How To Make A Folding Card

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Illustration: The Spruce / Nusha Ashjaee

Square thẻ

A square card is a versatile shape that works well as a gift card. While a square card can be cut from any piece of paper or cardstock, using a sheet of 12-inch by 12-inch paper is an efficient way to lớn get the most from your paper or cardstock. This is useful if you want lớn make a thẻ using your favorite scrapbooking or decorative papers.


A square card highlights a central feature on its front, such as a ​stamped image or photograph. If you want khổng lồ make a plain square card, enhance it by adding a feature panel made from your favorite decorative paper.​


Illustration: The Spruce / Nusha Ashjaee

Trifold thẻ

The term trifold originates from the type of fold used to create leaflets from a sheet of paper. A trifold uses two folds lớn create three panels. The term trifold describes a card that is folded into a Z-shape.


Simple trifold cards present information in an uncommon and attractive way. They are ideal for invitations where the front of the card can be decorated & the other panels used khổng lồ relay important information.


Illustration: The Spruce / Nusha Ashjaee

Tips for Creating Trifold Cards

Get creative with cutting the folds; for example, cut the thẻ diagonally so the panels graduate in size.Use scrap paper to lớn work out your designs before cutting the real card.Simple trifold cards are ideal for taller images and designs.

TriFold thẻ Sizes

A piece of 12-inch by 12-inch paper cut into two và folded into a simple trifold shape creates a card that measures 6 inches by 4 inches.A piece of letter-size paper cut in half lengthwise creates a simple trifold card that measures approximately 3.8 inches by 4.25 inches.

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Aperture thẻ

An aperture card is folded or cut so that a photo or thiết kế can be framed within the front cover of the card. Its design is also known as a window thẻ because the front of the card has a central window or frame which highlights an image or photograph.


You can either showroom your image to the front of the thẻ using double-sided tape or adhesive. Or, you can use a template khổng lồ cut an oval, circle, or square on the front cover khổng lồ act as a frame. Then, use adhesive to địa chỉ your image from the inside of the front cover. In addition, decorate the space on the front of the thẻ around the image to create an attractive frame.


Use a trifold thẻ as an aperture card, too. The center panel of a trifold card can be the frame for your image. Once the two front flaps of a trifold card are opened, the image is exposed. Or, use a larger piece of paper to create equal panels that fold over each, and once unfolded they expose the image.


Below, you'll see how to create two aperture cards. The first is a basic square or portrait thẻ with a cutout on the front of a thẻ to size the frame. The bottom one is an aperture thẻ made from a trifold thẻ with three equal panels.


Illustration: The Spruce / Nusha Ashjaee

Tips for Aperture Folds

When making (or buying) aperture cards, look for simple shapes khổng lồ showcase intricate designs; a detailed shape such as a star or flower may detract from the finished design.If you are planning to mail the finished card, allow for extra postage for added bulk and weight that may be the result of the thẻ design or a larger envelope.
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