Step 1: Select Colors
The card folder can be made from white, colored or printed
cardstock. Select a color that best suits the greeting cards that
will be stored inside. If you plan to decorate the card folder with
rubber stamps, white or a light color of cardstock works best.
Medium to dark colors of cardstock look very nice when decorated
with simple strips of coordinating cardstock.
You can make your own patterned cardstock for card folders by
printing digital papers, like
Aunt Annie's ePapers, onto plain white or colored
Step 2: Cut Cardstock
To make the card folder you will need a 7½" by 11"
piece of cardstock and two pocket flaps. Using the craft
knife and ruler, cut a 1" strip off the cardstock sheet, along one of the long edges.
To make the pocket flaps, print the
pocket pattern and cut out the
pocket flap template. Trace the
template twice on scraps of cardstock that match or coordinate
with the folder's cardstock. Cut out the pocket flaps. Erase any
visible pencil lines.
Tip: If you are using patterned or
double-sided cardstock, be sure to flip the template over before
tracing the second flap, so you that have right and left facing
Step 3: Fold
Fold the cardstock in half, matching the short sides, then
unfold. Fold over all four edges of the cardstock—¾" on
the long sides and ½" on the short sides, then unfold.
Tip: Before making the folds, score along the fold lines using a bone folder
or empty ballpoint pen run along the edge of the ruler.
Step 4: Trim Corners
Cut away each corner making cuts on a slight angle that
starts just outside of the fold line and ends where the two fold
lines meet. Cut a V-shape away from the middle of the long
folded edges at the centerfold.
Step 5: Glue Pocket Flaps
With the card folder and pocket flaps face down, glue the pocket
flaps to the side edge folds. Align the top of the pocket flap with
the edge fold, apply glue along the edge fold and place the pocket
flap even with the fold. Rub along the edge fold to ensure a secure
Tip: Test the top and bottom folds before
gluing. If the pocket flap is too long and interferes with the folds,
trim a tiny bit off the pocket flap and test again.
Step 6: Complete Pockets
With both pocket flaps folded over, fold the top and bottom edge
folds and glue in place on top of the pocket flaps. Rub to ensure a
good hold. Free the pocket tops and bottoms by snipping through the
After the glue is dry, place cards and envelopes in the pockets
of the folder and fold closed.
Step 7: Decorate Front (optional)
If you like, decorate the front of the card folder. Keep the
decorations simple so that they complement the cards. You can use
rubber stamps, stencils, paper punches or die cuts. A simple strip
of cardstock and/or a matted image are nice additions.