Tower Fold

by Mary Deatherage

Try this dramatic card design with stacked side folds.


  • Cardstock (Stampin' Up!® Pale Papaya, Misty Moonlight, Basic White used here)
  • Patterned paper (SU Hand-Penned DSP used here)
  • Paper trimmer
  • Score tool
  • Bone folder
  • Adhesive (Liquid glue and Stampin’ Dimensionals used here)
  • Other supplies as needed to complete the project (SU! products used here: Stampin’ Blends in Soft Succulent, Pale Papaya and Daffodil Delight;Tuxedo Black Memento Ink; Misty Moonlight and Soft Succulent Ink, Genial Gems, Hand-Penned Bundle)


  1. Step 1

    Score a 5 1/2” x 8 1/4” piece of base cardstock at 1”, 2”, 3”, 5 1/4”, 6 1/4” and 7 1/4” on the long side.

  2. Step 2

    Use a paper trimmer to cut at 1” and 2” from each long side between the 1” and 3” and again between the 5 1/4” and 7 1/4” score lines.

  3. Step 3

    Fold the card base as shown on this template. “M” are mountain folds, “V” are valley folds.

  4. Step 4

    Work all the folds until the card comes together to form the tower.

  5. Step 5

    Burnish the folds well with the bone folder.

  6. Step 6

    That completes the Tower Fold – now you can decorate it however you like!

  7. Step 7

    Layering panels as shown in the sample:
    Cardstock mats for vertical side-panels card front and back: four at 7/8” x 5 3/8”
    Cardstock mats for horizontal panels top and bottom on front: two at 7/8” x 4 1/8”
    Cardstock mat for horizontal middle panel on front: 1 3/8” x 4 1/8”
    Cardstock mat for back panel: 2 1/8” x 5 3/8”
    Cardstock for back panel: 2” x 5 1/4”
    2 5/8” square die cuts (sample uses largest square SU! Stitched Shapes Die”)

    Patterned paper for vertical side-panels card front and back: four at 3/4” x 5 1/4”
    For horizontal panels top and bottom on front: two at 3/4” x 4”
    For horizontal middle panel on front: 1 1/4” x 4”
    For Envelope flap: 2 1/2” x 6”

  8. Step 8

    Embellish the card as desired.

  9. Step 9

    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 Tower Fold. 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.

I love fun folds! I also subscribe to Mary's channel on YouTube! She's so much fun!
muscrat  |  Tue Apr 20, 2021 at 1:21 PM
Wonderful card and fold!
mcschmidty  |  Tue Apr 20, 2021 at 9:31 PM
I think this is a beautiful fold, great tute, thanks for sharing.x
janette deans  |  Wed Apr 21, 2021 at 2:37 AM
What size are your mat squares on front? What size is your white square on front?
Love this card!
yarngardengirl  |  Wed Apr 21, 2021 at 3:50 AM
Great fold Mary. I am looking forward to making one of these very soon.
fauxme  |  Wed Apr 21, 2021 at 4:38 AM
This card has such a WOWza effect...will give it a try with supplies I have in my stash!!
jmhoffmann  |  Wed Apr 21, 2021 at 5:20 AM
@yarngardengirl I added that measurement in - they're 2-5/8" die cuts.
dina  |  Wed Apr 21, 2021 at 5:40 AM
You've done it again! What a great card...can't wait to try it.
Dream Crafter  |  Wed Apr 21, 2021 at 5:55 AM
Love this card...will definitely be trying to make it...
imaskot  |  Wed Apr 21, 2021 at 6:27 AM
This is such a creative fold! I'll add it to my list of "new things to try" and see how I do with it. Thank you!
brookskaren  |  Wed Apr 21, 2021 at 8:13 AM
Fabulous fun fold!! Thanks for a great video and step by step tutorial. Can't wait to try it. smile
jheyer  |  Wed Apr 21, 2021 at 8:22 AM
This is a beautiful card with very clear, easy-to-understand instructions. I appreciate this so much!
Carolyn Steele  |  Wed Apr 21, 2021 at 9:39 AM
I love the fancy fold cards. And this one is no exception. Like that you have done the decorative paper on the back of the card as well as adding a gem. Be safe & TYFS
tiffanyrose  |  Wed Apr 21, 2021 at 12:53 PM
Love your tutorials Mary. Thank you for taking the time to explain this fun fold. Gorgeous card as always💜
dianelindsay  |  Wed Apr 21, 2021 at 3:22 PM
I know my stampers will love this. Just have to get my courage up to do it with them. wink

Thanks for such a thorough (though not too long) tutorial.
lindylou1220  |  Wed Apr 21, 2021 at 4:12 PM
Mary, Mary, You never cease to amaze me! Another FanTaBuLouS project! TFS
Jean ~
CraftyJean  |  Thu Apr 22, 2021 at 8:12 AM
You did a wonderful job with this fold. I showed it on my Facebook Live this evening as a new fun fold. I gave you the credit. Thank you!!
stampexpression  |  Thu Apr 22, 2021 at 9:13 PM
This is an amazing card design and easy to understand tutorial. Thank you!!!
KonaRose  |  Sat Apr 24, 2021 at 6:04 PM
I had fun making this card but it took me a long time. Longer than I wanted. But now that I have it figured out I can make them faster. I just got confused on how the side panels worked. Thanks a bunch.
cardcrafty  |  Sat May 15, 2021 at 12:43 PM

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