Fold Out Card Design

Hello! I am here today with a fun fold-out card design. This is a fun way to use your products creatively and make a card that is unique! Oh – and I have a bonus crafty card, too.

[All supplies are linked in the thumbnails at the end of this post. Compensated affiliate links used at no cost to you. To watch the video in HD on YouTube, click HERE.]

I am always looking for ways to make my cards unique… and fold-out cards are fun! Be sure to watch the video to catch the details.

To create this vertical fold-out card, I started with a piece of 4 1/4″ x 11″ cardstock. (I said 4 1/2″ in my video – sorry.) I then folded this in half to create a top-folding card that is 5 1/2″ x 4 1/4″. I then folded the front of the card at the halfway point – 2 3/4″. That’s it!

I used the Lawn Fawn Ocean Wave Border Die Set to create a wave at the top of several pieces of vellum and pool cardstock pieces. I adhered them together and added a white heat embossed greeting from the Essentials By Ellen Mermaidโ€™s Tail Stamp Set. I then added the whole piece to the front of the folded card.

I created the mermaid tail by white heat embossing the Essentials By Ellen Mermaidโ€™s Tail image and adding Distress Oxide Inks on top. For shine, I sprayed it with a mix of Ranger Perfect Pearl Perfect Pearls and water. After letting it dry and cutting it out, I tucked the mermaid into some of the waves. I created three cards… each with a different fun sentiment. And note the fun sentiment on the inside, too! (“If you need me, call me on my shell phone.”)

The little water splatters are from the Essentials by Ellen Otter Ware Stamp Set and the gems are from Lucy’s Cards.

Since I had a few scallopy-border scraps from these cards, I decide to put them to use for a quick card featuring the Essentials By Ellen Crafty Lady and Crafty Ladies Say Stamp Sets. These sets are full of crafty images and messages. You must check them out! Can’t wait to make more of these for crafty friends.


Want to find the products I used? To make them easy for you to find, I have listed them below. (Compensated affiliate links used at no cost to you. Thank you! Affiliate and product disclosure can be found here. All products were personally purchased except those from EH and Oxide Inks. As always, this post was NOT asked for, paid, or sponsored.)

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69 thoughts on “Fold Out Card Design”

  1. Hi Jennifer ~ You and Julie Ebersole make a fantastic team!! Julie always creates the most fun and versatile stamp sets and you take the “ball” and run with it. These mermaid cards are both fun and beautiful and I’ve already placed my order for the set. Can’t wait to get them. Love the crafty friends card too…she’s adorable. Thanks so much for sharing and for continuing to inspire me. ~HUGS~

  2. Thanks for sharing Jennifer. I could not wait to get my
    Hands on this set. Shame i now have to wait for that tail
    To make its way to Australia! Your card is just gorgeous.

  3. This mermaid stamp got my attention because it could be used for kids and adults. Love how you put the card together, it was just beautiful. Thank you for sharing.

  4. Jennifer, that crafty lady reminds me of you. The mermaid tail is great too bad we can’t turn into mermaids or mermen to escape to the sea for a little while. Have a great day.

  5. Seriously fantastic cards Jennifer.I love the sentiments on the crafty lady and I also love the details in the mermaid tail.

  6. Gorgeous cards, Jennifer! Your coloring of the mermaid’s tail is amazing, thanks for sharing ๐Ÿ˜ฎ

  7. Adorable cards!! Love the sentiments on the crafty lady stamp set!! And that mermaid tail is to die for!!

  8. Fantastic mermaid card! Love the detail in that stamp and the rainbow look you gave it. Also really like the fold you used for this card. Not only is it fun but it seem perfect with this stamp set. Thanks for another great video full of great tips!

  9. These are adorable, love the color combinations on the tails. The crafty girl set is so cute too

  10. Love…love …love the Mermaid…as always you delivered an awesome set of cards…Thankyou for sharing your talent…๐Ÿ˜Š

  11. I really don’t mind if your videos are a little longer–they are so worth watching. Always filled with wonderful tips and ideas. I have enjoyed exploring paper crafting with you. 2 and a half years since I started, and you have been a major part of the journey. THANK YOU!!!!

  12. Love that mermaid tail and all the sentiments. The crafty lady is fun too. I love these techniques and thank you so much for sharing. You’re always inspirational!

  13. Really lovely cards! I especially like the “ me on my shell phone” sentiment. Too cute!
    I often do top and side folding cards and have scarcely tried the z-fold card. Thanks for the inspiration.

  14. Adorable cards Jennifer!! These fold out cards are fantastic! I always find your videos so informative and fun, so thanks for the inspiration ๐Ÿ˜Š

  15. Jennifer, FYI, we don’t mind if your videos are longer than 10 minutes:). We so appreciate you sharing your gifts with us!

  16. Making a fold out card was a perfect way to show off that darling tail, Jennifer. BTW: This post and the last one would not let me pin to my Pinterest techniques board. It says it’s not a valid URL.

  17. I’d love to be a mermaid but swimming isn’t my thing. However, I have this weird thing that happens when I swim. I am child sized and have been since, well, I was a child! LOL I’ve been the same size since 6th grade. Anyway, I took swimming classes at our local Y and the water in the low end was up to my chin! I learned to swim but I can’t seem to stay on top of the water, only under water and I have to protect my ears because I get swimmers ear. Do mermaids get swimmers ear? Who knows? That could make me the mermaid in your card. I often wondered how they stayed underwater for so long. I love them though and I love your colorful mermaid cards. You always seem to take the stamp and run with it and do something cute and creative. That would be Jen!
    That crafty lady? She looks just like you! LOL Actually she looks like me because I am that size! LOL I have to check out those crafty sayings because there are a few that I want.
    I have a favor to ask of you and I don’t know if I mentioned it before. My mom is going to be 90 this July 29th. How many people do you know who are 90? Since this will be the first birthday without my dad since he died, I’d like it to be special. Do you think you could get you and the people on here to send her a card to make her 90th even that more special? It would mean a lot to me and I know it would mean a lot to my mom too. I will send my addy to you so you can pass it on to anyone who wants to send her a card. Thanks in advance for anything that you do.

  18. What a gorgeous card! I’m smitten with mermaids so you had me there. I love this fold design! I can actually follow the directions without taxing my brain too much! Brandi’s work always makes me smile. Love her spirit!

  19. When I first saw this stamp set, my reaction was “where’s the rest of the mermaid?” Now it makes perfect sense! Love this fold out card. Your talent and originality continue to amaze me!

  20. Love this different way of making a card…nice change. The mermaid stamp set is so fun and playful.

  21. You must stop! Too many cute cards to make & too many fun techniques! And the stamps & supplies, I must have them all!๐Ÿ˜‰!

  22. This is another great card and I look forward to trying the z-fold card technique with the waves and that fabulous mermaid tail. So unique and fun!

  23. I really enjoy your sped up card videos on Instagram, as I sometimes just don’t have the time to watch full videos. Very helpful…thanks!

  24. Jennifer
    Your mermaid card is one of my all-time favorites!! Ordered the stamps last night! Thank you for technique inspiration throughout the year! God bless you!

  25. Really cute cards! And, I love the use of vellum. You have inspired me to do more with my stash of vellum!

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