Christmas Tri-Fold Cards

Hi everyone – the Artfull Crafts Christmas Countdown has started with the Design Team posting almost every day with great inspiration and ideas. Each week has a different theme and this week we are kicking off with Cards.

In my box of Christmas Goodies were the latest papers from the Imaginisce “Cottage Christmas” collection.

There are some lovely colours and a real variety of prints suitable for everything from cards for kids, bold brights – some of them even have a retro feel to them.

I created these cards for the Artfull Crafts blog today

Tri-Fold Shutter Card

I had seen a few of these in magazines and on-line and I have been waiting for ages for a suitable time to try one out! It looks complicated but it’s really not. Just follow the diagram carefully and remember to use EITHER the inches or cm measurements. Either set of measurements will result in a card to fit a standard envelope.

Be sure to define your folds very well

When I try something new like this – I always give it a go with scrap card first (even a cereal box for thicker cards) to get a feel for how it works, double check measurements etc. It’s much easier to make adjustments at this stage, where if you make a mistake you haven’t spoiled any of your good quality paper.

This card looks great from any angle
The card folds completely flat for posting

Once you have made your card base following the diagram – then the fun starts and you can get decorating. I used plain cardstock in co-ordinating colours to make a mat for each panel and then cut patterned paper to decorate. I used a 1/8 inch margin (3mm) each time to get a layered effect.

The beauty of this card is the structure, so I wanted to keep the decoration simple. Saying that I have seen some really ornate cards in this style online which work very well too.

Here is the template for this card

Tri-Fold Square Card

Once again I have provided a diagram for the basic card which I made from plain white cardstock. Once you have done this , place the card down in front of you right side down, and glue the top left triangle to the bottom left triangle.

I printed some invitation wording onto acetate for the inside – but of course you can write any note or greeting you like. I have highlighted some of the stars on the patterned paper with rhinestones and used Kindyglitz on a chipboard accent for additional decoration.

The chipboard present on the front of the card was a Cosmo Cricket piece I had from last year, so I covered it with the Imaginisce patterned paper, then a layer of glossy mod-podge and then a little bit of Kindyglitz over the top for extra sparkle. I used Kaisercraft’s tiny red pearls for Holly Berries. The ribbon is glued across the back only, leaving it free to be tied easily at the front.

Here is the template for this card
Hope you enjoyed these cards – I have some more to post later in the week.
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  • Reply tanyaleigh October 19, 2010 at 8:34 AM

    These cards are awesome Lowri….Thanks for sharing the templates to.

  • Reply Summerose October 21, 2010 at 5:37 AM

    I LOVE these cards, thank you for also sharing the measurements/templates to make them!

    Love the paper on the tri-fold shutter card.

  • Reply Betsy October 24, 2010 at 8:56 AM

    I have used these card patterns quite a lot and they always have the Wow factor. Very nice.
    The papers are lovely.

  • Reply Darcy from The I.Design Box November 29, 2010 at 7:48 PM

    These are great! I'm making my holiday cards this year and will definitely borrow this idea. Very inspirational and beautiful!

  • Reply Gretchen November 30, 2010 at 2:41 AM

    WOW!! cool cards!!

  • Reply Cassie December 11, 2010 at 3:54 PM

    This is so awesome!!!
    I totally want to try this!!
    Thank you so much for the directions!!!

  • Reply kaleilani January 11, 2012 at 9:28 PM

    thanks for sharing templates love it

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