Trifold Pocket Card

by Beate Johns

Create a pocket card out of one piece of patterned paper.


  • One 8" x 8 1/2" piece of patterned paper or cardstock for the pocket card
  • One 3 3/4" x 5 1/2" piece of cardstock for insert
  • One 1 3/4" x 8 1/2" piece of cardstock for band
  • Additional cardstock and patterned paper to decorate
  • Paper Cutter with scoring tool
  • Plate or other rounded object
  • Pencil
  • Stamps
  • Ink
  • Scissors
  • Scor-Tape™ or other real strong adhesive
  • Ribbon and other embellishments


  1. Step 1

    Line the 8 1/2" side of the patterned paper with the bottom of the paper cutter. Score at 2 1/4" and 6 1/4".

  2. Step 2

    Turn patterned paper 90 degrees and score at 2 1/2".

  3. Step 3

    Cut the outer 2 1/4" x 2 1/2" scored panels off.

  4. Step 4

    Trace an arch on the top of the trifold with the help of a bowl or plate.

  5. Step 5

    Cut traced arch with scissors.

    Save time when making multiples and construct a template by following step 1-5 with a piece of old card stock or a manila file folder.

  6. Step 6

    Pre-fold all scored lines.

  7. Step 7

    Add a border underneath the curved sides with coordinating card stock if wanted. To learn how to make scallops with the corner rounder, check here.

    Fold sides in and tape bottom flap.

  8. Step 8

    Decorate the 1 3/4" x 8 1/2" strip of cardstock.

  9. Step 9

    Score strip at 4 1/8" and 8 1/4".

  10. Step 10

    Add Scor-Tape™ (or other strong adhesive) to the 1/4" wide glue tab.

  11. Step 11

    Tape the belly band together and decorate pocket front.

  12. Step 12

    Trace the pocket arch onto the 3 3/4" x 5 1/4" piece of cardstock.

  13. Step 13

    Cut the arch and decorate.

  14. Step 14

    Finished Card.


  1. Be proud of your curves
    Fold bottom flap up first and tape side panels on top of it. Leave the belly band off to show off your curved sides.

    Gift Card Holder
    Try scoring a Carousel Note at 1 3/4" on the left and right, 2" on the bottom to create a small pocket, perfect for gift cards.

Your Turn

You've seen the tutorial, now you try it! We've got a section of the gallery set aside for Trifold Pocket 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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I think this tutorial as all of your tutorials is great. They are very easy to follow and the pictures are great reference tools. Keep up the good work.
Janohn Tarantino  |  Wed Apr 23, 2008 at 9:06 AM
Great demo!
Kathryn  |  Wed Apr 23, 2008 at 9:14 AM
I love this web page. I have learned so much and it has given me so many new ways to use my stamps. I have a great demo lady and she is on top of all the great ideas. Thank you so much.
Jolene A. Allen  |  Wed Apr 23, 2008 at 9:16 AM
What is a Carousel Note?
Joann  |  Wed Apr 23, 2008 at 9:31 AM
Love this fabulous tutorial and your gorgeous creations. Thanks for the wealth of information you have left to us all in so many of the resource tutorials. You are a gem.
Michele Ghent - mitchygitchygoomy  |  Wed Apr 23, 2008 at 9:38 AM
Can you tell me what tool you used to punch the holes on the paper so it looks like the edge of the paper was sewn?
Karan  |  Wed Apr 23, 2008 at 9:39 AM
This is fantastic !!! This would be a great club project !! Thanks once again for inspiring us all, Beate !!!
Corinne  |  Wed Apr 23, 2008 at 10:06 AM
Great idea for the Carousel Notes. I ordered a pack from my SU demo on Sunday so when I can them I'll give your idea a try. Thank you, Beate, another wonderful tutorial. I have had good luck with others I have tried, please keep them coming.
Barb  |  Wed Apr 23, 2008 at 10:09 AM
Carousel Notes are big scalloped cardstock circles Stampin' Up! sells in their Occasional Mini catalog (available until end of May 2008)

Check our tutorial on faux stitching. The first two steps show the tool and how to use it to achieve the paper pierced look.
beate  |  Wed Apr 23, 2008 at 10:39 AM
card I would like to make
moore.reina  |  Wed Apr 23, 2008 at 11:13 AM
A great project and I agree with Corinne it will be a good one for our craft group to do. Thank you Beate.
barbara hickson  |  Wed Apr 23, 2008 at 12:18 PM
Wow -- You guys rock!
Kathy Wyatt  |  Wed Apr 23, 2008 at 1:34 PM
LOVE the gift card idea with the carousel notes!! Woohoo! TFS
kimberlee  |  Wed Apr 23, 2008 at 3:52 PM
I just wanted to say thanks for all you do. Your tutorials are always wonderful and so easy to follow. I really do look forward to Wednesdays!
Cheryl  |  Wed Apr 23, 2008 at 4:28 PM
Love this idea! Can't wait to try one.
Jennifer  |  Wed Apr 23, 2008 at 5:40 PM
Super duper, can't wait to try one!!
Kelly Schelske  |  Wed Apr 23, 2008 at 5:45 PM
love this card can't wait to make one or two.
JoAnn Echols  |  Wed Apr 23, 2008 at 6:08 PM
Ooo, this looks so cute! I'll have to give it a try. Thanks as always!
JoLynn  |  Wed Apr 23, 2008 at 6:47 PM
Lovely.....thanks a lot....I want make it today!

Willy  |  Wed Apr 23, 2008 at 10:22 PM
Just found out about your wonderful site. I am from Australia. The pocket card is absolutely awesome! You make everything look so easy! Love the scalloped edge as well. Will be making this real soon!! Thanks
Shirley  |  Wed Apr 23, 2008 at 10:54 PM

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