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In the Fold: Folded Paper Cards and Embellishments

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My 6 year old daughter loves paper crafting as much as I do and is always looking for new ways to play with paper.  Recently she has become interested in paper folding, so my craft room is full of paper hats and boats and a whole litter of paper puppies!  As I was searching down tutorials for her, I couldn’t help but notice how many fun folding techniques are out there and how easily they translated to card making and other paper crafting projects.

When I say paper folding you might think about the Japanese art of paper folding, origami, and how intricate (and difficult!) some of the designs are.  The fun thing about creating a project that involves a paper folding technique is that all of the techniques I am sharing today look much harder than they really are!  You will be able to create a card, embellishment or scrapbook layout that literally pops off the page in no time at all!


Fancy Fold Cards

Fancy Fold Cards

If you are a card maker, an excellent place to start is the 9 Fancy Fold Cards post over at AllFreePaperCrafts.  The Fancy Fold Card is perfect for the beginner and can be completed in about an hour.  If you are ready to take on a more ambitious folded card, try your hand at the Beautiful Blooms Accordion Card.


Folded Envelopes

Folded Envelope

Once you have completed your card, you may want to to create a folded envelope or carrier for it.  From a simple envelope made from a paper heart  to a more complex folded paper box we have rounded up an envelope for every style of card.

Tiny Envelopes

Envelope for Embellished Cards

Doily Envelope

Folded Envelope

Pocket Fold


Folded Embellishments

Folded Embellishments

An easy way to add paper folding to your homemade card or scrapbook layout is to create a folded paper embellishment.  A folded circle border is a fun way to add dimension to your project while origami stars add whimsy and movement.

Folded Chevron Technique

Accordion Fold

Paper Quilting

Flower Blossoms



Have you created a folded paper project? What did you make?




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