Do you ever have trouble choosing which side of a double-sided patterned paper to use, because both are so wonderful? There’s an easy solution: make a diagonal fold card! This fun, alternate card style shows off both sides of the paper beautifully.
Making a diagonal fold card is also super easy! Watch my video below to learn how, or read on for written directions.
How to Make a Diagonal Fold Card
To make a diagonal fold card, you’ll need these supplies:
- One 12 x 12-inch strip of double-sided patterned paper
- Scoring tool (either a paper trimmer with a scoring blade, or a scoring board)
- Bone folder
- Permanent adhesive, such as Stampin’ Dimensionals, or some SNAIL adhesive
- Miscellaneous stamps, papers, and embellishments to decorate your card
Although this card style shows both paper patterns on the outside, it will only show one on the inside. So you need to decide which pattern you want there, and then place that side of the paper face-down as you work.
Score the Paper
1. Lay your paper on your scoring tool, with one of the long edges facing you.
2. Next, score the paper along this edge at:
- 4 inches
- 8 inches
This should divide your paper into three equal-sized, four-inch-wide panels.
3. Once scored, remove the paper from your scoring tool, and grab your ruler and pencil.
Draw Lines for Cutting
4. With your ruler, measure up two inches along the right edge of the paper, starting from the bottom edge. Mark a notch on the paper at this point with your pencil.
5. Now position your ruler diagonally between the top of the left-most score line and the pencil notch you just made.
6. With your pencil, trace a line along the edge of the ruler to connect these two points.
7. Next, position your ruler diagonally between the bottom of the right-most score line and the pencil notch at the right edge of the paper.
8. Again, use your pencil to trace a line along the edge of the ruler to connect these two points.
Cut Away the Excess Paper
9. Now set your ruler and pencil aside, and grab your scissors.
10. With your scissors, cut as straight as possible along each of the diagonal pencil lines, to remove the excess paper.
Unless you want to use them to decorate your card, you won’t need the pieces you cut away, so you can just add them to your scraps stash.
Fold the Card
Now it’s time to fold your card.
11. Start by folding the left-most panel back along the left-most score line (‘mountain’ fold), so that it sits behind the center panel.
12. Then, fold the diagonal-shaped panel to the left, over the top of the center panel, along the left-most score line.
13. Make sure that all of the edges of the folded pieces line up properly, and then use your bone folder to crease the folds.
15. Finally, place a Stampin’ Dimensional or other adhesive on the back of the tip of the diagonal panel
Then secure the diagonal piece in place over the top of the center panel.
You should now have a 4 x 4-inch card, with both paper patterns displayed in a fun diagonal design on the front.
Finish the Inside of the Card
Although only one paper pattern shows on the inside of your diagonal fold card, you can decorate here to add some of the other pattern, too. You may also want to add a cardstock piece to the inside of the card, to give yourself space to stamp, or to write a message to the card recipient.
I usually add a 3-3/4 x 2-1/4-inch piece of cardstock to the insides of my diagonal fold cards. This not only gives me space for stamping and writing, it also gives the thinner designer paper a little extra support. Then I top that with a 3-3/4 x 1/2-inch strip of the other paper pattern, to tie the whole card together.
If you do decorate the inside of your card, just take care to make sure it doesn’t show through the cut-out area on the front of the card — unless, of course, you want it to.
Decorate the Front of the Card
Don’t forget to decorate the front of your card, too, with your choice of stamps and embellishments.
To decorate mine, I used stamps and embellishments from the new Share What You Love suite, along with coordinating inks and cardstock. I also added a little stamping to the inside of the card.
This diagonal fold card pattern works great with any 12 x 12-inch, double-sided paper. Plus, since you only need a 12 x 4-inch strip to make one, you can get three diagonal fold cards out of each paper sheet.
Here are a few more samples of ones that I made recently, with some of my older papers that are retiring this year.
So what papers do you have that haven’t ‘seen the light of day’ lately? This fun card pattern is a great for using those up, to make room in your stash for all the new designer series papers that will be available when the new Stampin’ Up! Annual Catalogue comes out on June 1st!