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Folded Greeting Card

By: Einat Kessler

Tired of boring cards? Use paper crafting techniques to construct a Folded Greeting Card from Einat Kessler. This craft is intricate but suitable for beginners.

Folded Greeting Card


  • Double-sided cardstock
  • Embellishments


  1. Cut a double sided cardstock 12" by 5.5".
  2. Make 4 folds at 2", 4", 8", 10"
  3. Turn the cardstock and make 2 cuts at 1.5" and 4". Cut only from the first fold to the last fold.
  4. Fold the card, starting from the left: first fold – mountain (out), second fold – valley (in), then mountain again and end with a valley fold.
  5. Change two of the folds: the inner second fold turns out and the third fold turns in.

    Folded Greeting Card
  6. Now you have the basic card and you need to embellish it. Cut 2 sets of squares: The first set 1/4 of an inch smaller than each section (orange on my card). That would be the bottom layer. On top of it the second set of squares will be 1/2 of an inch smaller (stripes, yellow and green on my card).
  7. Add embellishments and sentiment.

    Folded Greeting Card


  1. My card is in Hebrew and opens from right to left, as seen in the photo. the instructions are for a card that opens from left to right. if you want the Hebrew version, change the order of the folds and start with a valley fold. change the inner folds accordingly.

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For those who like this card but need further instructions, you might check out You Tube for "shutter" cards. There are several tutorials you can find!

I have seen this card made by others, but I think this is one of the most dramatic ones I've come across. Very nicely done!

Is there a way that you can adjust it to fit a regular long envelope?

I love this; however, step # 6 is confusing with the picture. Can you clarify?

WOW...and to think I made this card WAY, WAY before I saw this tutorial! I made it for Christmas and for birthdays a couple of years ago. It's a GREAT pattern - my sister loved it, and her granddaughter got interested in cardmaking from looking at it. Thanks so much for sharing it!

Nice! I did a test run on a plain sheet of paper - looks neat!

Nice card, It is not very nice to hold us a bone and we cannot eat them. please show us how to fold. Thanks

Is there a way we can see the second picture? The visual will help me to construct the card correctly.

I love this card! It can be used in so many ways. I can't see the center picture of the folded greeting card.


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