April 16, 2011

Card Folder tutorial (Warning: photo heavy post)

Cardstock:  Papertrey Ink (Dark Chocolate, Vintage Cream), Stampin' Up! (Pear Pizzazz)
Stamps:  WPlus9 Design Studio (Woodgrain Silhouettes, Woodgrain Silhouettes Additions, Spring Post), Verve (Dream Big)
Ink:  Stampin' Up! (Pear Pizzazz), Papertrey Ink (Dark Chocolate)
Tools:  Papertrey Ink (Woodgrain impression plate), We R Memory Keepers (Corner Chomper), Martha Stewart (Scoring board)
Accessories:  Michaels (ribbon)

Good morning, friends!  As promised, I am back with a tutorial and template for the card folder I made on THIS POST.  I made a new set using images from WPlus9's Woodgrain Silhouettes and Additions sets.  The sentiment on the front of the folder is from Verve's Dream Big.

Here's a peek at the inside, with pockets for envelopes on the left and cards on the right:


And here are two of the cards I made to put inside.  I made a total of 6 cards using these two images and 3 different sentiments.  The dimensions of this folder make it best for single layer cards like these:


Here's a view of the side once the folder is all tied up with ribbon.  I don't adhere the ribbon to the folder so that it can be used again on another project, and it stays in place just fine without adhesive.


There are a lot of photos below, but the project itself is fairly easy.  Keep in mind that you can adjust the measurements to fit different sizes or numbers of cards, but as described here the folder will comfortably hold 6 A2 size cards and envelopes.

First cut a cardstock panel for the folder.  I prefer heavyweight cardstock like this from Papertrey Ink.  Cut a piece of cardstock 10 1/2 in X 6 1/4 in.  Score at 5 in and 5 1/2 in.  I rounded the corners for a more finished look.  At this point you can embellish the front of the folder as desired, then set it aside to make the inside pockets.


Here is a template for cutting and scoring one pocket.  You will need to make 2:
Heavyweight cardstock works best.  I chose Stampin' Up! Pear Pizzazz for mine.  Here's what it looks like once it is cut and scored:


Once you remove the shaded areas from the corners and snip along the red lines shown in the diagram, crease all of the folds.  The corners should look like this:


At this point I like to emboss/deboss the panel to make it more decorative.  I chose PTI's Woodgrain impression plate.  Just remember to emboss AFTER scoring and creasing your folds, or it will be more difficult to make nice, straight folds.


Now you're ready to assemble the pocket.  Use a strong adhesive such as Scor-Tape.  Place a small square of adhesive on one of the corner flaps, as shown below:


Remove the adhesive backing and fold the corner together.  Repeat on the other bottom corner.  The corners should look like this:


Place a strip of adhesive as shown below, remove the backing and fold it together tightly to form the pocket.  Repeat on the other side.


Your assembled pocket is ready to adhere to the inside of the folder.  Use long strips of 1/4 in adhesive along each edge: 


Adhere the pocket to the inside of the folder, being careful to keep the top corners square and the edges straight:


Repeat for the pocket on the other side, fill with envelopes and cards, and you're all done!  You can, of course, jazz up the pockets a bit if you like, just be sure not to add a lot of bulk.

I hope you find this easy to follow, but feel free to leave a comment or send me a message if you have questions.  And if you decide to make one of these, let me know so I can come by and see it!

Thanks for stopping by today!  I hope you have a great weekend planned.  Enjoy!

28 comments:

Pam Speidel said...

Christina, this is AWESOME! I adore the beauty and simplicity of the card creations and totally appreciate all the photos and superb instructions! I am putting ones of these sets on my "wanna do" list! Love it! Thank you for sharing it with us all. {{hugs}} Pam :)

Meg said...

Saving this in my favorites! I love stationaly and what a pretty way to give it as a gift. Thanks so much for sharing!

Jean Martin said...

Oh WOW! Christina this is AWESOME! I love projects other than the actual cards themselves. I wish I had the patience to make them too! :) This is a wonderful tutorial! Thanks for sharing! :)

Tenia Nelson said...

I love this card set and I am so glad that you added a tutorial....awesome job!!!

Marisa said...

Your folder and cards are gorgeous, Christina!! LOVE green and brown together - happy sigh - and to have flowers, even better! Great tutorial too.

Vickie Z said...

These cards are gorgeous and the holder is wonderful!!!

Crafty Cre8tions said...

This is awesome!! Thank you so much for posting directions!! Into my favorites it goes :)
Maria

xiumaiyuki said...

eeeeek!!! This is fantastic! TFS the great tutorial. I will have to try it out in the future. The cards are clean, simple and elegant! My fav. kind! Not to mention this color combo is gorgeous. Have a great weekend!

Karen B. said...

I love this idea! Your tutorial was great and I'm bookmarking it so I can make it soon. Love these colors too.

Diane Jaquay said...

GREAT job with the tutorial, Christina, thanks for sharing!

kasia c. said...

Thank you, Thank you, Thank you! Your tutorial was great, and your cards AWESOME!!
Thanks for sharing. :)

Smita said...

Looks great! Hope I have the time to try it soon!!

TFS, Christina!

Hugs,
Smita

Lindsay said...

This is lovely Christina! I love the card design for one, so simple and perfect and the card holder is awesome! Thanks for sharing this tut!

The Paper Parade said...

Wow, thanks so much for sharing! This would make such an awesome gift...I'm thinking baby thank-you notes, maybe ;)

Julie said...

Thanks for sharing your tutorial, Christina! Lovely cards, the colors are perfect!

Amy said...

OMG...Thank you for this wonderful step by step tutorial! This card set is absolutely wonderful and I love the colors! Just a superb job Christina!!! This is definitely getting a yellow star in my GR for later use! :)

Lisa Petrella said...

What a FANTASTIC tutorial!! Thanks for the inspiration! Your card folder and the cards within it are FABULOUS!! I especially LOVE your woodgrain pockets!!!

Nance said...

Super easy-to-follow tutorial Christina! Great job on the pictures and little details. Love your CAS cards and the colors are divine. Thanks for sharing your creativity!

Jen W. said...

Thanks so much for this, Christina. I've been wanting to make some little card sets and this will be a huge help! :)

Jocelyn said...

Thanks for the tutorial, Christina! The folder and cards are awesome!! I love the woodgrain impression plate with these cards...so pretty!

Ginny said...

Thank you so much for this OUTSTANDING tutorial! It's obvious you put a lot of work into it. Great pictures! Can't wait to try it now. The cards are just gorgeous.

Laurie said...

Awesome tutorial! I must make one of these! Your cards are so beautiful! What a great set!

shobanarravi said...

Aren't you just clever! :) Fantastic pictures and a superb tutorial! :) Tks so much for sharing!

Jessica said...

Lovely set and great tutorial :)

Sharon said...

I have added this wonderfully elegant tutorial to my 'favorites' and yes, I will be making some for gifts. I will give you credit, and leave a hyperlink back to this post. Thank you sooo much for sharing this with us. I'm glad that I stopped by!

Dawn said...

This is awesome! I don't know how I missed this!

cathi139 said...

wow, absolutely faboulous! I love your style!! Became a follower now, so I won't miss a thing ;-)
One question: what size are the cards?
hugs from
Cathi/Germany

Tam said...

This is a very nice elegant set of cards. And thank you for showing how you made the box and put it together.

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