Side Fold Card

by Mary Deatherage

Enjoy this A2 layout with a built-in square panel.


  • Cardstock (Stampin’ Up!® cardstocks used here)
  • Patterned paper for layering (SU Plaid Tidings DSP used here)
  • Scoring tool
  • Bone folder
  • Adhesive
  • Punch for notches (SU Classic Label Punch used here)
  • Cord or trim
  • Other supplies as needed to complete the project (SU products used here: Gold Hoop Embellishment, Linen Thread, scissors)


  1. Step 1

    Score a 4 1/4” x 11” piece of base cardstock at 5 1/2” and 6 3/4” on the long side.

  2. Step 2

    Fold the 5 1/2” score as a valley (like a regular card). Then fold the 6 3/4” score the opposite direction.

  3. Step 3

    Use the tape adhesive to add adhesive between the two scores lines.

  4. Press the card front to the back – this adheres them together and creates the side-fold.

  5. Step 4

    Prepare layering panels for the card front. For the sample, layering panels are cut at 1” x 4” and 7/8” x 3 7/8” for the adhered section and 4” x 4” and 3 7/8” x 3 7/8” for the square section.

  6. Step 5

    Use a small punch to punch a notch in the center of the small panel (the section that is adhered together).

    If using a Classic Label punch, slide the cardstock in from the back of the punch.

  7. Adhere layering panels to the card front.

  8. Step 6

    Place a Glue Dot in the middle of the smaller panel. Starting and ending at the Glue Dot, wrap narrow trim twice around the card, inside the notches.

  9. Step 7

    Decorate the card front as desired. Add a bow to cover the glue dot.

  10. Step 8

    Decorate the inside panel as desired. Panels for the sample are 4” x 4” and 3 7/8” x 3 7/8”.

  11. Step 9

    Create a coordinating envelope. Lay a 3” x 6” piece of patterned paper over the flap and rub it lightly to ensure it’s stuck down.

  12. Use scissors to cut off the excess paper.

  13. Step 10

    Complete the project.


Your Turn

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

Interesting fold, looks like a mini-album. Thanks for sharing.
Dr Sonja  |  Wed Dec 9, 2020 at 4:38 AM
Love this card!!!
parkercat44  |  Wed Dec 9, 2020 at 6:23 AM
Love this card idea. Thanks for the great tutorial and video.
yduj  |  Wed Dec 9, 2020 at 6:47 AM
Super cute fun fold. Love the ability to work with squares - a small cheat!
Carolyn Steele  |  Wed Dec 9, 2020 at 6:52 AM
Love this fun fold... new take on a square. Thanks for sharing.
sunnycrafter  |  Wed Dec 9, 2020 at 7:03 AM
Love this idea. I see so many ideas for square cards, but too costly to mail, and I don't like sending in an envelope that doesn't fit properly.
bjg  |  Wed Dec 9, 2020 at 10:18 AM
Love your style of card and teaching! It's a perfect way to get a square card, thanks for the inspiration. Can't wait to use it for the Gina K wreath builder.
AudsP  |  Wed Dec 9, 2020 at 11:14 AM
One of the best tutorials I have ever seen. Thank you.
deb1345  |  Wed Dec 9, 2020 at 11:23 AM
Loved this idea and your humor. Thanks for sharing
MsCookie  |  Wed Dec 9, 2020 at 12:32 PM
Love the bow tips and the 3rd gen. stamping over the inside sentiment. Beautiful card!

shirlb19  |  Wed Dec 9, 2020 at 7:33 PM
Great tutorial and beautiful card, Mary!
barbfarmd  |  Thu Dec 10, 2020 at 8:06 AM
Love this card. Thank you for sharing
PatsyAnn  |  Sat Dec 12, 2020 at 12:40 PM
I can see many of these in my future. Thanks for sharing.
lindylou1220  |  Tue Dec 22, 2020 at 7:19 AM

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