Napkin Fold Card: Part Two (including instructions)

This is how the card looks when closed.

A closed napkin fold card.

You may have seen my post last week about napkin fold cards. I have continued making napkin fold cards since then. This time I used my own calligraphy for the greeting inside the card.

And, as I promised last week, I’ll be showing you the steps involved so you can make one too. But before I show you the step-by-step photos of how to make your own napkin fold card, here are the open and closed views of three of the cards I made this week.

This is the inside of the above napkin fold card. It says "grandchildren are the dessert in life."

This is the opened view of the above napkin fold card at the top of the post. It says “grandchildren are the dessert in life.” 

This is my thank you napkin fold card closed.

This is my “thank you” napkin fold card closed.

Thank you card open. The photos did not quite capture all the gold that is in the paste paper.

‘Thank you’ napkin fold card open. The photos did not do justice to the metallic gold in the paste paper.

This is the napkin fold card closed.

This is the napkin fold card, closed.

The inside of this napkin fold card says, "Take only one day at a time."

The inside of this napkin fold card says, “Take only one day at a time.”

 

And now, as promised, here’s how to make your own!

I start with an 8" square of paper. I suggest you use a light weight card stock to start with. Score and fold 2" in from each side. The photo shows how it should look when you have folded the paper.

Start with an 8 inch square of paper.
I suggest you use a light weight card stock to start with.

Score and fold along each side, 2 inches in.
The photo above shows how it should look after you have made the folds.

 

The next step is to find the center of the paper. With a ruler on diagonal corners, mark the center with a pencil. Repeat for the other diagonal. Note the pencil "x" in the center in the photo above.

Find the center of the paper.
Line up a ruler along two opposite corners and draw a short line in the center with a pencil. Repeat for the other diagonal. Note the pencil “x” in the center in the photo above.

 

Next, fold each corner to the center of the paper using the pencil "x" to see the center. Make a firm crease for each fold.

Fold each corner to the center.
Fold in each corner, using the using the pencil “x” to align it with the center.

Make a firm crease for each fold.

 

This is how your paper should look with all the folds. Make sure the folds are well creased.

Unfold the paper.
This is how your paper should look after you have made all the folds. Remember that folds need to be well creased, because you’re going to be folding them in different directions.

 

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Pinch in the corners.
Do you see how the folds meet at the center of each side? Those are the vertices we’re going to pinch in to the center. This will go against the direction they were originally folded in, so again, make sure they were creased well.

Gently push in each of the four vertices on the sides of the square as shown above. You will end up with a smaller square that looks like it’s made of four squares.

 

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As you pinch in all the corners it will look like the above photo.

 

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And finally it will look like this above.

 

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Open the center.
Now that you have folded the card closed, you need to open up the center of the card. The four corners of the 8 inch square are now all meeting in the center. Take each inside corner and fold it back to the outside corner as shown above.

Make a firm crease for each fold.

 

Next find some decorative paper to use for embellishing. Cut two 3 3/4" squares and one 2 1/2" square. Cut one of the 3 3/4" squares and the 2 1/2" square along the diagonals as shown above.

Make your embellishments.
Choose some decorative paper to use for embellishing.

Cut two 3 and 3/4 inch squares and one 2 and 1/2 inch square. Cut the 2 and 1/2 inch square and one of the 3 and 3/4 inch squares along the diagonals as shown above. You will end up with one square, four larger triangles, and four smaller triangles.

Also cut a piece of white paper 3 and 1/2 inches square on which you can write or stamp your greeting.

 

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Attach the embellishments.

Now attach the square decorated paper in the middle of your card, white paper with the greeting centered on the decorated paper, the large triangles and the small triangles on four outside corners.

 

2013 Napkin Fold Inst 9

The finished card can now be closed in a variety of ways. I like to use coordinating sheet half inch sheer ribbon.

I made my napkin fold cards with very few tools. I cut my squares on a paper cutter. I did the rest of my cutting with my utility knife. I attached the triangles with double sided tape. I usually use a bone folder to make sure my creases are firm, but it is not necessary if you are careful to make good firm creases by hand.

You can check out last week’s blog post Napkin Fold Cards: Part One.

Enjoy, Candy

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