How to Create a Fancy Fold Card like a Pro

Posted by Lori Williams
This step by step tutorial will walk you through a complete center step card and have your friends proclaiming you're a professional card maker in no time.

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I love fancy folds cards. I think folds can take an ordinary card and turn it into a mini work of art. It truly makes a card that someone would like to leave out on display and cherish for long time. Many fancy fold cards are fairly easy and just a step by step process. Today I'll show you start to finish a center step card that is sure to take your breath away.

Here are the products you'll need to complete this card.

  • Trimcraft Santoro Mirabelle 2 A4 Premium Paper Pad
  • Trimcraft Santoro Mirabelle 2 Clear Stamps - Sentiment
  • Trimcraft Santoro Mirabelle 2 Deco Mache Sheets - The Secret/Gray Background
  • Trimcraft Santoro Mirabelle 2 Dies
  • Trimcraft Santoro Mirabelle A4 Glitter Decoupage
  • Ken Oliver's The Best Ever Craft Mat
  • Faber-Castell Gelatos Set - Metallics
  • Stampendous Detail Embossing Powder - Clear Transparent
  • 3M Scotch Permanent Foam Mounting Tape
  • Prima Marketing Chalk Fluid Edger Pad - Black Coal
  • Golden - Acrylic Gels - Regular Gel - Matte 8oz
  • Heat Gun
  • Gray Ink Pad
  • White Card Stock for the Base
  • Fiskars - SureCut Paper Trimmer
  • Fiskars Squeeze Punch 3 in 1 Corner - Well Rounded

Cut your white card stock down to 5 1/2 inches x 11 inches. Measuring one inch in from the side, cut from 1 inch down to 6 1/2 inch. Flip the card and repeat the process on the other side. Score across at the one inch, two inch and 6 1/2 inch to the cut line on each side. Score in the middle of the cut lines at the 5 1/2 inch line. I've created a diagram of all the cut and all the score lines to help you.

Fold your card with the peaks and valley's as shown. See how simple that was to create your base card.

Now comes the fun part, decorating. Paint your base card with gel medium and also paint the decoupage paper with the gel medium. You'll need to work quickly as the gel dries fast. Scrunch and wrinkle the paper as you adhere it onto the card and cut away any excess tissue/paper that hangs over the edges of the card. Let the paper dry completely before the next step.

Rub the Iced Rose Gelato over the card and smudge the color in with your finger, blending as you go.

Cut two strips of glitter paper from the paper pad. The strips measure four 1/2 inches by one inch. Also cut one strip for the bottom 5 1/2 inches x 3/4 inch.

Ink the edges of the strips with a coordinating gray ink.

The Glitter Decoupage pad has pages with diecuts that progressively get smaller and smaller and are made to layer an image. They even have them numbered for you on the sheet. How easy is that!!! Layer the image using foam tape in-between each. This is going to give a lot of layering and detail to your card.

Cut a piece of textured pattern paper from the paper pad 4 inches by 3 1/4 inches. Corner round your edges and glue to the center of your center panel.

Glue your layered image to the center of you card as shown using foam tape. Also add your side and center bottom strips.

Cut the two flourishes out as shown using the coordinating die set and the paper pad.

Cut the larger round die cut in two as shown.

Layer the cut die cut on each side of the card and then top it off with some of the roses from the decoupage pad with foam tape.

Stamp the sentiment on some of the designer paper and then sprinkle with clear embossing powder. Next you'll heat set the sentiment with the heat gun.

Fussy cut out the sentiment.

Mount the sentiment with foam tape at the bottom of the card and frame with the die cut. The top of the picture shows how to cut up the die cut to use on the sentiment and the bottom one shows it on the sentiment.

Here is a close up of the finished card. You can really see the detail of all the layering and the yummy glitter that this paper has. Now doesn't this make you want to start layering and folding to create this beautiful card?