This is a tutorial for fun fold cards that are mostly fun with little work unlike most things in life.
I love these fun fold cards because not only are they super easy to make, you can customize them all you want with just a few templates and you can use them for many different occasions just by adding a sentiment.
The only drawback with these cards is they are a little limited in size by the cardstock you have. But even then, a letter sized sheet can still make a decent sized card.
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Materials for handmade fun fold cards
Cardstock – I like to use colored core medium weight cardstock for these cards. I know a lot of cardmakers like heavier weight paper but I find it is hard to fold and tends to fray more. Here are some of my favorite brands:
- Recollection Assorted Starter Pack – Basic assorted colors, great starter pack, perfect weight for most papercraft projects
- Metallic Shimmer Assorted Set from Amazon – This set is a little lighter in weight but the colors are beautiful in 3D
- Cardstock Warehouse Brand on Amazon – I love the quality of all the matte colored cardstock with Cardstock Warehouse. It is my go-to brand for individual matte colors that I might need
- Stardream Metallics Line – For paper crafts, the Stardream line is the go to for a metallic shimmer finish. It is the perfect sheen to make any project pop. The core is also colored is which hard to find for metallic paper.
- Assorted Pink Set from Paper Paper – This is a must-have for paper flower makers. The variety is perfect to create a bouquet.
- Assorted Purple Set from Paper Paper – This is another must-have for paper flower makers. I love the variety of finishes in this pack.
- Metallic Variety Set from Paper Paper – I don’t know any avid paper crafter that doesn’t use Stardream metallics line of shimmer paper. It is the only metallic cardstock line that I know of that has such variety and has colored cores.
Glue – I use a variety of different glues for cardmaking. The most important thing is to make sure it doesn’t warp the paper.
Template – The templates for all the fun fold cards featured in this tutorial are available for free in both SVG and printable PDF formats in my resource library.
Fun Fold Cards Tutorial
Cutting the fun fold template
There’s actually not much to go over here in this tutorial.
I usually start by cutting out the base and accessories using my Cricut cutting machine. I like using a fresh light grip blue mat for this project. Depending on what additional cutouts you are making, you may or may not want to use the standard mat. I just find the standard mat to be more difficult to clean up.
Scoring the card
I did include the scoring lines in the SVG templates for the more difficult card templates but I typically like to score the folds by hand. I find the cutting machine scoring is always misaligned.
To score the fold, simply use a ruler and align it to where the scoring line should be. The use a scraper or credit card to create an indentation along that line.
The basic tri-fold fun fold template is just folded accordion style in thirds.
Customizing your fun fold card
I’ve included a number of different themed cutouts for with the template set. Depending on the piece, I will either use some roller adhesive or the glue pen to attach the cutouts.
There is no set way to attached the cutouts, just place there wherever you’d like.