Tent Card

by Beate Johns

Create a standing card with a window.


  • One 4 1/4" x 8 1/2" piece of cardstock

  • One 4 1/4" x 4" piece of cardstock, for the card stand

  • Scor-Buddy™, or other scoring tool

  • Scor-Tape™, or other strong adhesive

  • Two 4" squares of patterned paper, (October Afternoon's Seaside used here)

  • Wizard™, or other die cut machine

  • Shape dies, (Classic Circle Nestabilities™ used here)

  • Stamps, (The Cat's Pajamas A Whale of a Time used here)


  1. Step 1

    Adhere one of the 4" patterned paper squares to the front of the card (optional).

    Unfold the card and place the shape die on the card front.

  2. Run opened card with die through the die cut machine to cut a window.

  3. Step 2 (Optional)

    Adhere a frame around the window.

    Cut the window on the card one size bigger then the opening of the frame. (The frame was cut with two Classic Circle Nestabilities™.
    The waves were cut with The Cat's Pajama's wave die.)

    You can find a tutorial on Cutting Frames with Nestabilities here.

  4. Step 3

    Stamp, color and cut out an image. Adhere or suspend it from the window.

  5. Step 4

    Score the 4" x 4 1/4" piece of cardstock at 1", 2" and 3" on the 4" side.

  6. Step 5

    Fold the score lines in mountain/valley style. The center fold has to go up (mountain), the two outer folds have to face down (valley).

  7. Step 6

    Apply adhesive to the outer panels.

  8. Step 7

    Line up the first fold of the folded cardstock with the bottom of the back of the card.

    Make sure the second fold of the folded cardstock piece will point up.

  9. Step 8

    Adhere the second 4" square of patterned paper on the inside of the card.

  10. Step 9

    Remove the adhesive liner on the other edge of your folded cardstock.

  11. Adhere the bottom of the card front to the edge of the fold of the card bottom.

  12. Step 10

    Your tent card is done.



    Other card sizes
    You can make tent cards in any sizes. Just take the width of the card x 4" and score at 1", 2" and 3" on the 4" side for the bottom of the card.

Your Turn

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

This looks fabulous (and easy)! Can't wait to give it a try! Thanks!
Jennifer  |  Wed Aug 18, 2010 at 5:42 AM
Must give this a try. Like the use of a white card stock base so that a note can be written on the back of the card..
cdnoption  |  Wed Aug 18, 2010 at 5:53 AM
Beate- I love how you colored your whale, girlie! smile The cute dots on it's belly made me squeal. You're the cutest! Hugs,
BevMom/Bev Rousch  |  Wed Aug 18, 2010 at 7:02 AM
this is wonderful...great tutorial
lucy  |  Wed Aug 18, 2010 at 7:05 AM
Very cute card! The tutorial is well written and love the video also.
Tammy Howell  |  Wed Aug 18, 2010 at 7:20 AM
I'm a bit confused: In my "Weekly Inkling" it lists a "small glass container" as one of the supplies need for this project, but I don't see that listed or used in the tutorial. Nor does it actually seem to be necessary, at least in the written instructions. I haven't watched the video yet.
Blue-Spruce  |  Wed Aug 18, 2010 at 7:39 AM
Great card! I think I would leave one edge of the center accordian fold piece untaped, so that you can open it, sign it inside & maybe even put a cute something into the accordian piece as an extra suprise! I guess velcro would work.
Gin  |  Wed Aug 18, 2010 at 7:43 AM
Yes, I too noticed no small glass container in the instructions, guess if you don't have any other way to cut the circle, you could trace a glass or jar, then cut out.
Gin  |  Wed Aug 18, 2010 at 7:44 AM
Blue-Spruce and Gin,

I apologize for the mix up. We had to reschedule some tutorials last minute. The tutorial for which you need a glass container will run at the end of next month.

Hugs and smiles
Beate  |  Wed Aug 18, 2010 at 7:46 AM
Great tutorial! Can't wait to try it.
Joanne Beck  |  Wed Aug 18, 2010 at 8:13 AM
Cute card. I gotta make one.
Cathy  |  Wed Aug 18, 2010 at 8:33 AM
Great tutorial - i am going to try this technique with the front and backs from art impressions and see what they come out like.
Anne Dawson  |  Wed Aug 18, 2010 at 9:37 AM
Awesome, can't wait to try it!
Joanne Beck  |  Wed Aug 18, 2010 at 11:11 AM
Awww...this is the cutest little card! I love this tent style & I can't wait to try it!
Hugs for your awesome tutorial!
Vina  |  Wed Aug 18, 2010 at 11:17 AM
This card has me panting, in a good way. Just adorable.
alma  |  Wed Aug 18, 2010 at 11:57 AM
You make the cutest cards! I love the whale. Who is that by?
Jane Harrah  |  Wed Aug 18, 2010 at 12:30 PM
Your example is absolutely adorable Beate. Love it.
Lisa Lara  |  Wed Aug 18, 2010 at 1:09 PM
Hi Jane,
Isn't that the cutest stamp set? Check the supply list and click on the name Whale of a Time. It will take you directly to The Cat's Pajama's. That's the company that sells that set.
Hugs and smiles
beate  |  Wed Aug 18, 2010 at 1:40 PM
so super cute!
Lela  |  Wed Aug 18, 2010 at 1:42 PM

Your card is really nice, original and also very simple to do, Congratulations! I like it very much!

I know it is the size of your 3 nestabilities of Spellbinders if you please? Is there a 3 inch? Thank you for your reply.

Helene de Trois-Rivieres Canada
Hélène  |  Wed Aug 18, 2010 at 1:58 PM

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