Check out this top-fold card idea!

If you love papercrafting – you’ll appreciate this top fold card technique. I found it on YouTube from Lisa’s Stamp Studio and knew I had to try it ASAP. What I love is it offers a little surprise when it comes to opening the card. And if you are like me and love to use ALL THE SUPPLIES, it will put a big smile on your face. You can also incorporate journaling, ephemera, stickers, small charms, flat-back crystals, your own handmade paper and more. 


Above is the video I made (my dog Bootsie made a guest appearance too!), but I’ll also break it down here. 

You can make this with blank pre-folded cards or you can use whatever cardstock you have on hand. Try smaller card bases for mini-versions of this.

SUPPLIES for a Top Fold Card

Blank greeting cards

Scissors or paper cutter

Assorted cardstock

Patterned paper

Embellishments or sentiments

Washi tape

Foam dot adhesive

Dry adhesive or a gluestick

Top Fold CARD

Cut two pieces of contrasting cardstock that are about 1/8″ inch smaller than the surface of your blank card. Use a taperunner or gluestick to affix one piece on the front of the card and another inside. I used solid cardstock rather than patterned – we’ll save the latter for the next step.

Top Fold CARD

Cut a piece of double-sided patterned paper into a strip that measures 1/4″ thinner than the base card and the length of the card. Glue it in the center of the inside and then crease it at the top so it creates a flap that can go over the front of the card.


If you want, you can add embellishments inside, like washi tape, more paper or like what I did. Another piece of solid cardstock to go inside the card.

Top Fold CARD

Here is the front of the card, it is already coming together! I added a piece of glittered cardstock at the bottom and I used my paper pinking shears to give a textured edge. At this point, you can add a stamped design on the blank portion under the flap or leave as is. As you can see below, I went so far as to add washi tape!

Then use your foam tape to add a sentiment. The foam will give it a lift to make it stand out!


Top Fold CARD

And inside the card, you can do the same. Keep playing around with the layering and you’ll end up with some fabulous artful cards to give to friends or even to sell.

Top Fold CARD

On a separate note – my publisher has set up a giveaway for my new book. The book comes out in November, but they are starting the giveaway now! We are giving away two gift box ($100 value) grand prizes of these items below and 25 sets of sticker packs! Even if you already pre-ordered you can still enter!

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Here is how to enter:

Go to this link, enter the form and your confirmation number from your purchase, or you can point your smartphone camera at this code below to go to the entry page. 

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Thanks for checking out my post about the top fold card idea, I hope you enjoyed it and if you make it, send me a pic!

1 thought on “Check out this top-fold card idea!”

  1. You need to implement more Spanish word stamps, phrases for cards and dies. I don’t find many venders who have them. I make cards and people ask me for cards in spanish


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