Side Spring Card

by Beate Johns

Create a unique card fold with a few score lines.


  • One 5 1/2" x 8 1/2" piece of cardstock
  • Scor-Pal™ or other scoring tool
  • Additional cardstock and/or patterned paper to decorate the card
  • Stamps The Greeting Farm Build-a-Onesie Boy used here)
  • Adhesive
  • Embellishments


  1. Step 1

    Score cardstock at 2 3/4" on the short side.

  2. Step 2

    Turn cardstock 90 degrees and score at 2 3/4"

  3. and 4" on the long side.

  4. Step 3

    Fold cardstock in half on the long score line.

  5. Step 4

    With the shorter panel to your left, line up the top of the second vertical score line with a Scor-Pal™ groove. Line up the bottom of the first (left) score line with the same groove and score a diagonal score.

  6. Unfolded your cardstock should look like this.

  7. Step 5

    Pre-score both diagonal score lines mountain style.

  8. Step 6

    Pre-fold both vertical score lines valley style. Your cardstock should look like this.

  9. Step 7

    Fold the left panels up.

  10. Now fold the left panel over the right side of your card base.

  11. Step 8

    Decorate the front of you card.

  12. Step 9 (Optional)

    Decorate the inside of the card.

  13. Step 10 (Optional)

    Unfold card and add adhesive to the lower right scored triangle. This will help to keep your image square right next to the card base.

  14. Hint:
    If you adhere the square to your card base, the card can only be opened partly. Try using re-positionable adhesive so this won't happen.

    Or if using regular adhesive, make sure you write your message in card before adhering the square to the base.

  15. Step 11

    Your card is finished.


Your Turn

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

Thanks a lot for this tutorial...
This card is very nice and simple to make
see you soon
Mylou  |  Wed Oct 19, 2011 at 2:16 AM
What a cute little card. Thanks for a great tutorial Beate.
Annette  |  Wed Oct 19, 2011 at 3:42 AM
this is amazing. Thanks a lot.

Betânia  |  Wed Oct 19, 2011 at 4:04 AM
This is so cool....and adorable....I will have to try this for sure.....thank you for the tutorial......I will also link it back here....going to make this later today.....
Gloria Westerman  |  Wed Oct 19, 2011 at 5:53 AM
Love this tutorial. As always you are so detailed that I can understand every step. As a very visual learner, when a tutorial assumes you already know the next step and skips a step or two, I find it very difficult and time consuming to replicate. This is never a problem with your tutorials. Thank you again for such a wonderful job.
Deb  |  Wed Oct 19, 2011 at 5:54 AM
As always a great tutorial and video !
Monique ( niki 1 )  |  Wed Oct 19, 2011 at 6:21 AM
Could you tell me what markers were used with this?

Thanks a bunch looks great!
Angela  |  Wed Oct 19, 2011 at 6:59 AM
Adorable card. Thanks again for such wonderful, detailed videos.
Beverly  |  Wed Oct 19, 2011 at 8:33 AM
Just my style. I love different folds. I will be heading into my craft room to check it out. Hopefully I will be able to do it the first time.
Thanks for a great, 123 video.
Bonnie Carpenter  |  Wed Oct 19, 2011 at 8:55 AM
Beate, This is a beautiful card. As always, your tutorial is excellent. The only thing I find missing from your instructions (and others) is the finished dimentions. I would find it helpful if you stated what size envelope it would fit when finished. I look forward to your future cards. Lee
Lee  |  Wed Oct 19, 2011 at 9:30 AM
This looks like a really fun fold! Hope I get a chance to try this. Great video, Beate.
Cynthia  |  Wed Oct 19, 2011 at 9:33 AM
WHERE do you come up with all these different folds????? I LOVE the different folds you share! I am ALWAYS looking for different folded cards!!!!!!!!! Thank you!!!!!!! smile
Becky Green  |  Wed Oct 19, 2011 at 1:51 PM
I entered the same style card in a competition about 3-4 yr ago, it took me a while to work out the dimentions and was quite efective when finished.
June  |  Wed Oct 19, 2011 at 5:32 PM
Gotta try this one! This is the first time I see this kind of card. TFS!

Janette G.  |  Wed Oct 19, 2011 at 5:52 PM
Just made a card with this fold. Love it! Thank you!
Girona  |  Wed Oct 19, 2011 at 7:58 PM
What a really cute card - and me with a new grandbaby on the way! Will have to get the onesie so I'm prepared for the arrival!
Vicky  |  Wed Oct 19, 2011 at 9:24 PM
For those of us that use Metric measurements:
Cut standard A5 card (15 x 21cm)
Score cardstock at 7.5cm on the short side.
Turn cardstock 90 degrees and score at 7.5 and 10.5cm on the long side
Then continue with the rest of Beate's excellent easy to follow directions.
Michelle De Rooy  |  Thu Oct 20, 2011 at 1:11 AM
What a wonderful fold! Can't wait to make one this evening grin
Carol HOdson  |  Thu Oct 20, 2011 at 7:36 AM
Love the new folds hope I can do this one, you give great instructions. I love to hear your voice. Thanks for sharing.
Judy  |  Thu Oct 20, 2011 at 9:17 AM
I´ts an amazing fold. I have tried a similar but shorter (to the right part) version of it. Your tutorial is so easy to follow. Thank you for your effort to show us how to do innovate and dare to try new things. Love it!!
Ileana Sánchez-Boschini  |  Fri Oct 21, 2011 at 11:13 AM

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