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Helen, Samantha and the Design team Xx

Wednesday 11 May 2011

J is for - Joy Fold Card & Tutorial

It's Helen here, and before I get on to this week's ABC Christmas Challenge, I'd like to say a massive thank you to all of you who joinined in Samantha's 'I is for Indigo, Ice & Inspiration' challenge last time...if you scroll down, you'll be able to see if she managed to choose a 'Top 3' from all of your wonderful entries...and find out the lucky winner of the prize from Stamping with Brenda.

Ok, so time for a new challenge, this time it's:

'J is for Joy Fold Card'
(Don't worry if you're not sure what that is, I have a tutorial for you later in this post)

Our sponsor for this challenge is:

The prize is a $15 voucher to spend in the Simon Says Stamp store.


So, what exactly is a 'Joy Fold' card???

Basically, as you can hopefully see from my card above, it's a card that has two interlocking flaps...one smaller than the other...that opens to reveal a hidden message or image.

I'm going to show you below how I made my card. I'm by no means an expert at this type of card...though I have made a couple before...and this is not the only way to do it, but it gives you the basic principles.

To start with, cut your card blank in whatever shape & size you like - mine measures 5.75 inches square - then cut the front flap in half:

Then, cut the smaller flap - again this can be whatever shape & size you like - mine is 4x8 inches, then folded in half:

The photo below shows how the two pieces will fit together...notice how they open in opposite directions:

The smaller one will be stuck underneath the shorter flap on the main card, so that they overlap:

Now for the fun part...decorate the pieces however you like - here's the main card:

And the smaller flap:

Remember...it needs to open the 'wrong' way:

Then, stick the pieces together:

All that's left to now, is to add something to hold the front flap closed...I've added a sentiment cut out with Nesties...you only want it to overlap by a small amount - you still need to be able to open it!:

To make it easy to open (and close again), I mounted it on to thick foam pads:

Here's the finished card:

And open:

I hope you found this helpful...we're all looking forward to seeing you try this card fold!


I hope you're still with me! lol

So, now it's time for some more inspiration from the rest of the fabulous design team....starting with our three lovely Guest Designers:

Guest Designer - Heidi

Guest Designer - Carol

Guest Designer - Miria

Design Team Cards:


So now it's your turn...don't forget to make sure that your project follows the challenge, 'J is for Joy Fold Card', and as always has a Christmas theme.


  1. Hi team. This one looks like a bit more of a challenge but I'll see what I can do. There are some lovely images and beautiful colour combinations on the design team cards. Thanks for all the inspiration. Kate x

  2. Hi, girls. Gorgeous takes on the theme! I'm so honoured to be in a such a talented DT for a while! Thank you, hugs from Italy, Miria

  3. Mira,Heidi and Carol it's such a pleasure to have you "on board"
    hugs Dorte

  4. Wonderful blog and challenge team. Great DT work to inspire and a great new card for me to have a go at. Thanks for the inspiration and fun. Hugs Cherry XXX

  5. thanks for a great tutorial and the dt samples are fantatic love the round one Luv Sue x

  6. Thanks girls!
    thank you sue it was fun to do a round one and I want to do another one now tehhhee :0)

    Glad tpo have you with us Mira, its lovely to have your guest girls with us...

    Kate really looking forward to seeing your card! hugs samantha :0)

  7. This was fun - thanks for the tutorial Helen! The DT inspiration is fabulous!

    Deanne :)

  8. Fabby DT cards and thank you so much Helen for a detailed tutorial, Luv Sam x

  9. Gorgeous DT inspiration. Thank you for this tutorial.

  10. Wonderful inspiration from the DT girls and a great challenge too, I really enjoyed doing something abit different :)

  11. Great to see your cards girls! off to leave you all comments! hugs Samantha :0)

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