elwert  |  Sat Sep 6, 2014 at 9:56 PM
Excellent tutorial, Jana!
I need to try this out for sure~!

Bev Gerard  |  Sat Sep 27, 2014 at 8:15 AM
love your folded card -- will be trying it for my workshop!
Thank you!
Deneen Kellen  |  Wed Jan 20, 2016 at 1:48 PM

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