Fancy Fold Friday #9

Happy Friday everyone!

Fancy Fold Friday posts are posted on the first Friday of each month and are about making a wide variety of card styles just by varying the way that the paper is folded. Knowing how to fold cards from a single sheet of cardstock is a useful technique to learn. Many different styles of handmade cards can be created from standard sizes of paper and card stock ~ typically 8 1/2″ x 11″ {letter size}. The various methods of card folding each provide different design opportunities. Very unique looks can be achieved simply by changing the fold or orientation of your card and special folds are a great way to create eye catching cards!

This week: POCKET FOLD.


This card is different from the previous folds that we have done so far. The insert card greeting peeks out of the window and there is room to slip a gift card in behind {the message to the recipients can be written on the back of the insert card}.

You will need {to make the card pocket}: card stock, patterned paper, scoring board, bone folder, paper trimmer or cutting tools of choice, dies for the window/top opening, die cutting machine, adhesive. *Additional supplies may include card stock/patterned paper and whatever embellishments/extras need to complete the intended design.




Cut a sheet of card stock to 8 1/2″ x 5 1/2″. On the 8 1/2″ side, score at 4″ and 8″.




Rotate the card stock 90° to the left {so that the small scored area is at the top}. Score at 1/2″ all the way down. Then score at 4 1/2″ and stop scoring when you get to the second score line.




Center the die on the score line as shown. Please note: to help keep the dies in place, use a piece of washi tape or a post-it note. Run through the die cutting machine.

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For the pocket widow, place the die where you think it will look the best. Keep in mind that there needs to be enough room below the window to hide the second sentiment {if you are using one}. Run through the die cutting machine.

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Referring to the picture below, remove the unneccesary sections of card stock. Be sure to angle cut the corners of the bottom flap. This helps to make a cleaner looking fold.




Cut the patterned paper to 3 15/16″ x 4 15/16″. Please note: the reason it is not cut at 4″ x 5″ is there needs to be room for the bottom and side flaps to fold and adhere. Attach the patterned paper, apply adhesive to the two flaps, fold them over and crease the folds with a bone folder. Now you have the card pocket.

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To make the insert card, cut a piece of card stock to 3 15/16″ x 4 15/16″. Slide it down into the pocket ~ if it does not slide down smoothly, cut it just a wee bit narrower. Trace the top and bottom of the window with faint pencil lines. These lines will help to center the sentiment for stamping. Stamping the optional second sentiment below the bottom line ensures it won’t be seen through the window. Erase the lines after stamping.




Now it’s time to decorate! I machine embossed the top of the card and colored it in with a blender pen/inks for a soft water color look. Some punched flowers and leaves were added to the pocket. Rhinestones added to the centers of all the flowers finished it off. I plan on making boxed sets of these with an assortment of sentiments 🙂

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I hope you enjoyed this months Fancy Fold!




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Until next time,


The Country Touch




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